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Cyberkaris nº 141 - December 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 At the start of this academic year, the new digital library designed by Valencian Santiago Calatrava was inaugurated on the splendid campus of Florida Polytechnic University. It is a building of gargantuan proportions filled with air and nothing: digital books take up no space, although the 'cloud' is actually less immaterial, ethereal and environmentally-friendly than it might initially seem (data on its servers' astronomical electricity consumption and the water needed to cool the facilities located in such remote corners of the globe are truly alarming).

This digital library has caused a stir for its profound paradox: although we can do without spaces because there is no functional need for them, we refuse to do without their symbolic dimension. All facilities, particularly a building for culture, are at once an 'instrument' and a 'monument'. And always creating the right harmony between both dimensions-functional and symbolic-is no mean feat. In the early 1960s, André Malraux defined the Maisons de la Culture network, with the aim of creating new 'cathedrals of culture' in France. Academics such as the late Xan Bouzada spoke at length about the risks and rejection caused by the 'symbolic distance' of places for culture. Architects such as Lina Bo Bardi, in her restoration of the Pompéia Factory in São Paulo, and Rogelio Salmona with his community centre project in the Moravia neighbourhood of Medellín, have proven that good synergy between containers and contents can enable symbolic repossession from the community that these places serve. This, in itself, is a decisive and fascinating cultural task.

In the 19th century, the first generation of spaces for culture were containers designed to house tangible (libraries, museums, archives) and intangible heritage (conservatories). Cultural centres-spaces that were paradigmatic of 20th-century culture democratisation policies-have unequivocally been showcase spaces aimed at fostering the dialogue between creation and the people. In the 21st century, we are seeing the proliferation of new workroom spaces: workshops for material production-both professional and community-where the possible can be made real.

For the first time in history, future culture policies can do without the need to build physical places to develop their strategies. Notwithstanding, the need to build symbolic places remains and will remain. Culture always edifies.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of Foundation Interarts
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newsletter In early November, Interarts, in consortium with ARCI-Arcs and Culture Action Europe, launched the "Culture for All - phase III" project in Kosovo. Funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) the project aims at contributing to the cultural and socioeconomic development of the country by strengthening its cultural sector and by promoting inclusive cultural activities as well as educational and recreational activities through increased interaction between different communities and backgrounds. "Culture for All - phase III" will support public and private cultural operators in Kosovo, as well as artists, especially women. Specific activities include organizing regional cultural events, producing audiovisual documentaries, supporting the creation of public art (sculpture, murals, etc.), designing capacity-building activities for artists and cultural professionals, assisting public entities and institutions and launching a public call for funding. newsletter
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newsletter Throughout the month of November, Interarts has maintained contact with different European institutions. Oriol Freixa, Interarts correspondent in Brussels, presented the organization at several meeting with, among others, the Directorate of Social and Human Development, Directorate General for Development and Cooperation-EuropeAid and the European External Action Service of the European Commission. Freixa has also participated in other institutional events in this city: the Erasmus+ programme: Knowledge Alliances and Sector Skills Alliances info-day, organized by the European Commission; the seminar "Creativity and innovation as motors for economic growth; the role of culture and territories", organized by the Committee of the Regions, under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union; and the conference "Identity, Industry and Culture", organized by the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission. newsletter
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newsletter Eduard Miralles, president of Interarts, participated in the international seminar "The audiovisual sector in the digital age: Policies and Strategies for Diversity", held on 6 and 7 November at the Carlos III University of Madrid and organized by its research group on Audiovisual Diversity. Among other experts, the seminar was attended by Antonios Vlassis, Georges Yúdice, Philip Schlesinger, Milagros del Corral, Ramón Zallo and Enrique Bustamante. More information. newsletter
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newsletter The conference on "International mobility for young artists" took place in Milan, Italy, on November 11-and 12. Javier Brun, vice president of Interarts and president of Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, participated in the first of the scheduled panels on the issue of mobility of arts professionals, alongside other experts such as Luca Bergamo, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe. The event provided participants with the possibility to present and discuss new opportunities and good practices on artistic mobility, and on policies and actions developed to encourage it at international level. newsletter
