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Cyberkaris nº 128 - October 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 Although Interarts has for some time tried to address the relationship between culture and health, through a rights-based approach, in the form of the (DECIDES Programme: Cultural Rights to Promote Health and Development), which involves both theoretical and practical aspects, the dialogue between culture and health is still seldom explored. Hence, the recent appearance of two studies that attempt to explain the impact of cultural practices on people's health can be considered good news. The first of them, 'The Interaction Between Culture, Health and Psychological Well-Being', is the final result of the Italian Culture and Well-Being project carried out by a group of Italian researchers, led by well-known cultural economist Pier Luigi Sacco from Milan's IULM University. Through a sample of 1.500 individuals the correlation between participation in 15 cultural activities and health is addressed. Only poetry-reading (perhaps because of the persistence of the romantic paradigm) seems to contradict the generally positive interaction between cultural practices and individual welfare, in all social groups, genders and ages.

The second, more recent study, Healthy Attendance? The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with Life in Scotland, was commissioned by the Scottish Government and coordinated by Clare Leadbetter and Niamh O'Connor. Based on the examination of data obtained from the Survey on Scottish Household for 2011, the unquestionable correlation between cultural practices and perceptions of health and personal wellness was established; 60% of people who had attended any cultural event over the last twelve months reported being in top physical shape and in good health.

It is well known that in life there are truths, lies and statistics and, therefore, faith in this type of relationship will probably meet both positive and negative reactions. At the end of the day, this is not less serious or scientific than any correlation in more standard medical issues, such as the link between smoking and heart disease or overweight and blood pressure. The big difference and the big lesson is that, in the latter case, the healthcare industry has for many years included this kind of demonstration effect in the logic of its business, while the arts and cultural sectors are still light years away from recognising the importance of explaining what culture is for, with sufficient resources and robust data. On the understanding, of course, that culture counts for something...

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter Some of the main international cultural platforms, including Culture Action Europe (CAE), the Executive Committee of which is chaired by Interarts' director Mercedes Giovinazzo, have prepared the document "Culture as a Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda", in order to support the inclusion of a Goal explicitly focused on culture in the new Development Agenda currently being prepared by the United Nations. The document, that will be presented for its approval at the CAE Public Conference to be held on 4 and 5 October in Rome, recalls the process that has led to the increasing recognition of a cultural dimension as a key factor for development. It also highlights that, as a culmination of this journey, now is the time to give culture the prominence it deserves both because it is essential to meet the challenges posed by today's difficult situation and because global cultural actors, which are able to connect to local and national communities, are now ready to work in this direction. The document was prepared jointly by CAE and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD). newsletter
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newsletter Course in Cultural Policy Design (Valencia, November-December 2013): Registration Open newsletter
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newsletter The deadline to register for the course in cultural policy design, organised by the cultural association Paréntesis, is open until 31 October. In-site sessions will take place in November and December, in Valencia, and will be accompanied with online learning. The course will be led by Jordi Baltà, researcher and project coordinator at Interarts, whose main work areas include urban and rural cultural policies, European cultural cooperation and evaluation of cultural policies and projects. He is also the scientific coordinator of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC). The course is addressed to public cultural policy-makers, mainly in local and regional authorities; directors of cultural institutions and public enterprises; and cultural officers in political parties. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The project "Promotion of the business network in the cultural sector in the Antioquia region, Urabá sub-region, Colombia" entered its final phase in early October. Among the activities carried out in the context of this initiative so far has been training and support to over 30 entrepreneurs from the cultural and artistic sector who were selected among a number of applicants on the basis of the feasibility of their business ideas. Training subjects included legal advice, policies and cultural legislation, marketing and communication, management, etc. With the strengthening of these entrepreneurs and other advisory and support activities aimed at civil servants, the project has sought to promote cultural exchange that create new areas of coexistence and reduce factors of violence in Urabá. Results of this initiative, developed by Interarts and the Cultural Business Program of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia, are gathered in the final report available on Interarts' website. FOMECC Colombia is supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID). newsletter
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newsletter interarts Recently the proceedings from the last two editions of the Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation have been published on the Campus' website. The events were held in Canarias (Spain) in 2010 and Cuenca (Ecuador) in 2012, and their central themes were "Culture, cooperation and local development" and "Cultural Cooperation in front of the new processes of human development", respectively. The Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation is a biennial event organised by Interarts and the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Culture and Science (OEI). Its various editions were supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and a range of public and private organisations. Its aim is to foster mutual understanding and collaboration between cultural and development organisations and professionals in both continents. newsletter
