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Cyberkaris nº 143 - February 2015
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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 While those who are in charge discuss about the new airport security measures, albeit the risk of remaining without tourists, and about the possible interest of sending western troupes to jihadist countries thus satisfying an apparent social request and while European civil society is entangled in a somewhat byzantine discussion on the absolute or relative limitations of freedom of expression vis-à-vis the respect for the others, I have heard about a very modest itinerant exhibition "Bailar el moro", produced by the Ethnological Museum of my city, Barcelona. "Bailar el moro" ponders, very lucidly, over the more than twelve hundred manifestations known throughout the world, and especially in the Northern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean, of dances, games, figures and representations of the symbolic relationship between Moors and Christians.

More security and more control? Yes, most surely. Still there is a need for a more profound reflection on the possible relationship between the cuts to the welfare system, the conflicts at the peripheries of the major European cities and the appearance of these youngsters looking for their five minutes of glory in the media, ready for anything, even to lose their life in the quest of honor through risk (if I am not mistaken, this is how Bowra defined epic in my already bygone student years).

Rather than complaining about what we did wrong, we have to, in general terms, acknowledge what we have not done and, more concretely, what we-as cultural actors-have not done either. On the one hand, lay republicanism, perceived by the rest as the new state religion, has looked the other way when it should have explained the common and diverse background of European cultures; on the other, countries like ours have opted for a hypocritical approach which has considered every day in the calendar as falsely profane. Our children ignore that the blood that runs through their veins is much more mixed than what they believe, that their grandmothers also covered their heads and that the month of Ramadan has a profound meaning. No one, absolutely no one, be it in school, in the streets, on television or at home has told young Muslim Europeans that our religions, the religions of "the Book", have a common core and common roots; that Easter is the celebration of spring's first full moon; that Christmas marks the birth of the undefeated sun and the renewal of the cycle... What has become of the "fad" of the ecumenical temples of some twenty years ago? (in Barcelona, during the years of the Olympic games, the Abraham Centre-now the parish of Saint Abraham-was set up in the new neighborhood of the Olympic Village). Does anyone know anything, beyond the institutional show, about the Alliance of Civilizations, a global project launched under the auspices of the United Nations as a response to the post 9/11 (New York, 2001) and the post 3/11 (Madrid, 2004) crisis?

Eduard Miralles, Presidente del Patronato de la Fundació Interarts
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newsletter 2015 begins with a new project, "Communities of practice for the public value of culture in the Southern Mediterranean" (South Med CV). Here the term “public value” encompasses the social, economic and public effects which are usually attributed to culture from the perspective of sustainable human development. This initiative is carried out by Interarts, in collaboration with the Association for European and International Cultural Development (ADCEI), BAC Art Center, Gudran Association for Art and Development, the Cooperative Association for Arts and Education Khayal, the National Center for Culture and Arts / King Hussein Foundation and the German Commission for UNESCO, and funded by the European Commission, Media and Culture, two important vectors for development in the Southern Mediterranean (Regional programme Media and Culture for development in the Sothern Mediterranean, EuropeAid). The main objective of the project is to boost the capacities of cultural operators in the Southern Mediterranean -especially civil society organizations and local authorities- and the recognition of culture as a central element in the design and implementation of local, national and regional development strategies. The countries involved in the project are Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Tunisia. newsletter
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newsletter FomeccBiz promotes the participation of Spanish cultural and creative industries in Europe newsletter
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newsletter interarts Among its offsprings FOMECC - Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries includes the FomeccBiz professional network, an online tool for the promotion of cultural and creative entrepreneurs, their services and products. Currently, and thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture, FomeccBiz offers support to Spanish artists and cultural professionals: a small number of grants will be awarded to foster a more active role and a greater representation of this sector in Europe. The grants cover the annual membership fee to Culture Action Europe, the European platform for cultural organizations and networks, and, in some cases, the attendance to the Members' Forum that will be celebrated in Brussels, Belgium, on 12 and 13 March, 2015. The registration of applicants to our international online network is one of the prerequisites to apply for a grant. Interarts invites artists and cultural professionals to register and participate in FomeccBiz and to apply for one of the grants. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Assessment on access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for women in reproductive age of migrant origin in Spain is available on the website of DECIDES ESPAÑA. The study, presented in Barcelona on the 18th of December, 2014, is part of the activities within the project DECIDES ESPAÑA, implemented by Interarts and Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca - VHIR to improve equity in the access to and exercise of sexual and reproductive rights of young and women of migrant origin in Spain. The Assessment has been developed by a multidisciplinary group of professionals under the leadership of the Unidad de Salud Internacional Drassanes-Vall d'Hebron (PROSICS Barcelona). One of the most important results of this assessment is the suitability of developing new educational and informative materials on Affective Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) integrating the approach of equity, gender and cultural specificities. These materials will also be developed within the framework of DECIDES ESPAÑA, 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 the Programa 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 Activities within the project DECIDES Mali IV developed during 2014 newsletter
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newsletter interarts Throughout 2014, several activities have been carried out in the framework of the "Young people in the informal sector of Bamako and sexual and reproductive rights from a perspective of economic, social and cultural rights - DECIDES Mali IV'' project. During the first months of implementation on the ground, activities concentrated on enhancing the skills of 10 young representatives of the Association des Enfants et Jeunes Travailleurs de Bamako (AEJT) having already participated in the previous phase of the project as peer educators on sexual and reproductive health. Likewise, 10 young people from the Bamako informal sector participated in a training session which, through the forum-theater technique, enabled them to address issues relating to family planning, HIV / AIDS, excision, rape, etc. The Association Acte Sept lead the sessions. Around mid-2014, young people from the Bamako informal sector initiated awareness raising and information activities with their peers, both in workplaces (garages, workshops, tailors...) as in other informal meeting places. So far, these actions have reached approximately 2,000 young people, 815 girls and 1,159 boys. In addition, 15 Centers of Vocational and Technical Education have been involved in the project, which has led to the training of 30 teachers and the consequent implementation of activities with students on issues such as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), contraceptive measures, social and cultural values with a direct influence on risk behaviors, etc. On July 11th, 2014, the Health Advisor of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) visited the offices of the FCI / Mali project team and was introduced to the ongoing activities. In August and September, 5 radio programs were broadcast with the participation of AEJT members as animators and invited experts. The programs were broadcast in Bamanankan, a Mali national language, spoken by all peer educators. As the previous phases, the Mali IV project is funded by the AECID. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Selected chapters of the research report on gender policy in the cultural sector, women's museums and institutions and the sexualization of toys, carried out between November 2013 and June 2014, are now available on the She Culture website. The chapters include: European and international cultural policies with a gender perspective; the debate on the Internet about the sexualization of toys; and a survey by the research team on women's museums worldwide. Also, the minutes of the public sessions of the Seminar held in Barcelona on October 7th and 8th, 2014, at "La Bonne" Centre de Cultura de Dones, Francesca Bonnemaison as one of the five meetings planned by the project, are available on the She Culture website. The public sessions include a speech by Ms. Montse Gatell, president of the Catalan Institute for Women, followed by the presentation of the women's museums participating in the project (from Albania, Denmark, Norway, South Tirol-Italy, Spain) and a roundtable on gender and advertising with the participation of Marta Selva, co-director of the association on audiovisual media Drac Màgic, Helena Bengoetxea, journalist expert on transmedia and Mercè Moreno, from Goteo, a crowdfunding platform. She Culture aims at investigating the support and visibility provided to women through their active role in the field of art and culture, of education and lifelong learning. It is coordinated by ECCOM-European Centre for Cultural Organisation and Management, and funded by the EU Culture Programme. newsletter
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newsletter First activities of the project ''Culture for All - Phase III. Kosovo'' newsletter
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newsletter The call for grants for cultural projects in Kosovo closed on January 31st. This is the first activity planned under Phase III of the "Culture for All" project implemented in the country. The initiatives applying for a grant belong to the most diverse artistic and creative areas, and are included in one of the two categories in the call: one designed to strengthen the cultural sector of Kosovo and another designed to ensure and encourage the participation of vulnerable groups. On January 21st, a few days before the deadline, an information session was held in Pristina, Kosovo. Attended by over 60 cultural operators from all over the country the session acquainted those interested in presenting an application with the details of the call. "Culture for All-phase III" is a project implemented by Interarts, ARCI-ARCS Cultura e Sviluppo and Culture Action Europe, funded by the European Union under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) to Kosovo. