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Cyberkaris nº 132 - February 2014
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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 Eduard, our mentor, our friend: if you suddenly came back today to this world which you left on that 7 February, I believe it would be difficult for you to find a good reason to stay here. The intensely obscene international framework, determined by the devastating effect of the financial economy. Europe having thrown in the towel as regards its support to the Welfare State. A directionless Spain, without any breath or mission. A feverish Catalonia, looking for an implausible sovereignty. Barcelona having become more of a theme park than ever before, unable to reinvent itself. And the old village of Gràcia, your former homeland, converted into an incidental stop for flocks of tourists who walk from one of Gaudí's buildings to the next, so let's keep going.

Nor would it be easy to tell you about the current cultural landscape enthusiastically. Increasingly dedicated to showbusiness' ceremony of confusion, increasingly tied from hands to feet to an industrial and digital logic for which the arts merely amount to megabytes and gigabytes of "contents", without any name or substance. Without knowing how to overcome the "Stockholm syndrome" after years of demanding the economic importance of culture. With increasingly embarrassing public budgets, and poor institutional structures: without a Ministry in Spain; with a catatonic Arts Council in Catalonia; with disenchanted local governments; and with some of the former lighthouses (such as the Barcelona Provincial Council) that stopped giving signals a long time ago.

You would want to know what we have been doing and, with a relative believe, we would tell you about the importance of small things, the coherence of procedures, the role of the non-governmental sector as a store of public-mission projects, yet often hit by greed or laziness of public authorities. And you would look at us with disbelief if we told you about the slow but persistent alliance between culture and development at an international level or the emergence of a global cultural citizenship.

And indeed, we would laugh together when talking about masquerade balls, disguises and political side-changing. And we would end up concluding that, if nothing worse has come, this is thanks to a persistent obstinacy. A militant ethic that is nourished, among other things, through lessons learned from many professors and friends who are not with us anymore. And this is why, when talking about the tenth anniversary of your passing away, many surprised voices will claim "it can't be that long ago!"-clearly a sign that you are still out there, among us.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter As of the beginning of 2014, the number of subscribers to Interarts' monthly e-newsletter has reached 6,000. Cyberkaris is published in four languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French. The newsletter serves to disseminate Interarts' activities which, since 1995, include fostering research and local development; cooperation between cultural, artistic and heritage networks and projects; and the definition and promotion of Cultural Rights, applied to areas such as gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights, among others. The newsletter also includes specialized up-to-date information at local, national and international level on issues related to cultural cooperation, cultural policies, arts, etc. Anyone with an interest in these areas may subscribe through Interarts' website. Interarts' team expresses its gratitude to its subscribers worldwide for their confidence. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In August 2013, the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (DG EAC) asked the European Expert Network on Culture to carry out a consultation with experts in the field of cultural heritage in Europe, in order to discuss the main challenges in this area for the coming years and the aspects in which future action at EU level could provide more substantial value added. The resulting paper is now available on the EENC website. Both heritage themes (e.g. promoting the interdependencies between cultural heritage and other areas of sustainable development, fostering new narratives and interpretation models, etc.) and policy methods (e.g. fostering the exchange of good practices among EU Member States, supporting heritage networks, etc.) emerge as key issues. The EENC is coordinated by Interarts and Culture Action Europe. newsletter
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newsletter Policies on Access to Culture - Literature Review Published newsletter
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newsletter interarts Since mid 2013, Interarts takes part in a project entitled 'Access to Culture - Policy Analysis', coordinated by EDUCULT, Vienna. In this context, a literature review analysing recent European policy documents addressing access to culture was conducted by the Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning and Creativity (NCK, Sweden), the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO, Croatia) and Interarts and has recently been published online. In 2014, further analyses will shed light on developments at national level and a set of round tables will help to discuss them. newsletter
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newsletter On 16-17 and 30-31 January, the Conference "Culture: Horizon Europe. Another Model is Possible" was held in Barcelona, organised by Cercle de Cultura in collaboration with the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation. The event focused on the comparison of different experiences in the area of cultural policies in order to encourage debate among participants. Speakers included Steve Green, who presented a general overview of European cultural policies; Christine Merkel, who explained the functioning of cultural policies in Germany; Gustavo López, who spoke about the situation in Denmark; and Julianne Schulze, who addressed the case of private businesses in the creative sector. The conference was dedicated to Eduard Delgado i Clavera, Interarts' founder, who passed away in 2004. The current president of the foundation, Eduard Miralles, also participated in the event. newsletter
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newsletter Seminar on Culture and Sexual and Reproductive Halth: Final Report Available in French newsletter
