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Cyberkaris, nº 83 - September 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.
One of the most remarkable news story in recent weeks (which has probably gone rather unnoticed amidst the prevailing state of vacation in the Northern hemisphere) has been the success obtained by an African musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Entitled Mercy Madonna of Malawi, the show depicts, with a good deal of humour, the legal ordeal and the tricks used by this diva of the global show business in order to adopt an African child and, in so doing, it sets out a series of moral dilemmas on African identity, the relationship between celebrity and poverty and the paradoxes of the dialogue among cultures and continents.
Issue 83 of Cyberkaris contains both the documents generated during the 1st Euro-African Campus for Cultural Cooperation, held in Maputo, Mozambique, last June, and the announcement of the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the end of this month. As opportunities for Euro-African dialogue become more frequent, the need to revise the paradigms and policies on which they are based also increases. The European or Western perspective on fundamental phenomena of contemporary African culture, such as the complex coexistence of ancestral cultures with an uncertain 'modernity' and the ways to capitalise, to Africa's own advantage, on the surplus value generated by the huge creative capacity available, is not always well approached nor sufficient. And too often Africa's own cultural and institutional elites are scarcely aware of this.
A continued effort in the development of such a new regard, to overcome existing paradoxes, is therefore imperative. Policies can seldom be exported, and do not always travel well. And, even if subtle, conceptual colonialism is a danger as real as that of the relationship between celebrity and poverty which the successful musical in Edinburgh has demonstrated this summer.
Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
Euro-African Campus for Cultural Cooperation: documents now available
The Euro-African Campus for Cultural Cooperation was held in Maputo, Mozambique, in June 2009, an initiative of the Interarts Foundation and the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA). The Campus was supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) as the main sponsor, as well as by several other organisations. Several documents produced on the occasion have now been made available. They include the four background papers which were previously commissioned to experts in the Euro-African field, addressing key questions for cultural cooperation in this context, as well as several presentations made during the Campus and the reports of the thematic workshops. More materials will be uploaded in the coming months. To access these documents, please visit http://www.interarts.net/en/articles.php?p=423
Official Launch of the Project “Promotion of Creative and Cultural Industries in Senegal”
The official launch of the project on the “Promotion of Creative and Cultural Industries in Senegal” (FOMECC – Senegal) took place in early July 2009. Coordinated by Interarts with the participation of the Association des Métiers de la Musique du Senegal (AMS) as local partner, the collaboration of Asociación Multulateral and the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), this project aims to improve the entrepreneurial capacities and living conditions of cultural agents in the Dakar region, and to foster self-employment in the cultural sector. The events scheduled on this occasion included a master class carried out by Javier Brun, vice-president of Interarts and cultural advisor to the Government of Aragon, aimed at the trainers participating in the programme; the delivery of diplomas to the first group of cultural entrepreneurs who have graduated from the first training module, in the presence of the representative of the Cultural Ministry of Senegal, AMS, Interarts, the Spanish Embassy in Senegal and AECID; and a round table on public cultural policy, cultural organisations and funding for culture, which counted with the participation of representatives of the cultural and financial sector in Senegal. For further information, visit
Attendance of the conference on 'Promoting a Creative Generation'
On 29 and 30 July, in the framework of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union, the city of Gothenburg hosted a conference entitled 'Promoting a Creative Generation'. The theme of the conference was to look at the role of children and young people in the new culture and media landscape. Some 350 experts and participants took part in the conference to discuss the creativity and cultural habits of children and young people. Interarts was invited to participate in the closing panel of the Conference to present the Study on the Access of Young People to Culture conducted for the Youth Unit of the Executive Agency on Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission. Interarts has recently concluded the study that is expected to be ready in early October 2009. For further details on the conference, please visit http://www.se2009.eu/en/meetings_news/2009/7/29/conference_promoting_a_creative_generation_-_children_and_young_people_in_the_new_culture_and_media_landscape
European Commission – Culture Programme – annual call for proposals
As in previous years, this autumn sees the deadlines of the main action lines of the European Commission's Culture Programme. Applications to take part in cultural cooperation projects and multi-annual cooperation projects starting in 2010 should be sent by 1 October. For further information, visit: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/culture/index_en.php
European Commission- cultural cooperation EU-Russia – call for proposals
In the context of the Institution-Building Partnership Programme, the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia has launched a call aimed at cultural cooperation initiatives between organisations in the EU and Russia. Relevant topics include innovative and creative artistic projects (co-productions, festivals, exhibitions, etc.), networking, cultural mobility and cooperation between museums. The deadline for submitting proposals is 12 October. For further information, visit: http://www.delrus.ec.europa.eu/en/p_340.htm
