The Cultural Awareness and Expression Handbook is the outcome of the work undertaken by a group of 25 EU Member States, under the Council Work Plans for Culture 2011-2014/2015-2018, which implement the European Agenda for Culture.
Cultural awareness and expression is one of the 8 key competence fundamental for every individual as set by the EU in 2006.
It is defined as the « appreciation of the importance of the creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions in a range of media, including music, performing arts, literature, and the visual arts. »
The handbook aims to provide policymakers with inspiring practices and targeted recommendations with regards to cultural awareness and expression.