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newsletter interarts In February 2012, the seminar "Culture and Sexual and Reproductive Health: Towards a New Articulation. A Seminar to Think, Discuss and Act" was held in Barcelona. Organised by Interarts, in collaboration with Family Care International (FCI) and the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the seminar gathered around 50 participants from the fields of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and cooperation for development at the auditorium of the Francesca Bonnemaison Library. The final report in Spanish was published in early 2013. The document collects presentations and conclusions of working groups which highlighted, among other aspects, the importance of promoting public policies appropriate to local contexts, fostering cultural mediation and promoting citizen participation as broadly as possible in relation to sexual and reproductive health. Interarts has recently published the final report in French which is available in both languages on its website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 29 January, the Committee of the Regions hosted a conference in Brussels entitled 'Culture and Creativity: Europe's regions and cities making a difference', which brought together a wide range of stakeholders in order to discuss success stories from cultural and creative sectors and their impact on local development. In the context of the recent launch of the European Commission's Creative Europe programme, the event also aimed to facilitate 'creative networking' among participants and to inform of new funding opportunities. A background note on the role of the cultural and creative sectors in local and regional development was circulated before the conference. Interarts attended the event. newsletter
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newsletter Screening of the ''Balady'' Documentary in Barcelona (Thursday, 6 March 2014) newsletter
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newsletter interarts In the context of the January-March 2014 programme of Espai Avinyó, Barcelona, on Thursday 6 March, the "Balady" documentary will be screened at Casa Elizalde, Barcelona. This co-production of Hassala and Interarts, directed by Donia Maher and Emilie Vidal, was shot in 2013, in Egypt, Spain, Tunisia and France. The work offers a reflection on the autonomy of women's bodies and freedom of expression, based on Eastern dance workshops and interviews with citizens and artists who practice this dance, and others who do not. During the session, the screening will be followed by a colloquium where Emilie Vidal and other people who participated in the documentary will discuss issues raised in the documentary. Attendance is free of charge. The documentary is part of the "Balady. An Insight in Our Society From A Cultural and a Gender Perspective" project which was supported by the Tandem/Shaml Programme 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 Riga and Umeå Have Started their Activities as European Capitals of Culture 2014 newsletter
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newsletter interarts Riga (Latvia) and Umeå (Sweden) are the European Capitals of Culture in 2014. The cultural programmes of both cities were launched in January. In Riga, the official opening was held on 17 January and, among different activities carried out, a human chain was organised in order to pass over 2.000 books from hand to hand from the old National Library to the new building, the so-called "Castle of Light". Umeå, on the other hand, started its official activities on 31 January with the opening "Burning Snow" ceremony and a transformation into a Sami village with glowing cauldrons and reindeers. For further information on the activities planned for this occasion, see Riga 2014 and Umeå 2014 websites. (Photo: Martins Otto. Riga2014) newsletter
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newsletter The Fulbright Grants of Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports provide funding for MA studies in the area of arts, humanities or social sciences in the United States and are available to Spanish nationals, as well as European Union and European Economic Area nationals living in Spain who meet the requirements described in the guidelines. Those interested may submit their applications until 21 February 2014 through the Ministry's website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In the context of Barcelona's LOOP Audiovisual Festival, an International Meeting for Cultural Managers will take place in April 2014. With this event, LOOP and the University of Barcelona aim to launch an international debate on trends within the management of cultural festivals and to create a space to reflect on new methodologies. In particular, questions tackled in the meeting will focus on audiences, funding and sustainability. Via the Tafter Journal cultural magazine, organisers invite anyone interested to submit papers on issues such as innovative ways to attract new audiences and to broaden them; new approaches to the funding of cultural festivals; or original models of social and environmental sustainability for festivals and cultural events. The deadline is 3 March 2014. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter The 5th International Seminar on Cultural Policies organised by the Department for Cultural Policy Research of the Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation (FCRP) will take place in May 2014, in Río de Janeiro. The event will present and discuss studies that promote reflection and discussion among students, researchers, professors and other professionals working or interested in the field of cultural policies. Organisers invite those interested to present their contributions. Papers should focus on areas related to cultural policies and can be submitted until 10 March 2014. Further information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Zinc Shower, an initiative aimed at promoting cultural and creative industries (CCI), celebrates its second edition in 2014. In order to identify the most innovative projects and companies in the area of the CCIs, Zinc Shower has launched a call addressed to artists and project managers. 100 selected ideas will have an opportunity to participate and gain visibility at the Meeting Show Zinc Shower that will take place in Madrid, in May. The event will gather entrepreneurs, professionals, students, institutions and investors. Last year's edition is estimated to have reached a global audience of 37 million. For this edition, the deadline to submit applications is March 17. newsletter
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newsletter The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) has recently published a "Good Practice Guide on Arts Advocacy", which includes advocacy arguments and an overview of national arts advocacy campaign case studies and good practice. The Guide aims to assist anyone interested in promoting the value of the arts and welcomes input on other international, national or regional campaigns. For further information on how to present contributions see IFACCA's website. newsletter
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newsletter The French Ministries of Economy and Culture have jointly commissioned a report on the impact of cultural activities to the country's economy. The resulting document focuses on three themes: culture and growth, culture at national level and the development of the digital sector. The report was prepared by members of the General Inspection of Finances (IGF) and the General Inspection of Culture (IGAC) and provides data proving that culture contributes to 3.2% of the French national wealth and employs 670,000 people, an added value equivalent to that of agriculture and the food industries. The report and a video of Aurélie Filippetti, French Minister of Culture, are available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. newsletter
