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Cyberkaris nº 148 - July 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 Dear Bergoglio,

Please forgive me for dropping the title and dispensing with your sanctity without having asked your permission beforehand; the fact that we have common friends –the Ferronatos- and that both our football teams have the same shirt colours seem like good enough reasons to allow me to treat you with such familiarity. In the two long years that you have had the Vatican’s keys in your pocket, you have turned into a global personality who is especially admired by those who do not believe in your god. The sheer ambition of your project, trying to update a worldwide, thousand-year-old institution riddled with paradox and contradictions, necessarily requires protection from the gods. Not only will you be very busy, but also you will need to subsequently expand the agenda due to the huge amount of work that you will be faced with, and even create several new agendas.

Nobody holding your position before you would have discussed diversity, sustainability, ecology, development… “Laudato Si” -your recent encyclical letter on climate and environment- or the acknowledgement of native cultures on the occasion of your recent trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, speak for themselves in this sense. Additionally, the cultural vocation of your career path is indisputable and greatly removed from the dogmatic approach of your predecessor John Paul II in his “Letter to the Artists” from 1999 in which he –amongst other things- argued for the need to restrict the usage of the terms “creator” and “creation”.

It’s therefore difficult to understand that, when speaking about the moveable feasts calendar and the celebration dates of the various Easter holidays recently, you have done so with that excess positivity which –as the poet said- “sides with weekdays” and hinders taking their real cultural dimension on. Despite the cheer that your words might deserve from the tourist agents and the global richness making machine, and that a significant amount of western citizens are ignorant of the workings of the calendar, the Easter holidays are an extremely sophisticated and necessary clockwork-like mechanism of indisputable significance that adjusts the sun and lunar cycles and the cyclical and linear time, and that manifest themselves in such varied cultural phenomena such as carnival or groundhog day.

It goes without saying that I remain available to chat about this whenever you wish. I will happily accompany you on one of those nocturnal escapades to one of those traditional -and seldomly frequented by tourists- Trastevere pizzerias, which have become urban legend, wearing a regular man’s disguise.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of Foundation Interarts
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newsletter interarts The "DECIDES ESPAÑA. Mobilisation for greater equality with regards to the access to and exercising of sexual and reproductive rights in Spain" project was introduced at the "Intercultural coexistence in Europe: Diversity management models", International Conference, which took place in Madrid on June 18 within the frame of the Active Citizenship Program. As part of the round table about female immigrants, Doctor Jordi Gómez from PROSICS - VHIR (Research Institute from the Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron), explained this initiative's objectives and spoke of the activities and materials that have been developed to date. In the framework of the Final Conference of the "Negotiating migrants' cultural participation - MCP Broker" Project taking place in Barcelona, two sessions were held a few days later on July 1st in order to increase awareness. Professionals from the culture, health and education sectors and NGO representatives from around the world attended these. The main results from DECIDES ESPAÑA: Diagnosis, Action Guidelines and Virtual Platform of resources for professionals "Diverxual" were displayed at the first session. The videos produced in the framework of the Project were shown at the second session, and Mireia Tresserras -pedagogy expert and member of ConArte Internacional and codirector of Educ'art- explained different guidelines to follow when using these tools in activities to raise awareness on Cultural and Reproductive Rights in the context of diversity and equality with a teenage audience. Interarts and PROSICS-VHIR are the two organisations in charge of the DECIDES ESPAÑA project, cofunded 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 On June 25th, the 5 short films on the sexualisation of toys which were produced in the framework of the She Culture project were shown in Barcelona. The audiovisual pieces were the starting point of a debate on the influence of toys when it comes to reproduce and set gender stereotypes generation after generation. Two esteemed subject matter experts, Marina Subirats (women and education sociologist) and Laura Freixas (journalist and writer) took part in the session. The former explained the different value loads that toys have depending on whether they are for boys or girls, whereas Freixas warned about the possible use of culture as a patriarchal tool. After this session in Barcelona She Culture makes the videos produced there available to all the institutions and associations who work on equality and invites them to use them as tools in order to increase awareness. A few days before this debate (1416 June) the She Culture partners some of which are Interarts and La Bonne held a meeting in Tirana, Albania, to share results and pending activities. The project is funded by the EU Culture Program, and with support from the Directorate General of Artistic, Architectural and Landscape Heritage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The final conference for "MCP Broker. Negotiation migrants' cultural participation" took place in Barcelona from June 30 to July 2. Over 150 representatives for associations, institutions and NGOs from around the world took part in the various activities that were carried out those days: historical review of the project, group work sessions, display of the experience in different countries with the