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Cyberkaris nº 164 - January 2017
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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 Andorra La Vella was, until a few days ago, the somewhat unnoticed Ibero-American Capital of Culture (Lisbon takes over in 2017). Few Andorrans will have been aware of the Iberoamerican link upheld by their country, and just as few Latin Americans know that Andorra (that little enclave hidden in the distant valleys of the Pyrenees) is part of the Iberoamerican Community of Nations. Jokes abound about the country whose flag is first in the left-to-right display at official Iberoamerican events (flags appear in strict alphabetical order of each country's official name), right before Argentina. The cities of San Sebastián (Spain) and Wroclaw (Poland) have also just handed over the title of European Capital of Culture to Aarhus (Denmark) and Pathos (Cyprus). How many Europeans know that? Calls for the necessary reform of a system that the European Union designed in the 1980s are clearly an open secret.

As is the case every year, late last November, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, upgraded traditions such as Cuban rumba, the Fallas in Valencia and Belgian craft beer to the category of intangible cultural heritage. On Belgian craft beer UNESCO said, 'Beer plays a role in daily life, as well as festive occasions', and, 'This cultural element provides feelings of identity'. No comment.

As I am writing this note, I have received, precise and precious as always, last December's newsletter from the Budapest Observatory. It includes a brief critical reflection by Péter Inkei on the widespread confusion about the European Union's many thematic years. Indeed, when the number of saints exceeds the number of calendar days, holiness runs the risk of becoming tremendously undervalued. He also recalls 2008, when during the Year of Intercultural Dialogue, the ill-fated Dragan Klaic vigorously called for a moratorium as an antidote to the frivolity that such initiatives generally end in.

Perhaps the best formula to achieve invisibility is to stand on the most visible pedestal. Happy New Year 2017.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter The Interarts team wishes our Cyberkaris subscribers a 2017 full of great project accomplishments. The foundation's new year's resolution is to continue contributing to human development through interventions focusing on the culture factor. In 2017, therefore, we will continue working on projects such as the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries (FOMECC) Programme, the DECIDES Programme (Cultural Rights to Promote Development and Health), the Social Platform of European Identities and Cultural Heritage - CulturalBase, the SouthMed CV. Community practices around the public value of culture in the Southern Mediterranean project, and LAIC, an initiative in which culture and arts provide support to increase social cohesion in Latin American cities. newsletter
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newsletter SouthMed CV - 2nd Call Final Evaluation Results newsletter
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newsletter interarts Since the closing of the 2nd call on October 26th, SouthMed CV´s project steering committee has been evaluating and grading 160 submitted applications from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. After a final partner meeting in Amman from 6 to 9 December, with the consultive participation of Med Culture, the final evaluation results are published in the SouthMed CV website. Out of the 160 submitted applications: 56 proposals were assessed as not eligible for not complying with the call guidelines and budget requirements; 104 proposals were assessed as eligible and were graded according to the evaluation criteria. The next evaluation results were as follows: 46 of the eligible submitted projects scored a mark under the threshhold of 75/100, and were therefore not selected; 58 of the eligible submitted projects scored a mark equal or higher than 75/100, and were admitted for a final evaluation. In compliance with the aforementioned evaluation criteria and the 1.000.000€ financial provisons for the Second call, 22 projects have been finally selected and awarded with a grant: 5 from Tunisia, 4 from Morocco and Jordan, 3 from Egypt and Lebanon, 2 form Palestine and 1 from Algeria. 7 projects have been identified to be part of a waiting list according to the aformentioned evaluation criteria. This waiting list will be implented according to the listed order from top-down, and only if any of the granted projects is not able to sign the contract and/or implement the project within three months following the publication and communication of the results. SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture. newsletter
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newsletter Participation in the International Symposium: 'Languages and status: Does officialdom matter?' newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 24 and 25 November 2016, Linguapax International held a symposium in Barcelona to examine how the legal framework and language policies can contribute to protecting and promoting national languages. Speakers from a range of countries, including legal experts, sociolinguistics and activists, shared their experience of this topic, providing a comprehensive debate with various differing perspectives. As well as keynote presentations, the symposium featured two panel discussions. Chair of Interarts Eduard Miralles took part in the debate on 'Linguistic Diversity: new cultural expressions and emerging rights'. The videos and a summary of presentations are available online. (Photo: Linguapax International). newsletter
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newsletter DECIDES Caribbean: launch event and seminar in Barbados final report newsletter
