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Cyberkaris nº 93- July 2010

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. Interarts authorizes freedom of reproduction and dissemination of this information, always when the provided source appears.



Among the attributes of a new governance, “transversality” has ended up becoming an essential condition for the improvement of public policies, alongside “subsidarity”, the “multilevel” dimension or the alignment of many public, private or non-profit agents. This transversality, as far as cultural policies are concerned, if the all-encompassing, anthropological nature of culture is taken (the one that sees it as the set of skills, knowledge, ideas, beliefs and expressive social practices), is nothing but self-evident: for, if “culture is everything”, transversality can only be an obvious (but necessary) exercise in redundancy.

A recent analysis of policies for culture is, to some extent, the story of the multiple forms of culture as the dancing partner of other issues and subjects of public action, such as culture and education, culture and economy, culture and inclusion, culture and employment, culture and development, etc. Within these partnerships, culture has often played at a disadvantage, always acting in a strange house, its own place being either not tidy enough nor in normal conditions.

Culture is both an area of public service that sets institutional duties and commitments, which can in turn guarantee the safeguarding of specific citizenship rights, an area of indisputable opportunities for the external dissemination of a territory in terms of singularity, visibility and excellence, and a “transversal” factor, with a potential to foster economic, social and urban development processes. The importance of this increasing centrality is indisputable. But public policies for culture will only be able to successfully address this threefold task if, at the same time, they increase their soundness as a sector of public action provided with adequate resources and explicit competences.

Eduard Miralles, Chair of the Board of the Interarts Fundation

From Interarts

Meet again in September!

As in previous years, Cyberkaris will not be published next month. The issue 94 will appear in early September as Interarts is closed for holidays from 9 to 22 August. All Interarts team wishes you a happy summer and also reminds that these days you have access to useful documents, links and information at:

7th Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation in the Canary Islands

Interarts, the Organization of Iberoamerican States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), the Government of the Canary Islands and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) are finalising preparations for the 7th Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation which will take place from 30 November to 3 December 2010 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain). As in previous editions, the Campus is aimed at creating a space for meeting and cooperation in the cultural relations between Europe and America. The general theme of the Campus in Gran Canaria is “Culture and Local Development” and will be addressed with a focus on cultural practice, rather than academic or sociological approaches. The 7th Euro-American Campus is also supported by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with United Cities and Local Governments (CGLU) and the Network of Iberamerican Cities for Culture (Interlocal). For more information, please write to

Participation in a European Parliament seminar on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity

On 2 June, a seminar on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions took place in the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education. Three papers were presented at the seminar, which analyse the implementation of the Convention in the internal and external relations of the EU, and all are available at the Parlament’s website. The study Implementing the UNESCO Convention of 2005 in the European Union, carried out by Germann Avocats, is available at
The article ''Implementing the UNESCO Convention in EU's Internal Policies'' by Mira Burri, is available at
Finally, the article ''The Implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the EU's External Policies'', prepared by Jordi Baltà, project coordinator at Interarts, is available at In this article particular attention is paid to the areas of international trade, development and human rights, as well as to the implications of the Convention in terms of governance.

Participation in the 1st Conference on Cultural Policies in the Arab Region

Organised by the European Cultural Foundation and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Culture Resource) in collaboration with the DOEN Foundation and the British Council, the 1st Conference on Cultural Policies in the Arab Region was held in Beirut, Lebanon, on 7-8 June. The conference provided an opportunity for presenting and discussing some of the preliminary results of Culture Resource's Initiative to Survey and Develop Cultural Policies in the Arab Region, launched in 2009, as well as exchanging views and experiences. This research initiative is partly inspired by the Council of Europe / ERICarts' Compendium on Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. A work plan for furthering cultural policy research and awareness-raising on cultural policies in the region was approved at the end of the conference. Jordi Baltà, Project Coordinator at Interarts, attended the event and took part in a session entitled ''Cultural Actors - Local, Regional, International Cooperation Frameworks - Networking & Collaboration''. For further information, visit and

