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Cyberkaris nº 130 - December 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 The 37th Session of UNESCO's Annual General Conference, which takes place every two years, was held from 5 to 20 November, in Paris. Delegates from the 195 Member States took the majority of the decisions that will affect the next 24 months of the organisation's daily life. The Bulgarian, Irina Bokova, was re-elected as Director-General for a second four-year term and an action plan as well as a noticeably reduced budget was approved (the United States's refusal to pay its contribution as a result of the acceptance of Palestine as a non-member observer State at UNESCO has implied that the organisation's budget was reduced of 22%). This situation will noticeably affect some programs such as the International Fund for Cultural Diversity albeit the umpteenth attempt to reduce a heavy and complex bureaucracy through an early retirement program.

UNESCO is not well and its problems are not only economic. Already some time ago several countries in the "South" detected a "moral crisis" in the organisation that in a way should lead to its revival. In June 2012 the countries of the so-called "Group of 77" (led by Venezuela) and China organised a round table entitled "What future and what challenges for UNESCO?" where alternative action lines were drawn. Moreover, a number of observers consider that the attitude of UNESCO in the review process of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is too timid for which many organisations and global networks have suggested the inclusion of a new Goal based on culture.

Milagros del Corral, former Deputy Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, published a few months ago a delicious novel ("Last Autumn in Paris"; Ed. Temas de Hoy) in which she describes a love story between a Spanish high official working in an intergovernmental organisation based in Paris and a Brazilian diplomat with a organisation's terminal crisis in the background. Although any specific mention is carefully avoided, any resemblance between the described organisation and UNESCO is more than a simple coincidence. We hope that, in this case, reality will not exceed the fiction and that for the salvation of UNESCO no "miracle" will be needed.

*Milagros is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "miracles".

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation

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newsletter Presentation of FOMECC at the ''Serendipity'' Conference, Granada, Spain newsletter
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newsletter On 5 November, Interarts participated in the "Serendipity, Blind Networking in the Context of Cultural Industries" conference, organised by the Andalusian Council of Chambers of Commerce in Granada, Spain. The conference was a part of the Aashara project carried out in the framework of the POCTEFEX Program that promotes business cooperation and economic development in Andalucía and Morocco. During the session, Interarts' project coordinator Dace Kiulina presented the FOMECC Program which since 2005 carries out initiatives to promote cultural and creative enterprises in diverse contexts such as Colombia or Senegal. Her presentation focused on the program's most recent activity, FomeccBiz project, aimed at providing opportunities of exchange and collaboration between cultural and creative entrepreneurs. The conference was concluded with a networking session among participants. newsletter
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newsletter FomeccBiz Medellín-Barcelona: A Seminar on Associative Processes in the Music Sector newsletter
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newsletter On 15 November, in Medellín, Colombia, and in the context of the "FomeccBiz Medellín-Barcelona" project, musicians, producers, cultural managers and diverse organisations form the music sector attended the Seminar on Associative Processes in the Music Sector organised by the Cultural Enterprises Program of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia jointly with the Musician's Union (USM). The seminar focused on the need to strengthen the connectivity and circulation in the music sector and its interaction with other key stakeholders in the city. "FomeccBiz Medellín-Barcelona: Generation of Cultural and Creative Business Network for Local Development" project is coordinated by Interarts with the University of Antioquia (Colombia) and with the support of the "Barcelona Solidària" Program of the City Council of Barcelona, in the framework of the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Enterprises FOMECC Program. newsletter
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newsletter Interarts Works for the Inclusion of Culture as an Explicit Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda newsletter
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newsletter interarts In the process leading to the adoption of the Post-2015 Millennium Goals Interarts, through its participation in Culture Action Europe (CAE), supports the advocacy strategy aimed at ensuring the recognition of culture as an explicit Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In this context, the foundation attended the Hangzhou Conference in China which represented an important milestone in this process as well as took part in the elaboration of the Declaration which was recently forwarded to the various bodies responsible for the preparatory work leading to the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Other organisations involved in the development of this common statement were CAE, 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). Further information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Some of the results of the latest research carried out by the European Network of Experts on Culture EENC were collected in the report "European Territorial Cooperation: Inspiring Creativity. Promoting Culture and Creative Industries across Europe". The publication has recently been launched by INTERact, the European programme created especially for assisting programmes working with the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC). It includes experiences to support the cultural and creative industries in the framework of the European territorial cooperation programmes, and, regarding the EENC it highlights its work on the Structural Funds and some recommendations prepared by the network for 2014-2020, such as the promotion of youth entrepreneurship or strengthening of cultural and creative education in formal and no-formal context. EENC is coordinated by Culture Action Europe and Interarts. newsletter
