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Cyberkaris nº 146 - May 2015
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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 The Spanish electoral campaign is heating up. If the gods don't prevent it, on Sunday the 24th of May the Spanish will vote for their representatives in city councils, county councils and a large proportion of the autonomous regions (except for Andalusia, Catalonia and the Basque Country, which are "historical" regions with their own electoral process). Everything points towards important changes to/in the political landscape: apparently, the two-party system's days are numbered and the current political offer is gaining new parties and coalitions to the right and the left. On the other hand, after a bitter crisis lasting eight long years and even though our current country has a doubtful resemblance to the country that we left behind, light is starting to be visible amongst the shadows at the end of the tunnel. This is a good chance -or at least a good excuse- to generate new strategic excitement by placing innovation and creativity back at the heart of the political scene.

Nevertheless, the public cultural sector at local, provincial and autonomous level is unable to come out of its lethargy. Of course, it's not an easy or immediate task to cure the wounds resulting from brutal measures such as the cultural VAT at 21%, the impact of the aborted sponsorship law, the drastic cuts to the cultural budget -which is generally nearly twice as much as the cuts to the generic budget- or the extreme impoverishment of the culture and creative sectors throughout recent years. However, attentive reading of the parties' cultural programs and disciplined attendance to the -scarce- debates about the cultural policies that have taken place over these days raise fears about poverty coexisting with something far worse: the misery resulting from a lack of ideas.

Whoever wins and whatever happens, the big task for the day after the elections should be the recovery of creativity, imagination and innovation in the policies for culture in our cities, which have been lacking large doses of energy and breaths of fresh air for far too long. A bit like that urban legend from the end of the twentieth century according to which several Latin American cities displayed a graffiti which read "more promises and less deeds".

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts The DECIDES ESPAÑA project, developed by Interarts and the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), launches the online resource platform DIVERXUAL with the aim to provide health professionals with knowledge and practical tools associated with Emotional, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). This is with the aim to help generate a more comprehensive treatment to the users and a change in attitudes towards cultural diversity, and ultimately to create a more equitable society. DIVERXUAL offers resources such as specialized workshops, training videos, action guidelines and an archive which provides quick and practical access to clinical handbooks and official health protocols, and official plans concerning Emotional, Sexual and Reproductive Health in an intercultural context in the Spanish scope. This platform results from an investigative process carried out by an interdisciplinary team of experts led by the VHIR within the frame of this initiative. "DECIDES ESPAÑA. For a more equitable Access to and exercise of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Spain" is co-funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA Grants) which aims at contributing to the reduction of economic and social inequalities, and strengthening links between donor (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and beneficiary countries (17 EU Member States). The Plataforma de ONG de Acción Social is the Operational Unit of the Programa de Ciudadanía Activa (Active Citizenship Programme) endowed with EUR 4.6 million to support the contribution of NGOs to social justice and sustainable development. Follow on Twitter (@Ciudadania_Act, #CiudadaníaActiva) and Facebook: Programa de Ciudadanía Activa. newsletter
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newsletter interarts A partner meeting for the "MCP Broker. Negotiating the cultural involvement from migrants" project, led by Interarts, was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 9th and 10th of April. The meeting took place at the Intercult headquarters. In said meeting, this organization and the other partners of the project (Interarts, Eccom, EDUCULT and Culture Action Europe) went through the results of the activities which had taken place to date: the pilot investigation with EU cultural institutions to determine the state of said entities with regards to the management of cultural diversity; the learning workshops ("Learning Partnerships") to prepare the cultural sector and other strategic agents regarding promotion of intercultural integration; the national reports and the videos which were produced. Likewise, the session served to outline the last phase of MCP Broker, during which a final conference is planned. (Photo: Intercult). newsletter
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newsletter ''Culture for all - phase III. Kosovo'': Call for applications 2015 - Selection results newsletter
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newsletter interarts The chosen proposals out of the 154 initiatives from the most diverse artistic and creative areas who applied for the first call for grants to cultural actions in the scope of the project "Culture for all - phase III. Kosovo" were made known mid April. In the "Support to existing and/or new cultural projects/ events organized in Kosovo" category, 14 initiatives were selected. In the "Support to inter-ethnic cultural projects/activities and/or cultural activities which promote the visibility, inclusiveness, respect and rights of vulnerable groups" category, 10 projects were selected. Lastly, 4 other activities have been selected in the "Regional events" category. Likewise and also within the framework of the same project, the 2015 World Book Day was organized in April in Pristina, Kosovo, and also the School Quiz y Arts Talent Show with the pupils from the country's schools. This was broadcast on the local television station RTK 1. "Culture for all - phase III. Kosovo" is a project which is carried out by Interarts in conjunction with ARCS-Arci Cultura e Sviluppo and Culture Action Europe for the European Union Office in Kosovo. (Photo: Culture for all). newsletter
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newsletter First partner meeting for the SouthMed CV Project newsletter
