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Cyberkaris nº 120 - January 2013
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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 city, any city, is a deeply smart and powerfully creative artefact. Thus, to some extent, to speak of "smart cities" or "creative cities" can only be considered a pleonasm, a tautology, something obvious, etc. Cities, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, are older than empires and other forms of human organisation: after killing Abel and being expelled from Paradise, Cain founded the first city. When compared with the mere three and a half centuries of existence of nation-states, the thousand-year-old existence of cities amply demonstrates how smartness and creativity are necessary conditions for sustainable continuity.

Even in times of megacities (Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Mumbai or Manila are metropolitan urban centres with more than twenty million people), large-scale urbanisation (more than half the world's population already lives in cities) and the construction of large "artificial" cities (Brasilia, Brazil, but also Songdo, South Korea, or Masdar in the United Arab Emirates), the city tests its ability to become a laboratory for solutions to global problems. The anecdote of the mobility experts from the German city of Stuttgart (the home of Mercedes Benz) convened in Lima, Peru, to help find solutions to its traffic "chaos", who ended up learning more things than they were able to teach with regard to the informal dynamics of public transportation and its role in protecting children and women has ended up being more or less well-known. The same applies to the strategies against violence successfully implemented in Bogotá in the late nineties by some of its most charismatic mayors (Mockus, Peñalosa).

Therefore it is not surprising that the discourse of the new prophets of urban smartness and their magic formulas, such as Florida's three Ts and Musterd's three Ps, in the search of attractiveness at whichever cost, sounds as "déjà vu". A few weeks ago Richard Sennett, in an article in The Guardian, referring to the last "Urban Age" conference held in London, rubbed salt into the wound of the contradictions and paradoxes of the fashion of new, so-called "smart" cities. Do you remember "smart" buildings, ecologically unsustainable and riddled with pathologies for their users? It may be necessary to cross your fingers and knock on wood for creative cities and smart cities not to end up the same way.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter The Interarts' team expresses its gratitude to readers for following our activites over the last year and wishes you all a happy 2013, where your best hopes are fulfilled. newsletter
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newsletter Forum-Theatre on Indigenous Women and HIV newsletter
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newsletter interarts In the framework of the activities of the "Indigenous Women and HIV: an Intercultural Approach to Prevention in Bolivia" project, during the Consultative Assembly of the Confederation of Indigenous Women of Bolivia (CNAMIB) which was held from 28 to 30 November, a forum-theatre event was organised with a focus on HIV and the risks of living without care and without respect for one's own body and those of others. The play, performed by women of this organisation, explained how alcoholism, male chauvinism and promiscuity are the main allies of HIV and violence against women. The performance was followed by intense debate among participants and thus fulfilled its objective. Forum-theatre activities have been included in some of Interarts' projects on sexual and reproductive health, in the context of its DECIDES Program (Cultural Rights to Promote Health and Development). In Bolivia this initiative is carried out by Interarts and Family Care International/Bolivia, together with the Confederation of Indigenous Women of Bolivia (CNAMIB) and the Chiquitana Indigenous Organization (OICH), with the support of the Barcelona Solidària Programme of the Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Agency of Cooperation for Development (ACCD). newsletter
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newsletter Awareness-raising Activities and Presentation of the Study on the Impact of Sexual Violence in Iquitos, Peru newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 10 and 11 December several meetings were held with the participation of health agents, police, justice officials, authorities and civil society representatives to present a study on the impact of sexual violence in one village in the Peruvian Amazon. These activities took place in the city of Iquitos on the occasion of the celebration of the International Human Rights Day and were part of a series of activities to better understand the problem of teenage pregnancies and its relation to sexual violence within the local cultural and social framework. Representatives from the Centre for the Promotion and Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Rights (PROMSEX) and Interarts participated in these meetings, and also visited some institutions involved in the project "Safe Spaces against Sexual Violence: Promoting Young People's Rights in Urban-Rural Areas of Loreto, Peru". Among them it is worth mentioning the Support Institute for Vulnerable Groups (INAGRUV) and the Prevention and Attention Network on Family, Sexual and Gender Violence. Supported by AECID, the project has also favoured the leadership of youth leaders, healthcare and justice providers through training in advocacy and monitoring of laws in the field of sexual violence against children and teenagers. newsletter
