Group 1 of the Session 22-23

European countries are facing, to varying degrees, a phenomenon of ageing of their populations. In 2020, 20.6% of the European population is over 65. In France, the proportion of people over 60 is much higher than the proportion under 20. Public policies have to take into account these major demographic changes: how do cultural policies understand them? What are the reflections and projects undertaken by the cultural structures to address this category of the population, which is both growing in number and evolving in its practices and expectations, quite different from certain dated stereotypes concerning them (we are no longer “old” in 2022 as in 1960 or even in 1980) and very varied (depending on social classes, but also the ages of seniors)?
How, in paying attention to this growing share of the elderly population, can we not lose sight of the challenges of transmission but also of intergenerational sharing in terms of culture? How can we also take part in a cultural dialogue with other nations whose demographic dynamics are quite different?
To reflect on these issues, you will also rely on international comparisons and projects in countries other than France.

Issues related to:
- Accessibility of cultural sites
- Transmission of professional know-how
- Career development in cultural occupations


REFEREE: MARC DROUET, Regional Director of Cultural Affairs of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region

Group Members:

  • Cécile BACKES, director, previously director of the Comédie de Béthune
  • Leila BENAOUALI, Director, Dans6T Association
  • Pascale BEYAERT, Liaison Officer for the Ministry of Culture for the Interdepartmental Crisis Committee
  • William JOUVE, book and reading advisor, archives, French language and languages of France, DRAC Provence- Alpes- Côte d'Azur
  • Pauline LAVAGNE DORTIGUE, head of the public innovation mission, interdepartmental directorate for public transformation
  • Agnès VATICAN, General Curator of Heritage Director of the Departmental Archives of the Gironde