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Cyberkaris nº 98 - January 2011

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.

Editorial

THINKING LOCALLY

A few weeks ago in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria a new edition, the seventh, of the Euro-American Campus of Cultural Cooperation took place, organised by the Interarts Foundation together with the Organisation of Ibero-American States, the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, and, for this edition, the Government of Canarias. The Campus gathered over 300 participants and, for the first time, involved Africa, in an attempt to provide a triangular, culturally-innovative space for Euro-Afro-American cooperation. Discussions at the Campus intended to explore the interactions between culture, cooperation and local development through numerous conferences, dialogues, workshops and project presentations.

The discourse of the Campus was based on two initial premises. Firstly, the relative misunderstanding of the concepts addressed within the title itself: local development is not a priority for cultural cooperation yet, and vice versa. Secondly, the realisation that the local level is today not only a scene where many global problems and conflicts are happening, but also a first-class laboratory where to test appropriate solutions to these conflicts and problems.

Although all the contributions and conclusions of the Campus will be published as soon as possible, here are four provisional and telegraphic reflections on the background themes.

Firstly, culture is not only a factor capable of improving the quality of local development, but, indeed, the local level will never be sustainable nor inclusive without cultural development. Secondly, decentralisation towards local authorities, which also represent the state, needs to take a priority position on the agendas of some ministries of culture that, on the other hand, should be more territorial; and decentralisation should also become also a priority for international cultural cooperation. Thirdly, there is a requirement for a new balance between competition and cooperation for cities that develop their cultural investments in an increasingly globalised environment. And fourthly, in a world where cities act globally, the ability to think locally must be valued.

Eduard Miralles, Chair of the Board of the Interarts Foundation


From Interarts

Happy 2011!

Interarts’ team wishes that your dreams and projects come true in the new year.

Coordination of the Seminar on Culture and Local Development

In the framework of the URBAN Murcia – Barrio Espíritu Santo de Espinardo project aimed at regenerating the Espinardo neighbourhood from a cultural perspective, a training and diagnostic seminar on the relationship between culture and local development took place from 1 to 2 December, in Murcia, Spain. The event was organized by the European Programmes Department of Murcia and was intended to identify guidelines for designing a training programme for local authority officers and other civil society actors. Interarts was responsible for coordinating the contents of the seminar, which provided basic knowledge about culture as a tool for local development and its relationship with other issues such as economic growth, social cohesion, personal development and citizenship, among others. For more information see http://espiritusanto.proeuropeos-murcia.net/

FOMECC Senegal: Official Closing of the First Phase and the Launch of the Second Phase

In December, Interarts travelled to Dakar to close the first phase of the project on Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries – FOMECC Senegal, as well as to start its second phase. This new phase, which an initial awareness-raising activity took place in late December in Louga, aims to consolidate the results obtained so far by using the experience gained in order to establish new activities such as training, technical and professional advice, etc., and taking into account the situation of the market. In this visit, Interarts’ delegation met three entrepreneurs which have received support from the project, which include artists and cultural agents from Senegal, as well as other neighbouring countries: Burkina Faso, Guinea, Togo, etc. FOMECC Senegal is a project developed jointly by Interarts and the Association des Métiers de la Musique au Senegal, with the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID). For more information see http://www.interarts.net/en/encurso.php?pag=1&p=293

PRACTICS “Staff Exchange” in Brussels

From 6 to 8 December, in the framework of the PRACTICS project on artistic mobility in Europe, Interarts participated in a “staff exchange” activity in Brussels, where members of Interarts’ team visited PRACTICS’ partner Het Kunstenloket, which operates as a mobility Infopoint in Belgium. The purpose of this activity was to know Het Kunstenloket’s work on the project, exchange good practices and monitor the daily work of this organisation. Besides, a training seminar on the EU rules on Social Security applied to the artistic and cultural field was organised. The seminar was led by an expert from the Tress Network, which provides training and monitoring on European Social Security. Please find more information on Het Kunstenloket at http://www.kunstenloket.be/; and on Interarts’ participation in the PRACTICS project at http://interarts.net/en/practics.php