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newsletter Participation in the A.I.R. Array Programme on Artist Residencies and Mobility newsletter
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newsletter On 10-12 December, Barcelona-based platform Art Motile organised a series of events entitled A.I.R. Array, which aimed to provide information and debate on artist residencies and artist mobility in Europe. In addition to presenting existing resources and discussing the practical implications of residencies, A.I.R. Array included presentations from a number of Dutch residencies and organisations, since the Netherlands was this event's invited country. Interarts attended the event and made a presentation on artist mobility programmes in Europe, drawing on its experience in the PRACTICS project on mobility, the PRACTICS-On the Move Guide of Funding Opportunities for the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals and other observations on this field. Additional information about A.I.R. Array. newsletter
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newsletter FOMECC Senegal Closing Session newsletter
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newsletter interarts The project Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries in Senegal FOMECC Senegal, developed by Interarts and the Association des Métiers de la Musique du Senegal (AMS), has reached the end of its current phase. On 20 December the closing event was held in the Douta Seck House of Culture, with the participation of Abdoulaye Koundoul, director of FOMECC Senegal; Maria Casas, Interarts' coordinator in West Africa; Daniel Gómez, AMS vice-president; Alioune Badiane, former Arts director on behalf of the Ministry of Culture of Senegal; and Hamidou Dia, cultural advisor to the President of the Republic. Among the results of the programme, a documentary about the project and a study on the cultural sector in the cities of Dakar, Thies and Louga were presented. The event also included a discussion on cultural businesses and the presentation and promotion of artists who have participated in the project through an exhibition space represented by Rmiang, Mbin Maak, Zhu Culture, Fdeco, Bassari Ingali, Aca, Docta, Ndeye Yacine Ndiaye, Africulturban and Manjacku; and concerts by Daniel Oriazul, Saintrick et les tchellys, Iba Gaye Massar and Fagasu Band, among others closed the day. FOMECC Senegal is part of the FOMECC Programme developed by Interarts in several countries and regions, in collaboration with local partners and the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID). newsletter
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newsletter Interarts: Special Board Meeting newsletter
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newsletter On 19 December, the Board of Interarts met at the premises of the foundation in order to hold the last special meeting of 2012. Chaired by Eduard Miralles, the meeting was aimed at reviewing the organisation's annual activity programme as well as to discuss activities planned for 2013. At this meeting, Beatríz Sanz Corella joined the Board as a new member. An independent consultant and trainer specialising in international development, Sanz has collaborated with civil society organisations, local governments and international bodies (EU, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UN, etc.) and bilateral cooperation agencies (AECID, the UK's Department for International Development, Agence française de développement, etc.). She has carried out several missions in Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, Latin America, the Balkans and the Pacific and is also the author of several books and handbooks. newsletter
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newsletter In the course of 2012, the blog of Munich-based platform Münchner Trichter, which brings together educational, social and cultural non-profit organisations, has published a series of contributions on the access and participation of children and young people in culture. A final publication, comprising approximately 20 texts, has been published in late 2012. Entitled Perspektiven kultureller Bildung ('Views on Cultural Education'), the collection includes a contribution by Interarts' project coordinator Jordi Baltà, which focuses on the role of cultural education as a factor in access to cultural life, with reference to the EU context. newsletter
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newsletter DECIDES: Cultural Cooperation Projects for Health and Welfare newsletter
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newsletter interarts Since 2007 Interarts has worked on projects that contribute both to social change to improve individual health and welfare and to the design and implementation of public policies in these fields. Projects in this area have progressively broadened, developed in collaboration with organisations such as Family Care International, the Centre for the Promotion and Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Rights (PROMSEX) and others, and with the support of institutions such as the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the Catalan Agency of Cooperation for Development (ACCD) and the Barcelona Solidària Programme of the City Council of Barcelona. The themes of these projects, carried out in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mali and Peru, are related to sexual and reproductive health; the prevention of violence against women; the promotion of social inclusion and equity among young people, women and indigenous people, etc. Interarts has recently unified these projects under a single label, "DECIDES Programme" (Cultural Rights to Promote Health and Development), and has published a brochure (available on the links above) which includes the main lines of this initiative. newsletter
