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Virginie Berger, founder of the DBTH agency

Cultures With
December 6, 2013

Virginie Berger is the founder of the DBTH agency, based in Paris. The agency specializes in strategy and business development for creative industries, innovative services, technologies and new media, particularly at international level.  Convinced that the development of creative industries and digital cultures is crucial for economic and social development, Virginie affirms her position that culture plays a fundamental role in sustainable development.

“It is impossible to move forward without culture. Culture is related to democracy, to public and political expression, and through art, for example, to the emancipation of women, and of men as well, of course; it is also linked to education, since people must be educated about culture. In fact, I don’t think democracy can really be established without culture. Without a firmly established democracy, there is no economy. And without an economy, you can’t work on development.

Imagine what can happen from a political point of view: for example, when a dictator comes to power in a country, he destroys culture – just shuts it out –, as is unfortunately happening right now in many Eastern and Middle Eastern countries, but that’s just the beginning. Look at what they are doing in Afghanistan, for example. They’re shutting out culture, curbing expansion, imprisoning artists, singers, and actors, precisely because they facilitate the development of culture. Without culture, there’s no economy and without an economy, sustainable development is not possible.”



Gender and media: a global forum organized by UNESCO

December 5, 2013

From December 2 to 4, 2013, a global forum about women in the media was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum, organized by UNESCO, follows up on the strategic objectives established at the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. Indeed, the topic of "Women and the Media" is one of the priorities set by the Beijing Declaration and the Programme for Action which was adopted at the end of the conference.

By the numbers

With 74.6 bn euros in turnover, French culture stands up to the crisis

December 9, 2013

The study “The basis of French influence and competitiveness”, published in November 2013 by EY (formerly Ernst & Young), has taken an unprecedented look at the overall landscape in the cultural and creative industries, a prosperous sector that could prove vital for the economic health of the country.

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