Economic and social impacts of culture: Med Culture study analyses Fes world sacred music festival
June 20, 2016
The EU-funded project Med Culture carried out a study on the social and economic impacts of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (Morocco) as well as its symbolic value at a time when culture is increasingly becoming a point of focus (and contestation) of development programmes devoted to EU partner countries in the Southern Mediterranean.
The objective was to find the extent to which the Festival contributes to job creation and provide evidence of financial returns, as well as assess its benefits in terms of building the city’s image and that of the country in general.
Med Culture is an EU-funded regional programme with the aim of sustaining the creation of institutional and social environments propitious to culture as a vector for freedom of expression and sustainable development. This should be accomplished by reinforcing the capacities of the public and private cultural sectors as vectors for democratisation, and economic and social development for societies in the Southern Mediterranean.
Med Culture is part of the regional programme “Media and culture for development in the Southern Mediterranean” which has been allocated a total budget of €17 million over a four-year period, of which €9 million is for the award of grants on a co-financing basis, and €8 million for one capacity-development mechanism on media (Med Media) and one capacity development mechanism on culture (Med Culture). (EU Neighbourhood Info)