Report on link between democracy and culture

The European Commission has published the report “Culture and Democracy, the evidence - how citizens’ participation in cultural activities enhances civic engagement, democracy and social cohesion”.

The report shows that those participating regularly in cultural activities are more likely to vote, volunteer and participate in community activities, projects and organisations. It maps and analyses the link between cultural participation and engagement in civic and democratic life, independent of a person’s socio-economic background or education level.

Cultural activities can also help people bridge social boundaries of race/ethnicity, religion, gender, age, nationality and occupational status.

They are also a powerful means of communicating across language barriers and of including vulnerable populations such as women, refugees, migrants, ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTIQ+ communities.