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newsletter Creative Capacity-Building for Young People in Argentina and Mexico: New Videos Available newsletter
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newsletter In the course of 2012, Interarts has coordinated a project entitled 'Strengthening the Creative Capacities and Social Cohesion of Young People in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico'. Supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and involving local partners in each participating country, the project builds on the report on the access of young people to culture in Iberoamerica conducted by Interarts and the Proyecta Cultura network in 2011. Following a series of workshops and creative events held over recent months, several videos have now been uploaded by project partners. On the one hand, Proyecta Cultura Argentina has produced a video depicting the Urban Art Laboratory which took place in Santa Fe last October. On the other hand, Mexican project partner CLT has uploaded a set of videos with interviews and images from the ConectaKultura forums held in Atlixco, Oaxaca and Mexico City between April and August 2012. newsletter
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newsletter Intercultural Dialogue and EU-China Cultural Relations: New Documents Available on the EENC Website newsletter
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newsletter Two new documents produced by the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) in the course of 2012 have now been made available on the EENC website. On the one hand, a Mapping of Studies on EU-China Cultural Relations, elaborated by Judith Staines, which compiles over 100 publications addressing cultural diplomacy and China's soft power strategies, Chinese views of culture and international cultural cooperation, points of friction in EU-China cultural relations and other relevant issues. On the other hand, a reflection paper on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue, prepared by Chris Torch, which presents a short history of cultural diversity in Europe in recent decades and policies in this area and raises questions about the policies and programmes that should be implemented. Both documents were produced following requests from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture. In addition, the EENC website's links library, first launched in 2011, has now been revised and updated with new resources. The EENC is coordinated by Interarts and Culture Action Europe. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Culture Action Europe's Annual General Meeting was held from 9 to 11 November 2012, in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was organised alongside the International Conference entitled "Act for Culture, Act for Europe", which marked the first step towards a model of networking for interaction and creation of links among agents from different sectors, not only culture. CAE has recently published the conference conclusions, which, among other issues, highlights the intention to put an end to what are usually overly self-centered discourses of the cultural sector and advocates the need for a mediation system on the impact of culture on human development and welfare. newsletter
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newsletter The Charlemagne Institute of European Studies of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) is preparing the 12th edition of the International Congress "European Culture" which will take place from 24 to 26 October 2013 in Barcelona. The event will include, alongside cultural activities, plenary sessions with well-known experts and paper sessions structured in thematic sections such as cultural theory and cultural identity; multiculturalism, interculturality, migrations and encounters between cultures; contemporary culture; European identity and the idea of Europe; Europe: culture, economy and law; communication; and education. As in previous editions, the Congress aims to foster the dialogue between experts, professionals and young researchers, and to this aim it has launched a call for papers on the aforementioned themes. The call is open until 31 January 2013. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter The First International Conference on Public Policy will be held from 26 to 28 June 2013, in Grenoble, France. Among the panels included in its programme one is entitled "Cultural policy: analyzing its challenges and developing lessons for public policy". Those interested in this area may send their proposals by 1 February 2013 on the following topics: comparative cultural policy; cultural policy and policy change; policy formulation, management and evaluation. The conference is sponsored by six Research Committees of the International Political Science Association which work on different aspect of public policy, and by the Public Policy sections of the European Consortium for Political Research and the American Political Science Association. Further information on this panel. newsletter
