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Cyberkaris nş 126 - July 2013
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newsletter A few days ago, European trade ministers gave the green light for the European Commission to start negotiations on a new trade agreement with the United States of America. The treaty is expected to report over 100 billion of euros in profits to Europe, an increase in GDP of 0.5% and the end of the nightmare of large-scale unemployment across the continent. In order to achieve unanimity, France asked to exclude the audiovisual sector from the negotiations. Some weeks ago, after considerable mobilisation of the European sector (with the support of prominent North American artists), the European Parliament approved the continuation of so-called "cultural exception", which has been in force in the relations among both parties since 1993, by a majority of 381 votes against 191. Nevertheless, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, visibly dissatisfied with the relative ?blackmail' launched by the French government, did not hesitate to deem the European audiovisual sector ?reactionary' and some European ministers of culture, including Spanish minister José Ignacio Wert, have had to keep a delicate balance when considering the position of their governments as more favorable to "reasonable competition" than "cultural exception".

Certainly, the issue of the cultural exception is not new in the European cultural landscape. Perhaps someone still remembers the lush journalistic controversies between Jack Lang, who strongly favoured this principle, and Mario Vargas Llosa, who radically opposed it, during the nineties. Since UNESCO adopted first the Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001) and later the Convention on Cultural Diversity (2005) -a Convention which, incidentally, was later ratified by the European Union and almost all of its Member States- culture can no longer be considered only as a commodity and public authorities have a basic tool to defend its social value beyond the market. The cultural exception, therefore, is not new, despite being immersed in a context which is radically different from the one that existed twenty or twenty-five years ago. The context is different from the technological perspective: today, when dealing with the audiovisual sector, to talk about film or TV is no longer sufficient but new streaming platforms such as Amazon, Google, Facebook also need to be addressed ... In this regard, please see the recent Lescure report prepared for the French Ministry of Culture in the framework of the "Mission culture-acte II" that includes over 700 pages and 80 proposals on this matter. This is a different context as well with respect to the increasing centrality of the so-called "cultural and creative industries" in the new public policies for culture of the European Union and its Member States. In this regard, please see the theoretical basis of the new programme "Creative Europe" foreseen for the period 2014-2020.

Midway between a forced political consensus, an almost mutant technology, a questioned and questionable legal framework on ownership, transmission and copyright, a state of opinion as regards the relations between artists and the industry which is often too self-satisfied and non-critical, a culturally non-existent civil society beyond the traditional groups, ? Will the cultural exception manage to open a new path in Europe?

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter Like every year, on these dates Cyberkaris takes a break in its publication. Its subscribers and readers will receive the next issue in early September. The Interarts' team wishes everyone a happy August and reminds you that on the foundation's website and the FOMECC Portal relevant information on cultural policies, cultural cooperation and creative economy is available. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The website of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) now features a new paper on the place of culture in the implementation of the Structural Funds in the Czech Republic, written by Eva Žáková. The paper was requested by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture, in the framework of the design and negotiation of the EU's Cohesion Policy and the Operational Programmes for the funding period 2014-20. It completes the collection of similar papers produced in 2012 for 12 other Member States, including Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain, as well as Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Romania and Slovakia, which are also available online. The EENC is coordinated by Interarts and Culture Action Europe. newsletter
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newsletter Activities in the Audiovisual Sector in Medellin, Colombia newsletter
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newsletter interarts In the framework of the "FOMECCBiz Medellin-Barcelona Project: Generation of Cultural and Creative Business Network for Local Development", developed by Interarts together with the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia and with the support of the "Barcelona Solidŕria" Programme of the City of Barcelona, from 4 to 7 June different activities related to the audiovisual sector in Medellin, Colombia were organised. First, a workshop on audiovisual production, led by international expert Toni Marín Vila, was carried out during which three projects by local companies 4B1D, La Nueva Compańía and Curubito Production were analysed to be developed in a transmedia environment. On the other hand, on 7 June a seminar on audiovisual associative processes was organised in order to consolidate the work carried out in recent years to strengthen bottom-up processes and interaction of the cultural entrepreneurship and to present networking opportunities in a broader context, both regional and international. The seminar brought together over 60 people and included presentations by Toni Marín Vila and by Interarts' Dace Kiulina; representatives from the Audiovisual, Video and Animation Association (AVA); the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications; the Ministry of Trade; the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Medellin; the Chamber of Commerce of Medellin; the Musician's Union (USM) of Medellin, and Cinefilia. It is worth mentioning that both events were organised in collaboration with the AVA Association. newsletter
