Salon Culture #3: Interview withTina Ellen Lee, Opera Circus by Culture Action Europe published on 2019-02-26T12:10:26Z Why must culture be central in rebuilding Europe? How does culture foster development of sustainable and resilient societies? Why should culture and the arts get a substantial financial support? Culture Action Europe discusses cultural policy developments with experts, policy-makers, artists, activists, partners and friends. Salon Culture #3 is dedicated to Culture and Education. European institutions have long acknowledged the benefits of arts and cultural education. ‘Cultural awareness and expression’, understood 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, is one of the eight key competences that the Union set forth in lifelong learning. In the current political and social context, cultural awareness and expression emerges as a core competence supporting the values of democracy, fostering active citizenship and positive self-awareness, as well as intercultural dialogue. In this episode, Culture Action Europe is in conversation with Tina Ellen Lee on the importance of putting culture in every single policy field. Tina Ellen Lee is the Artistic Director of Opera Circus, an arts organisation based in Dorset, UK and Europe which commissions and produces new chamber opera and music theatre and works with young people through informal arts education. Tina was an opera singer, actress, voice over artist as well as producing over 30 documentaries, co-founding Opera Circus in 1991. She was invited to Srebrenica, Bosnia in 2008 to work with young people determined to use the arts to develop their community. The Complete Freedom of Truth international youth arts programme and network began in 2014. This ongoing process with young people led to a number of awards and fellowships, including the European Citizen’s Prize in 2015.