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newsletter The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) launches the ninth edition of the Master's Degree Programme in Urban and Territorial Development (MDUT) - management and transformation of cities in developing countries. Led by Dr. Carles Llop Torné and promoted by the Department of Territorial Urbanism and Planning, in collaboration with the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès, this Programme is aimed at urban planning professionals from both Latin America and Europe, working in local medium or small-sized administrations such as city councils, district administrations, delegations, etc. Its objective is to provide capacity-building to these professionals for public action in the field of city planning and management, territories and environment through the exchange of knowledge and experience with similar professionals of Catalonia and other participants, in order to establish cooperation and development networks. It involves in-person and virtual learning sessions, which will start on 4 February. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter University of Jyväskylä: Master's Degree in Cultural Policy newsletter
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newsletter After 12 years offering the well-known Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Policy, the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, has launched a new Programme which is conducted fully in English. This Programme analyses theory and practices in cultural policy, cultural policy actors, instruments and impacts; politics of participation, access and participation; cultural economy and creative industries; cultural diversity and citizenship; relationships between art and technology; geography and cultural policy; and global and transnational cultural policies. Aimed at students who have obtained a Bachelor's Degree in any field of the Social Sciences, this study programme accepts applications until 15 February 2013. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter The European Theatre Convention (ETC) and the Poliglotti4.eu project on the promotion of multilingualism presented on 16 November, in Parma, Italy, the conference "One Continent, Many Tongues: a Spotlight on Europe's Linguistic Wealth". The event brought together an eclectic mix of professionals such as prominent speakers and practitioners who participated in different sessions and discussions. The main conclusion of the conference was that culture should continue to be a main contributor to the EU's overall multilingualism strategy, as it is acknowledged in the joint declaration "Culture and Theatre as key motivators for a multilingual, integrated and prosperous Europe" signed by ETC President, Dubravka Vrgoč and Uwe Mohr, Director of the Poliglotti4.eu project. newsletter
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newsletter Cultural Policy Landscapes. A Guide to 18 Central and South East European countries newsletter
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newsletter With the support of the ERSTE Foundation, the Österreichische Kulturdokumentation - International Archive for Cultural Analysis has recently published this collection that analyses cultural policies implemented in Central and South East European countries (CSEE region) and in the Baltic States. Veronika Ratzenböck, Katharina Okulski and Xenia Kopf are the authors of this work that, on the one hand, makes a historical review of these countries since the early 1990s and analyses the transformation process of former Communist countries, and, on the other hand, assesses cultural data. The guide provides an individual comparison of each country as well as a comparative approach. The publication is available on the ERSTE Foundation's website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Commissioned by the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts IETM, La Belle Ouvrage has developed and published "Everyday Innovators: Developing Innovative Work Organisation Practices in the Cultural Sector in Europe". The publication gathers case studies on innovative practices in the field of culture in order to provide professionals with new elements for reflection and action to consider and, perhaps positively shift, their work habits. This is one of IETM's publications planned to analyse artistic practices from different perspective, through the views of social, political or economic experts. newsletter
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newsletter The Importance of Creativity in Education: Report newsletter
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newsletter A report recently released by the Botin Foundation confirms the importance of creativity on society and, more specifically, in education. Entitled "Good morning, creativity!" this publication highlights the benefits of creativity on a personal level, as well as its ability to generate wealth and economic and social development. The report explains this by presenting, for instance, the fact that a rich arts education increases by 17.6% the chance to study for a degree and obtain better jobs, while reducing unemployment by 10%. The report is available on the Foundation's website. newsletter
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newsletter Instituto Autor has published a Legal and Financial Guide for the Performing Arts in Spain. Following a previous publication focused on cinema, this is the second of the guides produced by the organisation in order to inform on legal and financial aspects of different art forms. Coordinated and developed by Jaume Colomer, the recently-published work offers legal information and financial strategies to performing arts agents in order to facilitate the development of their projects and activities in the current times of change. To this aim, the guide presents, among other aspects, currently the most coherent and sustainable funding models. The publication is available in all bookstores and can also be purchased on the Institute's website. newsletter
