Together with IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts and EAEA - European Arts and Entertainment Alliance, Circostrada, EFA - the European Festivals Association and TEH - Trans Europe Halles, EDN welcome the CULT Committee’s “Report on the situation of artists and the cultural recovery in the EU” voted on by the European Parliament on the 20th of October. The Report sets a long-awaited and comprehensive vision on addressing a wide range of the most persistent matters linked to the situation of artists and cultural professionals.


Co-drafted by:
IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts
EAEA - European Arts and Entertainment Alliance

Endorsed by:
EFA - the European Festivals Association
TEH - Trans Europe Halles
EDN - European Dancehouse Network

Full statement

Culture and the arts play a tremendous role in every field of our life. Cultural and creative sectors are significant drivers of youth employment, which is essential in light of the post-pandemic recovery and relevant for the endeavours of the upcoming European Year of Youth 2022. Artistic creation and cultural participation contribute to the building of a strong civil society, stimulate critical thinking and enhance democracy – the priorities which are at the heart of the European Democracy Action Plan. Moreover, culture is recognised by the European Commission as one of the 14 priority ecosystems for the recovery of Europe. 

If we do not want this valuable and vibrant resource to be damaged and undermined by the ongoing unprecedented crisis, we should urgently put in place concrete and effective policy tools to protect and support the people working in culture and the arts. The contemporary solutions should focus on avoiding the further precarisation of artists and cultural professionals and prevent the talent drain in the CCSs. Moreover, an EU action in this field should consider the growing imbalances between Member States that hinder cross-border artistic collaboration, which is an essential element of a united, social and human Europe.

In this regard, we warmly welcome the CULT Committee’s Report on the situation of artists and the cultural recovery in the EU voted on by the European Parliament on the 20th of October. The Report sets a long-awaited and comprehensive vision on addressing a wide range of the most persistent matters linked to the situation of artists and cultural professionals and puts forward a number of viable proposals, such as:

  • remove the competition law obstacle to collective bargaining for self-employed, taking the broadest possible approach;
  • adopt comprehensive guidelines regarding the access of cultural workers to social security, sickness insurance, unemployment insurance and pension schemes;
  • guarantee fair, appropriate and proportionate remuneration of authors and performers for the online use of their works and performances;
  • review the practice of buy-out clauses that deprive authors and performers of royalties and other remunerations. 

We endorse the Report’s ambitious and relevant approach and hope the European Commission and Member States will seize the momentum to make tangible progress in improving the socio-economic status of millions of European cultural and artistic professionals. In this regard, we would like to highlight the following areas of action:

European Semester
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion should integrate the CCSs in the European Semester, to create a framework for a consistent monitoring of the Member States’ progress in regard to improving the socio-economic situation of artists and cultural professionals, as well as for a continuous review of the indicators in regard to public spending on culture. 

Council Work Plan for Culture 2023-2026
Member States should include working conditions of artists and cultural professionals as one of the priority themes of the Council Work Plan for Culture 2023-2026.  It is necessary to constructively use the learnings and outputs of the activities undertaken as part of the current Work Plan, such as the Voices of Culture Report, the European Commission study “​​The status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals” and the ongoing OMC process.

Renewed Agenda for Culture 
The New Agenda for Culture 2018 remains relevant in its part of harnessing the core values of culture (social, economic, international). However, it does not reflect the consequences of the upheaval the pandemic brought to the cultural and creative ecosystem and the society at large. Today, the EU discourse on culture must shift from the strong focus on possible spill-overs culture can create for society and economy towards designing viable strategies for making the cultural and creative ecosystem itself more sustainable, fair and inclusive.

EU Action Plan on Artistic Freedom
DG Education and Culture should design an EU action plan for protecting artistic freedom, in the framework of  the EU Democracy Action Plan. As COVID-19 times have reduced artistic production and presentation, the capability of the artistic communities across the whole world to stimulate and feed critical reflection and socio-political engagements and debates have been drastically reduced. On top of that, in some of the Member States, the most critical and independent artistic voices have been deprived of emergency support and excluded from the long-term recovery plans. Therefore, the freedom of artistic expression must be high on the EU’s agenda.

EDN Carte Blanche Artist Exchange

August 18-21, 2022

The exchange of artistic practices in Bassano del Grappa

Between August 18-21, 2022, CSC Bassano del Grappa will host the Carte Blanche Artist Exchange. EDN members are invited to register for participation and travel support of their associated artists, producers and programmers.


EDN Atelier: Tools for Transformation

July 7-8, 2022

Atelier held in Dresden between July 7-8, 2022 is open to both EDN members and other international participants.

The event will take place at HELLERAU European Center for the Arts, Dresden and will include workshops, lectures, working groups, networking and performances. Registration deadline is June 15, 2022.


Seminar Equity in Dance Production

July 1, 2022

What are we doing and what are we missing?

EDN organizes a seminar on equity and dance production, taking place live at Theatre Museum, Helsinki in the context the Ice Hot Nordic Dance Platform 2022 on July 1, 2022 between 13:30-14:30 PM (Helsinki time) with live stream for online audience.


EDN Forum: EDN Think-In in Barcelona

June 28-29, 2022

Research and Advocacy Meeting and General Assembly of EDN members

EDN Think-In and General Assembly will take place in Barcelona on June 28-29, 2022, hosted by Mercat de les Flors during the Grec Festival. The Think-In will also be the opportunity for the members to actively contribute to EDNext’s campaign during a Research and Advocacy Meeting. 