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newsletter On 11 and 12 June, Interarts hosted the start-up meeting of a project entitled 'Access to Culture - Policy Analysis', which is coordinated by EDUCULT (Austria) and brings together partners from Croatia, Denmark, Sweden and Turkey as well as Interarts. The aim of the project, supported by the European Commission's Culture Programme, is to compare the priority accorded to access to culture by EU institutions with its actual policy implementation at national and local level. The initiative will last until 2015 and will intend to establish indicators for the exchange and further development of access to culture policies across Europe. The first meeting enabled partners to discuss the key issues and to agree on the work programme. One session involved external guests, who provided other views on the challenges surrounding access to culture in Europe. newsletter
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newsletter On 12 June, EDUCULT and Interarts presented the draft final report of the 'Cultural Learning for Families' Grundtvig project to a group of organisations active in the field of cultural education in Barcelona. The final report, which builds on the visits carried out between 2011 and 2013 to organisations in Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Spain, provides quality criteria for the design and implementation of projects fostering family learning in cultural institutions, as well as a self-assessment tool in this field. The meeting provided an interesting meeting and discussion space for practices in this field, and informed the elaboration of the final report, which will be published in the coming months. On the other hand, EDUCULT has recently published the final report of the Arts Education Monitoring System project, which has also involved Interarts as well as partners from Germany, Hungary and the UK. The report includes arts education policy analyses for each of the five countries covered, as well as questionnaires for arts educators and institutions active in this field. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In June, Interarts presented the audiovisual film resulting from the Balady project. On 15 and 16 June, Interarts participated in the final event of the Tandem/Shaml programme in Berlin (Germany). The event took place in the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U) with the objective of disseminating the results of six partnerships between European and Arab professionals. To conclude the Tandem/Shaml exchange program a range of performances, an exhibition, a concert and one round table on art in times of crisis were organised. In Barcelona, the "Balady" film was presented on 27 June at the Francesca Bonnemaison / "La Bonne" Women's Cultural Centre'. After the presentation participants had the opportunity to share their impressions in a colloquium. "Balady" is a co-production by Donia Maher (Hassala, Cairo) and Emilie Vidal (Interarts, Barcelona) that invites viewers to reflect, by way of belly dance, on the complexity of our cultures, relationships between men and women, the control which society exercises on our bodies or the transformative power of art in a historical moment of demand for greater freedom of the Arab people. "Balady" was supported by the Tandem/Shaml program of the European Cultural Foundation, MitOst, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, Anadolu Kültür, Robert Bosch Stiftung, DOEN Foundation and Mimeta. newsletter
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newsletter The first edition of the Forum of Tunisian Culturla Associations FACT 2013 was held in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 20-23 June. The event, which should be held annually, gathered over 100 members of civil society organisations and cultural leaders from across the country. Its major aim was to reflect on cultural policies in the context of Tunisia's political transition and to formulate specific recommendations and demands in several thematic fields and cultural disciplines. FACT 2013 was initiated by the Association Culturelle Tunisienne pour l'Insertion et la Formation (ACTIF), in cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO, in the context of the CONNEXXIONS 2013 programme, which promotes cultural diversity, cultural participation and the democratic development in the Arab region. Jordi Baltŕ, project coordinator at Interarts, took part in the event, delivering a training session on the governance of culture. newsletter
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newsletter On 27-28 June, Essen, Germany, hosted the 2013 edition of the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr, a broad gathering of cultural professionals which examined the so-called 'spillover' effects of the cultural and creative sectors onto other sectors. The event analysed in particular the contribution of culture to the economy and digitalisation, to urban development, renewable energy and migration at local, regional and national level across Europe. The Forum d'Avignon Ruhr is a joint initiative of French think-tank Forum d'Avignon and Germany's European Centre for Creative Economy (ecce). Interarts attended the event. newsletter
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newsletter Currently France and the European Union are in the final phase of negotiation on the future cohesion policy for 2014-2020 in France. With the aim of supporting the inclusion of culture in territorial development strategies funded by the EU, Relais Culture Europe has launched a campaign "Platform Culture 2020". As part of this initiative, the organisation has published a text entitled "Culture and Territory 2020" which reflect its vision of culture, Europe and territories by 2020. The organisation invites interested parties to read and sign this document as well as to collaborate in its dissemination. newsletter
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newsletter The Role of Culture in Development After 2015 newsletter
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newsletter On 12 June, a debate at the UN General Assembly served to stress the vital role of culture in poverty reduction and development. Participants underlined the need to ensure that this aspect is part of the post-2015 agenda. In this regard, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon mentioned that many development programmes have failed because they have not taken cultural settings into account. And UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova said that "No society in the world can flourish without culture. No development can be sustained without it. Cultural diversity is also a source to find creative solutions to problems. It enhances critical thinking to challenge old models". newsletter
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newsletter Culture Action Europe: Statements about the European Budget Reductions and the Situation in Turkey newsletter
