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Cyberkaris nº 167 - April 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 The value of heritage, especially architectural heritage, has oscillated in the context of general policies in the last few years. It has gone from being merely a group of buildings with a variable symbolic value, to gradually acquiring an indisputable economic dimension, linked to flows of visitors who partake in cultural tourism and the resulting wealth. Lately, heritage has become entangled in geopolitics and geostrategy, either because it is a military target or exactly the opposite; that is, because of the need to protect or reconstruct it in the aftermath of some violent tragedy.

A few days ago, Ministers of Culture of the G7 (i.e. the seven most industrialised countries: United States, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy; recalling that Russia was suspended from the G8), met in Florence with the Commissioner for Culture of the European Commission, the General Secretary of UNESCO, and representatives of ICOM as special guests. The aim was to come up with measures to preserve cultural heritage as world heritage. One of the most notable initiatives was to appoint 'blue helmets' (UN soldiers) specifically for heritage. But the final declaration of the conference, entitled 'Culture as an instrument for dialogue between peoples', contains a raft of other proposals and thoughts that make it compulsory reading.

The catalyst for this present initiative was undoubtedly the upsurge in attacks by the so-called Islamic State, al Qaeda-associated militias and other radical groups in places like Palmira in Syria. However, the reaction is in line with other measures linked to cultural 'first aid' kits following particularly shocking natural disasters, new forms of urban resilience and the increasingly sophisticated globalisation of illegal trafficking in artistic goods that point to a new logic for policies on heritage. From now on we will have to monitor such new policies closely.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts As part of the preparatory work for its Opinion on the Communication 'Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations' presented by the European Commission and the European External Action Service in June 2016, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a public hearing on 1 March with representatives of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, UNESCO and civil society organisations. Interarts Director Mercedes Giovinazzo took part in the debate 'Perspectives from civil society in international cultural relations'. Videos now available. newsletter
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newsletter SouthMed WiA (Southern Mediterranean Women in Audiovisual) revises its activity calendar newsletter
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newsletter interarts A partners meeting for the recently launched project 'Towards greater gender equality: promoting the role and image of Southern Mediterranean women in audiovisual-Smed WIA' was held on 21 and 22 March at the Interarts headquarters in Barcelona. The main objective of this meeting was to review the activity calendar, which includes the launch of the first call for projects and a training programme to be held in Tunis in October-November 2017, harnessing the synergies with the 28th Carthage Film Festival which will be on at the same time. Smed WiA is funded by the European Commission and implemented by Interarts (Spain), project leader, and Co.Pe.A.M.-Conférence Permanente de l'Audiovisuel Méditerranéen (Italy); CUMEDIAE-Culture & Media Agency Europe aisbl (Belgium); SIB-Screen Institute Beirut Association (Lebanon), and ESAC-École Supérieure de l'Audiovisuel et du Cinéma de Gammarth (Tunisia). (Photo: Screen Institute Beirut). newsletter
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newsletter interarts The last meeting of 'CulturalBase. Social Platform of European Identities and Cultural Heritage' was hosted by Interarts in Barcelona on 23 and 24 March. Over two days representatives of all organisations in the project consortium -Universitat de Barcelona (UB), University of Glasgow, University of Sussex, Central European University (CEU), European University Institute, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Interarts- reviewed the latest materials from the CulturalBase research and discussions. These included four policy briefs, one for each project axis (creativity, inclusion and memory), and one on the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. The documents will soon be available on the CulturalBase website, a project funded by Horizon 2020. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Between the 28th of March and the 1st of April 2017, SouthMed CV held an encounter in Tunis (Tunisia), about capacity building and mobility for the sub-granted projects of the 2nd call. It was hosted by BAC Art Centre, and organized by Interarts and BAC Art Centre. Representatives of 20 of the 22 sub-granted projects attended the meeting, where they had the opportunity to present their organisations as well as SouthMed CV funded projects to each other and to SouthMed CV consortium, explaining the objectives, expected results, and plan of activities. They also participated in workshops about networking and partnerships, and explored synergies between them, to collaborate and work together for the value of culture in the Southern Mediterranean region. The sub-grantees also benefited from a visit of the Ambassador of the EU in Tunisia Mr Patrice Bergamini, who gave a word during the encounter. Visits to Maison de l'image, an independent space dedicated to visual arts, to Espace Sadika, a space dedicated to glass art, and to al Hamra theatre took place during the evenings. On Friday March 31st, a public presentation of SouthMed CV and a press conference were held at the BAC Art Centre, with the presence of journalists, cultural operators and artists from Tunisia. During the public presentation, Mr Bruno Montariol from the EU Delegation in Tunisia, underlined the importance of culture in the region and how, when accessible, it can lead to social, economic and political development. The encounter was closed on the 1st of April, with final conclusions and recommendations. This encounter is a turning point in the implementation of the sub-granted projects of the 2nd call, and a setting stone for the collaboration between SouthMed CV and the sub-grantees. SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture. Photos from the encounter. newsletter
