Cultural awareness and expression Cultural awareness and expression

As defined in the Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning (2006/962/EC):

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.

Essential knowledge, skills and attitudes related to this competence:
Cultural knowledge includes an awareness of local, national and European cultural heritage and their place in the
world. It covers a basic knowledge of major cultural works, including popular contemporary culture. It is essential to
understand the cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe and other regions of the world, the need to preserve it and
the importance of aesthetic factors in daily life.

Skills relate to both appreciation and expression: the appreciation and enjoyment of works of art and performances as
well as self-expression through a variety of media using one' s innate capacities. Skills include also the ability to relate
one's own creative and expressive points of view to the opinions of others and to identify and realise social and
economic opportunities in cultural activity. Cultural expression is essential to the development of creative skills, which
can be transferred to a variety of professional contexts.

A solid understanding of one's own culture and a sense of identity can be the basis for an open attitude towards and
respect for diversity of cultural expression. A positive attitude also covers creativity, and the willingness to cultivate
aesthetic capacity through artistic self-expression and participation in cultural life.