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Cyberkaris nº 169 - June 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 Compared to other types of space for culture, libraries have shown great adaptability to what the cultural policies of reference have required of them over time. They have gone from being book custodians, sometimes akin to a police force, to become service supermarkets, with flexible hours and lending options, and have even turned into resource centres to encourage reading among various swathes of the population.

Today, however, libraries are apparently in crisis and their promoters and professionals focusing on other tasks that are neither better nor worse, simply different. Be it because traditional users are not finding what they are looking for, or perhaps more accurately are no longer looking for what they can find elsewhere, or because non-users cannot break the glass wall that keeps them apart from reading, or simply because the library has become a land for other readings (other containers and other contents), huge investments in public reading services made in some parts of Spain are not in keeping with their limited impact on the quantitative and qualitative improvement of reading skills among the people.

While the Barcelona Provincial Library project has apparently been put on a definitive back burner, plans to boost reading (at ministerial, local and regional level) and platforms of indisputable tradition and prestige such as the Barcelona province library network are incoherently juxtaposed, declaring a new generation of libraries that gives greater recognition to the 'maker' culture or new urban leisure pursuits than to the work undertaken by the librarian system. Undisputed prescribers such as the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation in the last few years, shortly after the death of its founder, took a new turn and closed its operations base in Salamanca, drastically cut back its technical team and changed its 'Reader's House' programme in the former Madrid abattoir, directed until then by former Minister of Culture César Antonio Molina. (Something similar happened with the Bertelsmann Foundation library programme, which was built on the heritage of that old Lutheran bible publisher...)

Policies to promote reading are failing somewhere. When large-scale digitisation calls for new tools to transform information into knowledge. When reading continues to be an operation that is more or less practiced in a similar way as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. When they are probably needed more, libraries cannot be absent.

