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Cyberkaris nº 152 - December 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 It is coming up to six months since the 'new left' of Spain has been in power in a swathe of cities, county councils and autonomous communities. Cities such as Barcelona, Cadiz, A Coruña, Madrid, Valencia and Zaragoza are in the hands of new parties endeavouring to govern either alone or in a coalition with new goals and forms, in circumstances that are not always entirely comfortable, some due to what they have inherited and others to the crisis. Having passed the mandatory first 100 hundred days, specialist public opinion, professional associations and the art world in general have been astonished and alarmed at the lack of culture and cultural policies among institutional action priorities.

Paradoxically, this flies in the face of the genuinely cultural nature of many of the movements that are the grassroots and origin of this new left. We need only recall the widespread reflection spurred by the 15M movement or the 'Indigants' in cities like Madrid and Barcelona from 2011 onwards. Or, going back a little further, the role of initiatives such as 'Las Agencias' created around Barcelona's MACBA museum in mid-2001, as anti-globalization began to escalate.

It seems highly unreasonable to cast all the events of the last 35 years overboard, or to undervalue the vast amount of critical capital accumulated. Among other things, this would allow for far greater precision than has been applied recently in the relationship between proximity and excellence in local cultural policies, the role of the creative economy as a driver of cultural development, understanding cultural participation from building new bodies of organised citizenship, the commitment to combine tradition and modernity, and looking constructively at the relationship between the common and the public. It is worth remembering that when all is said and done, presuming that the best cultural policy is to 'do nothing' could well lead us into one of the most conservative and reactionary scenarios.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of Foundation Interarts
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newsletter interarts The first CulturalBase workshop, which was held in Barcelona from 30 September to 2 October 2015, comprised six academic sessions, one for each thematic field covered by the project. At each session, a paper drawn up by the partners of the initiative was debated to identify the key dimensions of cultural heritage and European identities. The first academic papers are now available on the CulturalBase web. In the thematic field 'memory and heritage', the work of Jasper Chalcraft and Gerard Delanty from the University of Sussex in the UK, asks whether heritage can be transnationalised. In 'inclusion and identities', Anna Triandafyllidou and Ruby Gropas from the European University Institute in Italy, look at how to harmonise diversity and unity in building a European identity. Philip Schlesinger from the Centre for Cultural Policy Research/CREATe at the University of Glasgow in the UK, examines the creative Europe in his paper for the thematic field 'creativity and heritage'. The papers for the remaining three fields will be published soon: 'memory and identities', 'inclusion and heritage', and 'creativity and identities'. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The international conference 'Culture, cultural diversity and sustainable development: opportunities and new challenges for the Mediterranean' was held from 9 to 10 November in Palermo, Italy. This meeting between Mediterranean countries is a forum to share experiences and knowledge linked to cooperation projects on heritage, artistic creation and the cultural industries. The aim of the event was to strengthen and promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion between individuals, communities and groups, as well as to boost the number of sustainable development policies based on the guidelines of international organisations such as UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the European Union. Mercedes Giovinazzo, Interarts director and until a few weeks ago chair of Culture Action Europe, took part in the panel discussion 'Networking, associations, capacity for creation and mobility of artists between the two shores of the Mediterranean in the field of heritage, artistic creativity and the cultural industries'. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Of the 154 applications submitted, some were ruled out in the pre-selection phase because they did not fulfil the eligibility requirements. This resulted in 90 proposals going through to the evaluation and selection phase. Of the organisations that submitted projects for funding in this first SouthMed CV call, the highest number came from Tunisia, followed by Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Algeria. Some of these organisations are linked to other entities either in the same country or of other nationalities. SouthMed CV has already posted the results of the first selection phaseon its website and social media, and will soon publish the names of the projects to be funded. SouthMed CV is co-financed by the European Union under the regional programme Med Culture. (Foto: Mohamed El Nagar). newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 18 to 22 November, a delegation of young artists from Kosovo visited the Venice Biennale under 'Culture for All - Phase III. Kosovo'. Accompanied by the director of the project office, Rakella Krasniqi, the eight artists visited the pavilion of his country, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and designed by artist Flaka Haliti as an installation 'Speculating on the Blue' on the concepts of border and horizon. It was an opportunity for them to see first hand the latest trends in international contemporary art, which is one of the main goals of this project run by Interarts, ARCS-ARCI Cultura e Sviluppo and Culture Action Europe and supported by the EU Office in Kosovo, which seeks to strengthen the cultural sector of Kosovo by supporting its artists, among other actions. (Photo: Culture for All - Phase III. Kosovo). newsletter
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newsletter interarts In September 2014, the documentary Balady was screened at an event celebrating belly dancing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The film looks at gender roles in differing cultures through this type of dancing, After the film, a debate was held on the issues it raises and on the values surrounding belly dancing as an expression of women's empowerment. Chair of Interarts Eduard Miralles took part in the debate, which is now available to watch online. The foundation is co-producer of the documentary, along with Hassala Films, Cairo. Balady is a film by Donia Maher and Emilie Vidal, as part of the Tandem/Shaml programme. (Photo: Gloria Rodríguez de la Torre). newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 12 November, the official programme for Donostia/San Sebastian 2016 (DSS2016EU) was presented in Brussels, Belgium. In just a few days this city will inaugurate its year as European Capital of Culture, which will focus on the role of culture and dialogue as drivers of coexistence. The aim is to help to create a society that is more free, participatory, humanist and respectful of human rights, with the capacity to use culture and the arts to solve conflicts. Innovation, diversity and critical thinking are a few of the cornerstones of the activities planned. The organisation invites all those interested to take part in the event. newsletter
