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Cyberkaris nº 119 - December 2012
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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 To talk about development is not fashionable, probably due to the global crisis and the widespread questioning of the traditional models based on a strictly material and incremental perspective as regards the notions of "progress" and "growth". While countries in the North are rethinking the viability of the welfare state, in other regions of the world there emerge new formulas either inspired by ancestral cultures (like the "good living" or "sumak kawsay" in the Andean region) or which result from the local or regional adaptation of exogenous paradigms (such as the South American re-reading of the so called "social cohesion"). Rethinking the concept of development arguably implies deep structural changes in the relevant fields of public policy, in areas as different as diversity (overcoming the tradition of the enlightened, modern state which bases its action on the principle of equality among an increasingly diverse citizenship), sustainability (considering culture not only as a catalyst for development but also as one of its essential pillars) or the relevance of considering cities and their local governments not only as a "dumping grounds for globally conceived and gestated problems" (Bauman), but also as privileged and "intelligent" laboratories of the right solutions to those problems.

Probably one of the most tangible consequences arising from questioning the traditional notion of development is its impact on the notion of cooperation in general (if development increasingly becomes another thing, the cause-effect relationship between both concepts should also be rethought) and on cultural cooperation in particular (overcoming the traditional model of artistic diplomacy, based on the consideration of culture as a "soft power" that greases international relations). The contemporary situation questions the traditional roles of the North as a donor and the South as a receiver, opening new scenarios based on horizontality and reciprocity. New actors (sub-state governments, civil society, public-private coalitions) and new actions (building of citizenship, design of new tools for planning, management and evaluation) emerge in the contemporary landscape of international cultural cooperation.

Organised by Interarts, the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) and the Municipality of Cuenca (Ecuador), with the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and the government of the Republic of Ecuador, the 8th Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation was held from 28 to 30 November. Over three days more than 250 people (managers, policy-makers, artists and researchers) coming from 17 Latin American and European countries discussed the challenges, opportunities and possibilities of the new triangle formed by the relationship between culture, cooperation and development, in 5 plenary sessions, 12 'netshops' (workshops), 40 showcases or presentations of experiences and a number of informal conversations. Further information on the Campus' website.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter In this last month of 2012, the Interarts' team wishes Cyberkaris' subscribers happy holidays and expresses its gratitude for following our activities. It also takes this opportunity to extend its gratitude to all users of its website, FOMECC Portal, the Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation and Interarts', Campus' and FOMECC accounts in Facebook.

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newsletter Crowdfunding, Cultural Governance and the Public Value of Culture: 3 New EENC Publications newsletter
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newsletter interarts The website of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) now features three new documents elaborated by experts following requests from the European Commission. On the one hand, a report on Crowdfunding Schemes in Europe and their Legal Implications, which analyses existing crowdfunding schemes in the cultural and creative sector, identifies issues which potentially affect EU competences or regulatory frameworks and presents policy recommendations in this field. The report was written by David Röthler and Karsten Wenzlaff in 2011. On the other hand, two literature reviews prepared in the context of preparations for a European conference on cultural governance held in Cyprus last August. In this context, John Holden and Jordi Baltà analysed over 50 books, articles and presentations addressing the public value of culture in different countries and contexts; whereas Vesna Čopič and Andrej Srakar focused on cultural governance, collecting and analysing over 50 references which address the issue, its implementation models and its implications as regards several policy fields. The EENC is coordinated by Interarts and Culture Action Europe. newsletter
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newsletter Launch of the Cultural Managers Exchange Programme Tandem/Shaml newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 1 to 4 November, the Tandem/Shaml meeting took place in Istanbul; Shaml means "to include, involve and embrace" in Arabic. On behalf of Interarts, project coordinator Emilie Vidal participated in the meeting which coincided with the final presentation of the previous EU-Turkey Programme and the launch of the new exchange programme across the Arab region. The pilot project, which will run until June 2013, establishes the framework for a long-term collaboration among six European cultural organisations, including Egypt, Syria and Tunisia. Tandem/Shaml is developed by the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), MitOst (Berlin), Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Cairo) and Anadolu Kültür (Istambul), supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Stuttgart), DOEN Foundation (Amsterdam) and Mimeta (Norway). Please find here the video of the event. newsletter
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newsletter Culture Action Europe's Annual General Meeting and International Conference ''Act for Culture, Act for Europe'' newsletter
