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Cyberkaris nº 109 - January 2012
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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.
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newsletter There are possibly few streets in the world with the cultural density of Montalegre Street in the Raval area of Barcelona. This street, which had until the 1980s been nothing but a corridor connecting heterogeneous units of the ancient House of Charity, has later witnessed the birth, in less than thirty years and in just over one hundred meters, of internationally recognised institutions such as CERC (Cultural Studies and Resource Centre), CCCB (Centre of Contemporary Culture), MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Barcelona (mentioned in order of appearance), thus contributing to an unprecedented initiative aimed at revitalising one of the most deprived areas of the historic city centre. In addition, if entering the area from the seaside, almost on the corner with Elisabets St., the well-known CIDOB (Centre for International Affairs) can be found, whereas on the mountain side, on the corner with Valldonzella St., the Faculty of Communication of University Ramon Llull and the Medios bookshop, probably one of the best in Europe in the fields of media and culture, will come our way.

In recent times, however, ill winds are blowing over Montalegre Street, and we are reluctant to believe that this is only the inevitable consequence of these times of widespread crisis. On the one hand, its oldest neighbour, CERC (Cultural Studies and Resource Centre), which belongs to the provincial government of Barcelona, has gone through an almost unnoticed 25th anniversary, and it looks as if 2012 will not see a new edition of Interacció, the biennial event on cultural policy and management with an indisputable international fame that has been held since 1984. For those not familiar with the subject, it is worth recalling that the columns of Pati Manning, at number seven on Montalegre St., have been instrumental in the inception of such important initiatives as the first MA in Cultural Management in Spain (and one of the earliest internationally), ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres), the Agenda 21 for culture or, modesty aside, the genome itself of what is now Interarts.

On the other hand, news emerging from number five on Montalegre Street, home of the CCCB (Centre of Contemporary Culture) are not much better. With an impeccable trajectory of almost twenty years at the hands of its founding director, philosopher Josep Ramoneda, the CCCB has not only become a cultural centre of an international reputation, but has also modelled a new kind of cultural facility focused on the reflection on cities and the debate over ideas.

Government changes in the institutions which make up the consortium governing the CCCB (the Barcelona Provincial Council and the City Council of Barcelona) has led to the decision to replace Ramoneda at the direction of the organisation and, ignoring the cries of internationally renowned intellectuals which have collaborated with CCCB in the past, a local successor has been appointed without any previous debate, contest or consensus.

If cities are increasingly the metaphor of a new global world, cultural streets and their cultural palpitations may also be. Although its beats may not always bear good news ...

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter Since 2007 Interarts together with Family Care International is developing international cooperation projects for development in the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with a cultural perspective; from a culturally-appropriate approach to the community and its context, in order to increase the effectiveness of intervention in the field of SRH. Interarts currently develops projects in this field in two countries, Mali and Ecuador. Both are in their second phase and are supported by AECID. In the context of these projects, on 15 February the foundation will hold a seminar at the Francesca Bonnemaison Women's Cultural Centre, in Barcelona, where some relevant experiences will be presented. Interarts invites all agents working in the field of health, cooperation and culture to participate in the event in order to foster dialogue and an exchange of experiences and to create the background for future partnerships in this kind of cooperation projects. To register for participation: ssr@interarts.net. newsletter
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newsletter In the context of the project "Attention And Prevention Of Violence Againts Indigeous Women In Ecuador" that Interarts is developing in collaboration with Family Care International/Ecuador and with the support of the Catalan Agency of Cooperation for Development (ACCD), in late November and early December Dace Kiulina, a member of Interarts' projects team, carried out a technical visit to Ecuador. The aim of the visit was to monitor the closing of the project, planned for January 2012, as well as to participate in the last activities scheduled, which included an event on the progress and the indigenous justice and cultural practices in the attention and prevention of violence against women and the march for the day of non-violence against women in Sucumbios. In addition, taking advantage of the fact that Interarts and FCI/Ecuador are currently developing another joint project "Cultural Factors For The Prevention Of Hiv Among Indigenous Women In Eucador", the two organizations reviewed the developments and scheduled activities for 2012. newsletter
