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Cyberkaris
Cyberkaris nē 157 - May 2016
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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 TYRANNIES OF LOCALNESS newsletter
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newsletter Local policies, local food, local justice, local tourism, local culture... Anyone would think that local has become not just an unquestionable positive value but practically a totem or a mantra in this highly globalised world. Perhaps as a counterweight, reaction or antagonism to precisely that. Nevertheless, let us not forget that the concept of local has not always had such positive connotations. The philosopher Daniel Innerarity has explained how in the Enlightenment modernity created a distance in the relationship between society and the state, precisely as an antidote to cronyism, arbitrariness and clientilism. This is still present in the Anglo-Saxon tradition through the principle of arm's length (i.e. distant localness, or local distance) as a driver of political action.

Localness in culture not only establishes the obvious antagonism with the physical idea of distance, but also brings in a considerable semantic tension with notions such as visibility or excellence. In this sense, so-called local culture would not only be culture that is closer in origin to the people, that is produced and consumed in neighbourhoods and local places, but it would also be lacking in excellence and visibility-it would be absent from the major operations to project territories externally and garner talent and resources.

Ultimately, this is just the umpteenth distinction between Culture (i.e. high) and culture (i.e. popular). In all probability, such a distinction is increasingly meaningless. Seeking excellence in localness, making excellence local, just like turning the everyday into visible and vice versa, are core issues to move towards a new generation of public policies for culture.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter SouthMed CV: sub-granted projects exchanged experiences in two Mobility & Capacity Building Encounters newsletter
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newsletter interarts SouthMed CV organised two Mobility & Capacity Building Encounters to enable representatives of the sub-granted projects of the 1st call to meet, present their projects and exchange experiences. The main aim was to strengthen regional exchanges during the implementation of the sub-granted projects by identifying potential synergies with other relevant initiatives. The encounters were organised by Interarts in collaboration with other stakeholders from the Southern Mediterranean region. The first Encounter took place from 4 to 8 April 2016 in Tunisia, involving twelve out of nineteen sub-granted projects (from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia). The second Encounter was held in Beirut, Lebanon, from 18 to 21 April, for the remaining seven sub-granted projects (from Palestine and Lebanon). The last days of these Encounters, a public presentation of the 2nd call for proposals took place: 8 April, at BAC Art Centre in Tunis and 21 April in Beirut. The 2nd call is expected to be launched in August 2016. (Photo: Cherif Senda). newsletter
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newsletter Culture for all - Phase III: Results of the 2016 call and April activities newsletter
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newsletter interarts Of the 113 proposals submitted to the call for cultural activities grants in 2016, as part of the Culture for all project-Phase III, 26 have been selected. In lot 1 -'Support for new and/or existing cultural projects organised in Kosovo'- 21 projects were selected, and in lot 2 'Support for projects and inter-ethnic activities and/or cultural activities that promote visibility, inclusion, respect and the rights of vulnerable groups', 5 applications were chosen. The results were announced early last April. Several other actions were also carried out during April. These include World Book Day 2016 in Pristina, Kosovo, with a programme including a book fair, poetry and music events and children's activities. The 2016 edition of the School Quiz and Arts Talent Show was also held. 'Culture for all-phase III' is a project run by Interarts, ARCS-Arci Cultura e Sviluppo and Culture Action Europe for the European Union Office in Kosovo. newsletter
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newsletter Participation in the ICA Meeting 2016 newsletter
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newsletter interarts Barcelona hosted the ICA Meeting 2016 from 20 to 23 April, which brought together 40 members of the International Consulting Alliance, a network of organisations offering quality consulting services for development in emerging economies. Mercedes Giovinazzo, Interarts director, and Joan Girķ, a member of the foundation's board, led the workshop 'Culture Meets other Sectors', on new ways of culture intervention beyond the economic sector. Giovinazzo highlighted the dialogue opportunities afforded by culture and suggested possible collaborations among participants, who were professionals from sectors such as cooperation and development, health and technology. At the end of the workshop, co-organised by Interarts, the ICA members shared their experiences and concerns. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 21 April, Interarts director Mercedes Giovinazzo participated in the seminar ‘Urban Development and Culture for Social Inclusion in Latin America’, held in Brussels, Belgium. At the one-day seminar, artists, urban planners, representatives of governments, and civil society in the EU and Latin America discussed the importance of creativity and culture to achieve more inclusive and fair cities, a central theme of a project that Interarts recently launched in conjunction with Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts: 'Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities'. This initiative seeks to promote and strengthen the role of arts and culture as engines of inclusive and sustainable development. newsletter
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newsletter UNESCO: International Fund for the Promotion of Culture 2016: call for proposals newsletter
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newsletter Artists and creators with projects related to producing or organising artistic and cultural works of national, regional and / or international scope contributing to the establishment of culture and development strategies and programmes can submit proposals to the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. Public and private non-profit organisations whose objectives are in line with those of the Fund, as well as public bodies with specific responsibility for the promotion of culture and artistic creation can also participate. The full details can be found in the terms of the call, including the list of activities that are not eligible under this fund. The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 May 2016. newsletter
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newsletter 'A Sea of Words' Literary competition newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Anna Lindh Foundation are launching the ninth edition of the literary competition 'A Sea of Words' aimed at young adults (aged 18 to 30) from anywhere in Mediterranean Europe. This year, the theme is combating violence against women. The stories can be fiction or based on real experience, and should aim to challenge pre-conceived ideas and foster equality. The deadline for submitting texts is 2 June 2016. The competition can also be followed on social media under the hashtag #ASeaOfWords2016. More information. newsletter
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newsletter UNESCO Global Report 2017: call for proposals newsletter
