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Cyberkaris nº 162 - November 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 The debate about the need for and even relevance of devices that garner information and turn it into knowledge rears its head fairly regularly when it comes to public policies for culture. It is an issue that is often broached from a more or less academic perspective, although from other points of view it comes under what we might call the basic trilogy for a new governance in culture, namely: councils (bodies for participation and representation), agencies (platforms for executive implementation), and observatories (places for research, development and innovation).

Since the founding of the now legendary Department of Studies and Planning in 1959, when the Ministry of Culture in France was also created, Europe has seen countless essays with varying degrees of accuracy on setting up culture observatories. The debate on the possible benefits of creating large structures, as well as the commitment to more sustainable and lightweight models based on networking local or regional initiatives, has thrown up a raft of successes and failures and lessons learned, making it wholly unnecessary to start over from scratch.

In Spain this issue does not seem to have enjoyed the spotlight it deserved. The possibility of creating a culture observatory is now on the table in Catalonia and Barcelona. It is time, therefore, to find that creative inspiration that allows us to look forward intelligently, drawing on all lessons learned. It is worth noting here that as well as 'observatories' (places to turn information into knowledge), cultural policies urgently need 'laboratories' (places to turn knowledge into innovation).

Next December will be the thirtieth anniversary of the Centre for Studies and Cultural Resources (CERC) in Barcelona, which was created by the Provincial Council of Barcelona. Despite many ups and downs, it has almost miraculously held firm through political and institutional vicissitudes. Say what you will, but the CERC has been the closest thing imaginable to a culture laboratory. I hope that when it comes to devising a new instrument for research development and innovation remain so, and that its future promoters can appreciate and enhance their undeniable capacity to generate.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Interarts Foundation Board of Trustees
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newsletter Participation in courses on cultural policies in Europe: videos available newsletter
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newsletter interarts The summer/fall autumn course 'Cultural Policy(ies) in Europe with the challenges of integration: citizen participation, active citizenship and European identity' took place in Yuste Monastery, Cáceres (Spain) from 5 to 7 October. Organised by the Yuste European Academy Foundation in conjunction with 'A Soul for Europe', the course focused on presenting good practices where culture is an axis that facilitates European integration, citizen participation and democratic development in Europe. Interarts was one of the cases described. Director Mercedes Giovinazzo talked about the past and current projects of the Barcelona-based organisation, in addition to lessons learned from unsuccessful efforts by the European cultural sector to make culture one of the Agenda 2030 objectives. The video of Giovinazzo's presentation is now available, as well as other presentations and interviews from the course. (Photo: Alexfo.com). newsletter
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newsletter 160 projects received in the second SouthMed CV call newsletter
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newsletter interarts The second call for projects SouthMed CV closed on 27 October with 160 applications from the following countries (in order of number of proposals submitted): Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Algeria. As the deadline approached, from 6 to 17 October, Interarts project coordinator Toni Cots travelled around Morocco to tell people who may be interested about the call: artists, cultural operators, and representatives of cultural and artistic organisations. The first city he visited was Tangier, where he gave two presentations: one as part of the workshop Med Culture Programme, and the second as part of Arty Farty Tanger in Technopark. Cots then went to Chefchaouen for the next event, held in conjunction with 'Diversity & Development (D&D)' at the headquarters of the 'Association Talassemtane pour l'Environnement et le Développement'. Similar presentations were given at L'Uzine in Casablanca, and Le 18 in Marrakesh. In addition to raising awareness about the call, the trip also encompassed various activities linked to projects with funding from first SouthMed CV call, such as taking part in the presentation of Arty Farty Manifesto Tanger and visits to the Tangier Cinematheque and the project 'Participatory research and artistic divulgation of Intangible Cultural Heritage associated to Chefchaouen Mediterranean Diet'. newsletter
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newsletter Closure of the 'Culture for All - Phase III' project newsletter