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newsletter From 2 to 3 December in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, a new Edition of the Caribbean Cultural Market took place. This time, the Ibero-American Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Culture and Development L+iD, born of a collaboration agreement between the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) and the University of Girona, UdG, Spain, supported the academic event. The opening cenference entitled "Cooperation for Development and Culture: building the global supply and demand. Cultural market and equity" was presented by Javier Brun, Interarts' vice-president. The text of the conference is available on the FOMECC Portal. newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 4 to 6 December, the ARTerial network organised the Conference on the African Creative Economy, with the participation of over a hundred cultural professionals. Among the participants was also Maria Casas, Interarts' project coordinator and representative in West Africa, to present the FOMECC Senegal project to bodies, organisations and other cultural cooperation agents gathered at the event, as well as to establish contacts with them. The conference revealed the wide range of cultural and creative initiatives in different African regions, as well as the need to foster networking, mobilise public and private agents, boost local markets and strengthen the role of cities by creating a programme of African creative cities or twinning projects. FOMECC Senegal is a part of the Promotion of Creative and Cultural Industries programme, Interarts' initiative in collaboration with local partners and the support of AECID. More information at the FOMECC Portal. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In December FOMECC Senegal developed a range of awareness-raising and training activities beyond its office in Dakar. On 8-9 December, communication sessions and training workshops were held in Kaolack, thanks to the collaboration of the local Regional Cultural Centre. Around 60 local creators attended the sessions, led by Luc Mayitoukou i Youma Fall, FOMECC Senegal's coordinator and external relations and media officer respectively, and Ndéye Ndécka Sagne, director of the Kaolack Cultural Centre. From 27 to 29 December, in St.Louis and Louga, the FOMECC Senegal project organized several workshop to reinforce the situation of local creators and cultural entrepreneurs and strengthen their professionalization. In three days, 50 entrepreneurs received training on issues such as tourism and cultural industries, oral, literary publishing and ICT market, performance market, public support and sponsorship, etc. In the framework of the St.Louis’ workshop, a collaboration agreement between the Ministry of Culture of Senegal and the project was signed, with the objective to work together in order to strengthen the capacities of Senegalese cultural agents. Students could enjoy the presence of Mrs. Awa Ndiaye, Senegalese Minister of Culture, who highlighted the FOMECC program’s and the Spanish cooperation‘s efforts in the area of culture and development, as well as announced the date of the next Festival National des Arts et de la Cultura (FESNAC), which will take place from 25 to 28 January 2012, in St.Louis. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On December 14th the Advisory Committee set up in the framework of Culture Action Europe's We are more campaign was convened to discuss the progresses made since its last meeting, held in February 2011, and, in particular, to analyse the proposal submitted by the European Commission for a new "Creative Europe" programme, in the field of culture, for the period 2014-2020. On this specific issue Advisory Committee members were asked to provide constructive elements for the preparation of the formal position to be adopted by Culture Action Europe vis-à-vis the proposal. The president of the Interarts board participated in this meeting alongside other experts in the field of European cultural policies and cooperation. The meeting provided also the opportunity to discuss further developments of the campaign, such as the activities set up by the new national committees and the setting of the new target of 100,000 signatures to the Manifesto to be reached by mid-May 2012 before the meeting of the European Ministers of Culture. newsletter
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newsletter The Federation of Spanish development NGO organised its third seminar on 14 and 15 December in Madrid, aimed to foster a reflection on issues affecting the sector, such as the increasing involvement of private businesses in international cooperation. The central theme of this edition was "The New Architecture of Development and the Role of NGOs as Development Actors", and its different aspects were tackled in 3 round tables. The member organisations and regional coordinators, other non-profit organisations in the social sector, academic, institutional, political and media representatives attended the events. Among the participants was also Antonio Gucciardo, Interarts' general manager. newsletter
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newsletter Theatre Performance in Bamako, Mali, to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young People in the Informal Sector newsletter
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newsletter The project "Role of Culture in the Tools for the Promotion of the Sexual and Reproductive health of Young People in the Informal Sector of Mopti, Mali" seeks to consolidate the work initiated in 2009 with and for young people in the informal sector. Interarts and its local counterparts Family Care International Mali/FCI and the Association des Enfants et des Jeunes Travailleurs (AEJT) of Mopti continue to implement strategies that have succeeded so far (training of peer educators, awareness-raising of religious and community leaders, alliance with people who are traditionally in charge of female genital mutilation, etc). In addition, 10 young people have been trained in the field of theatre forum to create and perform texts addressing health and the cultural practices that influence it. On 15 December these young people travelled to the national capital to present their work at the Maison des jeunes of Bamako. Emilie Vidal, project manager at Interarts and Magali Girod, FCI programme officer in New York, took part in the theatre performance, together with representatives from the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, the organisation which supports the project. Interarts' visit allowed to assess the project's progress which runs until September 2012, with some of the institutions that more or less have been associated to activities such as Privot Group Health and Population, UNICEF, UNFPA or the public ministries of health and youth in Mali. newsletter