Delegation to Niger

From 12 to 17 December, members of Interarts’ team travelled to Niger in order to meet the Minister of Culture, Ms Takoubakoye Aminata Boureima and other senior officials of the Ministry. Interarts, in collaboration with Ariadna Proyectos Culturales and with the support to the country provided by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), is providing technical assistance that, among other actions, includes support to the Ministry in the design of a new Cultural Policy Action Plan and strengthening of staff capacity in this institution. The project also seeks to promote cultural and creative industries in the country and, in this respect, is similar to another Interarts’ project in Niger, Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries (FOMECC) in Niamey in the line of FOMECC projects, in the framework of the Development Cooperation Support Programme “Barcelona Solidària” of the City Council of Barcelona. This visit has served to identify and undertake possible activities and synergies between both initiatives.

Study Visit of an Albanian Delegation in Madrid

In the context of the technical assistance provided by Interarts to the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which aims to develop a Cultural Diplomacy Strategy for this country, a study visit in Madrid was conducted between 14 and 17 December. The visit aimed to introduce the policies and programmes of the Spanish government and other public bodies in the field of foreign cultural relations. It involved four representatives of the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). The project takes place in the framework of the culture and development programmes funded by AECID through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For further information, visit http://www.mfa.gov.al/

Caravan against HIV/ AIDS in Mali

In the context of the project on tools to promote sexual and reproductive health of young people in the informal sector in Mopti, Mali, the second phase of which has just been launched by Interarts, Family Care International/Mali and the Association des Enfants et des Jeunes Travailleurs du Mali (AEJT), in collaboration with the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), in December a caravan organised by these institutions travelled along the Niger River in order to raise awareness on sexual and reproductive heath issues to people living on the river banks and to foster positive attitudes towards the prevention of HIV/AIDS, especially among teenagers and young adults. The caravan departed on 16 December and in 7 days carried out several activities in villages and towns on this subject such as performances on personal development abilities related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), contact with authorities, awareness-raising and HIV tests, etc. In addition to representatives from organising institutions and the HIV/AIDS Treatment Centre (CESAC), young teachers trained within the project to design and to perform who could communicate in local languages and a radio delegation which gave full coverage to the activities of the caravan, were also present. For more information on the project see http://www.interarts.net/en/encurso.php?pag=1&p=297

Participation in the Conference of Spanish Cultural Professionals and Organisations

The first edition of the Culture Conference - Conference of Spanish Cultural Professionals and Organisations, launched by the Spanish Federation of Cultural Management Associations (FEAGC), was held in Madrid on 17 December. The meeting involved the discussion and adoption of a ''Covenant for Culture'', resulting from the contributions of over 40 organisations of culture professionals, which presents recommendations in the field of cultural policy and sets the commitments of the cultural sector as regards the challenges of contemporary society. Interarts took part in the final session of the Conference, as an observer. For further information, visit http://www.conferenciadelacultura.net/

News

Culture: the Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development

In the framework of the 3rd World Congress of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) that was held in November 2010, in Mexico City, the members of this network approved the UCLG Policy Statement entitled “Culture: the Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development''. The document highlights, among other statements, that culture in all its diversity is an important milestone in order to face the current challenges of humanity and appeals to governments from the whole world, the United Nations, development agencies and the international community in order to integrate a cultural dimension in the design of all types of policies, as well as sustainable development programmes. You can access the document at http://agenda21culture.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=63&lang=en

United Nations Resolution on the Contribution of Culture to Development

On 20 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution on Culture and Development which emphasizes for the first time the important contribution of culture for sustainable development. The text is a new step in the direction opened with the Final Declaration approved at the September 2010 Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, where culture was already presented as a factor for development. For more information see http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php URL_ID=41466&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html

Broad development of the “We are more” Campaign to Promote the Arts and Culture

Since its launch in October 2010, the campaign “We are more”, set up by the Culture Action Europe in partnership with the European Cultural Foundation, has had an extraordinary impact in several European countries. With presentations in the main European capitals and support by important figures form the cultural and political sector, including president Barroso, “We are more” is currently developing a manifesto, expected to be launched shortly. In order to facilitate the access to information on campaign-related activities, an online newsletter has been launched. In its first issue, among other useful information, links to videos of speeches and interviews recorded during the opening session can be found. To access the newsletter online or to subscribe, visit http://www.wearemore.eu/2010/12/first-campaign-newsletter-ever-now-online/