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newsletter interarts The closing ceremony of the project 'Culture for All - Phase III' was held in Pristina, Kosovo, on 27 October. The aim of this project has been to contribute to the development and strengthening of the cultural sector in that country. The event was attended by Libor Chlad, Deputy Head of Cooperation in the EU Office in Kosovo, and Sami Pira, director of the Cultural Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. The project team leader, Dominique Thiange, presented the activities carried out under 'Culture for all - Phase III' (November 2014-November 2016) and the main outcomes. The event ended with musical performances by several local artists. On 28 October, the two documentaries produced as part of the project were screened: Drums of Resistance, by Mathieu Jouffre and Besa Luci, and Lord of the Houses, by Danielle Bremer. However, these were not the only 'Culture for All - Phase III' activities carried out in October. This month also saw the last of the 6 weaving workshops which had twelve participants, and Children's Week 2016, which included workshops on visual arts, heritage, film, cultural centres, theatre, literature, and music, and ran in Peja and Pristina for some 535 primary and secondary school pupils. (Photo: 'Culture for All - Phase III') newsletter
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newsletter interarts 'Decentralised Cooperation in Latin America: a view from South-South cooperation' is the title of a recent study by Agustin Fernandez de Losada, an expert on governance, state modernisation and international cooperation, and a member of the Interarts board. The publication is the upshot of months of research and joint work with the Ibero-American Programme for Strengthening South-South Cooperation (the PIFCSS, in Spanish) and the units responsible for decentralised cooperation in foreign ministries and development cooperation agencies in 18 Latin American states. Fernandez de Losada reviews decentralised cooperation in Latin America and the growth of south-south cooperation, and goes on to analyse the best role for this type of horizontal cooperation in implementing Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. Finally, he examines how states can contribute to galvanising support mechanisms and defining multilevel coordination spaces to ensure greater coherence in development cooperation policies. newsletter
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newsletter Video-infograph DECIDES programme newsletter
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newsletter interarts In previous editions of this newsletter we have shared the link to a promotional video about the DECIDES Programme (Cultural Rights to Promote Development and Health), which has been running in various countries in Africa and Latin America since 2007, led by Interarts. This month we would like to show you a video-infograph presenting the basics about DECIDES: main areas of action (sexual and reproductive health and violence against women); types of activities, including theatre-forum and peer training; and descriptions of the target population segments in each project (young people in unskilled jobs, young women from indigenous communities, etc.). Interarts is currently running the DECIDES Programme in the Caribbean, together with the Caribbean Women's Association (CARIWA), Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Saint Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE) and Women Against Rape Inc. (WAR), with co-funding from the European Commission. newsletter
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newsletter interarts As the first phase of the research planned as part of DECIDES Caribbean on domestic violence in two districts in Antigua (St. John and St. Philip) and one in Barbuda (St. Mary), last October training sessions were given to local researchers Amy Hassett and Koren Norton. Dr Rawwida Baksh, the lead researcher, and Alexandrina Wong, the chair of WAR (local project partner), were in charge of giving this training on methodology and tools to use. Baksh and Wong also held meetings with key stakeholders such as government and state officials and a public forum. Dr Baksh obtained gathered relevant information from these activities that will be included in the research proposal soon to be submitted to the Institutional Review Board of Antigua and Barbuda for approval. newsletter
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newsletter Boosting Latin American cultural industries in MICSUR 2016 newsletter
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newsletter The Southern Cultural Industries Market-MICSUR 2016 took place in Bogota, Colombia from 17 to 20 October. The event brought together 3,000 participants including artists, professionals and specialised suppliers from ten Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The event proved successful in its endeavour to strengthen the sector by giving stakeholders a place to showcase their services and products and network with professionals from other geographical areas, and included a business conference, presentations, forums, sectorial talks, workshops, institutional meetings, a trade fair, and more. Interarts contributes to the development of the cultural and creative sector in Latin America, both through its Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries Programme (FOMECC), which has so far ran in Colombia, Honduras and Peru, and the project 'Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities (LAIC)'. As part of the latter initiative, Interarts and Bozar are jointly holding the UrbanLab workshop from 15 to 19 November 2016 in Medellin, Colombia. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 21 and 22 November 2016 a public launch and seminar about the project DECIDES Caribbean will take place in Bridgetown, Barbados. Its aim is to contribute to reducing domestic violence in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Granada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) by promoting cultural and social changes and enhancing the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) to counter it. The seminar is by invitation only and will focus on boosting CSO capacity by addressing issues such as fundraising and lobbying policymakers and national and international organisations, among others. The public launch will include contributions from experts on gender and domestic violence and representatives of local government, the EU and the UN, and will be an excellent opportunity for the organisations and individuals involved to gather, meet and share experiences, thereby facilitating future interactions and joining forces to achieve the same goal. The launch is open to the public but seating is limited so please pre-register by writing to: crosignoli@interarts.net. DECIDES Caribbean is run by Interarts in association with the Caribbean Women's Association (CARIWA), Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Saint Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE) and Women Against Rape Inc. (WAR), and co-financed by the European Commission as part of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), through the European Union delegation in Barbados, Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM. newsletter
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newsletter Creative Europe: Last chance to apply newsletter
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newsletter The call for proposals for European cooperation projects under the Creative Europe Culture sub-programme ends on 25 November 2016. The projects submitted must include a detailed description of how they intend to implement some of the priorities of the Culture sub-programme, which are: mobility of transnational artists and professionals to operate internationally; improve access to European cultural and creative works and extend their reach to new and larger audiences; digital technologies; new business models; education and training; contribution to the integration of refugees in the EU through cultural activities. newsletter
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newsletter Culture Action Europe is looking for a secretary general newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European platform that defends the arts and culture, Culture Action Europe (CAE), is currently seeking to hire a secretary general. Culture Action Europe is a platform where cultural agencies, institutions, associations and associates across the cultural sector and throughout Europe converge to advocate for a stronger role for cultural policies in the European Union, its Member States, neighbouring countries and beyond. It is therefore looking for someone with the ability to provide direction in a complex environment and to work in a cross-sector logic. The outgoing secretary general of CAE is international expert Luca Bergamo. The deadline for applications is 27 November 2016. newsletter
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newsletter The Med Culture Programme recently announced a call launched jointly by the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU), the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (ICPHS), UNESCO MOST Programme (Management of Social Transformations) and Mémoire de l'Avenir (MDA). With the aim of engaging artists from around the world to show that arts and culture play an active role in political, social and economic action and can change mindsets, the organisers are inviting artists from any discipline to submit a short video expressing the impact of their work on society. The videos selected will be shown at the World Conference on Humanities in August 2017. The deadline for applications is 30 November. More information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The 14th ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) Biennial Conference will take place in Florence, Italy from 30 November to 3 December 2016. Entitled 'Turning mirrors into windows' the event will be an opportunity for both members of the organisation and others to debate the role of artists, trainers and arts education institutions in creating tomorrow's society. The conference will include plenary discussions, presentations of papers, samples of best practices, networking, and workshops. You can register on the ELIA website. newsletter
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newsletter Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies R&D is an online journal that publishes original research projects in various fields of humanities. Its objectives include the promotion of interdisciplinary studies in human sciences, culture and social sciences. It currently has a call open until 10 December to submit papers for publication in the next issue. The lengthy list of possible topics includes all those related to education, communication, popular culture, visual arts, poetry, performing arts, literature, gender and sexuality, social and cultural analysis, and social welfare. More information on how to submit papers. newsletter
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newsletter Study on the social role of public libraries newsletter
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newsletter interarts The report 'The new role of public libraries in local communities', commissioned by the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, analyses the impact that public libraries can have on the intellectual and cultural development of citizenship in the 21st century. In recent years public libraries have faced serious difficulties and challenges as a result of social, technical and economic changes. However, they play a key role in the community as they provide an open public space for culture, learning and social communication. Written by Barbara Lison, Natascha Reip, Frank Huysmans and Dan Mount, the report also provides recommendations for European policymakers.