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newsletter ''Remappings'': The Making of European Narratives newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Cultural Foundation has recently published a collection of essays on the changing narratives of Europe. The book, accompanied by comic strips by up-and-coming European comic talents, investigates how narratives emerge, unfold and contribute to re-drawing our "maps" of Europe. With a foreword written by Abdelkader Benali, the publication responds to the research area promoted by the European Cultural Foundation that analyses whether there are new visions that can connect people across Europe and that has led to the "Narratives" website. Further information about the book. newsletter
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newsletter The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has published two new handbooks. The first one, developed by a team of experts from the Fitzcarraldo Foundation, focuses on measuring cultural participation from a mainly quantitative standpoint, as well as including a compilation of good practices. The second publication is the work of Serbian researcher Hristina Mikić which measures the economic contribution of cultural industries and provides a review on current methodologies, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. The UIS is seeking to develop new guidelines in this field. newsletter
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newsletter Roberto Cimetta Fund: Regional Mobility Policy Agenda newsletter
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newsletter Organised by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, an association providing support for artistic and cultural mobility in the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean zones, the debate "Madarat - Platform for Exchange" was held in November, in Beirut, Lebanon. The event brought together artists, cultural managers, journalists, institutional representatives, experts, network members and regional members of the Istikshaf platform from 21 countries. The two-day debate allowed for a dialogue between engaged actors in the region and consolidated network building. One of the results of this meeting was the elaboration of the "Regional Mobility Policy Agenda", that seeks to strengthen links and provide specific positions in the field of mobility applied to the arts and culture. newsletter
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newsletter The first of the two publications recently launched by On the Move (OTM) is a guide to cultural mobility for young and emerging artists willing to live a mobility experience. The organisation, in collaboration with its members and with the support of the Hippocrène Foundation, has prepared the guide "Move On! Cultural Mobility for Beginners" in English and French, which contains relevant tips and links. On the other hand, based on the outcomes of the workshop devoted to Schengen visas held in November, OTM has published a report "Artists' mobility and visas: a step forward", which aims at improving the international mobility of artists who travel through the Schengen borders. newsletter
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newsletter Seminar on Other Sources of Funding for Cultural Initiatives (Madrid, 16 January 2013) newsletter
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newsletter The Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports through its Cultural Contact Point is organising an informative seminar on other European sources of funding for cultural initiatives, taking into account that only two further calls will be launched in the context of the Culture Programme 2007-2013, which is due to end this year. Addressed to cultural agents and organisations from both public and private sectors, this event aims to facilitate information so these professionals may identify their relevant contact points in the help desks of Programmes such as Media, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Lifelong Learning or European Economic Area initiatives, in order to present proposals under 2013 calls. Information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter Intercultural Cities Event: Making Diversity Work for Cities (Dublin, Ireland, 6-8 February 2013) newsletter
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newsletter interarts In 2008, the Council of Europe and the European Commission together with a group of cities took a challenge to develop a culturally competent approach to integrating diverse communities. Entitled "Intercultural Cities", local authorities have been working in this direction since then. From 6 to 8 February 2013, an international conference will take place in Dublin in order to take stock of what cities have achieved, examine implications for adopting this approach in national and international integration policy and practice, analyse problems encountered and how they can be addressed with the collaboration of all Intercultural Cities' members, which are now over 60. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter PÚBLICA 13. International Cultural Management Encounters newsletter
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newsletter Madrid, 24-25 January, 2013. See Cyberkaris 119, December 2012. 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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