Participation in the plenary meeting of the “Access to culture” platform

Chaired by Interarts, the plenary of the “Access to Culture” platform met on 9 June in Brussels. 29 networks participated in the meeting, which aimed to validate the initial phase and its results and outline the work priorities for 2010 and following years. Launched by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission in the framework of the structured dialogue with civil society, in the context of the European Agenda for Culture, the platform has also launched its website at

Participation in the 1st PortalBlau Seminar on cultural cooperation in the Mediterranean

On 17 June, promoted by the the PortalBlau Festival, the 1st Seminar on cultural cooperation within the Mediterranean took place in L’Escala, Catalonia. Through various discussions and initiatives, the seminar aimed to provide a discussion space in order to regain the idea of the Mediterranean as a balanced and mutually beneficial relationship between the North and the South. The event was organized by the Town of L’Escala, in collaboration with QADAR Cultural Productions and Gest Productions. Interarts took part in the session “International cooperation: projects and networks in the Mediterranean framework”. For more information see

New members of Interarts’ board

On June 18, the regular board meeting of Interarts took place at the premises of the foundation. Following the renewal process initiated one year ago, during the meeting the board approved the integration of five new members: Ms. Gemma Carbó, Ms. Gemma Sendra, Mr. Mikel Etxebarria, Mr. Antonio Traveria and Mr. Jesús Cantero. Therefore, following this meeting, the Board of the Foundation is composed of Mr. Eduard Miralles, as President; Mr. Javier Brun, as Vice-president; Mr. Joan Giró, as Secretary; and Ms. Gemma Carbó, Ms. Gemma Sendra, Mr. Jesús Cantero, Mr. Antoni Cots, Mr. Lau Delgado, Mr. Mikel Etxebarria, Mr. Jordi Roch and Mr. Antonio Traveria as members. At this meeting the board approved the accounts for 2009, and the provisional budget and work programme for 2010. For more information see

Awareness-raising on the European cultural and art sector of Culture Action Europe

On 22 June, the first meeting of the Advisory Committee for the campaign that Culture Action Europe will promote starting in the autumn of 2010 in order to raise awareness among the cultural and art sector in Europe in order to foster its active participation regarding the political challenges which will be faced in the next five years, was held in Brussels. Interarts, which chairs the Executive Committee of this organisation, participated in this meeting, aimed at analysing with inputs from international experts, the strategy and general and specific objectives of the campaign. The meeting also addressed a range of issues concerning communication and public relations of the campaign.


Catalonia’s international relations discussed at the Forum CatalunyaMón

On 3 June 3, the Forum CatalunyaMón took place in Barcelona. Focusing on the internationalisation of Catalonia, the Forum was a space to debate ideas and share experiences from business, politics, culture and academia. Organised by the Patronat Catalunya Món of the Vice-Presidential Department of the Government of Catalonia, with the support of the Catalan Institute of the Cultural Industries, future strategies to consolidate Catalonia’s place in the world were discussed. Expert papers as well as conclusions are available at

Exhibition on the Mediterranean in the 20th Century in Barcelona

In the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the EFE News Agency organise the exhibition “The Mediterranean of the 20th Century. Realities and images” in Barcelona, from 7 June to 29 August. Through a journey of the most relevant events of the last century, the exhibition presents the diversity of the Mediterranean people and how this sea is both a divide in terms of living standards between north and south and meeting place between East and West. The collection is based on the archives of the EFE news agency and a script provided by journalist Tomàs Alcoverro. For more information see


IDEC: master studies in culture

The Continuing Education Institute (IDEC) of the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona presents its study programmes in the field of cultural management, including postgraduate studies in publishing industries, management of cultural institutions, businesses and platforms, management of companies in the music industry, museum studies, socio-cultural work and community development. IDEC training programmes are developed in close collaboration with the world of business, and in this case, with professionals from the third sector. For more information see

A mobility programme through work placements for young artists, art managers and cultural operators in Europe