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newsletter Final Report of the UNESCO-UE Support Program to the Governance of Culture to Unlock Development Opportunities newsletter
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newsletter The final report of the UNESCO-EU Expert Facility Project to support the governance in developing countries has recently been published. The report gathers information on 13 projects financed by this program, focused on strengthening the systems of governance for culture in developing countries and to reinforce the role of culture as a factor for sustainable development and poverty reduction, through technical assistance missions carried out by experts on cultural policies. In this context, Jordi Baltà, project coordinator at Interarts, participated in a mission to Niger. Other 12 countries included in the program were Argentina, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles and Viet Nam. The publication is available in English and in French. newsletter
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newsletter ''Balady'' Documentary: Trailer Available newsletter
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newsletter interarts The trailer of the "Balady" documentary is now available. This co-production by Interarts and Hassala Films, directed by Emilie Vidal and Donia Maher, was shown at the 11th edition of the "Mujer en Escena" Film Festival on 21 November 2013, organised by the Office for Equal Opportunities of the City Council of Malaga (Spain). The documentary is part of the "Balady. An Insight in Our Society From A Cultural and a Gender Perspective" project addressing, among other issues, the complexity of our cultures, relations between man and woman, the control that exercises the society over our bodies or the transformative power of art in a historical moment of a demand for greater freedom in the Arab world. "Balady" is supported by the Tandem/Shaml Progam, set up by the European Cultural Foundation, MitOst, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, Anadolu Kültür, Robert Bosch Stiftung, DOEN Foundation and Mimeta. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The second edition of the International Flamenco Congress, an initiative of the Regional Government of Andalusia through its Andalusian Institute of Flamenco, was held in Córdoba, Spain, on 14-16 November. The event aimed to highlight the relevance of this expression as both a cultural expression and as a tool for employment and wealth, with particular emphasis on its international dissemination. Jordi Baltà, Project Coordinator at Interarts and the Scientific Coordinator of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC), took part in one of the panels, focusing on the analysis of international trends in the field of the cultural industries. (Photo: Andalusian Institute of Flamenco). newsletter
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newsletter The European network Banlieues d'Europe, which fosters the relevance of culture in deprived urban areas across the continent, held its 20th international congress in Munich on 20-22 November, in collaboration with the local NGO network Münchner Trichter. Entitled 'New Impulse for Education? Artistic & Cultural Education - Participation - Non-formal education' the event combined plenary sessions, workshops and project presentations dealing with education, culture and social inclusion in Europe and the Mediterranean space. Interarts attended the event and delivered a keynote speech on artistic education, participation and cultural policy, as well as taking part in a roundtable on subsidiarity and cultural participation. On the occasion of the event, Münchner Trichter also published a collection of essays on a modern understanding of subsidiarity, which includes a contribution by Interarts. Finally, Interarts and other members of the Euromedinculture(s) attending the congress met on 23-24 November at the premises of local partner IMAL in order to discuss future activities of the network. newsletter
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newsletter Exchange between Creators and Producers of the Audiovisual Sector Medellín-Barcelona newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 26 November to 1 December Interarts organised a trade mission of three audiovisual artists and members of the Audiovisual, Video and Animation Association (AVA) of Medellín to Barcelona. During the mission, creators Germán Garcés from 4B1D company; Nilson Vera from La Nueva Campañía; and Alejandro Eusse from Curubito Productions, had the opportunity to present their new transmedia projects to the main production companies of the city of Barcelona such as Filmax, U-Paly, Tomavistas and El Terrat, and to participate in the ZOOM Film Festival for Television (Igualada, Barcelona). On 29 November, Interarts hosted the professional meeting where creators exchanged experiences with representatives of associations and other stakeholders of the local audiovisual sector such as the Catalan Institute for the Cultural Companies (ICEC), the City Council of Barcelona, CatalanFilms, the Spanish Federation of Animation Producers' Associations (DIBOOS), the Catalan Federation of Audiovisual Producers' Association (PROA), the Documentary Producers Association Pro-Docs, Fantastic Orange Tree, Just Films, Planeta Med S.L., Parallel40 Colombia, Udol de Llop Management, La Ballesta and Pequeños Dibujos Animados. The mission was organized in the framework of the "FomeccBiz Medellín-Barcelona: Generation of Cultural and Creative Business Network for Local Development" project which Interarts coordinates together with the University of Antioquia (Colombia) and the support of the "Barcelona Solidària" Program of the City Council of Barcelona, in the framework of the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Enterprises FOMECC Program. newsletter
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newsletter Attendance of the Art Motile workshop on artist mobility, residencies and the environment newsletter
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newsletter On 28 and 29 November, the arts and mobility platform Art Motile and the Gas Natural Contemporary Art Museum in A Coruña (Galicia) hosted a programme of talks, workshops and discussions entitled 'Artist Mobility and Residency Programmes: Opportunities and Challenges'. The event aimed to provide artists and cultural professionals with information on existing opportunities on artist mobility and residency programmes and to reflect on how residencies can contribute to the contemporary art scene. In addition, a workshop on the environmental impact of artist mobility was held in cooperation with Julie's Bicycle, in the framework of the EU-funded Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) project. Interarts, which collaborates with Art Motile in the GALA project, attended the event and took part in a discussion on artist residencies and a presentation on culture and sustainable development. newsletter
