To Make the Silos Dance – Mainstreaming Culture into EU Policy, by Gijs de Vries

To Make the Silos Dance is a paper written by Gijs de Vries, commissioned by ECF as a contribution to the Cultural Deal for Europe. Gijs de Vries is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where his research areas include international cultural relations.

As Gijs de Vries writes in his introduction of To Make the Silos Dance: “There are three main reasons why culture matters to Europe and why it should figure more prominently in EU policy. Culture matters intrinsically; it is central to a life worth living. Culture also matters as a central component of our societies and economies. Finally, culture matters existentially, as a principal but vulnerable dimension of our common identity as Europeans.”