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On January 15th, Family Care International (FCI) organized a virtual seminar on maternal health entitled "Strengthening the cultural acceptability of maternal health services: a dialogue about strategies and interventions". The aim of the conference was to share knowledge and promote dialogue as regards the strategies that are necessary to culturally adapt maternal and neonatal health services for indigenous populations. Along with FCI technical staff for Latin America and the Caribbean, other representatives from the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador participated in the event. Maternal health, as one of the areas within Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), is a topic present in FCI's work and in some of the projects it carries out jointly with Interarts. Indeed, since 2007 both organizations collaborate in improving access to sexual and reproductive health of specific groups, both in Latin America and Africa, through the DECIDES (Cultural Rights to Promote Development and Health) program . Phase IV of one of these projects in Bamako, Mali, is currently being implemented. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Interarts invites public cultural institutions, NGOs specialized in issues relating to immigration, employment agencies and schools active in the field of intercultural dialogue to participate in the Learning Partnerships on the management of cultural diversity in public cultural institutions that will be held in Barcelona from 26 to 28 February. The program is structured around a series of working groups and thematic roundtables focused on culture and migration, social inclusion through culture and intercultural education. This activity is organized in the framework of the "Brokering Migrants' Cultural Participation-MCP BROKER" project which aims at fostering cultural participation of migrants by improving the ability of public cultural institutions to interact with them. The project is funded by the Directorate General for Home Affairs of the European Commission under the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals. Interarts is the lead partner with ECCOM (Italy), EDUCULT (Austria), Intercult (Sweden) and the Platform for Intercultural Europe (Belgium). Learning Partnerships Program and information about the project. Those interested in participating can confirm their attendance by filling out this application form. newsletter
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newsletter OEI: Specialization course in arts education, culture and citizenship: open registration newsletter
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newsletter The Centre for Higher University Studies (CAEU) of the Organization of Iberoamerican States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), in collaboration with the University of Valladolid, Spain, will implement an online course specialized on art education, culture and citizenship. The objective of this course is to provide innovative and quality training in these fields. The course is scheduled from March to November 2015 and is addressed to teachers, artists and professionals interested in the contribution that the arts make to the improvement of education and the skills necessary for the organization, design and development of Arts Education projects, in both the formal and non-formal education systems. The registration period is open until February 25th, 2015. newsletter
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newsletter French Academy in Rome: Call for residences 2015-2016 newsletter
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newsletter The French Academy in Rome selects residents at Villa Médicis, Rome for the 2015-2016 period. Artists and researchers of any nationality, French speakers and aged between 20 and 45, are invited to participate. All artistic disciplines are welcome: architecture, visual arts, musical composition, design and crafts, screenplays, literature, photography, set design, staging and choreography. Candidates from the fields of history and art theory and restoration of art works and monuments can also participate. The deadline for applications is February 27th, 2015. More information. newsletter
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newsletter Cultura Emprende (''Culture Entrepreneurship''): call for grants FOR cultural entrepreneurs  newsletter
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newsletter interarts Fundación Santander Creativa provides funding for the implementation of cultural projects linked to the city of Santander through the Program "Cultura Emprende", which in 2015 will reach its fourth edition. It aims to support the local cultural context by developing projects that contribute to: the permanence or professional enrichment of a stable cultural sector in the city; the generation of proposals geared towards enriching the cultural program of Santander; the generation of networks between local industries and also between local companies and foreign agents; and the fostering of new audiences. The period for the submission of proposals is open until February 27th, 2015. The organization will communicate the name of the selected projects in late March. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In August 2013, the international production studio Guarimba Film created the International Short Films Festival La Guarimba in Amantea, Italy, where all the movie theaters had closed down due to the economic crisis. In that first year, the organizers and participants of the Festival restored a cinema where to show the selected films. The initiative was well received and has been able to go on. In 2015, La Guarimba Film Festival will be held from August 7 to 11. Invitation to participate is open: short films of any nationality are accepted, but those in languages other than Italian, if selected, must be subtitled in this language. In order to be admitted, shorts films must have been produced from 1 January 2013 onwards. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 31, 2015. newsletter
