The editors at Culture Matters are putting together a document about cultural democracy and cultural policy, to help inform and influence the thinking of the labour movement and Labour Party. It will build on our general approach to culture in the light of all the articles we've received, cultural education workshops we've delivered, and cultural policy interventions we've made over the last few years. It will articulate an inclusive, democratic and socialist approach to culture which recognises, as Raymond Williams recognised, that 'culture is ordinary' and 'culture is everything'. It will set out some general principles and contain some detailed policy suggestions covering the arts, sport, the media, education and other areas of cultural activity which are essential to our liberation, development and well-being.
Mike Quille is a writer, reviewer and arts editor, and co-managing editor of Culture Matters.