Opportunities

Ministry of External Affairs and AECID: Scholarships 2011-12

The Spanish Ministry of External Affairs and Cooperation, through the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), announces the call of scolarships for Spanish citizens aimed at facilitating training in the field of cooperation for development. The call also includes grants for training in the areas of management and cultural cooperation. For the majority of programs the closing date to submit the grant is 28 January 2011. For more information see http://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2010/12/20/pdfs/BOE-A-2010-19529.pdf

Design History Society Congress 2011: Call for Papers

Organised by the Fundació Història del Disseny of Barcelona, this Annual Congress will take place from 8 to 10 September 2011. The central theme is ‘design activism and social change’, with ‘design activism’ understood as the creative practices that, far from the commercial mainstream, invoke environmental policies and the social agenda. The organisation offers an opportunity for students, academics and professionals from all design specialities to present original research related to these issues. The closing date for receipt of abstracts in 31 January 2011. For more information see http://www.historiadeldisseny.org/congres/index.html

Governance of Culture in Developing Countries: Call for Experts

UNESCO has launched an international call for experts in the framework of its first project undertaken jointly with the European Union. This is a technical assistance service aimed at strengthening the system of governance for culture in developing countries, as well as reinforcing the role of culture as a factor for sustainable development and poverty reduction. The call is addressed to professionals from countries having ratified the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in developing and implementing cultural policies or international cooperation in the field of culture, among other fields. Those interested in applying should submit their applications to the UNESCO Secretariat no later than 31 January 2011. For more information see http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/2005-convention/operational-projects/governanceofculture/

Resources

White Paper on the Cultural Policies of Local and Regional Authorities in Europe

Published by Les Rencontres, Association of European Cities and Regions for culture, this White Paper gathers reflexions and proposals on the field of cultural policies for the next few years, presented by the members of the association, basically local and regional political leaders and professionals from the field of culture. This is a group work with articles on issues such as cultural diversity, decentralisation and governance, cultural exchange and cross-border cooperation, culture and development, creative industries, cultural heritage, etc. It also includes a section on good practices. The document is available in English and in French at http://livre-blanc.lesrencontres.eu/

Cultural Box: New Virtual Library on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy

Cultural Box is a virtual library specialised in cultural management and cultural policy, devised by the Cultural Policy and Management Programme of the University of Barcelona. With over a thousand recorded references, in continuing development, it presents a search engine aimed at becoming a useful tool for professionals, students and experts interested in these fields. The platform is available in four languages (Catalan, Spanish, English and French) and currently contains videos edited in any of these previously-mentioned languages, although material in other languages is also expected to be presented soon. For further information, see http://www.culturalbox.org/

Quaderns de la Mediterrània: Ten Years of Mediterranean Dialogue

The “Quaderns de la Mediterrània” journal of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), directed by anthropologist Maria-Àngels Roque, devotes its 14th issue to the principal activities carried out since the launch of this journal ten years ago. Studies, seminars, symposiums and all kind of activities aimed at promoting exchange between different Mediterranean populations that have been developed day by day at the IEMed during these years, providing a richness of visions and contributions of experts from different geographic, cultural and political areas. The most relevant contributions are now available in this publication. For more information see http://www.iemed.org/publicacions/cquaderns.php

Good Practices in the Field of Cultural Diversity

Coordinated by the German Commission for UNESCO and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the publication “Mapping Cultural Diversity. Good Practices from around the Globe” compiles a series of good practices related to cultural diversity carried out in different countries. All articles presented in this publication are divided by themes of protection and promotion of cultural expressions and international cooperation. The publication is a project of the U40-programme “Cultural Diversity 2030” aimed to contribute to the debate on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Interarts has participated with two articles: one dedicated to the programme of Promotion of Creative and Cultural Industries (FOMECC) carried out in Latin America and Africa, written by Friederike Kamm and Jordi Baltà, project coordinator at Interarts, as well as one on the Catalan Cinema Law, written by Martí Petit, Laura Gómez Bustos, Núria Reguero and Jordi Baltà. The publication is available at http://www.unesco.de/5136.html?&L=1

