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Cyberkaris, nº 80 - May 2009

Cyberkaris is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation for all those interested in news and happenings in the field of international cultural policies and cultural cooperation.

From Interarts

Euro-African Campus on Cultural Cooperation (Maputo, Mozambique, 22-26 June) – registration period open

The Euro-African Campus for Cultural Cooperation will be held in Maputo, Mozambique, on 22-26 June 2009. It is an initiative of the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) and the Interarts Foundation, held in partnership with the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and in cooperation with the City of Maputo and the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Mozambique. Other sponsors include Africalia and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The main aim of the Campus is to provide a meeting, training and exchange point for cultural agents in Africa and Europe to reflect, transfer knowledge, exchange experiences and discuss possible joint initiatives in the field of cultural cooperation, in the broader context of the contribution of culture to sustainable development. With over 80% of speakers confirmed by now, the registration period remains open. Please register as soon as possible, as places are limited. The Campus programme, a registration sheet and practical information is available at

Cultural Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health: field visit to Bolivia

On 29 March – 1 April, within the framework of the project “Cultural instruments for the improvement of sexual and reproductive health”, Interarts carried out a field trip to La Paz, Bolivia, to have first-hand information on the advancements of the project. The visit included meetings with representatives of UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) and the Technical Office of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development. Since the 1st phase of the project (2007-08) there have been many conceptual and technical developments and other favourable conditions such as the recent approval of the new Constitution in Bolivia. All this has served to place the theme of cultural rights within the framework of sexual and reproductive health. The second phase of the project includes elements of awareness-raising, capacity-building and regularisation of cultural rights in sexual and reproductive health making good use of the products elaborated in the first phase and giving support to the strengthening of the National Council of Health of Indigenous People and CNAMIB (the National Confederation of Indigenous Women in Bolivia). More information at and

FOMECC (Promotion of Creative and Cultural Industries) gains ground

Following the example of Medellín, Colombia, where the second phase of the project will reach the successful end of its second phase, the FOMECC projects, supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), are following a trend of consolidation and adaptation to a diverse range of contexts. Forthcoming events linked to each project attest to this. The first of a series of four training programmes aimed at cultural entrepreneurs in Senegal will open in Dakar on 7 May, marking the formal launch of the project carried out by the Association des Métiers de la Musique au Sénégal and Interarts. In Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, a public awareness and dissemination week will take place on 11-15 May, in the context of the launch of the first call for entrepreneurs. The project is managed by the 'Santa Rosa vive el Arte'' programme and Interarts. Finally, the project in Colombia, led by the Faculty of the Arts of the University of Antioquia and Interarts, will also hold a series of dissemination events on 18-23 May, as part of its second phase, where the connection between cultural businesses and the local economic sector, one of the main aims of FOMECC projects, will become clear. For further information, visit

Euromedinculture Citizenship: participation in regional forums

In the framework of the Euromedinculture Citizenship, the first set of regional forums took place in France, Spain and Portugal in April. The events enabled the local population to discuss the cultural dimension of the EU and the themes of the European Agenda on Culture. Interarts took part in the Spanish and Portuguese forums, which were held respectively in Seville on 16 April and Guimaraes on 17 April. Gathering approximately 120 people in total, they dealt with a range of issues including cultural consumption and participation, the role of local authorities in fostering cultural policies which can bring together tradition and innovation, cultural diversity and civil society, etc. Citizens, including cultural professionals and public decision-makers, to keep participating in the project, by responding to the project's questionnaire and taking part in forthcoming regional forums in Liverpool (7 May), Munich (13 May) and Malta (28 May). The ideas and proposals collected will feed into a larger European forum, which will involve participants in the 8 regional forums, as well as representatives from other European and Mediterranean countries, with the aim of identifying common themes and working proposals. The European Forum, due to be held in Montpellier, France, on 2-3 July, will close the public consultation period on European cultural policy. In order to access the reports of previous meetings and information on forthcoming events, please visit

Attendance of the Colloquium on EU-ACP cultural relations

On 2-3 April, the European Commission organised an international colloquium entitled “Culture and Creativity: Vectors for Development” in Brussels. In the framework of EU cooperation with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, the event gathered over 500 participants. It was preceded by a series of professional workshops, where practitioners in a range of fields in the arts and culture analysed the present state of EU-ACP cultural relations and formulated a series of recommendations. These were later collected in the so-called 'Brussels Declaration by Artists and Cultural Professionals and Entrepreneurs'. Interarts attended the event. For further details, visit