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newsletter The project "Pomotion of the commercial network of the cultural sector in the Antioquia region, Uraba sub-regio, Colombia" is currently in its launch phase. The initiative emerges in the framework of the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries FOMECC programme, developed by Interarts in different countries with the support of AECID and the participation of local partners. In this case, this results from the previous collaboration between Interarts and the University of Antioquia, which have carried out together FOMECC Colombia, in Medellin since 2007. By applying resources and capabilities of Medellin to a broader region which experiences social, economic and cultural problems, this new FOMECC project aims at strengthening Urabá's cultural agents to promote cultural exchange that create new areas of coexistence and reduce factors of violence. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The latest issues of this newsletter have announced the launch of the "Guide to Funding Opportunities for the International Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals in Europe", developed by Interarts in the framework of the PRACTICS project and On the Move. The document collects data from approximately 750 mobility schemes, designed or managed by almost 500 different organisations. The publication has raised great interest, as made evident by Slovenian website Artservis' interview with two representatives of the organisations that have developed the Guide -Cristina Farinha from On the Move and Dace Kiulina from Interarts-, on the importnace of this work and how it was done. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO-ECOWAS) has recently expressed its willingness to place the cultural industries at the core of their programmes and projects for 2012-2014. In late November, ministers of Culture of the 15 countries that make up the organisation approved a new Regional Action Plan for this period. According to the CEDEAO-ECOWAS Chairman and President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the measures are in line with UNESCO's Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression, and seek to foster the production and distribution of cultural products, and support for trade in cultural products within the region's cultural common market. More information. newsletter
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newsletter The new year was designated as the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue by the leaders of both communities in 2010. Among others, the main objective of the event is to promote and strengthen intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding between the EU and China through cultural exchanges. The EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue will cover not only activities in various cultural sectors (performing arts, music, cultural heritage, translation, new media, etc.), but also in related fields within people-to-people dialogue which contribute to mutual understanding and civil society exchanges, in particular education, research, multilingualism and youth. The official opening will take place in February. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Association for Cultural Economics International is organising the 17th edition of this conference from 21 to 24 June in Kyoto, Japan. Among the possible topics that might be considered are issues such as art markets and cultural consumption, creative clusters and urban development, cultural entrepreneurship and business, cultural heritage and cultural tourism, the economy of copyright and the cultural industries, internet economics and culture. The organisation invites all those interested in cultural economy and the cultural industries to send proposals for articles before 15 January, following these bases. newsletter
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newsletter In January the Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching an open call for travel grants in the framework of two partnerships with Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture and with Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture 2013. The current call is divided into two funds: one is addressed to artists and cultural operators in all artistic disciplines whose projects include travel between Guimarães and the Euro-Mediterranean-Arab region; the other includes travel between this region and the area of Marseille. Those interested may apply by 31 Janary by filling the form on the website. newsletter
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newsletter UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Consultation on its implementation in the EU newsletter
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newsletter In order to prepare the quadriennial report of the EU on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the European Commission has launched the consultation addressed o civil society orgainsations active in the area of culture, development, human rights and other areas of the Convention. Foundations, networks, professional organisations, non-governmental organisations, etc., with a European-wide dimension can take part. Contributions must be received by 10 February 2012. newsletter
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newsletter The CREARE Foundation, specialised in research and education on cultural economy, has expanded its training offer for 2012. Summer courses planned for this year include: "The Economics of Cultural Heritage and Museums"; "Contemporary Art and Art Markets", "Creative Industry and Creative Economy" and "Value of Culture: On the Relationship between Economics, Culture and the Arts". Couses will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The dates and details on this training will be announced soon on its website. newsletter