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newsletter interarts Interarts' Director and Chair of Culture Action Europe's Executive Committee, Mercedes Giovinazzo, attended the double event held from 9 to 11 November, in Brussels. During these days, this European network celebrated its Annual General Meeting, and also held an international conference entitled "Act for Culture, Act for Europe" which brought together agents and activists from the field of the arts and culture and leading figures from European institutions, in order to work together and initiate a Europe-wide movement for the creation of networks, actions and citizen participation. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter In November, Interarts' president Eduard Miralles participated in various international cultural events. Among them was the International Seminar "Cultural Approach in the Development and Poverty Reduction", held in Girona on 12 and 13 November, organised by the Laboratory of Research and Innovation in Culture and Development L+iD; the Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation, held from 28 to 30 November in Cuenca, Ecuador, information about which is also available on this issue of Cyberkaris. On the other hand, Miralles chaired a session on local and regional authorities, their cultural policies and the 'Europe 2020' strategy at a meeting in Paris, organised by Les Rencontres. newsletter
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newsletter Participation in the 2nd Conference on the Arts and Culture, Abidjan newsletter
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newsletter Organised by the Ministry of African Integration and the Ministry of Culture and the Francophonie of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the 2nd Conference on the Arts and Culture was held in Abidjan on 14-16 November. The event aimed to discuss an action plan to foster the emergence of a common market for cultural goods and services in West Africa. It was attended mainly by participants from the region, who also agreed to set up a follow-up committee. Among the issues addressed were the circulation of cultural goods, marketing for cultural goods and services, intellectual property rights and the situation of cultural statistics. Jordi Baltà, project coordinator at Interarts, took part in the conference and discussed the funding of culture and the arts in the light of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Additional information about the event is available on the conference's website, which will soon also include the final report and the approved action plan. newsletter
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newsletter FOMECC Senegal at the 2nd African Creative Economy Conference newsletter
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newsletter interarts Organised by ARTerial from 14 to 16 November, in Dakar, Senegal, the conference brought together around 200 professionals from the creative field from over 40 African countries and served as a platform to present a range of projects developed in this field. Among them was also the FOMECC Senegal project, carried out by Interarts and the Association des Métiers de la Musique du Sénégal (AMS) with the support of AECID. The presentation was made by Maria Casas, Interarts' representative in West Africa, in the context of the round table on "Mainstreaming Creative Cultural Industries as critical elements in African national economic planning". Based on this and other experiences such as the Strategic Analysis for the Promotion of Culture in West Africa, the Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Culture of Niger and the training and awareness raising activities on cultural and creative industries addressed to artists and local authority officers in Niger, Casas shared current needs identified and questioned whether current policies are able to respond to these needs. Also attending the conference, Interarts' general manager, Antonio Gucciardo and AMS' representatives had the opportunity to meet Abdoul Aziz Mbaye, Senegal's new Minister of Culture, and Mabousso THIAM, Director of the Agency for the Development and Monitoring of SMEs (ADEPME, in its French acronym). newsletter
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newsletter On 20 November, Madrid hosted the fourth edition of the Cultural Industries Forum, organized by the Santillana Foundation and the Alternativas Foundation through their Observatory of Culture and Communication. The central theme for this edition was "Funding for culture; the State or the Company; Subsidy or Sponsorship". Antonio Gucciardo, Interarts' general manager, participated in the session on the competitiveness of Spanish culture in the global market, highlighting the role of Spain in the framework of international cooperation through the strategy of culture and development, and the need to generate productive and commercial processes between Spanish and Latin American cultural and creative industries created and promoted by Spanish cooperation policies, based on Interarts' experience in this field from the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries Programme FOMECC, developed in several countries. newsletter
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newsletter FOMECC Colombia: Progress of the Cultural and Creative Industries Project in Urabá newsletter
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newsletter The project "Promotion of the commercial network of the cultural sector in the Antioquia region, Uraba sub-region, Colombia" which is part of the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries Programme FOMECC initiated by Interarts in different countries worldwide, keeps developing its activity in Urabá, Colombia, in collaboration with the University of Antioquia. Worth mentioning among the project's latest activities was the celebration of the conference "The Economy of Culture as a Source of Economic Transformation and Regional Development", that gathered several public and private agents working in the field of culture, economy and entrepreneurship; the creation of the Cross-sectoral Support Group formed by 13 representatives from the main organisations of Antioquia with the aim of generating public-private partnerships for the positioning of creative industries in the sub-region; as well as the launch of the first call for business ideas among which 15 projects were selected to start training activities in issues such as policies and cultural legislation, legal advice, marketing and communications, management, etc., and personal support according to the needs of each entrepreneur. The purpose of this process is to achieve the revitalization, visibility and productivity of the cultural sector and improve the quality of life of artists in the sub-region of Urabá. newsletter