Launch of the World Digital Library

On 21 April, UNESCO, the US Library of Congress and 31 other partner institutions launched the World Digital Library, a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives around the world. The site includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs, which are made available free of charge. For further information, visit

Iberoamerican Ministers of Culture meet in Lisbon

The 12th Iberoamerican Conference of Culture, a gathering of the culture ministers of Iberoamerican countries, was held in Lisbon on 22 April. The meeting focused primarily on the role of the Portuguese and Spanish language as tools of identity, creativity and multiculturalism. On the occasion, the Organisation of Iberoamerican States (OEI) also presented a new database which provides access to the documents resulting from the Iberoamerican conferences of culture held since 1997. For further details, visit


Spanish Ministry of Culture: scholarships for cultural management studies

The Spanish Ministry of Culture has launched its annual call for applications aimed at cultural professionals from Iberoamerican countries, Equatorial Guinea or the Philippines wishing to enrol in cultural management courses in Spain. A list of eligible courses is provided alongside the call. The deadline for applications is 4 May. For further details, visit

Casa Asia: Ruy de Clavijo scholarships for cultural research and cooperation

In the framework of its Ruy de Clavijo programme, Barcelona-based Casa Asia has launched the 2010 call for grants, which will provide support to nine cultural cooperation and research initiatives in Asia and the Pacific region. Eligible applicants include Spanish citizens, EU citizens residing in Spain, as well as Iberoamerican and Asian citizens. The deadline for applications is 29 May. For further details, visit

IFACCA: Intercultural Dialogue through the Arts and Culture – public survey

As part of the preparations for the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture in September 2009, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) has commissioned the ERICarts Institute to conduct a survey on the claim that intercultural dialogue has become a new priority for arts and cultural policymakers around the world. A survey available in English, French and Spanish has been produced to this end. Contributions are expected by 15 May. For further information, visit

European Commission – public consultation on the European heritage label

The European Heritage Label was launched as an intergovernmental initiative by several European states in 2007, with the aim of strengthening the support of European citizens for a shared European identity and fostering a sense of belonging to a common cultural space. In November 2008, a proposal was made to transform the current intergovernmental European Heritage Label into a formal European Union initiative. The European Commission has launched an impact assessment on this proposal, which includes a public consultation open until 15 May. For further details, visit

LabforCulture: sharing experiences on the financial crisis

LabforCulture has recently created a dedicated online space featuring articles and stories on the impact of the financial crisis on the culture and arts sector around the world. An interactive space providing for the exchange of experiences and views has also been set up. It is available at

Music and the Arts in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building – call for papers

Music and Arts in Action (MAiA), a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal, invites
submissions for a special issue examining the role of music and the arts in conflict
transformation, peace building and peace movements, to appear in winter 2009/10. The deadline for papers is 1 October 2009. For further details, visit


Declaration of Intent for the Cooperation among Euroamerican Cultural Networks

On the occasion of the 6th Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation, which was held in Buenos Aires in March, eight networks signed the 'Declaration of Intent for the Creation of a Cooperation Framework among Euroamerican Cultural Networks'. The document identifies four basic principles in order to foster collaboration, namely: cooperation, innovation, research and training. The text of the agreement has now been made available in several languages on the Internet, and its authors invite other networks to join the initiative. For further details, visit

Asia-Europe Dialogue on Arts, Culture and Climate Change – conference report

In October 2008, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), in association with Cultura21 international and other organisations, conducted the Asia-Europe Dialogue on Arts, Culture and Climate Change in Beijing, China. The initiative was part of a broader project, based on the premise that art can be an effective means of creating awareness among people about climate change and the environment. The event also aimed to foster cross-cultural dialogue in this field between Asia and Europe. The conference report is now available at

Eurocities Report on Intercultural Cities

On the occasion of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, the network of major European cities EUROCITIES cooperated with the Council of Europe in the framework of the Intercultural Cities programme, a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. The programme involved a series of visits from city to city, among the 23 participating local authorities. The experiences implemented in that framework have now been compiled in a new publication, available at