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newsletter In the context of the European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry's Europe INNOVA initiative, aimed at supporting innovative businesses, the document "Priority sector report: Creative and Cultural Industries" considers the fundamental role of the creative and cultural industries in the creation of Europe's culture and identity. The publication, developed by Dominic Power, lecturer in Economic Geography at the University of Uppsala, presents regionalised data and trends for the 6.4 million persons employed in these industries in 30 European countries. Indicators presented in the report will feed into the debate on the role of the creative industries for the transformation of European industrial structures. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Supported by the European Commission, artists from Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK have gathered in the "Artists in Creative Education" project in order to create a transnational guide for artists to work in primary schools. The resulting publication places a particular emphasis on the development of skills necessary to work creatively in schools in disadvantaged areas. With this guide, its authors provide a tool to develop a shared and greater awareness of the creative approaches to education across all European countries, the establishment of collaborative transnational partnerships and a greater European co-operation. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA) has recently published the fourth edition of its Culture Report, which is also EUNIC's 2011 Yearbook. Entitled "Europe's Foreign Cultural Relations", the document was developed in collaboration with the Robert Bosch Foundation, the British Council, Culture Ireland and the Portuguese Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The report highlights the need to develop in Europe an adequate cultural strategy for its foreign policy and points out the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) as an opportunity to co-ordinate the EU's existing foreign cultural policy. The work gathers articles from 30 authors, including Robert Palmer, Mary Ann de Vlieg, Gottfried Wagner and Katherine Watson. newsletter
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newsletter In November the fourth edition of the International Seminar on Creative Cities, organised by the Kreanta Foundation and the City Council of Madrid, was held in Madrid. Now videos of this event are avaialble, as well as some speakers' presentations; those of Ricardo Antón, Ronald Van Kempen, Alfons Cornella, Silvia Mugnano, Juan Luís Mejía, José Guirao, Ali Madanipour, Juan Freire and María Zapata are available at this link. Other presentations include Pedro Jiménez, Alejandro Piscitteli and Alberto Gimeno. newsletter
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newsletter interarts About a year ago, the EUNIC partners in China, Goethe-Institut, British Council, and the Danish Cultural Institute initiated the Europe-China Cultural Compass project in order to contribute to the understanding between both communities and to promote dialogue and cultural cooperation between Europe and China and to prepare cultural practitioners for collaboration. On the basis of this initial research, interviews and discussions among experts with experience in this field, a publication has recently been launched that contains a glossary with key-vocabulary, a broad range of context knowledge on Europe and China (history, society, media, value systems, etc.), case studies and an extensive resource-chapter. The publication has been produced in English and in Chinese. newsletter
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newsletter The On the Move website has created a special section which offers European artists and cultural operators all mobility information developed in the framework of PRACTICS, a pilot project on cultural mobility funded by the European Commission in which Interarts also took part. In the Practics Infotools section all those interested may find data form different European countries on issues such as taxation, visas, social security, funding, contracts, training, etc.; useful and updated information that will facilitate the internationalisation of professionals from the European artistic and cultural sector. newsletter
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newsletter Creative Growth: Recommendations on Support Policies for the Cultural Sector newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Creative Growth project, developed form 2008 to 2011 in the framework of the INTERREG IV C programme, financed by the European Union with the aim to increase European competitiveness and accelerate regional economic growth through the development of the creative sector, has recently presented a publication with recommendations for policies supporting this sector. This document seeks to encourage debate and collaboration between policy makers and experts in innovation at European and regional level, as well as to contribute to build the best possible framework for the creative sector to grow as one of the locomotives of the European economy. newsletter
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newsletter Conference ''Radius of Art'' (Berlin, 8-9 February 2012) newsletter
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newsletter The Heinrich Böll Foundation organises this conference, the full title of which refers to the creative politicization of the public sphere and to the cultural potential forces for social transformation. The event makes a contribution to the international debate on the interaction of culture and development, with particular emphasis on the relevance of the arts and culture for societal processes of democratization. The program includes lectures on current theoretical discourse, the presentation of concrete examples of cultural institutions, artist and other cultural or/and social agents work and a discussion about the kinds of structural reforms required in regard to the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. newsletter
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newsletter Madrid, 26 and 27 January 2012. See Cyberkaris 108, December 2011. newsletter
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