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Cyberkaris nº 136 - June 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 To preach that certain cultures are both “living” and “community” cultures implies considering –implicitly at least – that other cultures which are neither of these also exist. Is, by any chance, all that is “living” also “community” culture? Does the reverse also apply? Can a “living” culture which is not also a “community” culture exist? Or can a “community” culture exist although it may be “dead”? The truth is that one is unwilling to accept that Shakespeare or Borges, Bach or Villa-Lobos are all, culturally speaking, “dead”. Just as much that the sardana or the cueca, belonging to what we know as folklore, have to necessarily be more alive than other existing art forms. As regards “community” cultures: do they establish some sort of dialectic tension relevant to other cultures which, because they are not defined as such, must be classified otherwise as “elitist” or “minority” cultures?

When the dichotomy between “high” and “low” culture, between “popular” and “educated” culture, between culture with a “capital C” and culture with a “lower case c” seemed to have been finally overridden to now claim the relevance of “living and community” cultures as opposed to those which are not seems like taking an unquestionable unnecessary step backwards. It was too many years ago that García Canclini told us that cultures are hybrids, stepping in and out of modernity without an explanation. And that Martín Barbero argued the de facto resolution of the distinction between the sociological meaning of culture, considered only as the fine arts, and its anthropological meaning understood as the whole encompassing the diverse forms of life, expression and thinking, as was recognized in the UNESCO “Mondiacult” conference held in 1982 in Mexico. Today, a good share of the creative innovation is produced at the intersection between these two spheres: creators committed to social processes, groups that claim their expression as contemporary… On the other hand, there indeed is a cultural development community tradition that shows that tackling the issue from other angles of all art and cultural forms is possible.

The issue is relevant because a few weeks back the sixth edition of the Congreso Iberoamericano de Cultura was held in the city of San José, Costa Rica, in Central America, under the auspices of the Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB) and was devoted to the suspicious theme of “living community cultures”. Possibly as a consequence of the hasty call (the fifth edition had taken place just five months earlier in Zaragoza, Spain, and had dealt with the issue of “digital culture, networked cultures”) or because of the significant absence of some of the major actors (local governments, which in the Iberian-American region are well organized and possess explicit cultural road maps, cannot be relegated to a parallel working session with uncertain representation) the congress does not seem to have contributed to clarify the landscape but rather the contrary. Among the final proposals of the congress is the launching of a new summit program within the SEGIB (following the veteran Iberescena or Ibermuseos initiatives) dedicated to “living community cultures”. Serene and calm consideration must now be given to the issue, as far away as possible from potential populism as from the need to satisfy shameful corporate interests. All the more in times of an Iberian-American renovation, with a new Secretary General, the tica Rebeca Grynspan, who did her social coming out during the congress. By the way, does anyone now whether when and where there will be a seventh congress, and against which issue?

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts In the May issue of our newsletter we shared the appeal to support of the inclusion of culture in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Culture Action Europe (CAE), the Culture Committee of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), the ARTerial network, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the International Music Council (IMC) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) signed a joint declaration and lead a campaign to collect signatures "Culture2015goal". At the end of May, over 1,100 organizations and citizens from more than 120 countries around the world had signed the declaration. Interarts actively supports this initiative and encourages all the subscribers to its Cyberkaris newsletter to become involved in this action by signing the declaration and to support the campaign. newsletter
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newsletter Progressive strengthening of youth in the informal sector of Bamako in sexual and reproductive health newsletter
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newsletter interarts Interarts and Family Care International/Mali, in collaboration with the Association of Child and Youth Workers (AEJT) of Bamako have received funding from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), through its 2013 call, to carry out the project "Young people the in the informal sector of Bamako and sexual and reproductive rights from a perspective of economic, social and cultural rights". This is the continuation of the project developed in 2011 by the same organizations which aimed at developing the capacity of this group of young people to defend their rights in the field of sexual health and reproduction (SSR). The current initiative aims to consolidate the results obtained in the previous phase through two essential factors: the involvement as peer educators of some of these young people to raise awareness of their colleagues through targeted media activities, radio and theatre; the commitment of vocational training and technique centers (CFPT) in Bamako to disseminate information on SSR among their students. Interarts and Family Care International have a longstanding history of collaboration projects at the intersection between health and culture under the DECIDES Program, Cultural Rights to promote Development and Health. newsletter