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newsletter interarts In June, Culture Action Europe (CAE) published two statements that reflect its position on two troubling situations. On the one hand, concerning the budgetary reductions proposed by the EU Council of Ministers in February this year, CAE calls to reduce very high costs for administration, and to re-allocate the savings to programme objectives and projects. Investing in culture, arts, education and research may generate the growth and jobs that Europe needs. On the other hand, concerning the latest events in Turkey, the platform of cultural organisations expresses its support in defense of what thousands of people -intellectuals, young people, artistic communities, etc.- have made in Gezi park as an example of public space. newsletter
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newsletter The European Union provides funds to cultural activities in its neighbouring countries as a way to promote mutual understanding between civilisations though cultural and artistic exchange. In this context, the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon has launched the call for proposals 2013, addressed to cultural projects submitted by Lebanese associations or their partners from the EU and/or EU neighbouring countries. Organisations interested may present their applications until 5 August 2013. For further information on the call. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partners Arts Network Asia (ANA) and the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH) are jointly launching the 3rd call for proposals of Creative Encounters. These events seek to foster partnership between artists and culture professionals from Asia and Europe in order to facilitate a better understanding between the two regions. Moreover, given the success of these Encounters, for the first time ASEF is launching a call for its Creative Networks, an initiative with which the foundation aims to strengthen its role as a connector between cultural networks in Asia and Europe. The deadline to submit proposals and applications is open until 15 August 2013. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The organisers of the Romanian Film Festival of New York "Making Waves" have launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise funds for its 2013 edition. This is the 8th edition of the festival initiated in 2006 and which year after year has managed to arouse the interest of New York's media and public. The festival will be held next December and will continue the leading partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, bringing new releases, interesting retrospectives and Romanian relevant artists as well as a number of events and discussions. The programme will be launched in September; its content and all news of the event will be available on its crowdfunding platform. newsletter
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newsletter The Centre for Research in Arts and Economics (CREARE) is organising its International Summer School in Cultural Economics which will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This is the fifth edition of the course focused on the relationship between culture and economics, the link between creativity, arts, and business, bridging the knowledge and experiences of scholars and practitioners involved in specific cultural sectors. The course will take place from 20 to 24 August and its programme includes both theory and practice, through interactive seminars, discussion groups and workshops and other methodologies. The activities of CREARE have been endorsed by the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI). For further information. newsletter
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newsletter The culture360.org website has published the call for the 2nd Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders which will be held from 12 to 17 October 2013. Addressed to young leaders between 25-35 years old, with a minimum of three years' professional experience in the cultural sector, the aim of the event is to strengthen the leadership capacity of participants, while at the same time enhancing cultural exchange through a global network of creative entrepreneurs. In order to take part in this call, those interested will have to demonstrate a desire to become active members of this network, as well as the creativity in their approach to work and an entrepreneurial spirit. All interested may submit their proposals until 10 September 2013 through the Salzburg's Global Forum website. newsletter
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newsletter In October, in Madrid the training course in cultural project management will be launched, designed by La Fábrica and coordinated by the Contemporánea Foundation. Aimed at cultural entrepreneurs and professionals in the fields of cultural management or other related areas keen to work in this field, the course has a very practical orientation, based on real cases emerged in the nearly 20 years of La Fábrica's experience. The course will run until May and includes the design of a project with professional advice and which may end up obtaining a grant to ensure its implementation. newsletter
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newsletter PDA: Animated Short Film on Child Labour newsletter
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newsletter interarts Pequeńos Dibujos Animados (PDA) is an audiovisual initiative born in Barcelona which develops projects with a social aim where children from around the world learn how to develop their own work and thus show their vision of the world. PDA is the creator of the animated documentary "The Children of Ayllu", one of the three winners of the Audiovisual Contest of the Telefónica Foundation. The work addresses the issue of child labour through images created by a group of children from the Quechua village Auquimarca, in Peru. Through these drawings, the protagonists explain how they combine school with housework and tasks in the field. The documentary was recently presented in the "Para todos la 2" programme of Spanish National Television (TVE). newsletter
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newsletter Internationalisation of the Spanish Cultural and Creative Industries newsletter
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newsletter interarts In early June the Alternativas Foundation presented the report "The Internationalisation of the Spanish Cultural and Creative Industries". The work was coordinated by Fernando Rueda and prepared by Anna Villarroya Planas, lecturer at the University of Barcelona; Pau Rausell Koster, lecturer at the University of Valencia, and Javier Celaya, founder of the cultural portal Dosdoce communication. The document points out the impact of the crisis on the creative and cultural sector, which had shown very positive trends in previous years, and highlights the need for a digital upgrade of the sector as a way to improve commercialisation in the global market. newsletter