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newsletter Empowerment of Thousands of Young People in Bamako, Mali, to Demand their Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights newsletter
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newsletter interarts Despite the political situation and insecurity in the country, FCI/Mali, Interarts and the Association des Enfants et Jeunes Travailleurs de Bamako (AEJT) continue to develop the project "Strengthening the capacities of young people in the informal sector to demand their sexual and reproductive health rights, through culture, in Bamako. Mali", with the support of AECID. The project has mobilized 20 AEJT members to provide information services in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and fundamental rights to their peers, overall reaching 5,883 young people. In addition to educational lectures carried out in workplaces and meetings of young people without formal education, training in forum-theatre for 12 AEJT members has been organized so that they can stage performances depicting problems affecting their health and rights in their daily life. On the other hand, 12 vocational training centres in mechanics, dressmaking, catering and other trades in Bamako have been involved in order to include training sessions on SRH in the school curriculum. A survey of 120 young people in the informal sector has also been made to determine their level of knowledge and attitudes about SRH issues in the first months of the project, which will conclude in May 2013. newsletter
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newsletter Open Debate on Culture at the 8th Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 30 November, the eighth edition of the Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation came to an end. During the three days of the event around 300 participants exchanged and discussed issues related to the central theme "Cultural Cooperation in front of the new processes of human development". There was a possibility to follow the conferences in real time via Internet streaming. In addition to the plenary sessions, which brought together experts from Latin America and Europe, the Campus programme included workshops and presentations of more than 30 projects. This edition was organised by the Municipality of Cuenca, the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Culture and Science (OEI) and Interarts, and was supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID). Please find further information on themes and projects presented on the Campus' website. newsletter
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newsletter Funded by the European Union, UNESCO undertook the first of two technical assistance missions from 25 October to 4 November. The aim of the assistance is to support the Haitian Ministry of Culture and Communication in its efforts to define a national policy for the country's cultural industries. Through consultations with various stakeholders, two international experts, Youma Fall and William Codjo, will examine the current situation and will provide their expertise to the Ministry so that it may design an action plan and roadmap that will set the future orientation for legal and institutional frameworks. This expert mission is part of an EU-funded UNESCO Technical Assistance Programme to reinforce the Governance of Culture in 13 developing countries through the development of policies to encourage dynamic cultural and creative industries. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter Support to the European Audiovisual Sector: Call for Proposals newsletter
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newsletter This call of the European Commission's MEDIA Programme is aimed at supporting European Audiovisual works to improve their circulation and access to the professional European and international markets. The support also aims to encourage common actions between national film and audiovisual programme promotion organisations and to encourage the building-up of an economic partnership between countries and professionals inside and outside the MEDIA Programme and facilitate better mutual knowledge and understanding. The deadline to submit proposals is 14 December 2012, for activities starting between 1 June and 31 December 2013. Further information and application form. newsletter
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newsletter ZINC Shower is an event that will take place in Madrid's Matadero centre from 11 to 13 April 2013 and which aims to become a meeting point for entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from the cultural and creative industries, as well as a space for presenting 100 projects related to this area in order to reach potential investors. The meeting show, which will have a festive nature, is organised by Planet Stage and Utopics US, and co-produced with the Arts Area of the City Council of Madrid. To this end, ZINC Shower has launched a call for creative and cultural entrepreneurs to present their projects related to advertising, architecture, art and antiques market, crafts, design, graphic design, fashion design, film and video, games, music, performing arts, visual arts, editing, photography, software and radio and television. The deadline to submit applications is 20 December 2012. Information and application. newsletter
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newsletter Syrian cultural organisation Ettijahat has launched a call for young researchers' proposals of cultural research connected to the developments that Syria is undergoing at present. The main objective of this call, entitled "Researches. To Strengthen Culture of Knowledge", is to build the capacities of researchers, offer them direction and give them the opportunity to realise a research project under the direct supervision of professional researchers specialised in culture. Those interested can present their works until 30 December 2012. Guidelines and an application form, only in Arabic, can be downloaded at the Ettijahat's website. newsletter
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newsletter The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, through its Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, has expanded its online courses programme. Cultural planning is a rapidly evolving integrated approach to the development of well-planned and creative communities supported by vibrant cultures and creative economies. Its practice is being embraced by a growing number of Canadian, US and European jurisdictions, and there is a growing demand for training programmes in this area. 'Foundations of Cultural Planning' and 'Creating Cultural Plans' are two of the courses offered by the Centre, which involve prominent experts such as Colin Mercer or Robert Palmer. newsletter