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newsletter Commissioned to Idea Consult and Ecorys, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture has recently published a study on access to finance for cultural and creative sector organisations in the European Union. The study is based on an extensive literature review on this theme, as well as nearly 3000 surveys completed by practitioners in over 30 countries and in-depth interviews. It highlights difficulties faced by creative entrepreneurs in accessing private financing, given that the financial sector does not find this sector profitable enough. Nevertheless the study disproves oft-heard clichés about its supposed lack of profitability and indicates that the new Creative Europe Guarantee Facility should provide a much-needed source of relief. newsletter
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newsletter Since a few weeks ago, Internet has a new online television channel focused on topics in the field of social sciences and humanities: CLACSO.TV . This web platform launched by the Latin-American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) in collaboration with the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) through its Ibero-American Institute for ICT and Education (IBERTIC) and its Centre for Higher Education Studies (CAEU) will include contents from CLACSO's activity as well as contributions from other agencies and organisations related to political, educational, social and cultural issues. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The FCForum has recently published a report entitled "Sustainable Models for Shared Culture. Case Studies and Policy Issues" which, as suggested by its subtitle, aims at "supporting experiences, collecting challenges, sharing skills and building sustainable models for the cultural sector in the digital era". The publication argues that although the entertainment industry, governments and international agencies aim to control the distribution channels of contents and claim that these are the only possible models to approach culture, the reality is that a "free culture" has risen and helped to bridge the gap between society's needs and the need to generate revenue streams for content creators. The report presents examples of this kind of solutions and includes a series of recommendations for this "free culture" to develop. newsletter
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newsletter The Centre for the Study of Integration and Globalization (CEIM by its French acronyms) of Montreal, Canada, has published a research document entitled "Gouvernance mondiale de la culture. Où en est-on?". Coordinated by Antonios Vlassis, the work gathers articles by leading experts on the international regulation of cultural industries published in 2013 in the "Chronique Culture, commerce et numérique" journal prepared by the CEIM for the International Organisation of la Francophonie. The compilation focuses on three main themes: agreements on culture and trade; culture and development; and culture and digital technologies. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In the context of the "6th World Summit on Arts and Culture" organised by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) in January, in Santiago de Chile, the Cultural Observatory of the National Council of Culture and Arts of Chile published a bilingual edition of its journal with articles on issues such as cultural sustainability, youth creativity and cities, the role of cultural change in the transformation of society and city life With contributions from Néstor García-Canclini, Nancy Duxbury, Paulina Soto and Fernando Carrión, the publication seeks to foster debate on issues such as the role of culture in a sustainable understanding of development. newsletter
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newsletter The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) organised the "Arab-Balkan-platform for exchange" in September 2013, in Belgrade, Serbia, in the framework of the "YUropa" conference, called after the title of the book by Tanja Petrovic. Artists, journalists, institutional representatives and experts, etc. from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey attended the platform. The final report is now available on RCF's website. The fund will set up a knowledge-sharing virtual forum by April 2014. Those interested to receive more information, please contact: info@cimettafund.org. newsletter
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newsletter 17th Conference on Museums and Education (Barcelona, 27 and 28 February 2014) newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is organizing the "17th Conference on Museums and Education. Towards communicative, interactive and participative museology". The event will focus on educators and their increasingly relevant role in the design of exhibitions. The aim of the conference is to provide to these professionals tools to facilitate the development of more participatory museology discourses aimed at all audiences. Speakers include Javier Brun and Gemma Carbó, respectively the vice-president and a member of the Board of Interarts. Javier Brun, who is also director of the Culture Department of the City of Huesca, will speak on indicators for the evaluation of exhibition projects, whereas Gemma Carbó, who is also professor at the University of Girona and director of ConArte España, will speak on international cooperation in exhibition projects. Further information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter Forum d'Avignon Bilbao (Bilbao, 5-8 March 2014) newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 5 to 8 March, Bilbao will be the venue of a conference organised by the Forum d'Avignon, one of Europe's most important cultural debates which usually takes place in this French city, but has already travelled around Europe in the framework of the "Culture & Creativity Activates Territories' Attractiveness" project. This time the event is entitled "The city as cultural ecosystem" and it will include participation of international experts in arts, architecture, politics and entrepreneurship. Some of the themes included in the programme are: institutions and artists: an inescapable collaboration; artists as drivers of the social and cultural change of the cities; the city as the driving force for cultural change in Europe; and the city in progress, an ecosystem for the future. newsletter
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newsletter International Economics Congress 2014 of Berlin (Berlin, Germany, 5-7 March 2014) newsletter
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newsletter "Global Trends in Creative Economies: Green Industries, Education, Entrepreneurship and Tourism as Drivers of Sustainable Economic Growth" is the title of the congress that will take place from 5 to 7 March in Berlin, parallel to the Berlin International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB). The event's speakers will include politicians, economists, senior diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, and members of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD). The congress will focus on issues such as global trends in the creative economy, creative industries in the context of globalization, tourism as a tool for sustainable economic growth and the role of cultural diplomacy in culture-based economic development, among other issues. newsletter
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newsletter Brussels, Belgium, 5-7 February 2014. See Cyberkaris 131, January 2014. 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 6.000 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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