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Cyberkaris nº 99 - February 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.



Coinciding with the recent recruitment by right-wing governments of managers and intellectuals who are members of left-wing parties in order to occupy ministerial posts and other senior responsibilities in the field of culture, the idea according to which cultural policies could be a sort of “transversal” policies the principles of which could be assumed by a more or less broad ideological spectrum appears to take shape. Both in the Ministry of Culture of France, as in the government of the City of Buenos Aires or in the regional government of Catalonia recent examples of this tendency can be found.

Such a perspective, further to wiping away the potential feeling of guilt of those who have decided to change sides for more or less confessable reasons, is probably not so much a fashion but a process that, coming from far, is manifesting itself today with a greater intensity; already in 1959, as André Malraux agreed to become the first European minister d'affaires culturelles on the request of General De Gaulle, he took a first step in this direction.
The crux of the matter is probably not as much to speculate about the existence of public policies for culture of the Right or the Left, but to admit, firstly, that many of the issues that are today part of the “acquis” of universal cultural policies were indisputable contributions of the Left in Western countries throughout the 20th century: from public bookshops to cultural diversity, through the democratization of culture, recreational and cultural activities or art education. And secondly, the apparent inability of the contemporary Left when it comes to setting the new horizons which become necessary for culture should also be noted. Or does anyone still believe that cultural policies which can re-connect excellence and proximity, create opportunities for artists working in new community settings, raise a new dialogue between tradition and avant-garde or place the building of an active cultural citizenship at the centre of strategic action are also possible from the Right?

Rather than a vindication of its ideological ''transversality'', what public policies for culture today need is still to identify the basic sequence of citizen rights, institutional responsibilities and public services, in an explicit and acceptable manner by all the options in the political spectrum. And the definition, in each case, of the strategies of the Left or the Right which can lead to materialising them.

Eduard Miralles, Chair of the Board of the Interarts Foundation

From Interarts

The EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) network approves the Hammamet Declaration

The first EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) network Forum, which gathered members of this network and Tunisian cultural professionals in order to discuss perspectives for cultural cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area, was held from 25 to 28 November 2010 in Hammamet , Tunisia . The final declaration of the meeting, symbolically entitled “To go further in the Mediterranean”, highlights the participants’ commitment to promote cultural cooperation in the Mediterranean , and especially to foster artistic exchanges, training and mobility of young culture professionals, and contribute to the definition of the region’s future cultural policies. Interarts is a member of the EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) network. For further information, visit

Participation in the First “Consensus Conference” of the 3rd Citizens’ Agora of the European Parliament

Form 25 to 28 January the European Parliament, Brussels, hosted the third edition of the Citizens’ Agora, a tool created by this institution to enhance mutual dialogue between civil society and the European institutions on issues related to Parliament’s agenda, some representatives of which take part in the Agora sessions. In this edition the central theme was prevention and eradication of poverty and social exclusion. For the first time, the Agora included a “Consensus Conference” to discuss the possibilities of a particularly vulnerable group: citizens over 60 years faced with financial difficulties. Interarts participated in this Consensus Conference to address issues related to social exclusion, poverty and access to culture, a topic which the organisation is currently dealing with in a number of initiatives, including the presidency of the Platform on Access to Culture launched by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. For more information about the event see

PRACTICS Participation in the Workshop on European Mobility in the Cultural and Artistic Sectors

On 27 January, the European mobility information service of the Youth Information Network (PIJ) of the City of Barcelona carried out a monographic workshop addressed to young artists and cultural professionals aimed at offering information on resources and opportunities for mobility in Europe: grants, project funding, artistic residencies, employment opportunities, etc. In the course of the workshop and in the framework of the PRACTICS project, Interarts made a presentation on the main obstacles affecting mobility in this sector such as legislation, administrative proceedings, work and contracting abroad, taxation… as well as information provision and advice provided by Interarts through the PRACTICS Infopoint in Spain. PRACTICS is supported by the European Commission. For more information see

Final activities of the 2010 work programme with the Government of Catalonia

In December and January, Interarts has completed the preparation of several reports in the framework of the 2010 collaboration programme with the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia. This year, the programme included monitoring reports on the participation of Catalan organisations in cultural projects funded under two EU programmes, Culture (2007-13) and Youth in Action, as well as analyses of recent developments surrounding the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the cultural dimension of the Union for the Mediterranean (UpM). The programme also involved the management of activities in the field of cultural diplomacy, the hosting of an international expert and core support for the regular activities of the Interarts Foundation.

