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Cyberkaris nº 121 - February 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 "When will we overcome the Oedipus complex of the nation state?", Chilean Patricio Rivas wondered in the final session of the 8th Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation held in Cuenca, Ecuador, late last year. Concern among the audience made it clear that the question was anything but rhetoric. Stateless nations, those places where communities live together -but not without conflict-in an uncertain modernity, as well as the countries emerging from well- or badly-resolved postcolonial processes, still set today -well into the twenty-first century- their collective views on achieving a model of statehood that today, more than ever, seems unattainable.

Because if, at the end of the fifteenth century and in the early nineteenth century, that enlightened ideal based on the more or less imperfect triangle of the notions of people, nation and state was itself a complex bet -how many blunders in the name of "unity" and "equality" were committed then?- today, in times of regional integration, shared sovereignty, diversity of citizenship and asymmetrical federalism, the nation state has become an impossible mission, an unresolved matter or, at least, a useless effort of the type that, according to philosopher Ortega y Gasset, can only lead to melancholy. The post-baroque melancholy that was described so well by another thinker, Roger Bartra (the son, incidentally, of Catalan intellectuals in exile) with regard to the contemporary Mexican reality.

However, is there a life beyond the nation state? Other models of statehood, emerging after modernity, no doubt, can and should be possible. And, by the way, in these models of statehood culture is set to play an important role. Nothing less than that role played by the notion of "heritage" in general and "national heritage" in particular, as a repository of the genetic code on which the identity that tied the notions of people, nation and state was based in nation states as we know them. From an identity based on our internal equality and our difference towards others, to an identity based on our internal diversity, which is similar to that of others.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter Young People in Bamako Promoting Issues on Health and HIV Prevention newsletter
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newsletter interarts In late 2012, despite the difficult situation in the country, the first meeting of the local monitoring committee of the "Strengthen, through Culture, the Capacities of Young People in the Informal Sector to Demand their Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Bamako, Mali III" project took place. Around 40 representatives from the health, youth and development sectors are taking part in the committee in order to know well the project and make suggestions to improve it, it necessary. In this way, it is also expected to get a greater involvement of local agents in the project. At the meeting, young people from the Association des Enfants et des Jeunes Travailleurs (AEJT) of Bamako performed forum-theatre pieces addressing circumcision and sexually-transmitted diseases. Days later, on 12 January, members of the same association who had been trained on radio broadcasting in the context of the project, were responsible for leading a program at the JEKAFO radio station. These young people have been trained to become peer educators and radio is one of the means that they use to promote health, HIV prevention and human rights issues among other young people. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe (CAE) held its first meeting on 14 and 15 January at the Centre de la Paix-Dieu (Belgium). The aim of the meeting was to establish the bases for the organisation's development strategy for the next three years, in line with the results of the conference of November 2012 and with the clear intention to strengthen CAE's position as a political platform for the cultural sector in Europe, in a sense of active participation in the European project for a sustainable society. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Interarts and the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), as organisers of the 8th Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation held from 28 to 30 November 2012 in Cuenca, Ecuador, are currently distributing an evaluation survey among participants of the event, in order to collect their views on several relevant aspects. Thus participants will be able to evaluate information received prior to registration, the event's website, the online registration method, the methodology used, the experts included in the programme, complementary cultural activities, etc. The data obtained will be used to further improve and adapt the organisation of the next Campus edition. newsletter
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newsletter 5th Executive Committee Meeting of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 21 January, Interarts attended the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, which was held in Barcelona. Items in the agenda included an evaluation of the Spanish Network's members which have registered for this year's Anna Lindh Forum in Marseilles, and the revision of the programme for the Joint Action which is being prepared for 8-10 March in Sevilla. Preparations for the 14th General Meeting of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation were also discussed. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Recently the "FOMECCBIZ Medellín-Barcelona: Generation of Cultural and Creative Business Network for Local Development" project has been launched. The initiative emerges in the framework of the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries FOMECC programme, developed by Interarts in different countries with the participation of local partners. In this case, the activity is carried out in collaboration with the University of Antioquia, which has developed together with Interarts the FOMECC Colombia programme in Medellín and Urabá since 2007. Supported by the Barcelona Solidària Programme of the City of Barcelona, the project seeks to increase the productivity and product commercialisation of cultural and creative enterprises in Medellín through a range of activities such as human resources training, promotion of networking and creation of alliances and joint business initiatives between Medellín and Barcelona. This project also involves the participation of the Audiovisual, Video and Animation Association (AVA) and the Musician's Union (USM) of Medellín. newsletter
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newsletter Belly Dance: Narratives and Practices from a Culture and Gender Approach newsletter
