The ENCATC Congress proposes a joint reflection on the changing environment and context that post-digital culture has brought to cultural policies. In addition to that, cultural policy across the world faces the challenge of responding effectively to ongoing changes. By way of example, more than ever, trust emerges as a crucial concept in a post-digital world. Will cultural policies be able to help build trust among cultural actors in an uncertain future? What other challenges emerge for the arts in a post-digital world? How may cultural policy help face those challenges?

Furthermore, it is to be highlighted that, in addition to the agenda of the Cultural ministries and state departments, culture and the arts are or can be used as an instrument in other areas. What are the benefits and impacts of the practical use of concept of cultural and creative industries on culture itself? Or what’s the role of creativity and artistic expression in achieving global political and social goals such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals? At the same time, however, there may be concerns about maximizing the use of the positive influence of culture – i.e. its utilitarian exploitation –, while limiting its natural development and jeopardizing its basic, immanent value. Should we be on guard?

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