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newsletter interarts She-Culture has recently launched its web page through which it will report on the development of the project which is mainly oriented towards researching, in the participating countries, how active participation in culture and lifelong learning of women is supported to raise their awareness as to their role in civil, social and cultural life and also to enhance their participation. The website also reports on the various workshops held and planned within the framework of this project funded by the EU Culture Programme. She-Culture is led by ECCOM - European Centre for Cultural Organization and Management, with the participation of Interarts, La Bonne and Women Museums from Denmark, Norway and Albania. newsletter
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newsletter interarts May 21 was the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. With the aim to make use of this day to disclose key aspects of the 2005 Convention of UNESCO concerning the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the Catalan Association of Cultural Management Professionals (APGCC) organized an event in Barcelona to highlight how cultural management and international cultural co-operation can contribute to promoting cultural diversity at international level. The President of Interarts Eduard Miralles presented the foundation's key activities in international cultural cooperation: the Program for the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries FOMECC and the Program DECIDES, Cultural Rights to Promote Development and Health. newsletter
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newsletter On May 22, Casa Amèrica Catalunya hosted the presentation by the Chairman and director of the Fundació Kreanta Felix Manito of the VIIth Kreanta Creative Cities International Conference, an annual gathering that aims to discuss and reflect on creativity, innovation and culture at the citizen level. The presentation had a conference format debate around the city of Monterrey, Mexico, the headquarters for next October of this seventh edition. "Monterrey, from city factory to creative city" was the title of this session which had among its speakers Indira Kempis, Municipal Institute of Urban Planning and Coexistence of Monterrey, the co-organizing institution for this VII Conference, and the Director of Interarts Mercedes Giovinazzo. newsletter
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newsletter The VIth Cultural and Creative Industries Forum organized by the Fundación Santillana and the Fundación Alternativas in Madrid on May 22 convened publishers, authors, booksellers, artists, producers and theatre and dance impresarios, music promoters, film exhibitors and professionals in the cultural sector in general to analyze the current situation of this field in Spain. The day was structured around different thematic sessions; Eduard Miralles President of the Interarts Board participated in the panel dedicated to the European networks of cultural industries. The meeting highlighted the main problems of the sector, including the rise in VAT and the non-compliance by the State of the majority of the European regulations. newsletter
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newsletter The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona organize the fourth edition of this online course which seeks to convey precise knowledge as to how international cultural relations can service development. This course provides an overview of international cultural relations and its potential for transformation and is directed to cultural agents operating in the international and Ibero-American region given their potential as promoters of the international development objectives and of cultural cooperation between countries. The course begins on June 9, 2014. More information. newsletter
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newsletter "Cultural management without borders. Challenges of internationalization and globalization to cultural management and cultural management education" is the full title of this international conference organized by the German, Austrian and Swiss Cultural Management Association which will be hosted in January 2015 by the University of Heilbronn, Germany. The event will assess training in cultural management and will provide for presentations by researchers working in the development of new approaches in this field and by professionals who successfully lead international efforts in this area. It will also propose to reflect on the role of European culture. Those interested in presenting their work can do so until 18 June 2014. Contributions can be in German or English. More information on the requirements to make a presentation. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Park in progress is a traveling program launched by Pepinieres européennes pour jeunes artistes, an organization led by Javier Brun, also Vice-president of the Interarts board, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission. The next edition will take place in September 2014 in Mons, Belgium and, as in previous ones, participant artists and professionals will showcase their artistic and cultural proposals in urban settings and share them with the public. The call is directed to emerging artists from the most diverse fields: visual arts, sound arts, performing arts and cross-disciplinary creations; as well as to professionals in the arts and creative sector that actively participate in the various stages of the creation of a work: light and multimedia sound technicians, etc. June 22 is the deadline to submit applications. newsletter
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newsletter International Human Rights and Cinema Festival (Venezuela): call for proposals newsletter