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newsletter interarts The final report, is now available on the launch of the project 'Cultural Rights to promote behavioural change and empower women against domestic violence-DECIDES Caribbean', held in November 2016 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The document provides a summary of the speeches made by the various personalities who participated in the public launch event on the fundamental aspects of domestic violence in the Caribbean and the work carried out to reduce it. In addition, the report includes an important chapter on the three workshops held in the same city on 21 and 22 November: one led by Dr Rawwida Baksh on research and data gathering; one given by Interarts experts Claudia Rosignoli and Valérie Weerts on project management and financing; and one on activism, advocacy and lobbying by Flavia Cherry, a representative of ASPIRE. Videos of some of the launch event speeches are also available. DECIDES Caribbean is run by Interarts in conjunction with Caribbean Women's Association (CARIWA), Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Sant Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE) and Women Against Rap Inc. (WAR) and co-financed by the European Commission as part of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), through the European Union delegation in Barbados, Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The second and last workshop of the Social Platform of European Identities and Cultural Heritage CulturalBase was held on 1 and 2 December 2016 in Florence, Italy. It was organised by the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, one of the project partners. Researchers, professionals from this field, and policymakers discussed a number of issues around European identity and cultural heritage and proposed priorities for future research programmes and policies. The final summary was recently published and sets out the salient matters addressed at the workshop, such as the importance of a transnational cultural heritage, differences and similarities in European identity/identities, and the impact of the digital market on culture. CulturalBase is run by a consortium of European partners including Interarts, and funded by Horizon 2020. newsletter
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newsletter interarts 'Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities-LAIC' is a project developed by Interarts, Spain, and Bozar, Belgium. It looks at innovative artistic and cultural projects that support social cohesion to explore how to promote and strengthen the role of arts and culture as drivers of inclusive and sustainable development and to facilitate exchanges and joint actions between the EU and Latin America to better integrate cultural policies and initiatives in urban development strategies. The information on this initiative is now available on the website. The site gives an overview of LAIC and provides the latest news on the activities undertaken as part of the project. There is also a photo gallery where you can now see pictures (by Isabel Tobón) of UrbanLab, the workshop held in Medellin, Colombia, from 15 to 19 November 2016. newsletter
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newsletter 4th International Women in Arts Biennale, Espinho, Portugal newsletter
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newsletter The city council of Espinho, Portugal, is hosting the fourth edition of its Art Biennale, focusing on creative women with the aim of promoting the arts and boosting awareness of creativity and artists' lives. The event will take place from April to June 2017 and is now open for registration to female artists from Portugal and other countries. There are three art categories: painting, sculpture and drawing. The deadline for submitting work is 31 January 2017. Artists can submit two pieces but only one can be selected. There is no specific theme for works this year. newsletter
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newsletter Med Culture recently announced the launch of its call to participate in Middle East Now, the eighth edition of the film festival which will take place in Florence from 4 to 6 April 2017. The event is aimed at creators from the Middle East and North Africa and also features exhibitions of photography, visual arts, painting, sculpture, debates and book presentations. Its aim is to enhance awareness in Europe of contemporary creations from the countries in this geographical region. Directors of feature films, documentaries, short films or animated films from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen can submit proposals. The deadline for submissions is 5 February 2017. newsletter
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newsletter NEU NOW 2017 Festival: call for emerging artists newsletter
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newsletter Emerging artists can submit projects to the call launched by the NEU NOW Festival, which seeks to disseminate the newest art. The call is open to work from art students either in their final year or who graduated less than a year ago, who must be nominated by a representative of their (former) art institution. From the nominated projects, a maximum of 100 projects will be presented online to a wide range of arts professionals and audiences. From these projects, a further selection of 25-30 projects will be displayed at the NEU NOW festival in September 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The deadline for project nominations is 6 March 2017. newsletter
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newsletter From 23 to 26 May 2017, the House of Rui Barbosa Foundation (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will be holding a new edition of its International Seminar on Culture Policies. To ensure that the seminar addresses a wide range of aspects related to current culture policies, the Foundation has launched a call for papers aimed at MA and PhD students and graduates, researchers, teachers, and other professionals from higher education institutions who work in culture policies. The organisers will select studies that will be the focus of the debate during the seminar. The deadline to submit papers is 20 February 2017. newsletter
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newsletter MA in mediation, cooperation and Mediterranean integration: enrolment open newsletter