Eduardo Nivón: Fellowship Residency at Interarts

From 15 February to 15 March, prominent social anthropologist Dr. Eduardo Nivón will carry out a research fellowship at Interarts. Professor at the Department of Anthropology of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana de Iztapalapa since 1981, Dr. Nivón is also the coordinator of the on-line Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Polices and Cultural Management, offered jointly by CONACULTA-OEI-UAM-I, as well as Chairman of the Cultural Foundation of the City of Mexico and UNESCO consultant for several projects in the field of cultural policy. Professor Nivón has transferred his anthropological perspective to a range of teaching, advice and research activities. He specialises in social movements and cultural policies and since 1989 has collaborated in a university research team on urban culture and has authored several publications on these issues. As part of his activities during the stay in Barcelona, Dr. Nivón will make a presentation on “Diversity and Creativity: New References in Cultural Policies in Latin America”. The event will take place at the Casa Amèrica Catalunya, Barcelona, which is also a partner of the event. This residency in Interarts is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia.


The European Capitals of Culture 2011 launch their activities

In January, Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland), the two European Capitals of Culture for 2011, hosted their opening ceremonies for a year full of cultural activities. In Tallinn, the landing of a UFO was a core event of the opening ceremony, while Turku chose the banks of River Aura for its performances. Both celebrations were characterised by their spectacular show and massive audience, which should symbolise the creativity and the diversity of events planned throughout this year. For more information see


Tandem Programme on European Cultural Professional’s Exchange

The European Cultural Foundation and MitOst, with the support of other European institutions, have launched a new scheme called Tandem aimed to build networks and partnerships between cultural professionals from European Union countries and their colleagues from Ukraine and Moldova. The scheme works towards creating partnerships between organisations of the Member States and Ukraine and Moldova. The project includes field visits to both countries for representatives of the cultural institutions interested in this initiative. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2011. For more information see

X-OP Project – Exchange of Art Operators and Producers: Call for Residency Grants

The X-OP Project on the exchange of art operators and producers has launched a call for a one-month residency in the Association for Culture and Education KIBLA, in Maribor, Slovenia. The invitation is addressed to artists, researchers, curators, critics or producers in order to foster mobility, exchange, interdisciplinary approaches to arts and network development. The calls for residencies in March and April are open until 25 February and 25 March respectively. For more information see

4th International Conference on Culture and Development in Africa (ICACD): Call for Papers

The next International Conference on Culture and Development in Africa (ICACD) will be held in Accra, Ghana, from 24 to 27 July 2011. The main theme of the conference is “Culture and Global Security: Analyzing current threats and harnessing opportunities”. In this context, the Secretariat for the International Conference has invited to submit presentation ideas for the event. Presentations can be in a range of forms including formal paper presentations or performances. Academics, artists, cultural and development workers, governmental agencies, policy makers and all people committed to working to see culture included in the development agenda are encouraged to submit their abstracts or ideas. The closing date to submit papers is 6 June 2011. For more information see

IBERESCENA: Grants for Performing Arts 2011-2012

The Iberescena Intergovernmental Council has launched the IBERESCENA call for Ibero-American performing arts, aimed to foster creation of an integrated space for performing arts in 11 Ibero-American states which are part of the programme: Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Support is addressed to choreographers, producers, networks, venues, performing arts spaces, festivals… The closing date to submit applications is 15 July 2011. For more information see

Cultural Management: Online Studies

The Arts and Humanities Programme of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) is offering a possibility to study through Internet providing a humanistic and professional approach by promoting global and critical views on issues of culture and social reality. The Master’s Degree in Cultural Management helps to develop new professional profiles in cultural management with an integral, transversal and globalised view ( Other courses include the Degree in Humanities (, as well as Postgraduate Courses on several aspects of digital culture (

Symposium on Music, Conflict and Transformation: Call for Contributions

From 9 to 10 May, 2011, a symposium on the role of music-related activities in social conflicts and their transformation will take place at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). The event is organised by the Sociology of the Arts Group (SocArts), a team of international researchers led by Professor Tia DeNora of the University of Exeter, and united by a commitment to researching the dynamic and practical role played by music in social life and social experience. The aim of the symposium is to create a space where to explore these and related issues, and to encourage contributions from all those working in this field, whether in the context of non-governmental organisations, academia, local policy, mediation, music therapy, etc. For more information see


New Study on the Creative Industries in Ile-de-France

The Institute for Urban Planning and Development of the Paris Region (AURP) has published on their website a summary of a study on the creative industries in the Ile-de-France Region. Entitled “Créativité et développement économique: une synergie prometteuse”, it highlights the role of the creative industries in economic growth and attractiveness of this region. Both the summary and study in French are available at

