Internationalization, digitization and new audiences, keys to the Consello da Cultura


Continuing to work on the internationalization of Galician culture, deepening the digital strategy, seeking new audiences or consolidating the relevance of the name and role of the Consello da Cultura Galega are some of the keys with which Rosario Álvarez faces his second mandate in head of this institution.

This was explained this Thursday during a parliamentary appearance to discuss the strategy he is proposing for the period 2022-2026 and which comes as a preliminary step to his official appointment.after being re-elected, by the Council of the Xunta.

Álvarez began his appearance by explaining that the program planned for the period 2018-2022 It was “largely filled” despite the pandemic, which reduced aspects such as “going abroad”, but increased activities thanks to digitization.

Another of the challenges executed during this period, he stressed, was to strengthen the production of reports and documents to “measure the situation of the cultural sector almost day by day” and its effects on the pandemic. “Someone had to assess the impact of the health crisis on the sector,” said Álvarez, who highlighted the “extraordinary effort” made by the Galician Council of Culture.

This effort, he added, was made even despite a little supervision – albeit with “excellent professionals” – which he chose to reinforce, which would lead to “strengthening” the representative role of the Council itself. To all programming, Rosario Álvarez extended the need to “uniting the Galician cultural ecosystem”, this is what the work of the CCG is committed to and its ability to be a “convergence space” between the different actors.

He also considers it “imperative” to “extend the base of the Council” and “to integrate a broader, plural and changing set of competent voices in very diverse fields”, an action that the regulations allow through the “commissions temporary”. “The need to broaden the base is due to the fact that the Council must constantly manifest itself on the most varied subjects”said Rosario Álvarez, which “forces us to be very careful to have the best specialists” and with a “plural approach”.

As for programming, it will continue to focus on seven types of activities: face-to-face initiatives, such as forums; digital programming; advisory reports and activities; exhibitions; publication; archives of funds and communication.

Lines of action for 2022-2026

During her appearance, Rosario Álvarez also defended the lines of action for her mandate for the next four years, which she set out in the form of a decalogue. So he betr “continue to seek the structuring of the seven types of intervention in a coherent program”for working on the dissemination and digital programming strategy and for strengthening the “brand” of the Consello da Cultura Galega.

She also stressed the need to continue to exploit the institution’s archives, to increase them, and to “give visibility” to other funds, particularly photographic ones. “Faithful to the principles of culture as a right”, the members of the GCC will continue to “bet on equal opportunities in access to culture” and on the obligation of this institution to Galician culture.

Again, Rosario Álvarez stressed the need to work for a “cohesion of the Galician cultural ecosystem”, paying particular attention to the base culture and the territory as a whole, as well as seeking strategies to reach new audiences.

The internationalization of culture, the development of a program of external action which “goes hand in hand” with the general program and the celebration throughout this mandate of the The institution’s 40th anniversary will also guide CCG’s plans for the next few years.

The PSOE and the BNG criticize the involvement of the Xunta

During the session, the political groups thanked talk by Rosario Alvarez, whom they congratulated on his re-election. The PSdeG and the BNG have also criticized what they say is the lack of support from the Xunta to this institution.

So the the socialist deputy Noa Díaz criticized “the negligence to which the Galician government has submitted” to this body, both in terms of “political recognition” and budget. That is why, for this next mandate, he hoped that the attitude of the Xunta will change and that “the Galician Council of Culture will finally be the indispensable tool to help define cultural policies” in Galicia.

Along the same lines, the member for BNG Mercedes Queixas, who praised the role of the GCC in areas such as the Galician language and its “participatory” action, regretted that there was not “a Galician government at the height of this highest statutory institution” which, did he recalled, “has not yet recovered the 2008 budgets”.

On the contrary, the popular Teresa Egerique guaranteed the collaboration of the Xunta with the Council of Culture, an organization that has highlighted its importance as an adviser, preparer of reports and disseminator of the cultural heritage of Galicia. Regarding its budget, Egerique said that “a policy of increasing budgets is carried out in Galician culture”, in line with the current situation, and that the Xunta “is on the right track to meet expectations and objectives “.

On the budget issue, Rosario Álvarez criticized the funds that the Xunta allocates to this institution, whose accounts “do not increase”. “No nos vemos desatendidos de manera general, pero a veces un poco sí”, ha admittedido la presidenta, que ha señalado que, if se tiene en cuenta “el coste de la vida”, en la práctica el Consello “tiene menos dinero del that he had”.

“Our budget isn’t increasing incrementally, it seems, but no. And someone has to fix that,” Rosario Alvarez said, who recalled that they could do “a lot more” if there were “resources” and clarified that they “relyed a lot on volunteerism” to carry out initiatives.

The Board, the President pointed out, has yet to reach 2008 budget levels, For this reason, he criticized the data before the pandemic. “When they announce year after year that they are ‘the biggest budgets in the community’, then we say to ourselves, why don’t we get anything?”, He managed.

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