Benchmarking tool developed within the project framework, introduction of the initiative's website and the future challenges to achieve an improvement in the management of cultural diversity and a greater participation of migrants in cultural institutions and organisations as well as in society. The conference, which ended with a visit to the History of Immigration Museum of Catalonia, also hosted meetings and activities regarding other initiatives linked with Interarts and related to MCP Broker due to its connection with interculturality. Examples of these were the meeting of the working group on art and cultura of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation (REFAL) and the DECIDES ESPAÑA project. MCP Broker is funded by the Directorate General of Home Affairs of the European Commission in the framework of the European Fund for the Integration of Thirdcountry Nationals. Alongside Interarts, this project's partners are: ECCOM (Italy), Educult (Austria), Intercult (Sweden) and Culture Action Europe - CAE (Belgium). newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Expert Network on Culture EENC has published a new report on their website. The document is entitled "Mapping of practices in the EU Member States on Participatory governance of cultural heritage" and has been elaborated to support the OMC (Open Method of Coordination) working group under the same name. This document has been prepared by subject matter experts Margherita Sani, Bernadette Lynch, Jasper Visser and Alessandra Gariboldi on behalf of the European Expert Network on Culture-EENC. The document analyses a variety of examples reflecting several nuances of participation of citizens and communities in the cultural heritage sector. EENC is coordinated by Interarts and Culture Action Europe. newsletter
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newsletter The National Avellaneda University (Buenos Aires, Argentina) introduced the brandnew University Centre of Cultural Industries (CUICA) in June. Its mission is to create bridges between the university activity and the professional market. Its main objectives are to stimulate specific academic and professional training on both technical and generic competencies; to drive interdisciplinarity in research; to favour those innovation projects which can increase the value of the national production; to boost employability of the university community members and to encourage the unfolding of a network composed of educational institutions and regional research, innovation and development centers. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The aim of the Drama, Diversity and Development (DDD) Project is to promote diversity through theatre and to fight discrimination against minorities. DDD currently has three open calls. The first call aims at identifying advocacy projects focusing on increased respect for rights of artists and cultural operators, and is accepting applications until August 16, 2015. The second is a call for tender for the production of a film focusing on human rights, and the third call focuses on funding feasibility studies by qualified consultants on the rights of cultural minorities. The deadline for the two last calls is August 9, 2015. The DDD project is one of three culture projects funded by the EU within the regional programme Med Culture. newsletter
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newsletter The European Commission promotes the active participation of civil society in several spheres, with the aim to avail of their opinions when it comes to creating European Union policies. With regards to culture matters, the framework through which a structured dialogue between the cultural sector and the European institution is channeled is "The Voice of Culture". The discussion process on the debated areas can be followed through its website. Two themes will be discussed in 2015, 'Audience Development via Digital Means' and 'Participatory Governance of Cultural Heritage'; both topics have been selected in accordance with the four priorities of the Work Plan (WP) for Culture 2015-2018. newsletter
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newsletter The International Conference "Theatre between tradition and contemporaneity" will take place in Retzhof Castle (Estiria, Austria), this coming December. The conference is open to performing arts practitioners and researchers: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics, arts journalists, etc. The conference offers a wonderful chance for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to demonstrate their methods and techniques to the international audience. Presentation formats: practical workshop/master class, work in progress/work demonstration, performance fragment not requiring special technical conditions, interactive talk/lecture/discussion, photo/video demonstration, exhibition. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter The Robert Bosch Foundation and MitOst e.V. have launched this call to support projects that contribute in some way to sustainable and participatory urban development through cultural activities. The initiatives will be set within the framework of the "Actors of Urban Change. Urban development through cultural activities and crosssectorial cooperation in Europe" programme that both institutions carry out. Besides financial help and networking opportunities, the programme facilitates training activities for the participating teams (with conferences, workshops, etc.) and internships in other program participants' cities. Applications can be submitted up to September 13, 2015. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On the Move is an information platform about cultural mobility in Europe. It has produced this guide as a commission from the International Network for the Contemporary Scenic Arts (IETM). This guide gathers funding opportunities for art and culture projects beyond the most obvious one (the Creative Europe Programme). There are many alternative funding opportunities both within the European Commission and from public and private funders at national, regional levels in Europe and internationally. Marie Le Sourd from On the Move is the coordinator for this guide, the main goal of which is to be a useful tool at a time when arts budgets have been generally decreased. newsletter