European Commission – cultural activities in Morocco – call for proposals
The Delegation of the European Commission in Morocco has recently launched a call for proposals for local cultural projects in Morocco. Priority will be given to artistic and cultural activities involving oral communication, visual arts, music and the promotion of tangible and intangible heritage in an educational, playful manner, particularly addressing young people. The application period closes on 15 September. For further information, visit http://www.delmar.ec.europa.eu/fr/communiques/20090707.htm
Melopee #6 – Euro-Mediterranean Cultural management Workshop – call for proposals
Melopee is a programme developed by the Amunì association, which aims to contribute to the activity of cultural operators from the Mediterranean through training initiatives and meetings with colleagues from their region. The Melopee #6 workshop, focusing on communication / promotion in the cultural field and the dialogue between the independent sector and public authorities, will take place in L'Echangeur (Fère-en-Tardenois, Picardie, France) on 6-12 November 2009. Young cultural operators from Euro-Mediterranean countries are invited to apply by 9 September, by sending their CV, a project and a motivation letter (maximum of 3 pages for the three documents altogether). For further information and applications, contact Fanny Bouquerel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Art and Social Justice – call for papers
An international conference and exhibition entitled 'Art and Social Justice' will take place in Durban, South Africa, on 21-24 March 2010. The event is an initiative of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and Art for Humanity, under the patronage of UNESCO. It should serve as a platform for art practitioners and organizations to share experiences drawn from a variety of international contexts to discuss mutual concerns and find solutions to commonly experienced challenges. Organisers have launched a call for papers, which should address one of several topics covered by the conference and be sent by 31 October. For further information, visit http://asjconference.dut.ac.za/default.aspx
Culture and Politics – towards cultural democracy? Call for papers
The CIDOB Foundation is organising the 3rd Training Seminar for Young Researchers in Intercultural Dynamics, which will take place in Barcelona on 3-4 December. Thematic panels will be held on a number of topics, including 'The Crossroads of Proximity', 'Imagination, Memory and Affectivity in the Experience of Migration', 'The Building of Culture in the Visual Paradigm' and 'Culture in the Practice of Counter-Power and Global Transformation'. Proposals to take part should be sent by 30 September, in the form of a summary of between 600 and 800 words. A limited number of travel and accommodation grants is available. For further information, visit: http://www.cidob.org/es/actividades/dinamicas_interculturales/cultura_y_politica_hacia_una_democracia_cultural
Casa Asia – grants to enable visits by recognised experts from Asia and the Pacific to Spain
Casa Asia has launched a new edition of the Antoni de Montserrat Programme, which aims at encouraging visits of people with acknowledged prestige from Asia and the Pacific to take part in meetings, courses, seminars, trade fairs and cultural festivals organised by institutions or public and private organisations in Spain. Applications should be sent by 30 November. For further information, visit
Casa Amèrica Catalunya: grants for cultural cooperation projects contributing to development
The Casa Amèrica Catalunya Foundation has launched the annual call for cultural cooperation projects with Latin America, which aim to strengthen cultural cooperation between Catalonia and Latin American countries, and particularly their contribution to development. The deadline for submitting applications is 1 December. For further information, visit
Ibero-American Research and Action Award in the Socio-Cultural Field
In order to promote the recognition, dissemination and innovation in the methodologies and practices which focus on socio-cultural work in the Ibero-American context, as well as the publication of research which contributes to improve its theoretical and applied resources, training and professional development, the Ibero-American Network of Socio-Cultural Development (RIA) is calling researchers, professionals, community workers and organisations to take part in the first Ibero-American Research and Action Award in the Socio-Cultural Field. Applications, consisting of non-published works in this field, should be sent by 30 June 2010. For further information, visit:
Ibero-American Cultural Management Portal – proposals on cultural observatories
The next issue of the Gestión Cultural newsletter published by the Ibero-American Cultural Management Portal, an initiative of the University of Barcelona, will focus on cultural observatories. Individuals and organisations with experience in this field are invited to submit their proposals to contribute in the newsletter, by 14 September. For further information, visit http://www.gestioncultural.org/gc/event/detailEvent.jsp?idEvent=267818&_idSection=57866&_lang=es
OCPA – Guidelines for National Cultural Policies in Africa
The Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) has recently published Guide pour la formulation et l'évaluation de politiques culturelles nationales en Afrique, the French version of a document providing guidelines for the design and evaluation of national cultural policies in Africa, which has previously been made available in English. Rather than presenting a single model, the publication provides a series of structured tools and information which should help policy-makers throughout the process. For further information, contact email@example.com
Africa e Mediterraneo: Tourism and Heritage in Africa