EDN Think-In and General Assembly in Barcelona is for EDN members only.


Perform Europe's Impact Event

June 13, 2022

Perform Europe Impact: for a more sustainable way of touring in Europe

As Perform Europe slowly comes to a close, we are taking a look at what we have learned, how we see the future and what happens next. Event will be live-streamed on Perform Europe's Facebook and YouTube channel.


EDNext Activities in 2022


Upcoming activities within EDNext programme in 2022

European Dancehouse Network announces numerous activities for EDN members and dance field professionals (artists, producers, curators, researchers) in 2022. 


Irish Pilot of Artists Basic Income

EDN member Dance Ireland as a certifying organisation

The Irish Government has launched a new and pioneering pilot scheme to support artists and creative arts workers. The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will examine, over a 3 year period, the impact of a basic income on artists and creative arts workers. The application portal will open at 1pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.


Aerowaves is seeking CEO/Director

March 29, 2022

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, March 29 at 12.00 GMT.

The board of Aerowaves is seeking to appoint an outstanding CEO/Director to lead the network into the next phase of development as Aerowaves Founder John Ashford steps down after twenty-five years.


EDN Statement on Situation in Ukraine

Official statement from the Board of directors of EDN

On behalf of the EDN's Board of directors, president Laurent Meheust wrote an official statement regarding the situation in Ukraine. 


European Dance Platforms in 2022

Jan - Dec 2022

What's happening in 2022?

What is happening in 2022 in European dance field? Platforms, festivals and other international events.


EDNext – European Dancehouse Network Granted European Union Funding for Networks

EDN will continue to expand the reach and impact of both its network and activities

European Dancehouse Network is pleased to announce we have been selected for the European Union funding (Network Strand) with the project EDNext 2022-2024. Find a summary of the objectives and the upcoming activities below. This granted funding would not be made possible without the input of our members and their constructive ideas. 


EDN endorses policy paper

EU action towards a sustainable and fair situation of artists and cultural professionals

EDN endorses policy paper, co-drafted by IETM and EAEA - European Arts and Entertainment Alliance and endorsed by Circostrada, EFA - the European Festivals Association, TEH - Trans Europe Halles and EDN.


"Fit for the Future" Series of Research Papers

Four publications commissioned by EDN in 2021

In 2021, European Dancehouse Network commisioned partner organizations and researchers to investigate the key trends and relations between dance and well-being, dance and mobility, digital shifts in the dance field before and post-pandemic time, as well as how dance could contribute to EU’s external relations. All papers are available for download.


Post-Brexit Mobility

23 June - 20 October 2021

Continuing exchange and cooperation between Europe and the UK - why and how?

EDN organises a series of three webinars on the impacts of Brexit on the mobility flows in the dance field between the UK and Europe. 


EDN announces Forum ‘Dance and its audience’

12 October 2021

Online Forum co-organized by The Place & Sadler’s Wells

The online forum co-organized by EDN and The Place & Sadler's Wells will invite artists, producers, promoters, and other dance professionals from all over Europe for online discussions. 


EDN Atelier in Dresden (Germany)

30 Sep -2 Oct 2021

EDN Atelier will take place in Dresden (Germany) between 30 Sep & 2 October 2021

In the frame of the dance festival “Dancing About”, TANZPAKT Dresden, HELLERAU and Villa Wigman will be hosting an EDN Atelier with the topic “Mobility of Artists, Mobility of Ideas”.


EDN announces new members

30 June 2021

EDN now consists of 47 members from 28 different countries

On Annual General Assembly in June 2021, EDN members have unanimously accepted Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and AREAL | space for choreographic development as new members of our network.


Perform Europe’s call for international touring and distribution grants is now open

15 June - 7 July 2021

The applications for step 1 are open until 7 July at 23:59 CEST on the Perform Europe Digital Platform.

This call is open to all performing arts producers (organisations, companies, artists, collectives) and presenters (venues, festivals and any type of organisation offering a presenting context) based in all the Creative Europe countries and in the UK. We are particularly trying to reach out to all the professionals who belong / feel like they belong to an underrepresented group within the performing arts landscape.


EDN Carte Blanche for Communication Teams

May - October 2021

A new informal and recurring online gathering for EDN Communication Teams

One hour online gatherings on Fridays every 3-4 weeks for members of the Communication Departments at EDN members.


Carte Blanche Staff Exchange 2021

April - September 2021

Carte Blanche in online format

Since 2014, EDN offers the possibility for its members to have a staff placement in another dancehouse. Due to the COVID-19, an online format is introduced. 


EDN signs the "Reactivate Cultural Life in Europe" letter

Culture must be included in each and every National Recovery and Resilience Plan

In the open letter published by the group of 110+ pan-European networks, coordinated by Culture Action Europe, the European cultural community call on the Member States and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe.


What’s Next in Restructuring the Dance Ecosystem

Dec 10th, 2020

online conference hosted by European Dancehouse Network

Acknowledging the challenges the European dance sector is facing, EDN’s online conference provides insights into adaptive measures across Europe, emerging practices and current needs, envisioning a renewed dance ecosystem after a period of crisis.


#DanceAndWellBeing Campaign

Nov 2020 - Feb 2021

Raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing

EDN campaign raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing with weekly online dance classes by EDN members associated artists.


EDN joins Perform Europe

18-month project to design a future support scheme for cross-border touring and digital distribution of the performing arts

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.