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newsletter In the context of the meeting of UNESCO's Executive Board (Paris, 24 September-11 October) and the forthcoming General Conference (5-20 November), in September the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity and the International U40 Network "Cultural Diversity 2030" called UNESCO Member States to allocate sufficient resources to the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the 2014-15 budget. The appeal came in the light of initial information suggesting that resources allocated under this Convention may be reduced by 30%. newsletter
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newsletter Coordinated by UNESCO with funding from the European Union, the program allowed 30 experts in governance for culture and cultural industries to carry out technical assistance missions from November 2011 and December 2012 in 13 developing countries: Argentina, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Niger, Seychelles and Viet Nam. Following promising results achieved in these missions, the project is extended until 30 November 2013 to allow the follow-up activities. As a result of all this activity a publication will be made available on the project's website before 2014. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Leeuwarden was chosen among the Dutch cities applying to be the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Eindhoven and Maastricht were the other Dutch cities that had reached the final selection stage. The Netherlands and Malta were the two Member States presenting bids for 2018. In the case of Malta, the selection process was not necessary, since Valletta was the only city presented, so the capital of Malta was officially designated the European Capital of Culture 2018 a few months ago. The designated cities will propose a cultural program with a strong European dimension including citizen participation, as reflected in the chosen themes of the program. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts INNpulsa Colombia is the Colombian government unit responsible for promoting business innovation and dynamic entrepreneurship for regional development. Its aim is to contribute to create favorable conditions for the emergence of more entrepreneurship. In pursuance of this objective, the institution has launched a call to provide co-financing grants to proposals that seek to strengthen or develop projects or business ideas in the cultural industries sector of this country. The call is open to Colombian natural persons and legal entities. Entrepreneurs interested in the call can submit their applications until 18 October 2013. Information and guidelines. newsletter
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newsletter ''Art and Social Integration in the Mediterranean Worlds'' (Tangiers, Morocco): Free Registration newsletter
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newsletter The Museo Picasso Malaga has chosen Tangiers to host the third edition of this seminar, which will take place on 8 and 9 November 2013. It represents a meeting place for reflection on cultural and educative circumstances through arts and social inclusion between the two shores of the Mediterranean. Intellectuals, artists museum specialists from the Maghreb, Spain, Europe and Latin America will participate to provide a range of views on the role of cultural mediation processes of social improvement. Registration is free; prior online registration is required. The Cervantes Institute, the City Council of Malaga and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) are some of the participating organisations. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The International Network U40 "Cultural Diversity 2030" has recently launched its website. The network, that gathers young experts from different areas related to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, launches with this new tool a channel to communicate about the organisation and disseminate its activities. The website contains a section on Convention-related resources and themes, thus contributing to the Network's objective to foster a better understanding and implementation of the Convention. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Commissioned by the City Council of Barcelona, the Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies has published a report in Catalan that collects key data on the knowledge economy and creativity in Barcelona. Entitled 'BCN: Metròpoli Creativa', the study recognises the cultural industries as an important sector for the city and, based on the data collected, offers a series of recommendations for the design of urban policies. The publication was prepared by Joan Trullén, Rafa Baix and Vittorio Galletto and presents a set of attractive maps showing the location of assets in the knowledge economy and innovation. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean published the ninth edition of its 'Culture and Development' magazine. With this issue the organisation aims to contribute to the debate on culture and its role in development at such a crucial time as today, when the international community is defining a new set of Sustainable Development Goals. The choice of the various articles of the magazine is another example of actions developed by UNESCO's Director-General in support of explicitly including culture in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Regular Marvels has included among its on-line publications a collection entitled "Bread and Salt: Stories of Migration". The book. Written by François Matarasso, it tells the stories of 18 European artists who were born in other parts of the world: Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, India and East Asia,... Coming from very different places, these artists live today in European countries and have in common only the practice of art and the experience of migration. The book includes images by Bill Ming and two poems in Hindi by Mohan Rana. It is available in English and translated into Dutch by Marco Derks. newsletter