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newsletter The EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) cluster for MENA countries (Middle East and North Africa) is currently implementing the "pilot" edition of a new management training program for the cultural and creative sectors, with the participation of some 15 professionals from 10 countries in the region. The course is coordinated by the Association Marcel Hicter, based in Brussels. The first phase of the program took place in Casablanca, Morocco, during the first half of November. Eduard Miralles, president of Interarts, conducted a course on culture, cooperation and sustainable development. Participants are asked to develop a real project in the field of cultural cooperation. The second phase of the program will take place in Lebanon in early April, 2015. newsletter
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newsletter DECIDES ESPAÑA at the Conference on Female Genital Mutilation. Official presentation of the project coming soon newsletter
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newsletter interarts On November 19th, the conference on "Women's sexual and reproductive rights. A transnational view of Female Genital Mutilation" was held in Barcelona. The event was attended by some 120 participants, including several Senegalese entities of reference, given that it is one of the countries where this practice is most common, and Catalan agents involved in the prevention and fight against FGM. Among the latter, Interarts and the Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca - VHIR, currently developing the DECIDES ESPAÑA project which aims at improving equity in access to and exercise of sexual and reproductive rights of young and women of migrant origin in Spain. Antonio Gucciardo, general manager of Interarts, presented the initiative to the attendees of the conference, organized by the Agència Catalana de Cooperación al Desenvolupament (ACCD) and the Direcció General per a la Immigració and the Direcció General d'Afers Religiosos of the Generalitat de Catalunya.The official launch of DECIDES ESPAÑA will take place on December 18th in Barcelona. The project's website will disseminate the news and activities. DECIDES ESPAÑA is co-funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA Grants) which aims at contributing to the reduction of economic and social inequalities, and strengthening links between donor (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and beneficiary countries (17 EU Member States). The Plataforma de ONG de Acción Social is the Operational Unit of thePrograma de Ciudadanía Activa (Active Citizenship Programme) endowed with EUR 4.6 million to support the contribution of NGOs to social justice and sustainable development. Follow on Twitter (@Ciudadania_Act #CiudadaníaActiva) and Facebook: Programa de Ciudadanía Activa. newsletter
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newsletter Balady. Finalist film in the third edition of Festival La Mirada Tabú newsletter
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newsletter interarts Balady, a documentary co-produced by Interarts and Hassala Films, was among the finalists of the 2014 audiovisual contest La Mirada Tabú Festival, organized by the King Kong concert hall and the City Council of Zaragoza, Spain. The documentary, directed by Donia Maher and produced by Emilie Vidal, addresses the issues of cultural diversity, of relationships between men and women, of the transformative power of art nowadays, in a historic moment in which Arab people are demanding greater freedom. Since its release in 2013, Balady has participated in various events, among which the XI Film Exhibition " Women on Stage" ("La Mujer en Escena"), organized by the Department for Equal Opportunities of the City of Malaga. The documentary was created in the framework of the project "Balady, an insight in our society from a cultural and a gender perspective" and has received the support of the Tandem / Shaml Programme, the European Cultural Foundation, MitOst, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, Anadolu Kültür, Robert Bosch Stiftung, DOEN Foundation and MiMeta. Trailer. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The online "Creativity & Human Development International Journal", published by Creativity Centre Educational Trust, has recently dedicated an interview from its series "Women of Influence" to Mercedes Giovinazzo. The director of Interarts and president of the Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe (CAE) highlights in her dialogue with the author of the interview, Venu Dhupa, her dedication to activities in support of culture and the recognition of the imperative role it plays in society; she also stresses her belief that the cultural sector is currently too fragmented and that it should unify its voice to have a greater political impact. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In September the XV Annual Meeting of the Anna Lindh Foundation Spanish Network (RE-FAL) and the Network's Joint Action were held in Madrid. Eduard Miralles, president of Interarts, represented our organization at the network's Executive Committee. The RE-FAL has recently published on its website the Minutes of the event, with information about the activities and issues addressed in September, including two especially interesting workshops on networking and new ways of fundraising. The document also presents the main points of the Network's Work Plan for next year, with the strengthening of the teamwork and, given the success of this format which encourages networking and increased knowledge among Euro-Mediterranean associations involved, a new Joint Action. (Photo: RE-FAL). newsletter
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newsletter December is the key date to decide about the continuity of the French version of this newsletter. As communicated in the previous issues, Cyberkaris reaches over 6,000 subscribers, but the number of those who prefer to receive this publication in French (the newsletter is also published in Spanish, Catalan, English) has, of late, decreased. By the end of this year, Interarts will confirm the number of subscribers to its French version. If the target of 1,000 subscribers is reached, the French version will continue to be published in 2015. If it is lower than expected, this version will be modified: the headlines will remain in French but the content of the news will be linked to the English version. Should Interarts decide to stop publishing the newsletter in French, current subscribers who would like to receive the newsletter in a different language can contact pgarcia@interarts.net by email with their preferred language (Spanish, Catalan or English) in the subject line. newsletter