Digital Agenda: Report on Digitalisation of Europe’s Cultural Heritage

Since 2005 the European Commission has undertaken an initiative to boost the digitalisation of the cultural heritage of different Member States, named the Digital Agenda. Its aim is to make accessible the content of libraries, archives and museums through the Internet. In this context the Comité des Sages has recently delivered a report on digitalisation of this heritage to Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, and Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner responsible for Education and Culture. The report urges EU Member States to step up their efforts to put their heritage online, pointing out its cultural and economic potentials. For more information in English see look up for already digitalised works see:

New Book: Eventful Cities: Cultural Management and Urban Regeneration

Increasingly, cities are organising international events that seem to become a quick fix for finding solutions to generate media attention, build brand image, attract tourists, support the economy, develop social cohesion and even regenerate large urban areas of the city. The European Capital of Culture, the Olympic Games, the World Cup or numerous cultural festivals can serve to this aim. The book “Eventful Cities: Cultural Management and Urban Regeneration” by Greg Richards and Robert Palmer takes an in-depth look on this phenomenon and indicates some guidelines to be taken into account to benefit the cities and citizens such as programming, managing and marketing events, developing an event vision and strategy, measuring the impacts of events and legacy planning. The book can be found online at

Study on the Entrepreneurial Dimension of the Cultural and Creative Industries

Commissioned by the European Commission, the Utrecht School of the Arts, in collaboration with K2M Ltd and Srl Eurokleis, has published a study on the entrepreneurial dimension of the cultural and creative industries aimed to provide a better understanding of the operations and needs of companies, especially small and medium-size enterprises. The final report of this study has now been released and collects the main problems encountered by these industries and key factors which can contribute to strengthening entrepreneurship of this type such as access to finance, innovation, collaborative processes, etc. For more information see

Quaderns de Cultura: New Volume on External Evaluation of Cultural Projects

Organised by the University of Barcelona with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Media of the Government of Catalonia and directed by Lluís Bonet i Agustí, a conference on the external evaluation of cultural projects was held in Barcelona in September 2008. The “Quaderns de Cultura” series has now published a collection of papers presented on this occasion by experts such as Xavier Bru de Sala, Vicenç Altaió, Pep Dardanyà, Santi Martínez, Josep Font, Albert de Gregorio, Montserrat Martínez, Jaume Colomer, Jordi Pardo, Javier Brun, Edgar García and Jerónimo Cabrera. The publication is available online at

Cultura21: three eBooks on Culture and Sustainability

European network Cultura21, a platform for the cultural promotion and evolution of societies and lifestyles in order to contribute to sustainability, has launched a collection of eBooks on “Culture and Sustainability”, edited by Sacha Kagan and Davide Brocchi. Three volumes are already available in this format, which has been chosen by Cultura21 so as to allow broad dissemination and to stimulate further debate in civil society. Volume 1 is a work by Lisa Grabe and is published in German: “Das „Projekt Nachhaltigkeit“. Zu den Grenzen des Nachhaltigkeitskonzepts aus kultureller Perspektive”. David Knaute is the author of Volume 2, published in French: “Le Syndrome Karamoja: Repenser la crise des sociétés pastorales dans le contexte de la globalisation”. Volume 3 by Julia Hahn is published in English: “Creative Cities and (Un) Sustainability – Cultural Perspectives”. All three eBooks can be found at

Creative Industries in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

The Estonian Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Ministries of Culture of Latvia and Lithuania, has published the first annual review on creative industries in the Baltic Region. This collection of articles analyses the development of the sector and presents an overview of the latest innovations in this respect. The focus of the publication is on creative incubators and mapping of good practices carried out in all three countries. It also presents a section on challenges and opportunities for developing the creative economy in this European region. The publication can be read and downloaded in English at


Conference on Diversity and Creativity: New References in Cultural Policies in Latin America (Barcelona, 3 March, 2011)

Interarts, in collaboration with Casa Amèrica Catalunya, is organising a conference on diversity and creativity in Latin America which will be involve a presentation by Mexican anthropologist Eduardo Nivón, in the framework of his fellowship in this foundation, supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Media of the Government of Catalonia. Presented by the Chair of the board of Interarts Eduard Miralles, during the event this prominent researcher will set out how the discussion on diversity is legally and institutionally implemented in Latin America.

Conference on Statistics for Policymaking: Europe 2020 (Brussels, 10-11 March, 2011)

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, is organising a conference from 10 to 11 March in Brussels on the role of statistics in policymaking, using the Europe 2020 strategy as a case in point. The aim of the event is to bring together politicians and statisticians in a dialogue on how to shape underpinning policy making and political decision making. Among other activities, a plenary session will be followed by three parallel sessions about different types of indicators such as smart growth, sustainable growth and inclusive growth. For more information and registration see


Cultural Diversity: Routes Princess Margriet Award

8 February, Brussels. See Cyberkaris 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. 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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