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newsletter With a view to incorporating updated data in the second edition of 'Re/shaping cultural policies' -the UNESCO global report on the implementation of the 2005 Convention which will be published in December 2017-, a call for proposals is now open to companies, professional institutions or consortia to collect, analyse and visualize data for all 10 areas of monitoring, or for any one of these specific fields, which include mobility of artists and cultural professionals and artistic freedom. Those interested must submit proposals by 3 June. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The ConArte International Association uses art to carry out educational activities to reinforce the links between these two areas and bring greater artistic input to education in public schools. One of the ConArte International's projects -'Planters'- brings together some 450 children and teenagers to create and perform an original musical piece, either by playing in an orchestra, dancing or through theatre. A documentary and video clip showing both the making of and the final outcome of 'Planters' are also planned. The Association has launched a crowdfunding campaign to be able to carry out the videos. (Photo: Ambar(t)). newsletter
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newsletter Citizen Artist Incubator (CAI): call for artists newsletter
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newsletter The Citizen Artist Incubator (CAI) project seeks to empower artists with the skills necessary to actively implement change in our society. The programme is designed to help to find new ways of creating artistic projects with a high social impact. Participants will become part of an international network of artists, scientists, academics and practical idealists that strive to trigger change. CAI will be held in September at Laxenburg Castle near Vienna, Austria. More information on terms of participation. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Observatory of Applied Performing Arts (OSAA) of Barcelona's Institut del Teatre recently published a study on 'New creation and intervention settings: a diagnostic report on applied performing arts'. Undertaken by experts Jordi Baltā, a member of the Interarts board, and Eva Garcia, the report seeks to provide a basis to guide the OSAA's work in the medium term. To do so it analyses current status of the sector, particularly theatre and dance, as well as trends and potential. One of the main recommendations made is to have an impact on networking. The study is available in Catalan and Spanish. newsletter
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newsletter The European House for Culture recently published Beyond Visions: A policy on culture in Europe. The book is the sixth volume in the EFA BOOKS series and includes a range of essays featuring the views of from members of the European Parliament as well as Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, on the role that culture can play in European policy development and decision-making. It is therefore the result of a participatory process led by the European House for Culture to gather ideas from all over Europe on cultural policies. The publication is available in full in digital format. newsletter
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newsletter Transartists.org recently updated its website to help creators find opportunities on artistic residencies. This online tool is part of the DutchCulture - Center for International Cooperation and is the largest source of information of its kind, including first-hand artists' experiences, research, contacts, and advice. In addition, to make browsing easier and more intuitive, the information collected is structured according to discipline: curators, writers and translators, performing artists, musicians, street and/or circus performers, digital art, audiovisual art and architecture. newsletter
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newsletter Federica Mogherini keynote address on culture newsletter
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newsletter At the last European Culture Forum held on 19 and 20 April in Brussels, Belgium, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, presented the first European strategy on cultural diplomacy, which will be presented this month to the European Parliament and the Council. In an address entitled 'Putting culture at the core of European foreign policy,' the high representative stressed the importance of culture, both to prevent radicalisation and to foster economic growth, as well as the benefits of investing in culture and tourism. The video and transcription of Mogherini's address is available here. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Commission and the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Union have recently published a Cultural Awareness and Expression Handbook on one of the eight key competences for lifelong learning established by the European Union in 2006. The handbook provides practical and targeted recommendations on the importance of the creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions in a range of media such as music, drama, literature and the visual arts. The publication is the work of a group of 25 EU Member States under the Council Work Plans for culture (2015-2018) which implement the European Agenda for Culture. newsletter
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newsletter Seminar 'Ephemeral cities, cities of events: new sustainable city strategies' (Barcelona, 11 May 2016) newsletter
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newsletter As part of its postgraduate course in 'Managing cultural, sporting and corporate events', the Open University of Catalonia is organising this meeting in which academic and professional experts will discuss the sustainability of cities in view of the multifarious festivals, fairs and other events that take place. With the participation of prestigious speakers such as Donald Getz and Greg Richards, the meeting is open to all members of the public interested (registration required) as part of the international seminar ATLAS Events Special Interest Group which with the theme Rethinking the Eventful City: Perspectives, Practices and Prospects will be held on 12 and 13 May 2016 at the Open University of Catalonia. More information. newsletter
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newsletter Cultural Base: Major Stakeholders' Conference (Barcelona, 11-12 May 2016) newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 11 and 12 May 2016, Barcelona will host the upcoming Major Stakeholders' Conference (MSC) on 'Cultural Heritage and European Identities: memory, inclusion, creativity', as part of the project 'Cultural Base: Social Platform of European Identities and Cultural Heritage'. The conference will bring together representatives from academia and culture professionals to work together in small group sessions. The aim is for them to assess the project to date and pinpoint useful aspects for the project research agenda and policy recommendations. Other social platforms funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme and members of the European Union will also attend the conference to present their projects and advise attendees. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 19 and 20 May 2016, the Madrid College of Architects will host the fourth edition of the meeting show Zinc Shower, the largest professional event in Collaborative Economics and Creative Transformation. Zinc Shower is an international meeting point for creativity, entrepreneurship, trends and technology allowing entrepreneurs, professionals, investors, students, institutions, SMEs, sponsors and the media to learn, make contacts, reach new customers and find financing. They organise workshops, lectures, panel discussions, shows and networking dynamics, with top-level national and international speakers and projects selected by the organisation. 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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