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Cyberkaris nº 150 - October 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 A GLASS HALF FULL, HALF EMPTY newsletter
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newsletter Without doubt the news of this season is the approval, at the Summit on Sustainable Development held in New York from 25 to 27 September in the framework of the 70th session of the United Nations’ General Assembly, of the document “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The document enlarges and perfects the extent of its predecessor, the “Millennium Development Agenda” or Agenda 2015, written in the years of euphoria at the turn of the century and which aimed at overcoming the main problems that afflicted and afflict mankind today, in particular hunger, illness and poverty.

Among the 8 objectives laid forth for the year 2015 culture was conspicuous by its absence. In the new agenda for the year 2030, which foresees 17 objectives and 169 targets, culture is not yet a substantive dimension per se but appears repeatedly as a, one might say, “transversal” element both in the preamble (where mention is made of the importance that States respect cultural diversity, and promote tolerance and respect between cultures, of the contribution that culture makes to sustainable development or of the importance of universal literacy to facilitate access to culture) as in various targets or challenges included in this new agenda: the link between traditional food and culture, the need to promote a culture of peace, the importance of creativity and innovation in the production systems, the possibilities and limitations of sustainable tourism, the protection of cultural heritage in the improvement of urban settlements or public access to information in the framework of the fundamental freedoms.

Getting to this point has not been an easy undertaking nor have the achievements been obtained by magic. A simple sentence in an official declaration usually requires hours of intense negotiation, with hundreds of voices which claim their own, and a good dose of persuasion and insistence. Nonetheless, and notwithstanding the difficulty of determining whether today the glass is half full, half empty or both simultaneously, there is a need to highlight some of the lessons learned throughout the process: we are still far from knowing how to clearly explain why culture is an essential dimension of development. Nine big global cultural organizations (namely: IFACCA, the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, United Cities and Local Governments / Agenda 21 for Culture, Culture Action Europe, Arterial, the International Music Council, ICOMOS, IFLA and the Red Latinoamericana para el Arte y la Transformación Social) have, for the first time, united their efforts in a shared effort. Over 900 organizations and thousands of people from 120 countries have expressed their belief that without culture development is incomplete…

Half full or half empty, it is absolutely necessary that we continue to fill the glass emphasizing the issue both in the upcoming big sectorial conferences (COP21 on Climate Change, Habitat III on Housing and Urban Development) as in the National Plans for Development, by compiling data, building indicators and, overall, enlarging the circle of those who work for culture in sustainable development.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of Foundation Interarts
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newsletter Under Luxembourg's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on 3 and 4 September, the Ministry of Culture held a conference to provide an overview of the interaction between culture and development and lay the foundations for greater coordination of all actions carried out in this field to achieve better results. 'Culture and Development: towards a more strategic approach to cultural policies in the EU's external relations' was the title of this event, which brought together some 40 European experts, including Interarts director Mercedes Giovinazzo. The role of culture in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) was one of the main topics discussed. newsletter
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newsletter FomeccBiz Barcelona-Medellin II: official presentation and radio shows newsletter
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newsletter interarts Under phase II of FomeccBiz Barcelona-Medellin, which supports cultural entrepreneurs in that Colombian city, a day of introduction to the joint work between the broadcasting and music industries of Medellin was recently held. The synergy between these sectors is an example of how the innovative methodologies provided by this initiative can be used, which is backed by the Broadcasting, Video Games and Animation Association AVA of Medellin and Gestar Cultural. Other activities carried out in this second phase include broadcasting two radio shows on cultural entrepreneurship: first part and second part, featuring the project managers on the University of Medellin culture station 940am. Barcelona-Medellin FomeccBiz Phase II is a project run by Interarts and the University of Antioquia as part of the programme Promoting Cultural and Creative Companies - FOMECC, with funding from Barcelona Council's Barcelona Solidària programme. (Photo: Gestar Cultural). newsletter
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newsletter interarts SouthMed CV project coordinator Toni Cots was in Algeria, one of the beneficiary countries of this initiative, from 10-15 September to present the SouthMed CV mission and objectives to cultural operators, in particular details of the current call for funding of cultural and artistic projects that help to strengthen the role of culture at local, national and regional levels or to enhance institutional capabilities and management of cultural operators and arts organisations. In Algiers the presentation was made in collaboration with the art school Artissimo; in Constantina with the Institute ISSAF; and in Oran with the Association Bel Horizon. To apply for funding, cultural organisations from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia can submit applications before 2 November 2015. The FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the call are available in this link. SouthMed CV is co-funded by the European Union under the regional programme Med Culture. newsletter
