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Cyberkaris nº 166 - March 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 On the global market of values and political trends, Europeanism has hit an alarming low. Gone are the days when the idea of Europe (and not just in a country like ours, which did tentatively look beyond its borders) was linked to modernity, democracy and the future. Today, Europe is showing itself to the world as an ageing continent, unable to figure out what its productive direction should be, perhaps relegated to becoming a huge theme park specialising in heritage for rich tourists from afar. A sacred cow torn between its member states' resistance to relinquishing more power, and the gargantuan growth of eurocracy, whose European Parliament is more of a punishment dressed up as a reward for services rendered for some national politicians. A monster with feet of clay, unable to provide semi-satisfactory solutions to the problems of a rapidly changing world, be it the new framework of powers for globalisation or the need to open the doors to refugees.

And yet, reinventing a new Europe is not only a possible task but one that has become as urgent as it is necessary. This month's Cyberkaris mentions the civil initiative convened to meet in Rome on 25 March, coinciding with the extraordinary meeting of the European Council there to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, a true milestone that resulted firstly in the European Economic Community and later in the European Union.

It is often suggested that Jean Monnet, one of the "founding fathers" of the EEC, said 'if I had do it again, I would begin with culture'. So can culture make substantive contributions to this necessary reinvention? Undoubtedly, and for instance by opting for another way of building the relationship between tourism and heritage from a less 'commercial' and more 'cultural' perspective, building active and organised cultural citizenship, fostering creativity and innovation or designing new approaches for the creative economy that go way beyond the conventional cultural industry. These are but a few possible lines of action that go way beyond grant funds in programmes such as Creative Europe, which are managed with varying levels of efficiency. Naturally, this is all contingent upon European states deeming it necessary and possible.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts More female participation in broadcasting and more gender equity in southern Mediterranean societies are the aims of a new project launched in February. 'Towards greater gender equality: promoting the role and image of women in broadcasting in the southern Mediterranean-Smed WA' is the title of this initiative, which has European Commission financing and will run in the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Smed WA will last for 30 months and support six to eight projects that seek to achieve these goals. Their representatives, particularly women, will be given training to develop their professional capacities and the opportunity to participate in events in the film industry to foster networking. Indeed, one of the ultimate goals of the initiative is to create a stable regional network for women in broadcasting. Smed WA will be implemented by a consortium led by Interarts (Spain), and comprising: Co.Pe.AM.-Conférence Permanente de l'Audiovisuel Méditerranéen (Italy); CUMEDIAE-Culture & Media Agency Europe aisbl (Belgium); SIB- Screen Institute Beirut Association (Lebanon) and ESCA-École Supérieure de l'Audiovisuel et du Cinéma de Gammarth (Tunisia). (Photo: Screen Institute Beirut Association). newsletter
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newsletter interarts The scheduled activities on the 'CulturalBase project. Social Platform of European Identities and Cultural Heritage' include three local workshops, two of which have already been held. At the first, in November 2016 (Brighton, UK), experts explored how to include voices of dissent in their work on heritage; that is, those who ask what heritage is, how it is represented, and by whom. Paris hosted the second local CulturalBase workshop (January 2017), which focused on the relationship between heritage and museums, and the role of museums in society. The final reports in English are now available for the Brighton workshop and the Paris workshop. CulturalBase is run by a consortium of European partners including Interarts, with funding from Horizon 2020. (Photo: Luis Raposo). newsletter
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newsletter Full version of Balady, the documentary that examines gender roles and perception of self through belly dancing newsletter
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newsletter interarts From October 2012 to June 2013, Interarts ran the 'Balady' project' through the work carried out by the foundation's project coordinator at the time, Emilie Vidal with Egyptian cultural manager Donia Maher from Hassala. A reading of our society from a cultural and gender perspective as part of the Tandem/SHAML Programme. The project involved producing a documentary film from a series of oriental dance workshops (in Barcelona and Cairo), in addition to experiences, interviews and observation of how roles and gender patterns affect our relationship with our bodies, especially for women. Since its release the film has been a success, attracting the interest of audiences who have seen and discussed it at festivals and participatory events in Barcelona, Berlin, Cairo, Malaga, Zaragoza, Valencia and Buenos Aires, among other cities. As of 2017, the full documentary is available on the project blog in the original version (Arabic, French, Spanish, English, and more) with subtitles in English, Spanish, French or Catalan. The blog contains a great deal more interesting information such as interviews with dance teachers, representatives of institutions and musicians, and accounts by women from various countries of their relationship with their body and this type of dancing. There is also a section for comments. (Photo: Donia Maher). newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 15 February a meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium, as part of the project 'Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities - LAIC'. It was attended by Toni Cots, LAIC coordinator; Conrado Uribe, LAIC non-key expert and member of the scientific committee of the exhibition, and curator Antonio José Guzmán and the BOZAR team, the organisation implementing the project along with Interarts. The