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newsletter interarts The event gathers, plays and rewards audiovisual works whose central theme is related to human rights: refugees, women, children, development, HIV/AIDS, power, security, culture, minorities, racism, environment, conservation, etc. The organizers seek to raise the awareness of the general public as these issues. The works presented, completed between January 2013 and April 2014 in Spanish or with subtitles in this language, can be submitted in any of the Festival's three categories: best documentary feature, best fiction and best short film. The registration period is open until June 30. More information on how to register. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) recently published the Culture Report EUNIC Yearbook 2013/2014 which includes contributions by 30 authors from 20 countries. The Yearbook tackles the importance of culture in foreign affairs and raises the issue that Europe should invest more resources in the development of cultural relations with other regions of the world, as some emerging countries, such as India, Brazil, South Korea, are already doing. The book is available in English and in German. newsletter
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newsletter Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Syria and Yemen are the 13 countries included in this guide of funding opportunities for the mobility of artists and culture professionals published by On-the-Move and the Arab Education Forum, with the support of KAMS-Korea Arts Management Service. The Guide has also benefited from the collaboration of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for human development and the development Queed Zein Al-Sharaf Institute and is open to new contributions, comments and suggestions in order for it to remain an updated and useful tool. newsletter
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newsletter interarts With the title "Creativity and educational innovation in museums and heritage spaces" the Vth Congress of Education, Museums and Heritage was held in Santiago, Chile, in September 2013. The meeting brought together Latin American experts who contributed on topics such as the use of new technologies in education, museums and heritage organizations or educational creativity and social inclusion activities in these cultural institutions, with the aim of improving museums' educational practices and communities. The Department of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM) and the National Committee on Museums (ICOM-CHILE) have recently published a book including all the conference papers. newsletter
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newsletter The VIIth Ibero-American Meeting of Museums, organized by the Ibermuseos program was held in Barranquilla, Colombia in October 2013. The event's central theme was "Memory and social change" and, with the participation of specialists from the Ibero-American context, it enabled for a debate on the social appropriation of museum collections. Among the speakers was Gemma Carbó, member of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies of the University of Girona, co-founder of ConArte International and member of the Interarts Board. Now, her contribution as well as that of the other speakers has been made public through videos available at meeting's website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The General Secretary of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, has recently released a report which analyzes democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe, on the basis of the conclusions of the Council of Europe's monitoring bodies and mechanisms. The report identifies a set of serious situations in which human rights are violated, such as for example the cases of discrimination on ethnic grounds and lack of freedom of expression in the media in Europe. The report also proposes a series of conclusions and recommendations for measures that will help to solve this worrying picture. The document is available in English and French. newsletter
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newsletter XVIIIth International Conference on Cultural Economics (Montreal, Canada, 24-27 June 2014) newsletter
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newsletter The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), in collaboration with the School of Management of the University of Québec in Montréal (ESG UQAM), will organize a new edition of the International Conference on Cultural Economics with a comprehensive program that will address a wide range of aspects, by panels. Political prices, creative cities, digital technology, museums, cinema, consumption, finance, economy, cultural organizations, heritage and culture, policies, production, fashion and art markets are some of the issues that will be discussed during the conference which is open to academics, professionals, consultants or policy makers. newsletter
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newsletter IXth International Conference ''The Arts in Society'' (Rome, Italy, 25-27 June 2014) newsletter
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newsletter The Australian organization "The Arts in Society" organizes its Annual Conference at the University La Sapienza of Rome, Italy, from 25 to 27 June. The aim of the event is to provide a space for debate and interdisciplinary exchange on the role of the arts in society through theory, history, or political, social and educational studies. The Conference aims to be a place for critical engagement, analysis and experimentation with ideas that contribute to connect the arts to their contexts in the world: on stage, in studios and movie theaters, classrooms, museums and art galleries, streets,... newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Pedagogic Service of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria, Spain, will organize the Vth Meeting of the Organizers of Educational Concerts Network (ROCE) on 3-6 July. Organizers, professionals and interested persons in educational concerts and other educational actions related to education and music will meet in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to share experiences, reflections and proposals on this type of educational projects. Dedicated this time to the theme "The interpreter, in action", the program of the event includes, among others, lectures on stage direction of pedagogical operas or the figure of the presenter at educational concerts. 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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