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newsletter interarts In the context of the Tandem/Shaml programme, which enables cultural professionals in Europe and neighbouring countries to collaborate and develop creative and cultural productions linked to their experience, Interarts' project coordinator Emilie Vidal and Egyptian cultural manager Donia Maher are developing together the "Balady" project. The aim of the project is to explore the narratives and practices related to belly dance by observing dance workshops in Cairo and Barcelona, interviewing women who practice this dance, etc. The project will result in a documentary which will be presented in discussion sessions to open a dialogue on the construction of the image of women in various societies and the management of cultural diversity in urban contexts. Tandem/Shaml is initiated by the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), MitOst (Berlin), Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Cairo) and Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul), with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Stuttgart), DOEN Foundation (Amsterdam) and Mimeta (Norway). Photo: Nicola Mullenger. newsletter
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newsletter Participation in the Colloquium 'Good Governance for Cultural Policy' in Hildesheim, Germany newsletter
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newsletter The Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, Germany, which has recently been awarded the name of UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development, organised a Colloquium entitled 'Good Governance for Cultural Policy. An African-German Research about Arts and Development' on 30-31 January. The event provided a forum for exchange on culture, development, international cooperation and public policies among academics, policymakers and practitioners from Africa, Europe and Latin America. The colloquium was preceded, on 29-30 January, by a Young Experts' Forum, which brought together doctoral students and young professionals from several countries, sharing an interest in culture and development, particularly in the African context. Jordi Baltà, project coordinator at Interarts, took part in a roundtable entitled 'Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries' within the Colloquium and also attended the Young Experts' Forum. newsletter
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newsletter Marseilles and Košice Start their Programmes as European Capitals of Culture 2013 newsletter
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newsletter This January, the two cities that hold the title of European Capital of Culture in 2013 have held their opening ceremonies. In the case of Marseilles Provence, France, the ceremony took place on 12 and 13 January, and included four events: the public opening with the participation of Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; the opening of the contemporary art exhibition in Aix-en Provence, a treasure hunt in Marseilles and a firework performance in Arles. On the other hand, the events of Košice, Slovakia, were conceived by several cultural facilities across the city on 19 and 20 January and were attended by European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou. newsletter
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newsletter The Women's Collective of Matagalpa (Nicaragua) and RAI (Recursos d'Animació Intercultural) are organising two workshops on theatre as a tool for education and expression, which will take place in Barcelona. The first of them will be carried out from 23 to 24 February and will focus on the techniques of spontaneous theatre. The second workshop will be held in the context of the celebration of the international Women's Day, on March 8. This will be a social theatre action through which the idea of gender is tackled and that will led to a street theatre performance on 8 March. Prior to the action, on 8, 15, 22 February and 1 March, participants will prepare their performances. The Women's Collective of Matagalpa has a 25-year experience in social theatre and in participatory learning processes, and in working with women, especially in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Further information on the workshops is available on the collective's website. newsletter
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newsletter International Conference ''Performing Arts Management Today'': Call for Participation newsletter
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newsletter The IUGTE organisation is preparing the international conference on the performing arts management that will take place from 17 to 21 December 2013, in Austria. The event is open to arts directors and educators, entrepreneurs and arts agents, producers, casting directors, arts festival organisers and all types of artists: actors, dancers, choreographers, musicians, writers ... With this aim the organisation invites those interested in sharing their work methods to submit a proposal for collaboration, in the form of practical workshops, lectures, conferences, etc. format. Further details on the submission guidelines. newsletter
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newsletter The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) is organizing its International Contemporary Arts Festival "Survival Kit 5" from 5 to 15 September 2013, in Riga, Latvia. Each year the organisation invites artists to present projects and encourages them to consider some themes of importance in the community, creating alternative scenarios for survival in the modern world. In this turbulent period with protest movements against the system in different parts of the world, there is a need for reflection on the role of the artist and what may emerge from his/her position on the margins of power. Artists interested in participating can submit their proposals online by filling in the application form available on the festival's website before 10 March. newsletter
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newsletter The Infancia y Aprendizaje Foundation, publisher of the journal "Cultura y Educación, revista de teoría, investigación y práctica", is searching for articles for a forthcoming issue on "personal learning environments in formal education contexts". With this issue the foundation aims to present proposals and experiences of using personal learning environments (PLE) and relevant contributions both from theoretical and methodological point of views on the use of these environments as spaces for learning in formal education contexts. Those interested may send their proposals until 1 May 2013. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter States of Culture, Report on Cultural Institutions in the SICSUR Member States newsletter