aim of the meeting was to agree on matters (set design, production, budget) relating to the exhibition to be held at BOZAR from 19 May to 31 July 2017 and which entails the final phase of LAIC. The exhibition will showcase works and documentation by artists and groups from Latin America and Europe, many of whom have already participated in some of the LAIC activities (including LAALvaca, Bijari, The Fire Theory, EscueLab, La Ciudad Verde, Método Salgari, Basurama, Historias Grabadas, Cine de Plano, Deúniti and GrisPerú) and a few who will be taking part for the first time. The piece related to LAIC will be the outcome of the work and process developed through the five nodes defined for the project and linked to as many cities in Latin America: Lima (Peru), Medellin (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Curitiba (Brazil) and Puebla (Mexico). Starting with the work launched at the 'UrbanLab' workshop (Medellin, Colombia, November 2016), each node has continued to develop its own project around the LAIC themes, which key aspects of Latin American life: memory, learning and education, mobility, violence, sustainability and resilience. newsletter
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newsletter Civil Society Organisations in several Caribbean states better equipped to tackle domestic violence newsletter
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newsletter interarts Workshops for representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) were held in February in several Caribbean states on the three areas programmed for DECIDES Caribbean: 1) research methodology, data collection and analysis; 2) project cycle management, funding opportunities and international cooperation; and 3) advocacy and lobbying. The DECIDES Caribbean project seeks to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to document and analyse domestic violence within their remit. CARIWA, one of the partners implementing the project, was responsible for organising the workshops in Dominica, Granada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Another partner, ASPIRE, organised the workshop in Saint Lucia (pictured). Around 20 participants attended each workshop. Also last month, DECIDES Caribbean representatives held meetings with local authorities in St. Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda with a view to improving laws on domestic violence, factoring in the voice of CSOs that work directly with victims. Furthermore, both states have held public presentations to raise awareness of the DECIDES Caribbean goals and activities. (Photo: ASPIRE). newsletter
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newsletter The current call seeks to boost the mobility of Argentinian artists, producers, managers and cultural entrepreneurs. Argentina's Ministry of Culture has launched the call to help representatives of its creative and cultural sector attend trade fairs, markets, festivals, exhibitions and art tours, both at home and abroad. The call is split into two lots: the first for trips to be made between 1 July and 30 September 2017, for which the deadline for applications is 21 March 2017. Applications for the second lot (trips between 1 October and 31 December 2017) will not be admitted until 19 June 2017. newsletter
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newsletter interarts March 25 marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome (1957), which established the European Economic Community. Heads of State and Government will meet to celebrate in the Italian capital. Thousands of European citizens are expected to rally for the 'March for Europe' in Rome, to send a clear message to their governments of their will to recover European values. Over 300 European intellectuals and academics from across the European Union have signed an appeal entitled 'A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy', calling upon the Heads of State and Government meeting in Rome to open the way to a re-foundation of the EU. All citizens who wish to support the initiative can join in. Participate! newsletter
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newsletter ENCATC Academy. Culture in the refugee crisis in Europe: open for registration newsletter
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newsletter The sixth edition of the ENCATC Academy of Culture in External Relations will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 28 and 28 March. The Academy is an intensive training programme for senior and medium level professionals in the area of international cultural relations. The focus is on the question of culture in Europe's refugee crisis. The two-day event will try to create understanding of the situation from the point of view of culture and the arts. This academy is designed for Diplomats, EU officials, government officials, academics, researchers, students, artists, cultural workers and anyone interested in this topic who wish to gain further and up-to-date expertise in this domain. Information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 1 to 31 March 2017, public and private foreign cultural institutions and bodies can apply for a mobility grant from Acción Cultural Española through its Internationalisation of Spanish Culture Programme (PICE). The aim of these grants is to facilitate the scheduling of work by Spanish creators in other countries. The 2017 call has a second deadline for applications in September. However, in the films and documentaries category, please note that the second deadline is in August, not September. newsletter
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newsletter InterArtive magazine: call for papers on cultural development in Malta newsletter
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newsletter InterArtive, which is both a digital magazine and a cultural association, is preparing an edition of its publication on Malta, which is currently in a state of cultural exuberance, partly due to the upcoming European Capital of Culture, Valetta2018. This conjuncture offers Malta the incredible challenge of having a blank page on which to draw and write the cultural present and future of the country. The magazine will provide analysis of the contemporary cultural development of Malta, and will accept papers on the advantages and disadvantages for the country and the culture sector from a long-term perspective, and the singularities of Malta, given its geographic position and insular condition, among many other topics. The deadline for submitting papers is 30 April 2017. More information.

