Subirats wants to torpedoing the rigidity of the administration
The Culture Commissioner of the Barcelona City Council considers it important to facilitate access to culture because “it will be essential to get on the social elevator in the 21st century”

LAURA SIERRA Barcelona 06/26/2018 12:00

The problem of a discussion with a university professor who is an expert in public policies may never touch the difficult and complex reality. The commissioner of Culture of the City council of Barcelona, ​​Joan Subirats, in the conference that offered yesterday in the Circle of Culture dodged the danger enough well. Using warlike similes, he assured that he wants to “torpedo” the rigid and distant architecture of the administration to promote cultural policies that are more decentralized, closer and less homogeneous. In fact, specifically cited programs such as In Residence (which takes artistic projects in the institutes) or Vozes and Musical Flow (working in the integration through music).

According to Subirats, it is important to facilitate access to culture because it will be essential to climb the social elevator in the 21st century, a possibility that in the 20th century ensured only education and health. Why now we have to add culture? Subirats resorts to Bauman: “Before education built ballistic missiles”, perfect to aim at a specific goal. As he is convinced that we live in the uncertainty of a paradigm shift – “we can no longer think in terms of crisis or going out of the tunnel”, he says – he believes that at this time “we need intelligent missiles that can be reprogrammed in full will”, and That means “flexible, enterprising, creative citizens, with the ability to work in groups, innovate …”. “The cultural backpack is the one that ends up conferring these virtues that the educational stiffness no woman”, exposes. Therefore, this shows that “informal education” (music, dance, leisure …) is not considered important when in fact it is absolutely fundamental.

Subirats defense that this knowledge enters the educational field and warns of the high risk of generating inequalities if that is not the case. Hence his obsession with access to culture. “Diversity is a value – defense – this forces us to change many things, to make more decentralized cultural policies, that take into account the city, the neighborhoods, not to think as much about the canon and excellence as in the elements that we have to the reality to make the values ​​that exist exist, “he says. Its tools are a network of dense and fairly well distributed spaces: 50 civic centers, 40 libraries, 32 centers, 17 athenaeums and 10 music houses. “Cultural policies must be re-politicized: see who wins and who loses in each decision,” he said. Subirats wants to think about “the real Barcelona, ​​the metropolitan, of 3.2 million people and 600 km 2”: “We will not go out with the small Barcelona, ​​of 1.6 million people and 100 km2,” he says. No reference to large equipment, or sectoral aid, or creators.

As you were reminded from the public, it will not be easy. And it’s not that it has not been tried before. It is also true that the City Council has more tools than anyone: it dedicates 90 euros per inhabitant to culture, while the Generalitat devotes 35 and Madrid, 58.

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