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newsletter On 4 October, the 3rd Seminar on 'Creative Factories' and 2nd Seminar on Cultural and Creative Industries took place in Bilbao, Spain; an initiative of the Ministry of Culture of the Basque Government. Entitled "The Value of Culture", the event focused on the current context for culture and its orientation towards the future, from both a conceptual and a pragmatic perspective. Eduard Miralles, Interarts' president, was the main guest speaker. Recently the organisers have published some material such as presentations and video on the Basque culture interactive space Kulturklik. newsletter
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newsletter For some years the Ministry of Culture of the Basque Government has managed a cultural support programme entitled "Creative Factories". In the framework of this programme it has now published a guide that brings together all beneficiary projects, carried out in 2012. The initiatives included are organised in two sections: 1) visual arts, film and audiovisual arts, dance, literature, music, theatre, magic and bertsolarism (the art of improvised singing in Basque); and 2) cultural economy, science and society. The projects reflect the guidelines of the Creative Factories, such as the interdisciplinary character and the promotion of the intersection between different artistic and social fields in order to promote better opportunities for innovation. newsletter
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newsletter interarts 'Strategic Management in the Arts' is the title of a recently-published book (Routledge) in which researcher, consultant and lecturer Lidia Varbanova has reviewed the existing theories and models of strategic management and then has related them specifically to cultural organisations. The book seeks to contribute to the fact that many cultural organisations have not applied strategic management yet, although this is an essential element that drives an organisation's success. The author has structured the book to guide readers systematically through each element of a strategic plan, and has included key questions and examples of international cases, including Interarts, to connect theory with practice. The books is available on the Routledge's website. newsletter
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newsletter The final report of the European Statistical System network on culture (ESSnet Culture) has been published; ESSnet Culture was established by Eurostat in association with specialized institutions of 4 EU Member States, in order to promote the development of common methodologies of data collection in the field of culture. The report proposes a common European framework in this area, as well as concrete recommendations addressed both to Member States and Eurostat regarding, among others, the importance of continuous work on cultural statistics on issues such as cultural employment, trade in cultural goods and services, indicators on copyright, cultural participation, etc. newsletter
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newsletter In the framework of the Work Plan for Culture approved by the Council of the European Union for the period 2011-2014, several Thematic Working Groups made up of Member State representatives were established. The methodology was the so called "open method of coordination" which fosters the exchange of good practices and the elaboration of common quality criteria and recommendations in order to improve policies and programmes. Recently, reports presented by three working groups have been published: the first one on better access to and wider participation in culture by disadvantaged sectors of the population, the second on support programs for artistic mobility, and the third to improve the mobility of art works and collections in the field of heritage. All three reports are available on the European Commission's website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts SAGE Publications has recently published the book "The Creative Industries. Culture and Policy", which rises out of the current boom of creative industries and their role in relation to communication, media and cultural policies and studies, and the arts and information sectors. The author, Terry Flew, aims to provide an understanding of the dynamics of cultural markets, creative labour, finance and risk, and how culture is distributed, marketed and creatively re-used through new media technologies. The book includes case studies and an international approach. It is available online on SAGE's website. newsletter
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newsletter CREAURBS Conference (Barcelona, 13 and 14 December 2012) newsletter
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newsletter The Research, Creativity and Urban Transformation (CRIT) group of the University of Barcelona is organising on 13 and 14 December a conference which will conclude the CREAURBS - Creativity and Knowledge: Bases for New Urban Competitiveness project. Its aim has been to analyse the ability of attracting and retaining talent and creativity of four Spanish cities emerging as centres of urban competitiveness in Spain: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao. The conference, where the main outcomes of the project will be presented, will bring together well-known international experts, including Interarts' president Eduard Miralles. Attendance is free. Information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter PÚBLICA 13. International Cultural Management Encounters (Madrid, 24-25 January, 2013) newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Contemporánea Foundation and the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid are organizing the third edition of this event, a platform that promotes the development of projects through the collaboration between experts in the field of cultural management in both the public and private sphere. On this occasion, PÚBLICA 13 revolves around two main themes: the internationalisation of institutions, which will involve speakers from different countries; and cultural entrepreneurship, which will include issues such as support for the creation of new initiatives or creativity, and innovation as a generator of employment. 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 5.000 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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