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newsletter Recently, On the Move launched a call for the self-sustaining creative economy award in Europe. Artists Núria Güell and Levi Orta have set up this award to foster artistic creation projects that boost the economic independence of collectives or initiatives with social implications. The projects will be judged primarily on the social impact of the proposal; its freedom of operation in relation to economic and financial controls, and its conceptual and theoretical coherence. The competition is open to all Europe-based collectives and proposals must be submitted in English. The deadline for submissions is 23 December 2015. More information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts May 18 is International Museum Day. Brazil usually celebrates this date with a Museums Week, the fourteenth of which will be held in 2016. During that week Brazilian museums put on special activities to attract visitors as part of a programme coordinated by the Brazilian Institute of Museums (IBRAM). Next May's programme is entitled 'Museums and cultural landscapes'. All Brazilian cultural organisations that would like to join in can register until 26 February 2016 on the IBRAM website, stating the activities they would like to carry out. newsletter
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newsletter The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is holding the fourth edition of 'Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives', which this year focuses on the cultural and creative industries. To do so it has launched a competition to find start-ups from Latin America and the Caribbean with the most innovative approach. The IDB will select 10 start-ups to be awarded a grant to take part and to present their idea to investors, representatives of the public and private sectors and industry entrepreneurs seeking to help develop the region by harnessing its creativity and culture. Creative entrepreneurs interested can submit entries before 1 February 2016. newsletter
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newsletter interarts UNESCO, the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC) and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) recently presented a new report conducted by EY on the cultural and creative industries. The study analyses data from the creative economy in Africa, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, including data from a broad swathe of sectors: architecture, performing arts, visual arts, film, literature, music, newspapers and magazines, advertising, radio, television, and gaming. Its aim is to add to UNESCO's efforts to provide more data and better indicators on the role of culture in the development of societies. The full report is available in English. newsletter
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newsletter The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) recently published its 2014 annual report, setting out highlights of its work last year with a view to fulfilling its commitment to transparency. The report includes information on the provenance and types of funds managed, as well as their geographical distribution and spheres of action-development cooperation, humanitarian action and education for development. For ease of reference, the document also features an infographics section entitled 'The AECID in 2014 at a glance'. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Spearheaded by Casa América, this new website was created to publicise cultural activities and projects in the Ibero-American region. Americanosfera is split into two main sections: one publishes the initiatives and work carried out by partner organisations, and the other describes these activities in greater detail along with the reasons why and how they are put into practice. The content is divided into specific categories for literature, film, performing arts, plastic arts and other cultural aspects. Social media are also used to spread the news posted on the site. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Culture as a vocation. Sociology of career choices in cultural management' is the full title of sociologist and political scientist Vincent Dubois' latest book. Based on empirical findings of research conducted in France that are set in a broader comparative perspective, at the European level and with the USA, the book examines the motivations for and expectations of choosing a career in the cultural sector, specifically in the field of cultural management. The author is a professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg (France), belongs to the SAGE research unit and is a member of the University of Strasbourg, Institute for Advanced Study. The book can be bought on the Routledge website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Commissioned by the NGO Platform for Social Action, a team from Systeme Innovación y Consultoría coordinated by José Manuel Fresno García, director of Fresno The Right Link, has undertaken research on the part of the third sector focused on providing social services to vulnerable or specific groups, excluding organisations that carry out strictly cultural, educational, health or sports work. One of the sources used was data gathered from a survey that Interarts and other social institutions took part in. Among other findings, the study highlights the high adaptability of the third sector.
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newsletter interarts Entitled 'non-formal and intercultural education in the Mediterranean', the joint action organised by the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation will bring together network representatives from 12 countries in Tarragona: Algeria, Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal and Tunisia. The aim of this action is to share educational strategies, perspectives and initiatives in the various countries represented, to lay the foundations of possible projects that help to connect differing peoples and cultures. The meeting will also foster closer contact between Mediterranean organisations that focus on intercultural dialogue. newsletter
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newsletter Organised by RESEO (European Network for Opera and Dance Education) and ROF (Réunion des Opéras de France), this meeting will explore changes in the stage/audience relationship. In the last few years, new forms have appeared that require true audience participation, allowing the spectator to become actor. Through presentations and panel discussions, participants will be able to analyse these new forms and their impact on various artistic sectors, such as opera. The role of state institutions in arts education will also be broached. More information and event programme. 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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