Issue 65-66 of the Africa e Mediterraneo journal presents a dossier edited by Giovanna Parodi da Passano and Alessandra Brivio, which starts by addressing the meaning of cultural heritage in cultures outside Europe. In addition, the collection of essays focuses on heritage development, its relevance to tourism and, more extensively, how international tourism becomes a source of new cultural practices, the negotiation of identities and new dynamics of cultural ownership. Articles are presented in English, French, Italian and Portuguese. For further information, visit: http://www.africaemediterraneo.it/blog/index.php/argomenti/n65-66/
Open Society Institute – Cultural Processes and Transcultural Influences in Central Asia
The Open Society Institute has published a report by Sergey Abashin entitled Cultural Processes and Transcultural Influences in Contemporary Central Asia. The document provides an overview of the state of cultural affairs in Central Asian societies after independence and describes current tendencies which define long-term, local cultural processes and transcultural influences, addressing issues such as nation-building, cultural production, the interaction of isolationism and globalisation processes and Islamisation. The report is available in English and Russian at
SInCA Argentina: launch of Coyuntura cultural
In June, Argentina's National System of Cultural Information (SInCA) presented the first issue of Coyuntura cultural, a new, three-monthly electronic newsletter which will provide data about the economic relevance of the cultural sector in Argentina. The newsletter comprises four sections, namely: a synthesis of results; data concerning the cultural GDP; the evolution of the external trade of cultural goods and services; and a specific analysis of one topic. The initial issue, for instance, presents a detailed analysis of the composition, destination and origin of the external trade of cultural goods and services. For further information, please visit
Creative Factories: Cultural Laboratories in Cities
In November 2008, the Institute of Culture of the City of Barcelona and the Cultural Council of Barcelona organised a seminar which aimed to examine the impact of creative spaces housed in former industrial sites on local cultural and social development. The meeting included presentations of experiences from Barcelona and several other cities. The resulting report can now be found in Catalan at http://www.bcn.cat/cultura/docs/CronicaLaboratCulturCiutats.pdf
Demos – Expressive Lives
Edited by Samuel Jones, this new publication collects a series of essays which examine the idea of 'expressive life', as introduced by Bill Ivey. Together they help us to see creativity and heritage as the fabric of our society that gives meaning and value to our lives. In this context, cultural policy should enable citizens to take an active role in shaping their world. Contributors include Tony Hall, John Holden, Bill Ivey, David Lammy, Ed Vaizey and Lola Young. For further details, visit http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/expressive-lives
The Potential for Cultural Exchanges between the EU and Third Countries – the case of China
The European Parliament has recently published this study commissioned to Media Consulting Group, which provides an overview of the cultural sector in China before going on to describe the current state of cultural exchanges between the EU and its member states and China. The study concludes by providing ideas for policymakers on how such exchanges could be strengthened, China being taken as a test case for the EU's cultural policy towards third countries in general. The document is available at http://ec.europa.eu/culture/news/pdf/mediaconsulting_Report_China_07_07_09.pdf
European Commission – Study on the Impact of Culture on Creativity
The European Commission has just published the final report of the Study on the Impact of Culture on Creativity, which was commissioned to KEA European Affairs, in collaboration with Bop Consulting. The study explores the links between culture, cultural diversity, creativity and – more largely – social, scientific and economic innovation and, using concrete examples from different sectors and parts of Europe, it illustrates synergies and positive spill-over effects produced by culture in areas such as learning development in a long life perspective, the acceptance and use of new technologies by the general public, stimulation of research, product and service innovation, branding of cities, reinforcement of social capital, motivation of staff, modernization of public services etc. Finally, the study suggests strategies to be developed at all levels of governance. For further information, visit
European Commission: Creativity and Innovation Driving Competitiveness in the Regions
The Spring 2009 issue of the Panorama magazine published by the European Commission's Directorate General for Regional Policy focuses on the importance of creativity and innovation as drivers of regional development. In the context of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, the document presents interviews with policy-makers, case studies and arguments, which aim to raise awareness of the role of creativity and innovation as key drivers of personal, social and economic development. The issue #29 of Panorama is available at http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/panorama/pdf/mag29/mag29_en.pdf
Mercator Legislation: new bulletin and database on linguistic policies
The Mercator Centre on Linguistic Rights and Legislation, hosted by Catalonia's CIEMEN, relaunched in June its Mercator Legislation Bulletin, which presents relevant legislative developments and bibliography in Europe and at international level concerning linguistic rights, language policy, educative models on language teaching, sociolinguistic dynamics and linguistic diversity in general. In addition, a new legal database updated in collaboration with the Language Policy Secretariat of the Government of Catalonia was presented, which contains 29,000 entries on language legislation from overall Europe, with a special emphasis on Catalan-speaking countries, the Mediterranean and the Caucasus. Both resources are available at
KulturKontakt Austria – launch of KulturKontakt Magazine