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newsletter The first partner meeting for the "SouthMed CV-Communities of practice for the public value of culture in the Southern Mediterranean" project, which started its activities at the start of the month, took place in Casablanca, Morocco, on the 27th and 28th of April. Said meeting was held in the framework of the First Regional Conference for the Media and Culture for development programme in the Southern Mediterranean, Med Culture, which was entitled "Creativity, Innovation, Competitiveness and Development". SouthMed CV is co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture, and its public introduction was made during the Conference. This initiative's main objective is to build and reinforce the social, economical and political impact of culture in the region. Interarts leads the consortium of non-profit organisations which are responsable for developing SouthMedCV: BAC Art Centre (Tunisia); Gudran, Association for Art and Development (Egypt); National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA)/King Hussein Foundation (Jordan); German Commission for UNESCO and the KHAYAL Cooperative Lebanese Association for Arts and Education (Lebanon). The Casablanca meeting was useful to brainstorm the strategy and first steps of the project. newsletter
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newsletter Anna Lindh Foundation and IEMed: Competition on tales and stories about sustainable development newsletter
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newsletter The Anna Lindh Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures and the European Mediterranean Institute (IEMed) run the international short stories and tales contest "a sea of words", targeted to the under 30s from the 43 countries in the euromediterranean space. 2015 sees the contest's eighth edition, and in the setting of the Year of the Sustainable Development it is accepting works which -in one way or another- might help raise awareness about the need for sustainable development, and where the logic of maximum benefit is abandoned and the equitable distribution of prosperity and respect for the environment are promoted. The closing date to take part is the 31st of May 2015. Further information and competition rules. newsletter
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newsletter RURBAN ARTSTRUCTIONS: call for works on sustainability artists newsletter
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newsletter interarts Non-profit educational organization Art for Global Development drives the RURBAN ARTSTRUCTIONS project, which seeks to gather artists of all disciplines and levels around the subjects of urban and rural agriculture and the importance of sustainable management of the soil for agricultural development and for food safety, as well as in order to preserve life on earth. With this objective it invites artists, creators and advocates of sustainable development to present artworks, stories, articles or other relevant projects with an emphasis on soil. The submission guidelines can be found on the organisation's website. The deadline for proposal submissions is the 5th of June 2015. newsletter
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newsletter The Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U), with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, currently holds an open call for artistic and investigative residencies aimed at professionals, artists and academics who work at the cutting edge of their fields in urban research, geography, anthropology, urbanism, architecture and the humanities. The Centre was created by the Berlin based artists collective KUNSTrePUBLIK and is conceived as a lab for inter- and trans-disciplinary activities focused on the city phenomenon. Those interested can check the ZK/U website for the submission guidelines. The deadline for applications is the 14th of June 2015. newsletter
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newsletter 12th International PASCAL Observatory Conference: open enrollment newsletter
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newsletter The University of Catania, Sicily, will host the 12th edition of the PASCAL Observatory Conference in October 2015. With the theme "connecting cities and universities at strategic frontiers", the symposium will focus on analyzing how cities and their regions are connected to their universities. Its main themes will be the following: creating and securing local jobs for the future regions; the challenges of migrant and multicultural societies; involving the communities with the universities; sustainable and healthy urban development, and cultural commitment. Those interested can apply on the event website, with special conditions if they do so before the 30th of June 2015. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Casa Tres Patios Foundation (Fundación Casa Tres Patios) is a center which is dedicated to contemporary art located in Medellín, Colombia. It is focused on investigation, alternative pedagogy, artistic production, free creation and the notion of shared knowledge. With these ideological foundations, amongst its activities it offers the opportunity of artistic residencies for projects on contemporary art, architecture, design, curatorial projects, human sciences and pedagogy. It considers three types of residency: through an open call, where the artist itself puts his proposal forward; through a covenant, via the participation of agreements and subsidies from various entities, be it public or private and local or national; and by invitation directly to persons or collectives. newsletter
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newsletter The 1st European Conference on the Open Air Heritage of Europe will take place in September 2015 in Graz and Stübing, Austria. It is aimed at experts on the European cultural heritage, museum and archeology professionals, those responsible for monument preservation, etc, and it will be a space for debates on conservation methods and objectives, techniques applied to the heritage, its link with tourism, etc. The entity which organizes the conference -MUSIS- invites any persons with an interest in the subject to contribute with their most innovative works or presentations. These can include "Prezis" or "PechaKucha". The deadline to submit proposals is the 25th of August 2015. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter The book ''No Culture, no Europe'' newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Cultural Foundation has backed the recent publishing of the book "No Culture, no Europe: on the Foundation of Politics". Pascal Gielen is the director of the Arts in Society research centre at Groningen University (Netherlands), where he is Associate Professor of the Sociology of Art, and is the book's editor. The work brings together contributions by an interdisciplinary group of theorists and scientists who argue that the lack of attention that the European Union has shown towards culture is the main cause of today's political and economic crises. The book can be purchased online. newsletter