The Gulliver Connect mobility programme for cultural and art professionals in Europe launched by the Central European Foundation (Bratislava) and the Felix Meritis Foundation (Amsterdam) has announced its call for applications for 2010. This call is open to participants from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslavia countries, Bulgaria and Romania who wish to apply as a visitor or a host organization. The programme aims at establishing professional contacts on the international level. Candidates are expected to have 2-3 years of working experience in order to apply for support, including the cost of travel, accommodation and a daily allowance. The deadline for application is 10 July 2010. In order to fill the application form see, or contact

Cultural management workshop of the Melopee programme: call for proposals

The 7th Melopee workshop (Management Education for Cultural Operators in the Mediterranean), aiming at offering a contribution to the activity of young cultural operators from the Mediterranean through training initiatives and meetings with colleagues from their region opens the call for proposals to participate in the workshop focusing on the development of audiences and cultural policies in the Mediterranean. The workshop will take place from 11 to 17 October 2010 in France. Those interested to participate can send their CV and a project description in English or French until 17 August to Fanny Bouquerel info@amuni.orgFurther details can also be obtained from this address.

European Commission grants for cultural activities in Lebanon and Morocco

The Delegations of the European Commission in Lebanon and Morocco have issued calls for proposals for cultural activities to be carried out within these countries. The programmes are funded under the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) that was launched in January 2007. The deadline for the submission of applications is 31 August in the case of Lebanon and 1 September for Morocco. For more information see: Lebanon and; or For Marocco visit:

Euro-Mediterranean mobility fund: call for projects

In order to prepare Marseille Provence, European Capital of Culture 2013, the Roberto Cimetta Fund and Marseille-Provence 2013 have opened a joint fund for artistic mobility within the Euro-Med region. This Fund is open to artistic projects in the Euro-Mediterranean region in the following areas: contemporary performing arts (theatre, dance, circus/street/puppet art), music, visual arts, digital arts, photography, film, new writing, playwriting, etc. Projects need to be linked to the Marseille-Provence 2013 project and/or the concerned area of Marseille Provence and to contribute to its development. The deadline for applications is 15 September. An application form is available at

The Open University of Catalonia (UOC): cultural training

The Arts and Humanities programmes of the Open University of Catalonia provides master, postgraduate and other courses on culture, including programmes such as “Cultural management”, “Cultural sectors and industries”, “Cultural tourism”, etc. Courses start in October and the registration is already open. For more information see

Euro-region Pyrenees-Mediterranean: open call for grants for cultural projects

For the first time, the regions that make up the Euro-region Pyrenees-Mediterranean have launched a joint call for grants in the field of culture. The objective of this call is to foster and support cooperation between cultural professionals in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees. Addressed to all types of artistic, cultural or heritage initiatives, the call will remain permanently open, with applications submitted after 31 October 2010 being automatically redirected to the selection process of 2011. For more information see


First Euromed survey to evaluate the Barcelona Process

The results of the first annual survey of experts and actors in the Euro-Mediterranean relations carried out by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) are available. Supported by the EU, this activity is part of the programme “Promoting mutual awareness, understanding and cooperation between the EU and the European Neighbourhood Region (South)” and aims at evaluating achievements and shortcomings of the Barcelona Process. The survey is also meant to increase the visibility of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and is available in English at

A territorial approach to cultural centres in former industrial sites in France

Philip Henry, professor at the Theatre Department of the University of Paris 8 – Saint Denis and member of ARTfactories/Autre(s)pARTs, has published a study aimed to identify the contemporary situation in France of inhabited spaces which have become spaces of artistic and cultural projects, as well as to clarify the problems which these centres encounterh. Entitled “Quel devenir pour les friches culturelles en France? D’une conception culturelle des pratiques artistiques à des centres artistiques territorialisés” the analysis is divided into two volumes: the first, a theoretical approach, collects historical and systematic issues; the second volume examines three specific cases. Full documentation is available at

Blog on cultural management

A blog crated by Arturo Navarro gathers useful information on policies, management, infrastructure, heritage and other aspects of the cultural sector. Arturo Navarro is an executive director of the Estación Mapocho Cultural Centre in the city of Santiago, Chile, and a professor of the Cultural Policy MA in Cultural Management at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Chile. In this online space he discusses current issues of culture as the starting point for reflection and debate.