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newsletter A study will look for new options for the ACP-EU art and culture support programme newsletter
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newsletter A kick-off meeting for a new project involving Interarts and financed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) was held on 30 March in Brussels, Belgium. The aim of the new initiative is to carry out a study exploring options for a new European Union support programme for ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) countries in the cultural and creative industries. The Commission hopes that the new programme will boost the creation of cultural goods and services from these countries and provide capacity-building for professionals in these sectors. newsletter
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newsletter Support and involvement of national authorities and other key stakeholders in the DECIDES CARIBBEAN project newsletter
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newsletter interarts One of the outcomes of the workshops held during February and March 2017 in the countries of DECIDES CARIBBEAN is increased interest and involvement in the project and its objectives from key stakeholders, including national public authorities. The Planned Parenthood Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was an active participant, leading the workshop on project management and sharing its knowledge with other participants. In addition, representatives of the Ministry of Education of St. Vincent and the Ministry of Social Services of Dominica participated actively in the workshops in their own countries. In St. Vincent, the representative from the Ministry of Education not only led the workshop on data collection and data but also underscored the need for and possibility of setting up a stable consultancy service for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that have ideas and want to develop proposals and implement consistent projects. In Dominica, health sector representatives volunteered to repeat and disseminate the DECIDES workshop in all seven health districts on the island. These initiatives have an impact on the sustainability of DECIDES Caribbean beyond the project completion. Local TV news item about the workshop held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines -from minute 20-. (Photo: ASPIRE). newsletter
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newsletter The DECIDES Programme against gender violence and LGBTI discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago newsletter
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newsletter interarts March saw the launch of a new project under the DECIDES Programme (Cultural Rights to Promote Development and Health), this time in Trinidad and Tobago. The aim is to promote respect for human rights and freedoms against gender violence and LGBTI discrimination in this southern Caribbean country, drawing on the experience of another project currently underway, DECIDES Caribbean. Like that project, it will entail research, training and awareness activities aimed at eradicating prejudice and bringing about behavioural changes. The organisations implementing the project -Advocates for Safe Parenthood (St. Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE), Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA), and Interarts- will seek synergies and cooperation with women's and LGBTI organisations. DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago is co-financed by the European Commission through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and supervised by the Delegation of the European Union in Trinidad and Tobago. newsletter
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newsletter Interarts projects from Latin America, the Caribbean and the southern Mediterranean at the 2017 European Development Days newsletter
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newsletter interarts On 7 and 8 June 2017, Interarts will be taking part in the European Development Days (EDD) organised by the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, where stakeholders and actors working in community development and poverty eradication can showcase their projects and experiences, attend debates and presentations, and hold bilateral meetings. This year, visitors to the Interarts stand will be offered information on programmes such as 'Cultural Rights to Promote Development and Health - DECIDES', currently in full swing with two projects in the Caribbean focusing on human rights and eradication of gender violence, domestic violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community; and projects such as: 'Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities - LAIC', which aims to promote and strengthen the role of arts and culture as drivers of urban development in Latin America; ('Community practices around the public value of culture in the southern Mediterranean - SouthMed CV' http://www.smedcv.net/), which has 22 initiatives underway in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, in addition to the 18 already completed from the first call; and 'Towards greater gender equality: promoting the role and image of Southern Mediterranean women in audiovisual - Smed WIA', which seeks to bring about more female participation in the audiovisual sector and greater gender equality in the southern Mediterranean societies of those countries. (Photo: Blandine Soulange). newsletter