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newsletter ''She-Culture'', Now Online newsletter
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newsletter Information about the "She Culture" project is now available on the ECCOM website. The project aims at investigating the role and support provided to women in the artistic, cultural, educational and training settings in order to acquire greater visibility in the social and cultural sector. The data analysed will proceed from the network of Women Museums and other cultural institutions all over Europe led by or for women. The project, initiated in October 2013, gathers different partners: the European Centre for Cultural Organization and Management ECCOM (Italy), Interarts (Spain), Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison "La Bonne" (Spain), Museo delle donne dei Merano (Italy), KvinnenMuseet/The Women's Museum (Norway), KvinnenMuseet/The Women's Museum (Denmark) and Muzeu i grave (Albania). newsletter
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newsletter On 19 November the European Parliament approved the European Commission's new Creative Europe program. Creative Europe allocates a budget of EUR 1,460 for the cultural and creative sector for the next seven years. The figure represents a 9% increase on the available budget for the previous programme. A new feature of the program is a new financial assurance mechanism by which small companies will be able to access bank loans amounting to 750 million euros. In the next days, the European Commission will finally approve Creative Europe, to come into force in January 2014. newsletter
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newsletter The list of the six Italian cities short-listed for European Capital of Culture 2019 was published recently. For this edition, the European Commission has commissioned Bulgaria and Italy with the task to signal those cities which could hold this title. In Italy the pre-selection was carried out in November; among more than 20 cities which applied, Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia, Ravenna and Siena were short-listed. The pre-selection in Bulgaria will take place in December. The designation of the European Capital of Culture is a title conferred by the Council and the European Parliament. newsletter
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newsletter The 8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR2014) will take place in September 2014, in Germany. The event will be organised by the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, which hosts the UNESCO Chair "Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development", in collaboration with the International Journal of Cultural Policy. The conference is open to proposals for panels and individual papers on the study of cultural policy and the relationship between culture and politics broadly defined. Cultural policy and globalization; cultural policy and conflict; digital culture and cultural policy are among the topics proposed. The call for proposals is open until 1 February 2014. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Cultural Policy Observatory of Grenoble for the next year is organizing the eight edition of its "Cycle National". Entitled "Management of cultural and artistic project and territorial development", it is a training course which seeks to improve the participant's capacity of adjustment and action and to facilitate the development of tools of reflection and strengthen skill and knowledge. This training proposal presents content adapted to great social changes that have recently influenced cultural sector. "Cycle National 2014" is organised in 5 training modules to be carried out between April and November in France and other European cities. The registration is open until 11 February 2014. Further information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter The School of Writing of the Ateneu Barcelonès has scheduled for January 2014 a course on literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis. Its aim is to explore different ways of impact of philosophical thinking and psychoanalysis in modern literature trough the study of thinking and works of authors such as Dostoevsky, Sartre, Thomas Mann, Proust, Bergson, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Joyce, Borges, among others. The classes, which will extend over three months, will combine the analysis of concrete works and theoretical reflections as well as active participation by students. The course is led by Bashkim Shehu, Bachelor's degree in Albanian Literature and Philosophy by the University of Tiran, Albania, adviser at CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) and regular collaborator with mayor European press and other media. Information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter Prepared by UNESCO and PNUD, the 2013 edition of this report was published in November. The report highlights the impressive growth rate of sectors linked to the creative economy sectors as well as emphasizes its highly transforming power in relation to income generation and job creation. It also collects a series of examples from different countries that support this statement. The report highlights the significant non-monetary value of this kind of activities and their contribution to inclusive social development and understanding between cultures. Finally, the publication presents some key recommendations with a view to forging new cultural pathways to development. newsletter
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newsletter Repertory of Web-links Related to Cultural Mobility in Latin America newsletter
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newsletter interarts On the Move has recently published a repertory that gathers relevant websites for cultural mobility funding sources in Latin America. The publication focuses, to a certain extent, on the Caribbean region and was developed in collaboration with RES ARTIS, via Alvaro de Salvo. The creator's intention is to generate a live and evolving document that will tentatively open the path to an in-depth mapping of the whole region. The repertory is available on the On the Moves' website. newsletter
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newsletter ''The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity'' newsletter