New research on culture and innovation

Hasan Bakhsi and David Throsby are the authors of the research on culture and innovation, published by NESTA, a British organization that seeks to strengthen the UK’s innovation capacity. Entitled “Culture of Innovation. An economic analysis of innovation in arts and cultural organisations”, the research used the National Theatre and Tate Liverpool as case studies, and it describes the rich ways in which arts and cultural organisations innovate in audience reach, push out artistic frontiers and create economic and cultural value. The research is available at

New publication on events

Deusto Publications increases its series “Leisure, Studies, Papers” with a new online publication that gathers articles from relevant professionals from the entertainment and cultural sector in order to explore this multifaceted concept always linked to the disruption of everyday life and leisure. Entitled “Events: functions and trends”, the publication discovers new cooperation possibilities, design and implementation of these elements. Issues include cities and events, business events, cultural tourism and festivals, the latter addressed by Jordi Baltà, project coordinator at Interarts. The publication is available at

Publication on European cooperation in the circus and street arts

The publication, coordinated by Sanae Barghouthi and Yohann Floch, gathers initiatives developed through 2010 within the EU, some of which also involve partners in other regions. The goal is to help these sectors identify current networks and projects, to promote the opportunities available to future professionals of the circus and street arts and to emphasize different community-related grants. The activities presented, generally of a multicultural nature, represent an increasingly wider cooperation space. Circostrada supports this activity since its beginning in 2003. Circostrada is a European information and exchange network on street arts and new circus addressed to professionals and amateurs. The publication is available at

Fábrica Cultural: new online portal for the cultural sector

Carried out by Rubicón Cultural and Educational Services, a consulting company on European cultural projects, this new portal provides information on opportunities for employment, grants, scholarships, prizes and support for students, professionals and cultural institutions, as well as other services such as virtual consultancy, users’ space, advertising space and a newsletter. For more information see

New European Commission’s Website “Your Voice in Europe”

The European Commission has launched a new Website to serve as a contact point for European citizens. “Your Voice in Europe” has been set up in the context of the Interactive Policy Making initiative and provides a wide variety of consultations and exchange of opinions through debate forums. It has also developed different tools in order to facilitate active participation in European decision-making processes. The Website is available in several languages. The aim of the Website is to improve European governance and introduce better regulation. Link in English:

Basis and proposals for Catalan diplomacy within the UNESCO

Within the “Quaderns de Recerca” collection, the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia has published a research entitled “Basis and Proposals for Catalan (Para)diplomacy in UNESCO. The Importance of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.” The author, Martí Petit, analyses the possibilities which the Government of Catalonia has for diplomatic action within UNESCO and in the framework of the Convention. The publication is bilingual in Catalan and in English. Available at


The Nomadic University: next “Oasis” workshop (Zadar, Croatia, 23-27 August)

The next “Oasis” of the Nomadic University for Art, Philosophy and Enterprise of Europe, an initiative of the European Cultural Parliament, the Åbo Akademi University (Finland) and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, in collaboration with other European institutions, will take part in Zadar, Croatia, from 23 to 27 August. The “Oasis” is a mobile philosophical laboratory that changes location and includes seminars, conferences, panel discussions, artistic events… with the objective to create a space of reflection on various issues from the arts perspective. Entitled “Zadar, That Other Sea - Memories, Identities, Archipelago'', this “Oasis” will embrace the Mediterranean region as an intersection of cultures. For more information see

6th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (Jyväskylä, Finland, 24 - 27 August)

Organized by the Cultural Policy Unit of the University of Jyväskylä, in collaboration with the International Journal of Cultural Policy, the 6th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research aims to provide a space for exploring cultural policies, their meanings, roles and impact in an interdisciplinary and international environment. With the theme “Truths, Taboos and Myths of Cultural Policy”, this edition seeks to motivate prospective presenters to reflect on cultural policy and about research. Fore more information see



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.
Interarts authorizes freedom of reproduction and dissemination of this information, always when the provided source appears.

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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