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newsletter The Art of Valuing: Reports from the IETM Satellite Conference in Brussels newsletter
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newsletter The IETM Satellite Conference "The Art of Valuing" took place in Brussels, Belgium, last February, where the appraisal of the value and the impact of the arts were reflected upon. The organizers have recently published the reports of the meeting. A first document gathers the opening speeches by Pascal Gielen, director of the Research Center for Arts in Society at Groningen University (Netherlands) and the editor of the above-mentioned book "No Culture, no Europe", and Mieke Van Hecke, former MP in the Flemish Parliament and a member of the Committee for Culture, Media and Sport. The second document is dedicated to the panel discussion moderated by Diane Dodd (IFACCA) with participation -amongst other experts- of the director of Interarts, Mercedes Giovinazzo. The third document compiles the presentations and activity of the various discussion groups as well as their conclusions. newsletter
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newsletter AC/E Digital Culture Yearbook 2015 newsletter
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newsletter interarts Acción Cultural Española has published the second edition of their Digital Culture Yearbook. This aims to be a tool that makes the impact of the new technologies in culture known. The goal of the study is to analyze the main technological trends that arts administrators should take into account in the coming years. The work is divided in two sections. The first section focuses on the new business models which have emerged from the internet and that can be applied to the cultural area. The second section focuses on the impact that the internet is having on museums and it identifies good practice cases in the usage of the latest technologies in said cultural centers. newsletter
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newsletter Culture Action Europe (CAE) has recently made a toolkit available to the cultural sector. This is the result of a year's work and its purpose is to familiarize the professionals in this field with the concepts and uses of collaborative economy. Entitled "Change, networked economy, the cultural sector and beyond", this resource arises from the conviction about the need for a new model for sustainability, which requires new cultures, new organizations and new economical models. Aspects like crowdfunding or Creative Commons licenses are touched upon in this document, which has availed of the cooperation of Cristina da Milano, scientific advisor at CAE. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Commission has published a report by the Horizonte 2020 Expert Group on Cultural Heritage: "Getting Cultural Heritage to Work for Europe". The document maintains that the cultural heritage is increasingly regarded as a positive contributor to the European GDP and that the European Union should vigorously promote the innovative use of this for growth and employment, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. The report shows specific examples of how the cultural heritage has driven growth in local and national economies, through innovative financing, new forms of governance, public private partnerships, philanthropy, etc. newsletter
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newsletter TEH Meeting 79 ''Spaces of Indecision'' (Lecce, Italy, 21-24 May 2015) newsletter
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newsletter interarts The TEH Meeting 79 will take place in Lecce, Italy, from the 21st to the 24th of May 2015. Under the title "Spaces of Indecision" the event will offer both an international conference and a series of hands-on workshops on the concept of indecision as an approach to nurture social, economic and political change and to spark spontaneity and innovation. This approach has been used by the Manifatture Knos centre (together with Trans Europe Halles, one of the event organizers) in the context of urban regeneration in the city of Lecce, and they will share their experience and results during the event. The program will conclude with a talk by Gilles Clément (gardener, philosopher, botanist, entomologist and writer). newsletter
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newsletter International conference ''10 years of Convention on the diversity of cultural expressions'' (Quebec, Canada, 28-30 May 2015) newsletter
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newsletter Laval University in Quebec, Canada, will host the international symposium from 28th-30th May, where the 10 years of existence of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will be analyzed. Some of the main subjects to be debated will be culture as a lever for the development and strengthening of societies or the linkages between the Convention and trade agreements. Amongst the international experts who will take part as speakers are two members of the Interarts board: Gemma Carbó and Jordi Baltà. The event is organized by the Law Faculty at Laval University, the National Institute of Scientific Research and the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity. newsletter
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newsletter OcioGune 2015: The social efects of the cultural and creative industries (Bilbao, 11-12 June 2015) newsletter
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newsletter interarts The 10th edition of the International OcioGune Forum 2015 seeks to be a space for exchange and reflection on the phenomenon of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). The presence of prestigious international experts will allow for it to take on a comparative international viewpoint. The conference will analyze the advances in recent years in the creation of methodologies and instruments directed towards the measurement and assessment of the social effects of these sorts of industries. This edition is structured in three forums from which the 3 main challenges which the CCIs face will be taken a close look at: its social effects: advances and issues to be examined; tools for the measurement of unexpected events in the CCIs; and artistic creativity and digital innovation. This is organized by the Cátedra Grupo Santander Ocio y Conocimiento from the Institute of Leisure Studies of Deusto University, Bilbao. newsletter
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newsletter Santiago de Chile, 14-16 May, 2015. See Cyberkaris 145, April 2015. newsletter
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newsletter RESEO Conference: opera, music and dance for the early years newsletter
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newsletter Lisbon, Portugal, 14-16 May, 2015. See Cyberkaris 145, April 2015. newsletter
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newsletter Lyon, France, 27-30 May 2015. See Cyberkaris 144, March 2015. newsletter
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