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newsletter The European Cultural Foundation, which grants the Princess Margriet International Awards has recently communicated the names of the two initiatives honored in the current edition. The Athens Biennale (Greece) has been selected by the jury for proposing a new model for biennial art exhibitions, in times of remarkable budget cuts in funding for culture. The Visual Culture Research Center of Kiev (Ukraine) has been selected as an interdisciplinary meeting point for progressive social activism and art programs. The award ceremony will be held in Brussels in March 2015 and will be attended by the two winners. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Plataforma/C, Transit and Impact HUB BCN have launched an online training program on the role of culture in the current context. The training proposal, open to the participation of experts from different areas, aims at providing a framework for dynamic dialogue and reflection and for the generation of content, while encouraging a critical and creative community able to take initiative and lead new processes. 2020Cultura combines online training and on-site events in Barcelona that can also be followed via streaming: 20 questions, 20 experts, 20 guests, every 20th of the month, at 8pm. The next sessions will deal with issues such as collaborative consumption, digital policy and transmedia organizations. newsletter
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newsletter A conference on the future of culture will be held in May in Tehran, Iran. The aim of this conference is to offer a venue for Iranian thinkers and academics to interact and discuss with experts from other cultures and to participate in the creation of a base of useful knowledge for research in the field of humanities, which is essential in the current context. The organizers invite researchers from around the world to make their contributions on the topic. Among the suggested topics are: theories of culture and its future prospects, the reactions of different cultures to the processes of globalization and the concept of future in the literary and artistic fields. The deadline to submit abstracts is December 21, 2014. More information. newsletter
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newsletter Inéditos 2015: Call for Young Curators newsletter
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newsletter With this program the Fundación Caja Madrid fosters the integration of young curators in professional circuits. The initiative, currently in its fourteenth edition, offers the selected participants the possibility of curating their first exhibition at Casa Encendida and editing the exhibition's catalogue. Young curators, aged 18 to 35 and either Spanish or residents in Spain, are invited to participate. Proposals submitted must be original exhibition projects in any contemporary arts field. The jury will select the most interesting proposals based on criteria such as innovation, quality and appropriate use of available resources. The deadline for submission is set at January 12, 2015. Bases. newsletter
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newsletter Driving sustainable and competitive tourism across Europe: Registration Open newsletter
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newsletter interarts Public Policy Exchange will hold an international symposium on sustainable tourism on March 17, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium to analyze current tourism trends and the challenges faced by the industry in Europe. The symposium seeks to integrate European knowledge in this field in order to help develop a common sustainable tourism strategy across the European Union. Participants will share their experiences and points of view on these issues as well as on the economic impact of sustainable tourism in Europe; they will also exchange best practices, both at local, regional and European level. Information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter interarts At the end of next month, the fifth edition of the International Meetings on Cultural Management-PÚBLICA 15 will be held in Madrid. Professionals from the cultural sector will meet once again to exchange experiences, participate in workshops and attend the different activities foreseen., Two of the most interesting proposals of this 2015 edition regard the presentation of successful initiatives that emerged during the crisis in Spain, and the opportunity to visit the most innovative projects of Madrid's cultural scene, presented by those who lead them. PÚBLICA 15 is organized by the Fundación Contemporánea and the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. Information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Manual Atalaya, an online tool to facilitate the work of cultural managers and practitioners and of those who are preparing for this professional career, has been recently released. Promoted by the University of Cádiz, Spain, and funded by the Atalaya Observatory and Junta de Andalucía, the handbook is a compendium of relevant content for those operating in the cultural sector. It has been prepared with the contribution of experts in the major thematic areas in which the articles are organized. Eduard Miralles, Javier Brun, Mikel Etxebarria and Chus Cantero, members of the Interarts board, are among the authors of the handbook as are the director and manager of the foundation, Mercedes Giovinazzo and Antonio Gucciardo. newsletter
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newsletter The Advanced Course in Methods and Techniques for Information and Documentation on Cultural Heritage, organized by the Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico, is an online training course on heritage knowledge. Module I of the course features an interview with Alfons Martinell, director of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation, was recorded. In the interview's video Martinell talks about the concept of heritage, the actors involved in its construction, the role of cultural policies nowadays and the future of heritage management in times of crisis.