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newsletter interarts "To be debated SPILLOVER" is the first of several publications that the European Center for Creative Economy (ECCE) is starting, with the certainty that the cultural and creative industries sector needs greater doses of research -especially of the qualitative kind and public debate with regards to the political, economy and society fields. Author Jonathan Vickery, the director of the Warwich University Cultural Politicies Study Center, aims to introduce and question trends, topics and fashionable words such as "spillover", with the goal of raising questions and stimulating research. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The 2014/2015 EUNIC Yearbook discusses migration in Europe using this title. Culture appears as the key tool to achieve integration, whichever field this may be considered from such as education, religion, language or the media. How can we make best use of the potentials of culture, and which concepts are needed to improve the cultural integration of migrants? Which strategies have been successful and which haven't? A string of renowned scholars, authors and writers look for answers in the Culture Report EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015, where EUNIC itself considers how they can promote cultural integration of migrants from within their organization. The yearbook can be acquired online through the IFA Media website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Observatorio Cultura y Comunicación (from Fundación Alternativas) have published a study that analyses the state of affairs of Spanish cooperation within the context of the progress of the schedule on international development, in order to question its impact and future implications in the culture field. The work is entitled "Cultural cooperation for the digital future: Recovering diversity as the central axis in times of crisis" and its author is Mª Trinidad García Leiva, doctor from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and professor at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. It supports the idea of achieving a greather balance between promotion, projection and cooperation from within institutions, understanding this as not just a cultural co-production but also a cultural co-distribution and co-promotion. newsletter
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newsletter interarts NEMO's LEM Working Group (Learning Museums) has recently published a report on the informal and nonformal learning opportunities for young people aged 1425 in museums. The study highlights the benefits that these activities provide to the collective in terms of personal wellbeing, citizenship participation, the development of social skills and work opportunities. There are 4 main sections, which deal with: motivations and methodology, the possibilities that the digital era introduces, the role of museums in the face of social exclusion, and accessibility issues for young people with disabilities. newsletter
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newsletter Fresh Street #1. European Seminar for the development of Street Arts (Barcelona and Tàrrega, Spain, 9-11 September 2015) newsletter
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newsletter interarts FiraTàrrega and the Circoestrada network are organising the first European Seminar for the development of Street Arts in September, with the aim to establish a diagnosis and produce advice for the organization and development of this kind of artistic display in Europe, through the participation of over 200 professionals, artists, advisers and key cultural operators the contributions of which will provide a general overview of the sector at the current time and a reflection on its future. The seminar programme will include chats on the construction of Europe from the street arts, working roundtables and artistic activities and will take place in Tàrrega, the usual venue of FiraTàrrega, and in Barcelona. Information and accreditations. newsletter
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newsletter International Kathréptis Gathering (Athens, Greece, 2122 September 2015) newsletter
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newsletter interarts The aim of this gathering, organized by Culture Action Europe, is to gather a group of varied people who are in some way connected to cultural life in their city in order to debate culture and cities and which conditions a city should meet in order to offer a rich and striking cultural life, and how to create these conditions in the historical moment that we are living. The meeting will use various tools to encourage active participation from the attendees, who are coming from around the world. The Creative Europe Programme from the EU is cooperating with Agenda 21 para la Cultura and the British Council on the organization of this gathering. Information and registrations. newsletter
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newsletter Cyberkaris, the monthly electronic newsletter of Interarts, is intended for all those interested in receiving updated information on international cultural policies and cultural cooperation. Available in four languages Catalan, Spanish, French and English it is sent to over 6.000 subscribers all over the world as the main communication tool of the organization alongside its webpage www.interarts.net. Founded in 1995 Interarts is a private agency with international projection, the aim of which is to advise in the design of cultural policies, to contribute to development through the cultural sector and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and information in the field of culture. Interarts operates mainly in the field of cultural policies and cultural cooperation and its objective is to foster the inclusion of a cultural element in all projects concerning human development. With headquarters in Barcelona Interarts carries out its activities in cooperation with public and private entities and has a wide experience in cultural cooperation projects both at national and international levels. newsletter
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