Cooperatives for Culture 2022

September 26, 2022






Join ICA’s side-event at the historic UNESCO Mondiacult 2022!

Entitled “Cooperatives are Key Stakeholders in advancing SDGs through Culture and the Creative Sector”, it will take place as an hybrid event on the 26 September from Belgium and Costa Rica. It means that you can either follow the event online or attend onsite in Bruxelles or San José.

Cooperative Culture and Cultural Heritage
The idea and practice of organising shared interests in cooperatives was recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2016.

Cooperatives in the Cultural and Creative Sector
Cooperatives offer a suitable model to ensure decent work conditions in the cultural creative sector. Cooperatives are proven to build resilience during difficult times, such as the current COVID-19 crisis.
Cooperatives can also be key in providing assistance in vulnerable working contexts and fighting undeclared work. CECOP’s report “Lights on” sheds light on this latter issue.

Promoting Cooperative Culture through Education
According to the ILO, “in order to ensure cooperatives and wider SSE businesses present a viable model for the CCS; there is the need to include these models in education and training curricula taking into account national settings and regulations, as well as the national business and cultural environments” (ILO, 2021).

The 5th cooperative principle: Education, Training and Information contributes to the advancement of SDG 4: Quality Education.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the role of coops in the cultural and creative sector. 
Is your cooperative working in this field? Tell us in a short video (max 2 minutes) and send it to


September 26, 2022
13:00-17:00 CET

The office of Smart Belgium in Brussels.
The Office of Cooperatives of the Americas in San José, Costa Rica.

A hybrid event, in-person and online.


Questions on this event? Contact Santosh Kumar (


Main Topics of the Side Event:


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