New UNESCO Website on Cultural and Creative Industries

UNESCO has created on its website a new site dedicated to the cultural and creative industries around the world. This site is a unique gateway to online resources where those who are interested in these themes can access to over 400 documents released by more than forty countries over the last ten years; available in their own original language. The site invites people and institutions from the cultural field to update this resource by suggesting new documents. For more information see http://www.unesco.org/culture/en/creativeindustriesmapping

Publication about Cultural Policies in Eight Arab Countries Available in English

The book “Cultural Policies in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia: An introduction”, until now only available in Arabic, has now been published in English. Published by the European Cultural Foundation, Boekman Foundation and Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy), the book presents, for the first time in this language, the framework of cultural policy in these countries and collects for each country analytical and independent points of view from independent experts, based on the methodology of the European Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends, applied for the first time in the Arab region. The book is a pioneering tool for policymakers, researchers and professionals in the region and in the rest of the world. To purchase the book, visit http://www.boekman.nl/EN/index.html or http://www.amazon.com

Platform for Intercultural Europe: Discusión Papers

The Platform is a civil society initiative developed as a response to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in 2008 aimed at supporting people and initiatives that work towards intercultural dialogue in Europe. Its mission is to develop understanding of the concepts behind intercultural dialogue and action, as well as to influence European and national policies to improve support for the work of practitioners in the field and to make all relevant public policies take due account of cultural diversity and to promote a space for reflection, dialogue and learning in our field. In this context, this publication marks the beginning of a series of occasional papers intended to stimulate members of the platform and the wider sector to reflect on their strategic orientation. Discussion Papers 1 and 2 are available in English at http://www.intercultural-europe.org/PIE_DP1_2.pdf

Culture and Development: New Publication

The Belgian Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission have published a compilation of projects financed by international development agencies that provide a strong confirmation of the potential of culture for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, established by the United Nations. The publication, entitled “Culture and Development: Action and Impact”, is also a brief overview of actions undertaken by the EU Member States. Among the projects selected for this publication, there are two projects carried out by Interarts: the programme of Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries – FOMECC and the project on cultural instruments in order to reinforce the knowledge on sexual and reproductive health of young people in the informal sector in Mopti, Mali. For more information see http://www.culture-dev.eu./pages/en/en_accueil.php

Creative Economy Report 2010

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Programme for Development (PNUD) has published a report on creative economy that has become a leading component on economic growth, employment, innovation and social cohesion in advanced economies. The publication provides empirical evidence of this statement and, at the same time, highlights the range of possibilities that this offers to developing countries, with still a long way to go to be able to harness their creative capacity for development. Fore more information see http://www.unctad.org/Templates/WebFlyer.asp?intItemID=5763&lang=1

Conferences

Cultural Diversity: Routes Princess Margriet Award (Brussels, February 8, 2011)

The European Cultural Foundation, in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organises The Routes Princess Margriet Award that aims to award artists and cultural professionals whose work contributed in understanding the value of cultural diversity and exchange in Europe. Two visual artists Sejla Kameric and Kutlug Ataman will receive their awards from Princess Margriet of the Netherlands in whose honour the award was named. In the days following the ceremony, there will be additional events in Brussels and Rotterdam at which the artists will speak and show their work. For more information see http://www.eurocult.org/activities/routes-award

Conference “Languages of the Wider World”: Understanding Resilience and Shift in Regional and Minority Languages (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 7-8 April, 2011)

This is the second international conference organised jointly by the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning of the Fryske Akademy (The Netherlands) and the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ‘Languages of the Wider World’ (UK). The conference will focus on theoretical and empirical work in research, teaching and learning of such languages worldwide. Fore more information see http://www.mercator-research.eu/conferences/2011-april-07-08

Reminders

Pública 11: Professional Meetings of Public Cultural Management

27-28 January, Madrid. See Cyberkaris 97, December 2010.

Cyberkaris

Cyberkaris

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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