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newsletter interarts DECIDES España, on improving access to sexual and reproductive health in Spain for people of migrant origin; DECIDES Mali IV, which aims to build the capacities of young people with little education who have joined the job market at a young age, to defend their sexual and reproductive health rights, and Culture for all - phase III on strengthening the cultural and creative sector in Kosovo, are three of the projects recently carried out by Interarts that are part of #TellUsAStory, a Culture Action Europe initiative of 19 projects showing the impact of culture on society. newsletter
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newsletter Video portraits of the participants in the workshop UrbanLab newsletter
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newsletter interarts In November 2016 the UrbanLab workshop was held in Medellin, Colombia. It is part of the 'Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities (LAIC)' project run by Interarts (Spain) and BOZAR (Belgium). UrbanLab was a space for collaboration between artists, activists and organised culture agents in nodes representing 5 Latin American cities -Lima (Peru), Medellin (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Curitiba (Brazil) and Puebla (Mexico)-, which worked on interdisciplinary projects based on topics such as learning, resilience and sustainability, violence, mobility, and memory. The participants' impressions can be seen in some videos of the UrbanLab. The work on the nodes has continued in the months following the UrbanLab and the results will be presented at a final exhibition opening on 18 May 2017 in Bozar (Brussels, Belgium). LAIC is funded by the European Union.  newsletter
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newsletter International Summer Academy on entrepreneurship in performing arts and creative industries: open for registration newsletter
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newsletter The National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA)in Sofia, Bulgaria, is holding its first International Summer Academy, 'Rock the Boat!', on entrepreneurship and leadership in the performing arts and creative industries. The academy will cover both international trends and local specificity and will be held in June 2017 in the Bulgarian capital. Its objectives include boosting the capacity of participants to lead cultural projects and apply business models, and learning about diverse methods of financing. Lidia Varbanova, a renowned international consultant, coach and researcher, is one of the international experts giving the course. More information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In November 2017 a seven-day workshop for young festival managers from all over the world will take place in Merano, Italy. The participants will have the opportunity to build on their programming skills and talk to renowned directors of world famous festivals. The call is an initiative from the European Festivals Association (EFA) and aimed at young managers. The deadline for applications is 14 April 2017. Meraner MusikWochen / Settimane Musicali Meranesi are running the workshop in collaboration with Italia Festival. More information. newsletter
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newsletter New York's Trestle Gallery is holding the 'Small Works' exhibition in July 2017, which is open to all works that are no larger than 12 inches (just over 30 cm) on their longest side. The call is open to all artists who have works of this dimension. Each creator can submit up to 3 works. The exhibition is curated by renowned curator and art professional Bill Carroll, currently Director of the Studio Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. The deadline for applications is 1 May 2017. More information. newsletter
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newsletter Open Fields' is the Festival of Arts and Science taking place in October 2017 in Riga (Latvia). It is organised by RIXC, a new media artists collective and a cultural centre for projects that are at the intersection of art, science and emerging technologies. The Open Fields will include a conference bringing together international academics and artists as well as an exhibition to showcase the most innovative approaches to artistic research. Proposals for both activities can be submitted until 14 May 2017. More information. newsletter
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newsletter FIVC. International Videodance Festival of Chile: open call newsletter
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newsletter interarts The fifth year of FIVC will showcase as many different dance proposals in film or documentary format. Artists working in dance, cinema and audiovisual from any country are invited to submit their works by 1 June 2017. The proposals selected will firstly be screened in Santiago de Chile before being shown in other cities. This will be followed by the FIVC ON TOUR programme, which will take the works to various countries in America and Europe. The categories are: documentary, dancefilm, videodance and motion: video-body-experimental. newsletter
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newsletter Women: cultures and communities': Award-winning videos newsletter