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newsletter interarts This is a title of the handbook published by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and is available on its website. The book, in a creative and innovative text, presents key ideas and concepts on development in Latin America and the Caribbean region and the role of creative and cultural economy in it; so-called "Orange Economy" by authors Pedro Felipe Buitrago Restrepo and Iván Duque Márquez. Through charts, graphs, fold-out pages and QR codes and other "reader-friendly" resources the book presents concepts based on studies and sources of international standing in order to explain the importance of this type of economy. newsletter
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newsletter Survey on Cultural Participation in Europe newsletter
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newsletter In November the European Commission's published a new Eurobarometer survey. In this case it focused on cultural participation in European countries, the first time this topic has been dealt since 2007. Although there are marked differences between Member States, the results show that overall there is a general decrease throughout the continent as far as this aspect in concerned. The decline in participation has affected all cultural activities, except cinema. Among the main reasons for not engaging more in culture are lack of time, lack of interest, lack of money and lack of choice. In addition to the overall results, the results by state and a comparison with data from the previous edition can also be found on the website. newsletter
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newsletter Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy newsletter
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newsletter The Arts Council of Ireland has recently included information on a new publication in the field of cultural policies. The publication is the "Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy" (IJAMCP), published by the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. In the editorial of the first issue, IJAMCP has announced its intention to accept challenges, as scholars and shapers of Irish culture, to find the language and vision that will inspire and inform new directions in policy and practice. newsletter
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newsletter Culture in the International Development Cooperation Policies newsletter
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newsletter The newsletter "Commerce, culture et numérique" of the Institute of International Studies in Montreal (IEIM), Canada, has dedicated its November's issue to two essential themes: on the one hand, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU; and, on the other hand, the World Intellectual Property Organisation's project on an international treaty to update the protection of broadcasting organisations and broadcasting by cable in a traditional sense. The issue also includes an article by Jordi Baltà, project coordinator at Interarts. The article analyses the role of culture in the international development cooperation policies and proposes some recommendations to achieve full integration of cultural aspects. newsletter
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newsletter The Budapest Observatory has recently released the results of the survey carried out in October. The question asked was "What are the most problematic factors for culture in your country?" and offered 25 answers. The most frequently selected were: lack of cultural policy vision; inefficient cultural education; outmoded structure of cultural institutions; excessive political influence in cultural matters; and hegemonic influence of commercial media and events. The organisation has also spread the news about the online publication of the presentations of the International Conference "Ready for Tomorrow? Culture as an Agent for Social and Economic Transformation" which was held in October, in Vilnius, Lithuania. newsletter
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newsletter International Conference ''Performing Arts Management Today'' (Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria, 17-21 December 2013) newsletter
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newsletter IUGTE, set up to explore the link between the world's theatre traditions and contemporary performing arts, organizes its International Conference on Performing Arts Management Today from 17 to 21 December. The event will gather arts managers and agents; educators, fundraisers, entrepreneurs and other agents working in the sector interested in the research of processes in contemporary performing arts administration and training. Professionals from over 20 countries will have the opportunity to meet in a space designed for the exchange of experiences and generation of future collaborations. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture (Santiago de Chile, 13-16 January 2013) newsletter
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newsletter interarts Santiago de Chile will host the sixth edition of this international meeting on cultural policies and arts funding. For the first time the event, organised by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), in collaboration with the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CNCA) and the Chilean Government, will take place in Latin America under the title "Creative Times: new models for cultural development". The event will address how globalisation, shifts in social and economic development and new forms of communication generate an array of challenges and opportunities within the cultural field. newsletter
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newsletter Pública 14. International Meeting on Cultural Management (Madrid, Spain, 30-31 January 2013) newsletter
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newsletter interarts Fundación Contemporánea and Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid will organise the fourth edition of this meeting. Over 60 activities, experiences of more than 20 countries and the most innovative experts will gather in order to contribute to the internationalization of institutions, companies and culture professionals.Pública 14 represents an encounter and exchange place for the cultural sector, both public and private. The program includes presentations, discussions, workshops, round tables, advice, co-working, professional visits, etc. For this edition, Pública 14 receives the support from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, the City Council of Madrid, the Autonomous Community of Madrid and "La Caixa" Foundation, among other funders. newsletter
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