Communities of practice for the public value of culture in the Southern Mediterranean.
This project aims to bring culture from the margins to the center of the public sphere, exploring its potential connections with economic, social and political development strategies.
SouthMed CV intends to foster the role of culture in social cohesion. It will do so by funding cultural and artistic innovative projects related to human rights, gender, diversity, social inclusion or environmental issues, preferably with a potential and multiplier long-lasting effect.
It will also contribute to the development of capacities and skills of cultural operators, institutional strengthening of cultural associations and networks, exchange of expertise at regional level, and promotion of cooperation between cultural organisations and other actors in civil society.
SouthMed CV is funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture, designed to accompany partner countries in south of the Mediterranean in the development and improvement of cultural policies related to the culture sector.
Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
The project, launched in April 2015 with a duration of 36 months, will implement the following main activities:
• Two open calls for proposals, to be launched in August 2015 and in August 2016, aimed at not-for-profit organizations and local authorities for cultural and artistic projects that contribute in strengthening the place that culture occupies in local, regional or national development strategies, through cooperation with other agents in the public sphere. Beneficiaries awarded a grant in the first call for proposals will be eligible to apply for the second call after finalizing their project.
• Identification of the learning opportunities amongst the selected projects and their partners, and its implementation through local, national, regional exchanges and networking strategies.
• A final publication highlighting the project’s results, impacts and key issues.
• Two final public conferences to present the results of the project, including identified relevant policy recommendations and sustainability opportunities in the Southern Mediterranean region.
SouthMed CV has emerged from the observation and analysis of the diversity of cultural contexts and practices, linked to multiple imaginaries in the Southern Mediterranean, and the need to enhance the professional capacities of cultural operators, practitioners and organizations active in this field.
In the light of existing international, EU and regional strategies for sustainable development (e.g. the MDGs, the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy, European Agenda for Culture and Neighbourhood Policy, the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, etc.), the project aims to address the aforementioned needs by implementing a range of diverse activities with a strong demonstrative and communication potential, with integrated learning, knowledge partnership and networking dimensions.
SouthMed CV takes an open-ended approach which places emphasis on culture and local development. Therefore it is expected that the selected projects include artistic co-productions with a citizen participation component, partnerships between cultural associations and schools, capacity-building seminars for local cultural entrepreneurs, art exhibitions focusing on social and environmental issues, or institution-building activities for associations of cultural organisations, professionals or producers, among others.
- Interarts is implementing this project within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture, and in partnership with Bac Art Center from Tunisia, Gudran for Art and Development from Egypt, Khayal Arts & Education from Lebanon, the National Center for Culture and Arts/King Hussein Foundation from Jordan, and the German Commission for UNESCO from Germany.
- BAC Art Center is an independent non-profit cultural organisation focused on Contemporary art.
- Gudran for Art and Development is a coalition of artists from different working areas aiming to promote art’s social responsibility.
- Khayal Arts & Education is a non-profit organisation promoting artistic projects with social and educational applications.
- National Center for Culture and Arts is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation focused on social development through performing arts.
- German Commission for UNESCO is a non-profit organisation, focused on diversity of cultural expressions and sustainable development, acting as an intermediary between Germany and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
(Photos by Susanne Bosch)
1 April 2015
- This project aims to bring culture from the margins to the center of the public sphere, exploring its potential connections with economic, social and political development strategies.
- SouthMed CV intends to foster the role of culture in social cohesion. It will do so by funding cultural and artistic innovative projects related to human rights, gender, diversity, social inclusion or environmental issues, preferably with a potential and multiplier long-lasting effect.
- It will also contribute to the development of capacities and skills of cultural operators, institutional strengthening of cultural associations and networks, exchange of expertise at regional level, and promotion of cooperation between cultural organisations and other actors in civil society.
- To enhance technical skills for cultural actors, to foster national and international networking for not-for-profit organisations, cultural operators and projects, and to strengthen representative cultural organisations at institutional level.
- To promote the economic potential of the cultural sector through initiatives and mechanisms supporting cultural entrepreneurs and local strategies, taking into account the creative economy as a policy priority.
- To strengthen citizen participation, community based work, and educational practices.
- To develop new collaborative practices by implementing cultural exchange programmes, partnerships, and multidisciplinary artistic platforms.
SouthMed CV website
- B’chira Art Center – BAC
- German Commission for UNESCO
- Gudran Association for Art and Development
- Khayal – Cooperative Association for Arts and Education
- Media and Culture for Development in the Southern Mediterranean Region Programme
- Subgranted projects – First Call
- Subgranted projects – Second Call
- The Med Culture website
- The National Centre for Culture & Arts / King Huessein Foundation