KulturKontakt Austria has recently presented KulturKontakt Magazine, a new publication which replaces KulturKontakt and Transfer. The bulletin, which will be released three times a year, looks at current issues in art, culture and education and contains national and international positions on key issues, as well as KulturKontakt's opinions and a presentation of relevant projects in these fields. The first issue includes, among other sections, interviews with Ken Robinson, Anton Dobart and Ernst Strouhal and an article by Paul Collard. It is available as a printed publication and online, in German, with some articles being translated into English. For further details, visit
Institute for Public Policy Research – migration, heritage and museums in the UK
The Migration Museum Working Group was formed in late 2006 after a meeting at the Institute for Public Policy Research. The Group aims to discuss what more could be done to represent migration issues within the UK museum and heritage sector. Two new reports were presented by the Group last July. In Stories Old and New: Migration and identity in the UK heritage sector, Mary Stevens makes the case for representation of migration in the heritage sector. On the other hand, A Moving Story. Is there a case for a major museum of migration in the UK? presents the Working Group's outline for a major Museum of Migration. The documents are available at http://www.ippr.org.uk/publicationsandreports/publication.asp?id=682 and http://www.ippr.org.uk/publicationsandreports/publication.asp?id=681
Technical Seminar on Street Arts and Circus (Tàrrega, Catalonia, 10 September)
In the context of the Street Arts Market FiraTàrrega 2009, a seminar entitled 'Street Arts in Europe' will take place on 10 September. It will involve the presentations of the first project carried out by the Meridians network, which brings together the six foremost festivals of street arts in Europe. The seminar will also include a round table on the importance of street arts for the transformation of public space and the relation between creativity in public spaces and local authorities. The event is an initiative of FiraTàrrega 2009 and the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries. For further details, visit
ArtLab 09 – Dialogues on Cultural Management (Turin, Italy, 18-19 September)
The 2009 edition of this event organised by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo will involve not only an analysis of the role which the arts, culture and cultural policy play in contemporary Italian society, but also a broader discussion with representatives from the economic, political and social spheres. The meeting will also include a presentation of the Practics project to support the mobility of cultural professionals in Europe, of which Interarts is a partner, as well as a debate on the encouragement of cross-border cultural mobility. For further information, visit
European Culture Forum (Brussels, 29-30 September)
Initiated by the European Commission, the European Culture Forum on 29-30 September aims to bring together around 600 participants from culture civil society, member states and EU institutions to take stock of progress in implementing the European Agenda for Culture. The Forum will be preceded by a Culture Programme Conference on 28 September, which will present past and ongoing projects, encouraging exchange of experience and good practice between cultural operators. For further information and registration, visit http://cultureforum.teamwork.fr (password: culture)
International Congress of the Performing Arts (Huesca, Spain, 28 September – 2 October)
In the context of the International Theatre and Dance Fair, this congress is entitled 'Reasons for Dance and Theatre Programmes in Times of Crisis'. In the course of the event, nine relevant figures of the international performing arts will explain why today's performing spaces should find a place for contemporary creativity in their programmes. The congress aims to shed light on the reasons for research, development and innovation in the performing arts at this particular moment in time. For further details, please visit
Forum Guimarães - The transformation of the urban scenario through culture (Guimarães, Portugal, 16-17 October)
In the context of the A Soul for Europe initiative, which brings together cultural organisations from several European countries, Setepés is organising this event, which aims to launch discussions on the role of culture in the transformation of cities and regions and its impact on European development, as well as to forge new ways for cooperation between civil society and policymakers. For further information, visit
17th ENCATC Annual Conference (Barcelona, 21-24 October)
From 21 to 24 October, 250 professionals from across Europe and other world regions will gather in Barcelona for the 17th annual conference of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC). In the framework of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, the event will feature world renowned speakers, academics, artists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and stakeholders, as well as young researchers and students from across the world. The event is designed by ENCATC together with the University of Barcelona and the Diputació de Barcelona, and supported by several partners. Some of the activities will also be organised in partnership with the Catalan Association of Cultural Managers (APGCC). For further information, visit http://www.encatc.org/pages/index.php?id=104
2009 Aspen Cultural Diplomacy Forum
Avilés, Spain, 15-17 September 2009. See Cyberkaris 82, July 2009.
'Growing and Experimenting: values and challenges of cultural projects'
Barcelona, 17-18 September 2009. See Cyberkaris 82, July 2009.
4th World Summit on Arts and Culture
Johannesburg, 22-25 September. See Cyberkaris 80, May 2009.
2nd World Culture Forum / European Congress
Dresden, Germany, 8-10 October. See Cyberkaris 81, June 2009.
Motivation for Creativity and Innovation of Youth
Ljubljana and Piran, Slovenia, 14-17 October 2009. See Cyberkaris 82, July 2009.
International Congress on Cultural Management
El Ejido, Spain, 5-7 November 2009. See Cyberkaris 82, July 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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