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newsletter interarts MCP Broker Show' was the title of the final conference of the project 'MCP Broker. Negotiating migrants' cultural participation', which took place from 30 June to 2 July 2015 in Barcelona. With an innovative structure, the event brought together over 150 representatives of associations, institutions and NGOs worldwide to discuss and share experiences on integrating migrants in differing public cultural organisations. The leaders of MCP Broker in the various countries where it has run (Austria, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Italy) presented the work carried out, primarily through the benchmarking tool developed for the project. The MCP Broker website was also presented, where you can currently watch the video of the final conference. The project was run by Interarts, Culture Action Europe-CAE, ECCOM, EDUCULT, Intercult. It was funded by the Directorate-General for Home Affairs of the European Commission, under the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The results of the project 'For a more equitable access to and exercise of sexual and reproductive rights in Spain (DECIDES SPAIN)' were presented on 21 September at the headquarters of the Catalan Health Institute (ICS) in Barcelona. Participants at this closing event of the project learned about the workshops for health professionals and migrant care, training videos, and other aspects of this initiative undertaken by Interarts and PROSICS - VHIR. There is also a video summary of the activities carried out during the project. The event included a panel discussion with experts from various fields who discussed the possible future of DECIDES SPAIN. They concluded that while the work performed to date has focused on defining and creating the tools needed to improve migrants' access to health services, in the next stage the main aim should be raising awareness of these instruments so that as many professionals as possible in the sectors concerned can use them. As of now, all workshops and tools can be found or requested from the resources platform Diverxual. DECIDES SPAIN was funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA Grants), which aims to contribute to reducing economic and social inequalities, as well as strengthening relations between the donor states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the beneficiary states (17 EU member states). The NGO Platform for Social Action is the operator of the Active Citizenship Programme, which receives €4.6 million to bolster NGOs and their contribution to social justice and sustainable development. You can follow the Active Citizenship programme on Twitter (@Ciudadania_Act, #CiudadaníaActiva) and Facebook: Active Citizenship Programme. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The final conference of the project She Culture was held in Rome, Italy on 23 September. Moderated by Interarts director Mercedes Giovinazzo, one of the initiative's partner organisations, the event aimed to present the results of research assessing the impact of gender policies in the cultural sector at national and European level, and make recommendations to women's museums, especially in the project partner countries: Albania, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Norway. The conference also highlighted the awareness-raising campaign on the genderisation of toys as part of She Culture through 5 videos by young creators, produced by the Women's Culture Centre Francesca Bonnemaison, La Bonne, a She Culture partner. One of these audiovisual works-'Fe/male toys' by Teresa Sala-was recently selected for the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival (GRFF) and the Florence Queer Festival. The project was spearheaded by ECCOM-European Centre for Cultural Organisation and Management with participation from the International Association of Women's Museums (IAWM), which also attended the event. She Culture is funded by the EU Culture Programme with the support of the Directorate-General for Landscape, Fine Arts, Architecture and Contemporary Art of the Italian Ministry of Heritage, Culture and Tourism. (Photo She Culture). newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 28 to 30 September, the project 'Culture for All - Phase III: Kosovo' organised the Children's Week Festival in Pristina, aiming to foster creativity, artistic talent, learning, interest in innovation, science and culture among children. The activity brought together pupils from various backgrounds at cultural events and provided them with learning opportunities through cultural projects. With 260 students from 13 schools, the festival was a chance to encourage schools to include cultural activities in their educational programmes. It was backed by the Ministries of Culture and Education of Kosovo and numerous cultural and educational organisations from the country. 'Culture for All-Phase III: Kosovo' is a project run by Interarts, ARCS-Arci Cultura e Sviluppo and the Culture Action Europe for the European Union Office in Kosovo. (Photo Culture for All - Fase III: Kosovo). newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Special Summit on Sustainable Development held from 25 to 27 September at the UN (New York) approved the final outcome document 'Transforming Our World', which sets out the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that make up the 2030 Agenda. For several years in the run-up to the adoption of the new SDGs, various civil society organisations, including Culture Action Europe (CAE) and Interarts, have been calling for culture to be explicitly included in the final document through the campaign 'The future we want includes culture'. They have recently published a statement expressing their disappointment that this was not heeded, adding that they will continue calling for culture to be included in the development frameworks and strategies. The document is available in English, French and Spanish on the CAE website. newsletter
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newsletter Anna Lindh Foundation: call for proposals 2015 newsletter
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newsletter All members of a national network of the Anna Lindh Foundation since prior to 20 January 2015 can participate in this organisation's call to support projects in the following categories: education for intercultural citizenship (lot 1) and intercultural artistic co-productions (lot 2). Grants are awarded to multilateral projects involving at least one partner from a Southern Mediterranean country and at least one partner from a European country. The deadline for applications is 1 November 2015. Information and specifications. newsletter
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newsletter Urban reclaimers: inclusive recycling ideas competition newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Avina Foundation and Socialab are holding a competition open to Argentinians and foreigners who live in the country and who have innovative ideas to boost recycling while also fostering social inclusion, providing a better quality of life for people who recover waste-a widespread occupation in Latin American countries, and leading to environmental benefits for the entire population. Three projects will be selected out of all candidates. All three will receive a full grant to attend the Green Inventing event (November 2015, Sao Paulo, Brazil) as well as mentoring to carry out their initiative. The deadline for proposals is 1 November 2015. More information. newsletter
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newsletter International Forum of Digital Content: registration open newsletter