Feasibility Study on European Information Systems Supporting Cultural Mobility

At the end of 2007, the European Parliament voted an additional line on the 2008 budget of the European Union dedicated to supporting the environment for the mobility of artists. One element of this pilot project consisted in a feasibility study on a Europe-wide information system concerning the different legal, regulatory, procedural, fiscal and financial aspects of transnational mobility in the cultural sector. The study was carried out by Ecotec Research & Consulting Ltd for the European Commission. It has now been published at

''A New Agenda? The European Union and Cultural Policy''

Alliance Publishing Trust has recently published A New Agenda? The European Union and Cultural Policy, a book by Norwegian researcher Hans Erik Naess. The book addresses key questions concerning the content of the European Agenda for Culture and how it will affect European and national cultures. It aims to provide a creative insight into the interaction between EU policies and European culture. For further information, visit

Guide for the Evaluation of Local Cultural Policies in Spain

The result of over two years of work by an expert group, the Spanish Federation of Cities and Provinces (FEMP), in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Culture, has published the Guide for the Evaluation of Local Cultural Policies. The initiative takes the Agenda 21 for culture as a general framework and provides a general reflection and a set of 316 qualitative and quantitative indicators for cultural policy evaluation and planning. It is available at

Report on the Agenda 21 for culture in France

A report entitled Agenda 21 de la culture en France. État des lieux et perspectives, carried out by Christelle Blouët, has recently been made available on the site of the Agenda 21 for culture. The report is based on a series of interviews and analyses conducted among 10 French local governments which are collaborating with United Cities and Local Governments and the Agenda 21 for culture. In addition to the full report in French, a summary is also available in English and Spanish at


European Commission Culture Infodays 2009 (Barcelona, Vilnius and Brussels, May – June 2009)

In the framework of the Culture Programme of the European Commission, three information sessions on European funding possibilities in the field of culture will be carried out soon in Barcelona (15 May), Vilnius (29 May) and Brussels (11 June). The Infodays aim to provide targeted practical advice on the preparation and submission of applications and the management of grants. For further details, visit

2nd International Conference on African Culture and Development (Accra, Ghana, 14-17 June)

After an initial edition held in 2008, this Conference seeks to draw global attention to African Arts and culture and the significant impact it has on the development of the African continent. It aims to bring together scholars from a broad range of disciplines spanning Development Studies, African Culture, Social Sciences and Humanities as well as representatives of African traditional institutions, NGOs and government agencies to discuss a variety of topics aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals. For further details, visit

Banlieues d'Europe: Creativity and Innovation in European Cities (Prague, 26-27 June)

European network Banlieues d'Europe is organising the first part of its 16th annual meeting in Prague on 26-27 June. Entitled 'Creativity and Innovation in European Cities – 20 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain', the meeting will present experiences, testimonials and reflections from several European countries. For the full programme, visit

4th World Summit on Arts and Culture (Johannesburg, 22-25 September)

The National Arts Council of South Africa and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) are organising the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture, which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 22-25 September. This edition is entitled ''Meeting of Cultures: Making Meaning through the Arts'', taking account of the fact that the world is increasingly divided by ‘cultural’ rather than political ideology, and feelings of being threatened by ‘other’ are largely based on ignorance about ‘other’. For further details, visit


Culture and condoms – Integrating approaches to HIV and AIDS
Bern, Switzerland, 6 May. See Cyberkaris 79, April 2009.

International Conference on Economy and Culture
Barcelona, 20-22 May. See Cyberkaris 79, April 2009.

1st Three-Yearly Symposium on Cultural Policy Research
Grenoble, France, 28-29 May. See Cyberkaris 78, March 2009.

International Conference on Creative Entrepreneurship and Education in Cultural Life
Chicago, USA, 15-18 July. See Cyberkaris 79, April 2009.



Cyberkaris is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation for all those interested in news and happenings in the field of international cultural policies and cultural cooperation. The Interarts Foundation, International Observatory of Urban and Regional Cultural Policies, promotes since 1995 research in culture and territorial development, cooperation between networks and artistic, cultural and heritage projects, the definition and fostering of Cultural Rights and offers advice to projects and entrepreneurs from the cultural sector and the creative industries. Interarts is an agency working in ''partnership'' with organisations in Catalonia and Spain as well as with the main world agents for international cultural cooperation, among which are those belonging to the system of the United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe and intergovernmental agencies between Europe and Latin America, Asia and Africa. Interarts is presently managing programmes related to the ecological, axiological and deonthological aspects of cultural development as well as others that foster the new role of civil society in the cultural sector.


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