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newsletter interarts Ibermuseos recently announced the publication of the first study in the series on audiences and museums as part of the post-graduate course in Museum Studies at the National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museology (ENCRyM) of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico. Entitled 'Audiences and museums: what we have learned', this first volume is coordinated by Leticia Perez Castellanos and compiles the essentials on some of the relevant aspects of this topic to provide a useful tool for designers, curators and administrators. Among other matters, the study includes an analysis of previous audience studies; the relationship between audiences and media, especially social media; and a study of differing types of people in their interaction with museums, such as families or teenagers. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The performing arts network IETM recently published a book entitled "To sell or not to sell?: An introduction to business models (innovation) for arts and cultural organisations". This toolkit aims to help cultural and artistic organisations innovate processes in their business models. Written by Jose Luis Rodriguez, communications director at Trans Europe Halles, it covers key concepts such as the relationship between culture and business, business models for non-profit organisations, and possible areas of innovation. Several case studies are described as examples of the topics discussed. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Mukurtu is a digital platform open to indigenous communities that want to use digital techniques to preserve, manage and raise awareness of aspects of their culture. This tool is a safe and easy to manage and upgrade site for stories, knowledge and cultural materials. Through its members' activities, Mukurtu has become a virtual meeting point that fosters coexistence and exchange among indigenous communities. In addition, the project also aims at training indigenous communities in using digital technologies to preserve heritage. Communities already using some of Mukurtu's digital options are the Warumungu (Australia), the Pueblo Indians (USA), and the native population of Alaska (USA). newsletter
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newsletter interarts The second edition of Nordic Urban Lab, a gathering of town planners, urban planners, artists, researchers, academics, students, community organisers, politicians and activists was held in April 2016 in Sweden to reflect on alternative urban strategies and artistic practices. The Circostrada network, which specialises in circus and street art, has recently published a report summarising the salient issues discussed during the meeting. 'The role of the arts and culture in urban processes' is the title of this paper by Kathrine Winkelhorn, which includes chapters on new approaches to cultural planning and the inclusion of art in such planning.

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newsletter ReFAL 17th Annual Assembly (Barcelona, Spain, 16 and 17 November 2016) newsletter
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newsletter interarts Activities to encourage interaction, dialogue and greater understanding between partners are the mainstay of the 2016 Assembly of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ReFAL), whose members (some 130) include Interarts. Some of the highlights of the programme are group sessions on various subject areas and activity types (cultural and artistic dynamic, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, gender, youth) and a training course on international projects. More information on ReFAL's activities. newsletter
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newsletter Res Artis first meeting in the Middle East (Tehran, Iran, 21-25 November 2016) newsletter
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newsletter Entitled 'Roots and Routes: Challenges and opportunities of connectivity', the Kooshk Residence, a cultural centre in Tehran for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers, is organising the first meeting in the Middle East of Res Artis, the worldwide network of artist residencies. In the cultural context of Iran and its situation in the region, the participants will have the chance to join panel debates, round tables and workshops to contextualize and discuss approaches to artists' residences, as well as other topics such as sustainability and funding possibilities in their own geographical area. Meeting programme. newsletter
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newsletter The Cultural Management Programme of the University of Barcelona (UB), the Fitzcarraldo Foundation and the University of Montpellier are jointly running 'Be SpecACTive!' With funding from the European Union, the project aims to strengthen the commitment to artistic creation and cultural organisations through artistic co-production and research. One of the activities planned is a conference in Barcelona on 22 and 23 November. The meeting will gather professionals and performing arts organisations, including artists of productions financed under the project, to exchange and learn from experiences. The programme features lectures, workshops, panel discussions and sharing of conclusions. The conference is also supported by the Norwegian National Knowledge Centre for the Cultural Industries and Réseau en Scène. newsletter
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newsletter Cultural and creative entrepreneurship meetings (Dijon, France, 23 and 24 November 2016) newsletter
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newsletter The Coursive Boutaric, a project linked to the urban regeneration of Dijon from a cultural and inclusive approach, and the city's High School of Commerce (ESC) are holding the second meeting of entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative sectors, on 23 and 24 October. Cultural entrepreneurship: innovation and ecosystems; changes in management practices and organisation of cultural enterprises; cultural entrepreneurship in public policies; and diversification: hybridization of resources are the main topics of the event, which is aimed at professionals, politicians, researchers and students. Programme and registration. newsletter
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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 5,400 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.
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