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newsletter As part of the activities on the IberCultura Viva Cooperation Programme, in September 2016 a 1-minute video competition was launched to highlight women's contribution to culture and their role in constructing the Latin American identity. Of the 55 videos submitted, 10 received an award. The videos can be seen here. IberCultura Viva focuses on strengthening community-based cultures in Latin American countries, especially among peoples, groups and communities who are socially vulnerable and have limited access to produce, register, enjoy and disseminate culture. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Published by Goethe-Institut e.V., the book 'Art in context: Learning from the Field' contains a series of interesting conversations between the editors, Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio and Susanne Bosch, and art and culture professionals from European and Asian countries: Myanmar, Japan, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Although they cover a very broad spectrum of ways of understanding artistic and cultural practice, they have one important thing in common: the idea of participatory art, united by a spirit of giving, receiving and reciprocating in art-making. newsletter
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newsletter interarts In November 2016, the Network of European Museums Organisations (NEMO) held a conference entitled 'Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums'. Its latest publication is on the same subject, with a view to proving that museums also have a high economic value, in addition to the artistic value of their collections and their social and educational value. The book contains examples of centres from several European countries and their differing approaches in measuring value, implementing financial strategies, and other areas. newsletter
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newsletter Audience development specialist Shoshana Fanizza Danoff has a website and blog aimed at the culture and artistic sectors on: Audience Development Specialists. The goal is to help cultural managers and artists form new perspectives on building audiences. Her approach goes beyond focussing on revenues to factor in other critical dimensions such as the long-term impact and community-building. The website includes a self-training section and a store from where Danoff Fanizza's books on this subject can be ordered. newsletter
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newsletter Mapping of cultural centres in Europe newsletter
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newsletter interarts A compilation of non-governmental cultural centres across Europe is now available on the Trans Europe Halles (TEH) website. The network aims to strengthen the sustainable development of non-governmental cultural centres and enrich independent culture across the continent by mapping them, and already includes 770 centres. According to the organisation, this is a living document and will continue to grow, both with TEH's own resources and input from anyone who wishes to provide data on centres that have not yet been mapped. newsletter
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newsletter Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Tirana and Dürres, Albania, 4-9 May 2017) newsletter
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newsletter interarts Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (BJCEM) and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Albania are hosting the 2017 event. This year's Artistic Director is renowned Albanian artist Driant Zeneli, who has defined the central theme, Home, as the equation of four concepts: history, conflict, dream and failure. The Biennial is the main event of the BJCEM, which has been offering young artists opportunities for training, mobility, exchange, cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation since 1985. This year there will be 230 participating artists who will exhibit or perform in unusual spaces around the cities of Tirana and Dürres. newsletter
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newsletter A conference organised by the Trans Europe Halles (TEH) network of European cultural centres on 'Culture and Sharing Communities' will be held in the historic Croatian city of Pula. The Rojc Alliance, a member of TEH, will host this event from 25 to 28 May which will explore the potential of community development. Participants will discuss issues such as the role of cultural centres in communities and their responsibility to develop a culture based on sharing. Other matters such as co-producing, co-governing and sharing spaces and workplaces will also be addressed during the conference. More information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter New Cities Summit 2017 (Songdo, South Korea, 7-9 June 2017) newsletter
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newsletter New Cities, a non-profit organisation that seeks to improve city life, has announced its upcoming June 2017 Summit. The summit will be held in the city of Songdo, in South Korea, which is a prime example of a city built using the parameters of sustainability and well-being. With the theme 'Thriving Cities: The Building Blocks of Urban Wellbeing', the meeting will bring together business people, politicians, corporate leaders, designers and thinkers to work together for greater inclusion, connectivity and health in cities. The 2017 Summit enjoys support from the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority and the City of Incheon. 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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