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Cyberkaris, nº 81 - June 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.



This 81st issue of Cyberkaris will reach readers belonging to one of the
27 current member states of the European Union a few days before the European Parliament elections are held. If surveys are to be believed, slightly more than 30% of the citizens entitled to vote will select a group of MEPs who, if the Treaty of Lisbon is ever ratified –with the permission of the Czechs and the Irish-, will hold more power than ever and than anyone in Europe. This power is however inversely proportional to the social base supporting them, given that the European Parliament, through the co-decision procedure, will approve 95% of the overall European legislation. Approaching through a cultural perspective the election manifestos of the parties which make up the 8 main groups in the Euro-Parliament (including independent
members) is an arguably disappointing activity. With only a few anecdotal exceptions to confirm the rule, culture is nothing but a subordinated condiment, an adjective to some of the substantial ingredients in the European agenda: migration, competitiveness, innovation, information society, etc. Only intellectual property and the status of minority languages appear to break this general trend.

It is worth noting that the European Union's cultural action in the last five-year parliamentary term has been exceptionally remarkable. Both the setting-up of a new executive agency in January 2006 and, in particular, the Council's approval of the European Agenda for Culture in November 2007, on the basis of the Commission's Communication on 'a new European agenda for culture in a globalising world', have allowed to launch a series of mechanisms such as the open method of coordination among member states and the permanent, structured dialogue with the cultural sector, which were previously unthinkable. Nevertheless, it does not seem that the parties in the Parliament have taken much advantage from the lessons learned.

It is often reminded that Jean Monnet, the father of the European Union, said that if he could build Europe again he would start through culture.
Cultural Europe is yet to be done. Voting on 7 June is, without question, important and necessary, but it is far from sufficient. Without the firm, constant action by professionals and organisations in the cultural and artistic sector vis-à-vis the political parties composing the European spectrum, cultural action in the European Union will unfortunately still resemble too much that endearing, if cheesy, song contest, the name of which has served to headline these words.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation

From Interarts

Presentation of the Result of the Programme in Support of Cultural and Creative Businesses in Colombia (Barcelona and Madrid, 16 and 18 June)

The results of the project which Interarts and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia in Medellín (Colombia) are implementing to Support Cultural and Creative Businesses (FOMECC) will be presented on 16 June at 6.30 pm in the premises of Casa Amèrica Catalunya, Barcelona. The session will include contributions by Antoni Traveria, General Director of the Casa Amèrica Catalunya Foundation; Eduard Miralles, President of Interarts; Antoni Nicolau, Director for Cultural and Scientific Relations at the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID); Manel Vila, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Solidarity and Peace, City of Barcelona; Francisco Londoño, Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia; Fred Danilo Palacio, Coordinator of the programme; Carlos Obando, Colombian journalist; and Juan Pablo Tamayo, Director of El Bus Producciones, an audiovisual producing company which has benefited from the programme. Their contributions will show how the current phase in the programme has achieved the aims of strengthening the business ideas of participating artists and cultural agents, resulting in productive companies with an economic and social impact at local and national level. The presentation will also be held on 18 June in Madrid, in the premises of AECID, which has funded the project. Access to both events is free. For further details on the programme, visit and
The results of the programme were also presented in late May in Medellín. For further details, visit

Euro-African Campus on Cultural Cooperation (Maputo, Mozambique, 22-26 June) – final preparations

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, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Agenda 21 for culture. The registration period will close on 15 June or as soon as places are filled. The Campus programme, a registration sheet and practical information is available at

Culture and sexual and reproductive health: technical visit to Mali

Interarts is currently coordinating, alongside Family Care International Mali (FCI Mali) a project called 'Culture and Development: Learning through Cultural Processes – Young People in the Informal Sector and Sexual and Repdroductive Health in Mopti, Mali'. The project aims to define new cultural patterns related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), to develop culturally-appropriate SRH strategies for vulnerable youth working in Mopti's informal sector and to provide this group with tools which enable their access to information, through awareness-raising and education activities suited to the city's multicultural context. On 6-12 May, Interarts carried out a technical visit to Mali, in order to meet local partners as well as the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), which is financing the project. The trip also involved a visit to an awareness-raising workshop for young workers in Bamako. For further information, visit

Launch of the Cultural Mobility Contact Point (CMCP)

In May, the Cultural Mobility Contact Points (CMCPs) that are developed in the framework of the PRACTICS project to support cultural mobility in Europe launched their information service. Interarts, alongside the other pilot CMCPs participating in the project, will provide some information regarding Spain and will become fully operational by November 2009. CMCPs are conceived as first entry points for mobile cultural workers and offer advice and administrative support regarding the mobility of artists and other cultural professionals. Support is also being provided by other centres in Belgium, the Netherlands and Wales. PRACTICS is a 3-year project supported by the European Commission and started in December 2008. For further details, visit or contact

Attendance of the Experts’ Meeting on the Right to Take Part in Cultural Life

On 13 May, UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences and Culture Sectors organised in cooperation with the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Office of the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) a one-day expert’s meeting on the “Right to Participate in Cultural Life” in Geneva. The main purpose of the meeting was to bring together members of the Committee, experts and representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations to examine the preliminary draft General Comment on the right to take part in cultural life. The observations made in the meeting were used to refine the draft, prior to its official presentation for consideration by the Committee at its 42nd session in Geneva later in May. Interarts was invited to participate in this meeting.

