Revaluing culture

On 27 October the WRR released ‘Revaluing culture’, an essay based on Cultuur herwaarderen published in March 2015.


The cultural sector is increasingly facing questions about its value for society and the economy. In the first place, however, attention needs to be focused on strengthening the cultural sector itself. Only then can the sector take on new challenges. Cultural policy can make a key contribution here. At present, artists, cultural entrepreneurs and cultural institutions are missing too many opportunities, partly because of a lack of knowledge about their potential public, deficiencies in the match between arts education and the labour market and the limited role played by private investment in funding the cultural sector. These are some of the points raised in the WRR report ‘Revaluing culture’ (Cultuur herwaarderen) that was presented earlier this year to the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ms. Jet Bussemaker. ‘Revaluing culture’ is an essay based on the first chapter of this publication edited by Erik Schrijvers, Anne-Greet Keizer and Godfried Engbersen. Beside this chapter, this publication contains contributions from Hasan Bakhshi, Dave O’Brien, Roberta Comunian, Koen van Eijck, and Robert C. Kloosterman.

Cultuur herwaarderen was presented to the Flemish minister of Culture, Youth and Media at the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren on 27 October at 20.00 hrs. by WRR council member Godfried Engbersen.

‘Revaluing culture’ and Cultuur herwaarderenare both available at Amsterdam University Press and on this website.