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newsletter interarts Launched in 1987, the Council of Europe Cultural Routes programme has highlighted routes across European countries that exemplify a number of European cultural values. As such the programme is an instrument to protect these values, recover forgotten heritage, and promote intercultural dialogue. The Camino de Santiago and the European Route of Jewish Heritage are just two examples of more than 30 routes that have been certified during the last 30 years. The Council of Europe recently published a brochure on all certified routes, which show how the roots of European identity can be the foundation of a shared citizenship. newsletter
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newsletter interarts This book, subtitled 'Studying Culture through Data', reflects on the increasing amount of data available to analyse and understand many aspects of society. Although this data is a new resource for researchers, the novel methods and innovative tools to work with it efficiently require new knowledge and skills. Authors Mirko Tobias Schäfer and Karin van Es introduce readers to the practices and methods for analysing and visualising data, and raise ethical questions about its use. newsletter
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newsletter Book 'La gestión de teatros' ('Theatre management') newsletter
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newsletter interarts Academics Lluís Bonet and Hector Schargorodsky recently published 'La gestión de teatros: modelos y estrategias para equipamientos culturales' ('Theatre management: models and strategies for cultural venues'), in which they carry out a comparative analysis of the management of various theatres to propose intervention models that can be applied to all types of cultural venue. The book is divided into two parts. The first describes and analyses various types of theatre management projects: artistic, production and regional development. The second part sets out guidelines to manage resources (human resources, costs, marketing and communication, infrastructure and suppliers) for effective implementation of these types of project. The publication is available in Spanish to buy from this link. (Photo: Lluís Bonet). newsletter
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newsletter The second report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, is now available. The paper focuses on the impact of fundamentalism and extremism, and the serious ramifications for the enjoyment of cultural rights. Bennoune draws particular attention to the fact that differing fundamentalist and extremist ideologies share the same intolerance of difference and pluralism and seek to stamp out cultural diversity and dissent. She also argues that cultural rights and culture are crucial in combating the serious threats posed by these phenomena. newsletter
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newsletter Career in the arts for people with disabilities newsletter
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newsletter interarts This is the subject of a report drafted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from an online survey that asked: what ideas do you have to increase the career preparation and employment for people with disabilities in the arts? Around four hundred people replied with their opinions and experiences. The respondents included artists, arts educators, arts professionals and representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities and the arts. Two of the most common themes to emerge were isolation among artists with disabilities and limited funding opportunities. newsletter
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newsletter Conference on Cultural and Creative Industries in Europe (Brussels, Belgium, 21 March 2017) newsletter
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newsletter British organisation Public Policy Exchange is behind this conference focusing on the cultural and creative industries. 'Maximising the Contribution of Culture towards Social and Economic Development' is the theme of this symposium, which provides the opportunity to discuss how to push forward the cultural and creative industries in the European Union, not only because of their economic relevance but also their potential to foster an inclusive European identity and galvanise social cohesion. The conference will also examine how cross-sector and cross-border collaborations can lead to a stronger and more competitive cultural sector. newsletter
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newsletter Balkan Museum Network's annual conference (Pristina, Kosovo, 6-8 April 2017) newsletter
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newsletter interarts 'Meet, See, Do' is the title of these conferences that are organised annually by the Balkan Museum Network (BM Network). First held in 2013, these eminently practical meetings enable practitioners from these cultural institutions to share experiences and work together on key aspects of museum management. The upcoming conference in Pristina, Kosovo, in April marks the fifth edition of this event. Over 20 sessions are scheduled, including best practices presentations, workshops and more. A few of the main issues to be addressed in Pristina are the economic value of museums, digitalization, learning in museums, and access and inclusion in museums. newsletter
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newsletter Princess Margriet Award for Culture Ceremony (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 9 May 2017) newsletter
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newsletter On 9 May four culture professionals will receive the Princess Margriet Award for Culture, which was created by the European Cultural Foundation (EFC) to highlight the role that creative work can play in bringing about social and political change. Asli Erdogan (Istanbul), writer, journalist and activist; Navid Kermani (Cologne), Orientalist scholar, writer and journalist; Luc Mishalle (Brussels), composer and saxophonist; and Marina Naprushkina (Berlin), multimedia artist, are the laureates who have won the award in 2017. The Princess Margriet Award for Culture is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The ceremony will be held on Europe Day, 9 May. newsletter
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newsletter Warsaw, Poland, 13-15 March 2017. See Cyberkaris 165, February 2017. 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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