Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, launched this Thursday, September 12 at the Ministry of Culture, the first annual session of the Cycle of Higher Studies of Culture (CHEC), composed of 38 auditors from diverse backgrounds and selected through a call for applications launched last March.

CHEC has a triple objective of breaking down barriers, sharing and renewing approaches. It will enable listeners to build a strategic vision, debated and shared on the major issues of cultural policies in the face of contemporary changes, nationally and internationally.

The Round will run from September 2019 to June 2020, with nine modules lasting two to three days per month, in various cultural venues, both institutional and operational, whose activities are related to the themes covered. The programme will be informed by multiple perspectives and experiences from researchers, elected officials, artists, heads of cultural institutions and the listeners themselves. The cross-cutting theme of “Territories of Cultures” was chosen for this first annual session.

The 2019-2020 session began at the Ministry of Culture with a first module on the theme "Cultural policies: what goals, for which audiences, and with which actors?" , opened by Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, introducing the role of CHEC in relation to the major issues of cultural policies.

The vitality of culture in France depends on the richness and diversity of its actors. It is my hope that, in the past, this mobilizing experience that will be CHEC, its listeners will continue, in the long term, to come together to act together, eager to patiently convince that ambitious and shared cultural policies must be supported.” , Franck Riester, Minister of Culture.

The other two days of this first module (13 and 14 September) will be held in Bourges, in order to situate the major issues of cultural policies in a territorial context, combining overall analysis and concrete testimonies. The auditors will work there on September 13 at the Jacques Coeur Palace at the invitation of the Centre des monuments nationaux, and on September 14, alongside site visits, as part of the Salon d'Honneur of the Bourges Town Hall.

During these 10 months, the auditors will also have to carry out group work on topics that fall under the overall theme of «Territories of Cultures». The proposed topics are:

- Arts and cultural education, territories and digital

- Support of cultural commons by public cultural actors

- Improving the bridges between the cultural and artistic fields and the sciences

- Changes in built heritage

- Cultural rights at the service of the citizen and territorial link

- Business and Cultural Connection

The composition of the working groups will ensure that the diversity of auditor profiles is reflected. At the end of the session in June 2020, this work will lead to a report and a presentation to all auditors and directors of the Ministry of Culture.

The call for nominations for the 2020-2021 session will be open in March 2020.

Find all the information about CHEC and the first annual session on the website of the Ministry of Culture: www.culture.gouv.fr/chec