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newsletter Cultural policies in East Asia: dynamics between the State, Arts and Creative Industries newsletter
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newsletter interarts This publication offers an analysis of how the arts and culture have developed in East Asia in the recent past; through the analysis of various governmental cultural policies it presents the process by which the cultural products that most Europeans know today have been created. China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are the countries chosen by the two authors of the book: Lorraine Lim, Professor of Arts Management at the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Birkbeck, (London, UK); and Hye-Kyung Lee, Professor in Creative and Cultural Industries at King's College London, UK. The publication is available on the website of the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan. newsletter
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newsletter The International Council of Museums (ICOM), through its International Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) organizes the CECA Best Practice Award to showcase experiences in museum education. The award has reached its third edition and has recently published a collection of the initiatives submitted: "Best Practice 3. A tool to improve museum education internationally". Edited by Emma Nardi and Cinzia Angelini, the volume includes over twenty museum education initiatives addressed to very different audiences: children, students, young people and adults, etc. "Travelling Museums", multiculturalism or the uses of technology, are some of the topics included the publication. newsletter
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newsletter interarts ConArte Internacional is an association which promotes the educational capacity of arts and highlights its social contribution to citizenship building. The organization develops its work mainly in Girona (Spain) and has recently renewed its website, with more visual elements and content not only of the projects that it develops but also of other initiatives related to its working areas: education, integration, sustainable development, arts and culture, UNESCO values, etc. newsletter
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newsletter Debate ''The city is US. From listening to engaging citizens in transforming their city'' (Brussels, Belgium, December 10, 2014) newsletter
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newsletter The Italian town of Matera has recently been selected to receive, along with Plovdiv (Bulgaria), the title of European Capital of Culture 2019. The process leading to the qualification for this designation enables the candidate cities to learn what it takes to design and manage a city's transformation from within, using culture as a catalyst. To share their experiences and points of view, representatives of the city of Matera and of other Italian cities (Lecce, Ravenna, Siena) having participated in the last leg of the competition will meet in Brussels on December 10. Luca Bergamo and Paul Dujardin, for Culture Action Europe and Bozar respectively, will introduce the debate. Admission is free. Prior registration is required. newsletter
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newsletter The European House for Culture organizes once again their Brussels Conversations. On this occasion, the event will provide a setting to define ideas, questions and demands to be presented to the new members of the European Parliament and the European Commission, with the aim of contributing to the implementation of the European resolution on culture, values, democracy and citizenship during the next 5-year political term. The results of the session will be included in the agenda of the of A Soul for Europe Advisory Board (the informal intergroup on Culture at the European Parliament) and the Berlin Conference Steering Committee. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On December 18, the Hospital Universitario Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, will hold the official presentation event of DECIDES ESPAÑA,. The project promotes dialogue between sectors usually working independently (health, gender, education, culture, etc.) to foster a multidisciplinary and broad approach to Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) and to improve equality in the access to and exercise of sexual and reproductive rights of young and women of migrant origin in Spain. Interarts and the Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca - VHIR currently develop this initiative. The project's website will disseminate the news and activities. DECIDES ESPAÑA is co-funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA Grants) which aims at contributing to the reduction of economic and social inequalities, and strengthening links between donor (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and beneficiary countries (17 EU Member States). The Plataforma de ONG de Acción Social is the Operational Unit of thePrograma de Ciudadanía Activa (Active Citizenship Programme) endowed with EUR 4.6 million to support the contribution of NGOs to social justice and sustainable development. Follow on Twitter (@Ciudadania_Act #CiudadaníaActiva) and Facebook: Programa de Ciudadanía Activa. 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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