Eduard Mirales, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts On 7 May 2017, the project 'Theatre and culture against discrimination' was officially launched at the University of Cairo, Egypt. It is one of the projects financed under the second SouthMed CV call and is implemented in Cairo and led by the Egyptian Feminist Union, in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth of Egypt and the University of Cairo. The project is about gender and religious discrimination in Egypt and focuses on working with young people to raise awareness of this problem and find ways to tackle it through theatre and art workshops that ultimately convey non-discriminatory ideas and concepts. Art is used as the tool to foster society development and as an educational tool for young people. At the opening ceremony, speeches were given by Dr. Houda Badran, chair of the Egyptian Feminist Union; Dr. Jaber Nassar, chair of the University of Cairo; Dr. Amal Jamaleddin, representative of the Egyptian Ministry of Youth, and Sebastien Trenner, Head of Culture and Cultural Heritage of the EU Delegation in Egypt. Project coordinator Toni Cots represented SouthMed CV and also spoke at the conference. Ending with a musical performance, the event was widely covered by the media: Sada al Balad, Al Gomhouria, On Live, Al Masri al Yawm. SouthMed CV is co-financed by the EU under the regional programme Med Culture. newsletter
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newsletter DECIDES Caribbean: Audiovisual workshop with adolescents about domestic and gender violence newsletter
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newsletter interarts An animation workshop with students from Saint John's School Christian Faith Academy was held in Antigua and Barbuda from 10 to 19 May on the theme of domestic and gender violence. The activity was part of the project DECIDES Caribbean and aimed to give young people the opportunity to consider and debate an issue that is prevalent in their day-to-day lives. Led by PDA Films, the workshop was enabled by one of the project partners, Women Against Rape (WAR), and was given to 15 boys and girls aged between 16 and 18. In addition, the trainers gave a masterclass to the authorities and teachers on the workshop methodology, techniques and examples so that local teachers could give the workshop themselves in the future. Together with Interarts and WAR, DECIDES Caribbean involves the Caribbean Women's Association (CARIWA) and Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Saint Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE). The project is co-financed by the European Commission as part of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), and supervised by the European Union delegation in Barbados, Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM. (Photo: PDA Films). newsletter
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newsletter interarts On May 17th, the workshop 'Tools for creative entrepreneurs: crowdfunding, branding & storytelling', was held by the Cultural Ministry of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium. It was attended by young Ibero-American entrepreneurs with projects created and/or developed in Belgium. Led by Economía Creativa Consultancy, the workshop included a presentation of 'LAIC - Culture and Arts in Support of Social Cohesion in Latin America', which is an example of how the arts can play an active role in society and contribute to participatory and creative citizenship. Toni Cots, project coordinator, and Conrado Uribe, non-key expert, presented the LAIC aims and programme following an introduction by Interarts director Mercedes Giovinazzo. The full presentation is available here (from minute 36) and continues here. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The project 'LAIC - Culture and Arts in Support of Social Cohesion in Latin America' was the focalpoint of two events held in Brussels on 18 May. In the morning, LAIC was part of the Infopoint of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, where project coordinator Toni Cots and representatives of some of the organisations and art collectives that have taken part in LAIC explained to the public how this project that puts art at the service of the community and citizenship has been developed. Video of the session available. In the afternoon, the exhibition of all the work carried out during the LAIC process was inaugurated at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels. 'Latin American Cartographies' shows the visual outcome of Latin American and European artists' reflections on urban realities in Latin America based on five key concepts: violence, learning, memory, resilience and mobility. 'Latin American Cartographies' is open until 6 August 2017. LAIC is a project implemented by Interarts (Spain) and BOZAR (Belgium) and financed by the European Union. newsletter
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newsletter SouthMed WiA. Questionnaire on the presence of women in the film industry in the Southern Mediterranean newsletter
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newsletter interarts As part of the project 'SouthMed WiA. Towards Greater Gender Equality: promoting the role and image of women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector', an online questionnaire was conducted in May to gather information on programmes and initiatives supporting women's representation in the audiovisual industry in the Southern Mediterranean. The date collected will be used to provide an actual picture of the recent and current situation, which will assist the project team to better focus the research, training, and awareness building initiatives in the framework of the project. The initiative also includes two calls for proposals to support projects promoting gender equality in the audiovisual sector in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. The calls will be published in June 2017 and February 2018. SouthMed WiA is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by Interarts (Spain) and four non-governmental organisations: Culture and Media Agency Europe - CUMEDIAE (Belgium), Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators COPEAM (Italy), Screen Institute Beirut - SIB (Lebanon) and Higher School of Audiovisual and Film - ESAC (Tunisia). (Photo: Guardians of the time lost). newsletter
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newsletter interarts In May and early June Culture Action Europe (CAE) is holding a series of meetings in major European capitals to discuss the best way to develop the Europe of Culture (#EuropeofCulture) since it is not mentioned in the White Paper on the future of Europe that was recently presented to the European Parliament. At the meetings, artists, researchers, thinkers and other professionals from the European cultural and arts sectors who strongly believe in the fundamental role that culture can play in Europe, will contribute ideas and reflections that will later be shared in an online debate open to all that CAE has entitled 'Jamm'Europe'. newsletter
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newsletter The On-the-Move network recently mentioned the call for the Award for Culture 2017 given by the Arab British Centre and the British Council to individuals or organisations whose contribution to the dissemination of Arab arts and culture has advanced dialogue and understanding of the Arab world in the United Kingdom. For the first time, the Award for Culture will offer two categories: one for individuals and one for organisations. The winners will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to travel and network in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia or Qatar. The deadline to apply is 25 June 2017. newsletter
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newsletter Artists residency in Tokyo: open call newsletter