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newsletter interarts Argentina's Laboratory of Cultural Industries has announced the recent publication of a SICSUR (MERCOSUR Cultural Information System) report entitled "Los Estados de la Cultura, estudio sobre la institucionalidad de los países miembro del SICSUR", which analyses different models of public management of culture in different countries in order to assess how the scope of public policy in culture is defined in each case. The publication was developed under the supervision of the Chilean Research Department of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CNCA), and responds to the need to review current management models. The publication is available on SICSUR's website. newsletter
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newsletter Independent Culture in the Arab Region: Recommendations newsletter
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newsletter Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) organised a conference for the leaders of the independent cultural sector in the Arab region that took place from 15 to 17 December, 2012, in Cairo, Egypt. It brought together over 120 cultural leaders from Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Mauritania and Sudan, as well as representatives of international cultural institutions from Europe and Turkey and representatives of international institutions based in Cairo. The conference concluded with a series of recommendations such as increasing the funding for culture and arts and greater networking and cooperation among cultural organisations, artists and cultural activists in the independent cultural sector. More details on these recommendations are available on the organisation's website. newsletter
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newsletter The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) has recently published a report which gathers awards provided to artists by governments. The work entitled "D'Art No. 44 Government Honours for Artists'' aims to provide an overview of management structures and administration systems for awards, in each case looking at aspects such as the country where the prize is awarded, the department or agency that administers the award, types of nomination system, etc. newsletter
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newsletter In the framework of the EuNaMus project, an initiative on European national museums supported by the European Commission, a report "National Museums Making History in a Diverse Europe" has been published. The document brings together key points of the research that has been carried out over the past three years in the context of the project and covers the role of museums as a stabilising force for the changing nation, as well as their uses of exhibitions and narrative strategies or the way how their histories depend on local political conditions. newsletter
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newsletter The Centre for Integration and Globalization Studies publishes on behalf of the International Organisation of La Francophonie a monthly newsletter entitled "Accords bilatéraux et diversité culturelle" which gathers international information on bilateral trade agreements with a special focus on those that may have an impact on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. January's issue is devoted to aspects of international cultural diversity developed in 2012; "Chronique des industries culturelles" is the title of this issue which includes articles on sustainable development, cultural cooperation, the "Creative Europe" Programme and intellectual property rights, among other topics. newsletter
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newsletter Cultural Rights in Paraguay newsletter
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newsletter The Paraguayan Coalition for Cultural Diversity currently involves 14 professional organisations from different cultural sectors such as performing arts, cultural industries, film and audiovisual sector, music, book sector and other cultural expressions in that country. A report on the situation of cultural rights in Paraguay presented in late 2012 has been recently published on its website. The work entitled "De la riqueza de nuestra diversidad cultural al aporte a las políticas públicas" aims to highlight the cultural rights recognised in Paraguay's constitution and in international conventions to which this country is a Party, and present them as the starting point to strengthen the state's role as guarantor of these rights. newsletter
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newsletter With the support of Creative Scotland, a new international eJournal focusing on creativity, a concept which is gaining importance as an element in resolving the world's current problems and providing welfare to humans, has recently been launched. "Creativity & Human Development" includes articles on questions such as whether we can learn to be creative, or whether creativity is just about the arts. With a broad portfolio of international partners, the journal aims to update its contents regularly. newsletter
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newsletter On the Move: Charter for a Sustainable and Responsible Cultural Mobility newsletter
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newsletter On the Move has just launched a new tool on artistic mobility, a Charter which assesses how socially and environmentally respectful is each artistic mobility activity. The aim is to help artists, cultural professionals, companies, organisations and institutions to respect social and environmental principles whenever they practice, fund or support cultural mobility. The Charter will be enriched with participants' data willing to share their experiences and will serve as a guide to those who approach this tool for the first time on the On the Move's website. newsletter
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newsletter Les Rencontres Meeting (Fingal/Dublin, Ireland, 7-10 March 2013) newsletter
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newsletter European Network Les Rencontres will hold a meeting from 7 to 10 March in Fingal, Dublin. The main theme of the event is "Culture and sustainable development" and its objective is to put forward the creative, innovative policies and projects which are implemented in the urban and rural areas in Europe. The meeting will be organised in liaison with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and its programme includes, among other events, a Steering Committee meeting and an activity on "urban and cultural regeneration" which will allow participants to discover the architectural and artistic elements of Dublin. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter Dublin, Ireland, 6-8 February 2013. See Cyberkaris 120, January 2013. 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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