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newsletter Recently the Working Group on Algerian Cultural Policy (GTPCA) has launched a website in order to disseminate the project of a cultural policy for this country. The new tool is designed to support culture and the arts in Algeria and to ensure effective and transparent management in the cultural sector. It includes information sections -studies, analysis and reports- as well as funding opportunities and activities. The website also provides the opportunity to comment and invites participation so that the project text on the cultural policy for Algeria can be accordingly enriched through contributions by citizens. newsletter
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newsletter This new guide was prepared by On the Move and commissioned by the Unpack the Arts project. It is aimed at arts writers, critics and theorists, media professionals focusing on this sector and researchers in the cultural field with access to any form of media publishing occasionally, as well as policy makers and/or cultural mobility funders. The document aims to help cultural journalists identify creative ways to fund their mobility and to advise policy-makers and funders in this field with the purpose to promote cultural diversity and the importance of the role of culture in Europe, among other aspects. newsletter
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newsletter The Culturelink network has recently informed about a collection of essays in French entitled 'Démocratiser la culture! Une histoire comparée des politiques culturelles'. The work, led by Laurent Martin and Philippe Poirrier and edited by the Georges Chevrier Centre (CGC), presents the proceedings from a symposium organised by this organisation jointly with the Committee for History of the French Ministry of Culture and the History Centre of Political Sciences. The publication presents the process of democratisation of culture in a number of countries: France, Belgium, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Bulgaria and the United States. newsletter
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newsletter Guimarães (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia) were the two cities which held the title of the European Capitals of Culture in 2012. After the year, a report was prepared to evaluate the performance and achievements of both cities. The work, carried out by a group of external experts of the European Commission, includes the process from the preparation of their application up to the completion of their activity programmes at the end of the title year, and considers the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of both capitals. Based on this evaluation, the report includes a series of recommendations, some for the cities and others for the Commission. The complete document is available on the Commission's website in English, with an Executive Summary in French and German. newsletter
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newsletter Conference ''The Creative and Cultural Professions in the EU 2020 Strategy'' (Brussels, Belgium, 14 October 2013) newsletter
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newsletter The headquarters of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will host a conference on culture and the European Union's Europe 2020 Strategy on 14 October in Brussels. The event will be an opportunity for the cultural and creative sector and the social economy sector to explore the common ground concerning the EU 2020 strategy objectives. In three round tables there will be discussion on: the contribution of culture to this Strategy, especially where economic and social issues are concerned; the relationship between social and cultural entrepreneurship; and working conditions for project-based work and creative professions. SMartBe and Pour La Solidarité, together with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), are the organisers of this conference. Information and programme. newsletter
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newsletter Conference ''Museums and Heritage Spaces: Knowing the Audience'' (Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain, 17-18 October 2013) newsletter
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newsletter interarts Irun's Oiasso Roman Museum, Museum of San Telmo, the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of the Basque Country and the Université Lumière Lyon 2 are the organisers of this conference aimed at addressing the lack of data on audiences that visits museums and heritage spaces. In many of these areas even the number of visitors, their profile and frequency of visits and other fundamental data are unknown. As a first step, the conference proposes the objective to analyse and discuss the methodologies and results of studies on audiences in order to provide criteria to define museum and heritage policies and to develop and renovate museum proposals. Information and programme. newsletter
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newsletter ENCATC Annual Conference 2013 (Antwerp, Belgium, 5-7 November 2013) newsletter
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newsletter The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC) is organizing in Antwerp its annual meeting, in collaboration with the local University. Entitled 'Rethinking education on arts and cultural management', the conference's objective this year is to focus debate on a point beyond the training and to influence the development of entrepreneurial skills in order to obtain better socioeconomic results. The meeting, addressed to a wide audience-academics, trainers, researchers, professionals from the cultural and educational sector, organizations, students, policy makers, artists and media from all over the world, includes visits to some of the main cultural organisations located in Antwerp. newsletter
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newsletter Rome, Italy, 4-5 October 2013. See Cyberkaris 126, July 2013. newsletter
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newsletter Cape Town, South Africa, 6-9 October 2013. See Cyberkaris 127, September 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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