New documents available on Interarts' website

In order to provide interested readers with information related to Interarts' activities, the organisations' activity report for 2008 and a document entitled 'Cultural Action Report', which collects the most relevant activities carried out by Interarts over more than 10 years, including research, advice and cultural cooperation projects, have now been made available on Interarts' website. In addition, the projects described at will now include pictures, so as to better illustrate Interarts' broad range of activities.


Celebration of the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

On and around 21 May, several cultural and awareness-raising events served to celebrate the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This initiative, promoted by UNESCO, is meant to underscore not only the intrinsic value of specific cultural productions, but also and above all the fertility of their diversity, which reminds that humanity’s fundamental wealth lies in its diversity. For further information, visit

Eight Regional Meeting of Mercosur Cultural

Delegates from Paraguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Colombia met in late April in Bogotá, in the context of the Eighth Mid-term Meeting of Mercosur Cultural’s Regional Committee, which aimed to strengthen and promote cultural cooperation and exchange between institutions in these countries. One of the central matters discussed was the consolidation of mechanisms that will enable the implementation of the ‘Mercosur Label’, which should enable the free circulation of cultural goods and services among member countries. For further information, visit:


Third World Culturelink Conference – call for papers

The Culturelink Network celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is organising the Third World Culturelink Conference to mark the occasion. Entitled Networks – The Evolving Aspects of Culture in the 21st Century, it will be held from 13 to 15 November 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia. A call for papers has been launched, which aims to gather proposals addressing one of four conference themes – cultural networking, effects of ICT and digital culture on networking, networks and cultural policy and the evolving networking culture. The deadline is 15 July. For further details, visit

Music Education, a Multidisciplinary Perspective – call for papers

The 11th International Biennial, Symposium and Festival of the Center for Intercultural Music Arts (CIMA) and its 5th Spring Meeting will be held in Melilla, Spain, on 7-11 April 2010. The event aims to bring together contributions by educators and artists addressing intercultural exchange and will involve presentations, live concerts, exhibitions and other activities. Proposals to take part in the event can be sent by 31 October. For further information, visit


Agenda 21 for culture launches its newsletter

In May, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the City of Barcelona launched the first issue of the newsletter of the Agenda 21 for culture. This publication contains resources related to the Agenda 21 for culture and local governance on culture, including events, publications and other relevant developments. For further information, visit
or subscribe at

Developing Rural Communities through Arts and Culture: Literature Review

The Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities at Simon Fraser University and the Creative City Network of Canada have recently presented a report entitled Developing and Revitalizing Rural Communities Through Arts and Creativity, which presents a comprehensive review of research on cultural and creative business development in rural communities and includes information from Canada, Australia, the United States, and Europe. The publication, produced by Nancy Duxbury and Heather Campbell with input from other experts, aims to set the stage for rural communities to determine the best approaches to reach out and take advantage of their creative capacity. It is available, alongside other related documents, at

Report on the Culture and Creative Industries in Germany

Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology has recently presented a report entitled Culture and Creative Industries in Germany. The report analyses the weight of the sector in the overall German economy, including a segmentation of the creative sector according to different types of companies and a harmonised basic model for the definition and classification of the sector. It also presents a set of policy recommendations. The full document in German is available at,did=289974.html, with a summary in English at,did=295806.html

Panorama – a Resource Collection for Intercultural Dialogue

The Platform for Intercultural Europe has launched Panorama, a resource collection or inventory which collects definitions, interpretations, bibliography, projects, best practices and case studies related to intercultural dialogue. Understood as a collective work, Panorama has been guided by Lidia Varbanova and will be maintained and updated by the Platform for Intercultural Europe. For further information, visit

Quebec – new cultural action plan for sustainable development

In April, the Government of Quebec presented a new action plan on cultural policy for sustainable development. The strategy has been guided by two main elements – the preservation of cultural heritage and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. In this context, activities planned until 2013 include the publication of an Agenda 21 for culture, which should outline Quebec's commitment towards sustainable development. The document is available at


Culture, Sustainable Development and Local Governments (Barcelona, 12 June)

On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Agenda 21 for culture and the 20th anniversary of the Observator of Cultural Policies of France, a seminar entitled Culture, Sustainable Development and Local Governments: What Challenges for the Next Decade will be held in Barcelona on 12 June. Topics in the agenda include cross-cutting issues in local cultural policies, the relation between culture and sustainable development and the role of civil society. For further details, visit

2nd World Culture Forum / European Congress (Dresden, Germany, 8-10 October)

With the overall theme 'Culture is more – World Culture reflected in European Cities', the 2nd World Culture Forum / European Congress will take place in Dresden on 8-10 October 2009. Initiated by the Forum Tiberius – International Forum for Culture and Economics, organisers aim to help the general public document and establish the existential significance of culture for a better global community. In this respect, the Congress will show a wide spectrum of cultures using the example of selected European cities as a kind of mirror, both from a historical perspective and with a view to the future. For further information, visit http//


Intercultural Cities Conference
Liverpool, 1-3 May 2008. See Cyberkaris 67, February 2008

Banlieues d'Europe: Creativity and Innovation in European Cities
Prague, 26-27 June. See Cyberkaris 80, May 2009.

4th World Summit on Arts and Culture
Johannesburg, 22-25 September. See Cyberkaris 80, May 2009.

2nd International Conference on African Culture and Development
Accra, Ghana, 15-18 November (NEW DATES). See Cyberkaris 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. 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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