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newsletter On the Move has recently published new guidelines for funding international mobility of artists and culture professionals in the United States. This publication has been produced by this organization, in collaboration with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and with the support of Theatre Without Borders and was officially presented at the Cultural Mobility Symposium 2015 held in New York on January 7. It has been prepared and edited by Michael LoCicero and Isabella Curry, with assistance from Marie Le Sourd and Frank Hentschker, and additional collaboration from David Diamond and Roberta Levitow. It includes funding opportunities for both U.S. nationals an residents regarding outgoing mobility, and creators from other countries looking for funding in the United States. The authors invite readers to complement its content with their contributions. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In the framework of the "DIAMOND: Dialoguing Museums for a New Cultural Democracy" project, completed in October 2014 and whose main objective was to bring together a group of scientific museums and research centers in the effort to provide learning opportunities for adults through ICTs, the handbook "Stories for museums. Museums stories. Digital storytelling and inclusive scientific museums: a European project" has recently been published. Edited by Cristina Da Milano and Elisabetta Falchetti the handbook is the final result of this project funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. It aims to become a useful tool for exploring the different applications of museum activities within the cultural sector, with special emphasis on science museums and the use of digital storytelling. The handbook is available in English, Italian, Romanian and Spanish. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC) publishes an annual journal of Cultural Management and Policy. Volume 4 has recently been released with the ongoing objective of contributing to stimulate the debate on these issues among researchers, academics, professionals and policy makers. It includes a series of relevant articles to promote the exchange of ideas. Policies on cultural heritage as a tool for development, the role of social networks in theater audience's behavior, or the promotion of digital skills for the enjoyment of culture, are some of the topics covered. newsletter
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newsletter interarts InnDEA Valencia has recently announced the publication of a sectorial report on cultural and creative industries in this Spanish city. Carried out by the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (IVIE), the study presents the cultural elements that position Valencia in the creative avant-garde landscape: its cultural diversity, a prestigious design and interior design industry, the strength of audiovisual animation and digital entertainment sector, etc. The document also includes some successful cases, such as the publishing company Media Vaca, the School of Arts and Technology-ESAT or the avant-garde chef Quique Dacosta, along with a map where the highlights of the Valencian cultural and creative industry are located. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Fundación Alternativas has recently published the report "Cultural Action Abroad in Europe: a comparative analysis" in which the activities of cultural diplomacy implemented by six European countries are analyzed: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Sweden. Its author, José Andrés Fernández Leost, Doctor in Political Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), explains the criteria that have led to the selection of these countries, chosen "for their regional relevance and with the aim of exploring the possibility of establishing a communitarian public diplomacy and improving the features of the Spanish system of cultural action." Although some homogeneous trends are detected, the divergence of approaches in different countries can also be extracted from the comparison. newsletter
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newsletter International Contemporary Art Fair ARCOmadrid (Madrid, February 25th - March 1st, 2015) newsletter
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newsletter interarts The 34th edition of ARCOmadrid will showcase the artworks of over 200 galleries from 30 different countries. Organized by IFEMA, from February 25 to March 1 in Madrid, the 2015 edition of the International Contemporary Art Fair will combine the loyalty of galleries that have already participated in previous years, with the addition of new ones, and the involvement of emerging countries. Among the different sections, it is worth highlighting #ArcoColombia, with the collaboration in its organization of the Government of Colombia, and ARCOkids, with activities to introduce children to the essential features of contemporary art. The fair will also give the opportunity to take a virtual tour through the Artsy.net platform. newsletter
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newsletter Summit on Culture CGLU/ UCLG (Bilbao, Spain, 18-20 March, 2015) newsletter
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newsletter The global network of United Cities and Local Governments Cities UCLG/UCLG will organize its first International Summit on Culture, under the title "Culture and Sustainable Cities", which will be held in Bilbao, Spain, from 18 to 20 March, 2015. It aims to bring together professionals involved in the development of cultural policies at city level and to promote knowledge exchange and networking between representatives of cities and local governments that recognize the importance of culture in the design of a sustainable city. The main issue within the event is the presentation of the document "Culture 21: Actions"; based on the Agenda 21 for culture. The document shows the link between culture and sustainable development and provides different guidelines for self-evaluation and implementation. More information and registration. newsletter
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