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newsletter interarts You can now register to attend the International Forum on Digital Content (FICOD) to be held from 1-3 December in Madrid. Now in its seventh year, the event continues to showcase the latest digital economy content such as video games, e-commerce, digital business transformation, digital marketing, and more. Participants will have the chance to discover the latest digital trends through lectures, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, recreational activities and networking. FICOD is organised by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism through Red.es. You can register on the FICOD website. newsletter
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newsletter European Committee of the Regions free course: registration open newsletter
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newsletter The course on 'Regions, EU institutions and policy-making' run by the European Committee of the Regions starts on 19 October 2015. Although aimed primarily at local and regional authorities, teachers, students, journalists and anyone else interested in the EU and its regions and cities can also register for this free online 8-week course. The course comprises videos, factsheets, live webstreamed debates and a forum for participants to exchange opinions. Information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter ''Conectando Audiencias'' (Connecting Audiences) Magazine newsletter
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newsletter interarts Asimétrica, a cultural management organisation, publishes a digital magazine specialising in arts marketing, developing audiences and managing cultural projects. Entitled "Conectando Audiencias", the publication aims to become a useful tool for arts organisations, cultural policy-makers and culture funders by disseminating its editors' knowledge and experience of this sector while also creating a space to share ideas, especially to galvanise the relationship between cultural organisations and institutions with their local setting. The magazine accepts contributions that also pursue this aim. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Last September, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), in collaboration with Subtopia, held the second international Idea Camp meeting in Botkyrka, Sweden. This year's theme was 'Build the City', which brought together fifty participants selected from the 400+ applications received to defend innovative projects on climate change, sustainable urban planning, management of shared resources, and open source design, among other issues. The book "Build the City: perspectives on commons and culture", was presented at the meeting. It is a collection of articles on culture, community, city and participatory democracy put together by the ECF and Polish organisation Krytyka Polityczna which seeks to help build more human and environmentally-friendly communities. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Culture Observatory of the Government of Chile's National Council for Arts and Culture Research Department publishes a monthly magazine which aims to provide an open arena for thinking about arts and culture. The publication seeks to contribute to a critical construction of knowledge by sharing information and pushing forward the debate on issues such as heritage, public participation, the role of the state, arts education, literature, music, and so on. An analysis of creation centres and discussion of heritage management through the landscape of the River Ibáñez are features of number 26. newsletter
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newsletter Tools for implementing cultural policies in ACP countries newsletter
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newsletter The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA -FICAAC) recently announced that the ACP/EU cooperation group was publishing a tools directory to implement and strengthen cultural policies and statistics in ACP countries. The study identifies publications, information and various types of support tools related to culture in these countries. It contains useful information for culture policy-makers and professionals, classified by organisation, alphabetical order and activity type: producing publications, creating databases and providing technical support. newsletter
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newsletter ENCATC Annual Conference (Lecce, Italy, 21-23 October 2015) newsletter
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newsletter The 'Ecology of Culture' is the title of the twenty-third edition of the ENCATC Annual Conference (European Network of Training Centres in Cultural Management). This year it will go beyond the economic concept of culture and look at culture as ecology to explore issues such as interdependency, networks and co-creation, to name but a few of the main topics to be discussed during the conference. Academics, researchers, cultural professionals, politicians, artists, students and media from over 27 countries worldwide will gather for the conference. newsletter
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newsletter NECE 2015 Conference (Thessaloniki, Greece, 22-24 October 2015) newsletter
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newsletter The (Networking European Citizenship Education-NECE) will hold its annual conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 22 to 24 October. This year's conference will focus on how to re-imagine and define the role of citizenship education in increasingly divided and polarized societies. Participants will have the opportunity to analyse the causes and consequences of this phenomenon in four key areas for citizenship educators: the rise of nationalist and populist movements; the perceived open confrontation between 'Western' values and the Islamic world; the impact of refugees on host societies, and the repercussions of the war in Ukraine and relations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU. newsletter
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newsletter European Culture Forum 2015 (Brussels, 26 and 27 November 2015) newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Commission is organising the European Culture Forum, on 26 and 27 November in Brussels, Belgium-a biennial event to highlight the role of culture in breeding talent and creativity. The main players in the cultural sector will have the chance to reflect on how the cultural industry contributes to some of the new Commission's priorities such as innovation; growth and employment; the digital single market; social cohesion and intercultural dialogue; and Europe's position on the global scene. The Forum comprises plenary sessions, debates, and smaller technical sessions on the work of the EU. 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 co-operation 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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