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newsletter interarts Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree 'Crossing the Mediterranean: towards Investment and Integration (MIM)' is a European Masters offered jointly by the University Ca 'Foscari of Venice, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Paul-Valéry Montpellier University. It is a two-year course that aims to provide students with high-level, professional skills in the field of Mediterranean mediation, cooperation and integration. The three focal areas of the programme are: Humanities at Ca 'Foscari University of Venice; Communication and Media at the Autonomous University of Barcelona; and Political Science, European Law and Immigration Policies at Paul-Valéry Montpellier University. The deadline to apply is 1 March 2017. newsletter
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newsletter 'International Entrepreneurship in the Arts' is the title of Lidia Varbanova's latest book, which aims to teach art students, artists and managers specific strategies for creative successful companies working at national level can achieve sustainable growth and success at international level also. With insights from the examples of over 20 countries, Varbanova applies the theory of international entrepreneurship to the arts and culture sector. Varbanova, an international consultant, educator and researcher, also offers readers online masterclass on her website as a complement to the book. The book is available from the publisher's website Routledge. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Commissioned by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Jordi Baltà, an international expert and trainer in cultural policies, cultural diversity and international cultural relations and member of the Interarts board, has drafted the report 'Culture & Disability: Policies & Practices in Asia & Europe', as part of the preparatory work for the 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights (Beijing, China, 8-10 November 2016), which focused on human rights and people with disabilities. The study presents an overview of innovative policy measures and case studies related to arts and disability that have been undertaken in Asia and Europe. One of the recommendations made is the need to harness the full potential of mobile and digital technologies to improve access for disabled people to art and culture. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Nätverkstan Kultur, Trans Europe Halles, ENCATC and Olivearte Cultural Agency are the organisations behind the Fika Project, which aims to support cultural leaders through capacity building, networking and exchanging information and tools. As part of this initiative, the project recently published the books 'Cultural Perspectives on Leadership' and 'Narratives by Cultural Change Makers', edited by Karin Dalborg and Mikael Löfgren. The former is an anthology of research and essays that seeks to provide a range of perspectives to push forward the debate on basic issues that cultural leaders face, while the latter comprises interviews with leading cultural leaders from around the world carried out by Sven Ranlund. Both are available on the website of Trans Europe Halles. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In 2011, commissioned by the San Francisco Foundation, Alan Brown and Rebecca Ratzkin wrote 'Making sense of audience engagement', a topic of great interest in arts management. The book contains such useful concepts when it comes to organising events and finding how to engage the audience as the Arc of Engagement and the Cycle of Engagement. Publishing house Asimétrica has now released the Spanish translation of the book. Translated by Arturo Durán, who worked with the authors, its title in Spanish is 'Implica a tu público'. It includes a number of examples that can easily be applied to various contexts. newsletter
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newsletter Video on the principles of the UNESCO Convention of 2005 and its implementation newsletter
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newsletter As part of their cooperation agreement, UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation are jointly developing a project on participatory policy design and monitoring that foster governance systems based on fundamental freedoms and promote the diversity of cultural expressions. The project is running in 12 developing countries: Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Morocco, Senegal, Vietnam, Zimbabwe. This recently released video includes the key features of the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and captures testimonies of the people involved in the project, both governmental and civil society actors. newsletter
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newsletter CORNERS. Audience Link Xchange (Stockholm, Sweden, 20-24 February 2017) newsletter
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newsletter Intercult, one of the institutions of the CORNERS platform, is holding a multiple event in Stockholm, Sweden focusing on audience development. Audience Links Xchange will offer seminars, conferences and workshops and introduce expert participations from several European countries. The aim of this initiative is to exchange knowledge and reflect on how to increase audience numbers, as well as formulas to provide better cultural experiences and make them more participatory. The event is one of the CORNERS activities, a platform for artists and audiences, designed and driven by cultural organisations at the edges of Europe. To register. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The International Contemporary Art Fair ARCO Madrid will take place from 22 to 26 February 2017 in the Spanish capital. This edition will bring together some 200 internationally relevant art galleries, with Argentina as the guest of honour. Artists from Argentina will feature in the ARCO Madrid Focus Argentina programme and their works will be exhibited both at the fair and around Madrid. Other ARCO Madrid events are the General Programme, Solo Projects and Opening. In addition to exhibiting art, this year's fair will include panel discussions and gatherings involving experts in art, artists, philosophers and intellectuals. newsletter
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newsletter Madrid, 26 and 27 January 2017. See Cyberkaris 163, December 2016. newsletter
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newsletter Budapest, Hungary, 26-28 January 2017. See Cyberkaris 163, December 2016. 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 5.400 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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