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newsletter Commissioned by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission and with the support of a consortium of eight European organisations, the Goethe Institute and EUNIC are coordinating the Preparatory Action "Culture in EU External Relations". Aimed at supporting the development of a common EU strategy on culture in the EU's external relations, this preparatory action will run until mid-2014 and consist of the following stages: a comprehensive mapping of existing resources, approaches and strategies regarding culture in external relations in Member States of the EU; a consultation process to identifying new strategies and visions; and a final conference to draw conclusions and recommendations. The preparatory action's website was recently launched. newsletter
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newsletter Report ''Creative Industries as a Flywheel'' newsletter
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newsletter interarts Researchers Paul Rutten and Frank van Oort are authors of this work that questions what is the economic value of the creative and cultural industries and how it can be measured, beyond job creation and contribution to national or regional GDP. The researchers point out other factors to take into account to assess the social and economic impact of this sector such as its considerable contribution to innovation. The study was commissioned by Creative Amsterdam and is available on the website of the European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA). newsletter
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newsletter The First Book of the Series of ''The Dwarfing of Europe'' newsletter
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newsletter interarts The conference "The Dwarfing of Europe? A dialogue between Brazil, India, China and Europe" where speakers form emerging economies presented their ideas on Europe took place in May, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In the framework of this event organised by the European Cultural Foundation, the Tilburg University and debate centre De Balie, a new series of publications was presented with the same title. Its objective is to examine the role of Europe in a changing global context through the lens of cultural experts from around the world. Recently, the first volume was published with the collaboration of thinkers from the Balkans, Belarus, the Middle East and Asia. newsletter
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newsletter The 60th issue of the "Passages" journal focuses on the role of migration in today's cultural landscape. Entitled "Here and There: Art, Society and Migration", the publication gathers testimonials from artists with different backgrounds such as Shermin Langhoff, originally from Turkey, or Swiss-Cameroonian author Max Lobe, explains how their uniqueness and creativity influences the European art scene giving to contemporary art practice a new dimension in the context of multicultural societies. newsletter
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newsletter Placing Europe in the Museums newsletter
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newsletter In September 2012, an international conference entitled "Placing" Europe in the Museum: People(s), Places, Identities" was held at Newcastle University. Recently the minutes of this conference have been published. The documents, edited by Christopher Whitehead, Rhiannon Mason, Susannah Eckersley and Katherine Lloyd, relate to research of the MeLa project on museums and identity in history and today as well as presents arguments concerning the cultural significance of place within museum representations for questions of contemporary European identities, notions and citizenship. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The British Council has recently published a new report on the impact of British cultural diplomacy on the UK's economic and trade relations. The document "Culture Means Business: How international cultural relationships contribute to increased trade and competitiveness for the UK" highlights, among other issues,that people overseas who have experienced UK culture are significantly more interested in doing business with this country. The report is based on research carried out by market research organisation IpsosMori and the YouGov research institute. newsletter
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newsletter Avignon Festival (Avignon, France, 5-26 July 2013) newsletter
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newsletter interarts In July the streets of Avignon are transforming again in order to receive hundreds of thousands of spectators who come to the city to participate in the festival, the great international event for contemporary performing arts. Up to forty works of theatre, dance, visual arts, music as well as conferences, exhibitions, cinema, discussions, etc. are included in the programme of the 67th edition of the Festival, prepared in collaboration with artists such as Dieudonné Niangouna and Stanislas Nordey. The artistic offer of these days will be completed with the creations of more than 1,000 arts companies that make up the Off festival. newsletter
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newsletter Final Conference of the LEM Project: The Learning Museum (Bologna, Italy, 19-21 September 2013) newsletter
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newsletter "LEM: The Learning Museum" is a network project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme's Grundtvig action of the EU, that conceives museums as an ideal environment for continued learning. The project will be concluded in September with a final conference that will bring together 25 partners. The objective of the event is to disseminate the outcomes of the project and share the knowledge developed throughout the three years of its duration, as well as to give participants an opportunity to compare experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from all over the world. newsletter
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newsletter Culture Action Europe Public Conference (Rome, Italy, 4-5 October 2013) newsletter
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newsletter The platform of cultural organisations Culture Action Europe (CAE) will celebrate in October, in Rome, an international conference entitled "It's not just a crisis, it is a transition!" The event will provide an opportunity for cultural actors and representatives from the main European institutions to share a space to discuss the current situation in Europe and how to build a new future. During these days CAE will also present to its members the network's 5-year action plan. The conference programme will be available in September on its website. newsletter
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newsletter Barcelona, 6-7 July 2013. See Cyberkaris 125, june 2013. newsletter
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