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newsletter Tokyo Wonder Site Residency (TWS Residency) is now calling for two residency programmes in the Japanese capital: The International Creator Residency Program 2018 and the Research Residency Program 2018. The first lasts for 3 months and is specifically aimed at artists working in the fields of architecture, visual art, design, curation and administration. The second lasts approximately 6 weeks and is for research processes in the fields of visual art, music, sound art, interpretation, architecture, design and curation. Both are a good opportunity to exchange creative ideas and to enrich creative processes. Applications must be submitted by 27 June 2017. newsletter
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newsletter Tandem Europe: call for proposals newsletter
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newsletter Tandem Europe is open for applications once again to finance projects carried out by professionals in the arts, culture or social sectors with a partner from another country to address the socio-economic challenges of our societies. This method allows Tandem Europe to bring together people from various contexts and contribute to cross-border working relationships. It is open to representatives from civil society organisations, public institutions, non-profit-making initiatives and social enterprises that deal with cultural issues and innovation in their societies and are based in one of the 28 EU Member States or Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Switzerland, Norway or Iceland. The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 June 2017. newsletter
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newsletter 9th Jana International Film Festival for Children and Youth: open call newsletter
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newsletter Community protection and empowerment' is the theme of the 9th Jana International Film Festival for Children and Youth. It is organised by Lebanon's Arab Resource Centre for Popular Arts (ARCPA/AL-JANA), which works with communities at risk of being excluded from the country to build on their strengths and help them to become active agents in their community's development. With the collaboration of UNICEF and the Netherlands, the Festival will take place in November 2017 and the organisation is inviting filmmakers of any nationality to submit works by or for children and youth by 30 June 2017. Terms and application form. newsletter
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newsletter interarts A recently published study maps the different value chains for the arts and culture: visual and performing arts, cultural heritage, artistic crafts, book publishing, music, film, television, radio and multimedia. It also examines how all of the steps in these chains, from creation to consumption, have been affected by digital technology. The study puts forward recommendations to policy-makers on what is needed for the CCS in today's digital world. It was conducted by a consortium formed by IDEA Consult, the project leader, KEA and the Centre for Studies on Information and Telecommunications in the Media of The University of Brussels (VUB-SMIT). The full study and an executive summary are available in French and English on the KEA website. newsletter
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newsletter Newsletter on cultural tourism 'Unique routes' newsletter
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newsletter From the Creative Cities Network, 'Unique Routes' is a cultural tourism cooperation initiative between a number of small and medium-sized cities around or not too far from the Spanish-French border: Irún and Barakaldo (Basque Country), Tournefeuille and Foix (Occitania/Pyrenees-Mediterranean Region) and Sant Just Desvern (Catalonia). The Kreanta Foundation (Catalonia) is also a project partner. By setting up innovative recreational-cultural actions as well as training and awareness activities, 'Unique Routes' seeks to contribute to local economic development through tourism. News about this project is now available on the project website and electronic newsletter. The project is supported by the European Union (INTERREG V-A Programme) and co-financed with European ERDF funds under POCTEFA 2014-2020 (Spain-France-Andorra Territorial Cooperation Programme). newsletter
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newsletter interarts Culture Action Europe (CAE) has recently published 'Polis and the people: Looking into the future of urban cultural policies', which takes stock of local cultural policy development, reflects on what we have learnt and where we are, before describing possible avenues forward when considering culture from a local perspective. It also explores the current status of cultural policy at a local level and the challenges that lay ahead. Its aim is to shed light on ideas that have cross-cutting support since cultural, civic and political advancement will only come to be if a diverse coalition of citizens, organisations and institutions work together at different levels. newsletter
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newsletter Collège de la Diversité was created by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of France in 2015 to foster citizenship by recognising cultural specificities and diverse origins. Awareness-raising through education and artistic and cultural practices are crucial to this task. Following over a year's work in three main areas-diversity of people, diversity of territories and diversity of practices-the Ministry recently published the Collège de la Diversité White Paper, on diversity in the culture sector. newsletter
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newsletter British Museums Association Manifesto newsletter
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newsletter The Network of European Museums Organisations (NEMO) recently announced the publication of a manifesto drawn up by the British Museum Association that is aimed in particular at the next UK government following the general election on 8 June 2017. Its aim is to garner political support for museums. Some of the priorities for museums set down in the manifesto are to maintain free entry, sustain public investment, and negotiate a Brexit agreement that works for museums. More information about the manifesto. newsletter
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newsletter 14th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management - AIMAC (Beijing, China, 24-28 June 2017) newsletter
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newsletter The International Association of Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC) is holding its biennial conference in 2017. Since the first edition in 1991 the conference has been hosted by numerous cities, but this is the first time it will take place in an Asian capital-Beijing, China-extending its international dimension. Like previous AIMAC conferences, it will bring together professionals, researchers and academics from the arts and culture sector, fostering an exchange of experiences among all countries. The AIMAC programme always endeavours to include the points of view of all arts and culture sectors, as well as related industries such as design and food.

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newsletter UNESCO: World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2017 (Krakow, Poland, 25 June - 4 July 2017) newsletter
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newsletter interarts Memory: lost and recovered heritage' is the title of the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2017,which is held by the Polish National Commission for UNESCO and the International Cultural Centre of Krakow. The Forum is aimed at young people aged from 22 to 32 who are linked to professional areas related to natural and cultural heritage, particularly heritage restoration and conservation. Among other activities, the participants will visit world heritage sites such as Krakow, Warsaw and Wieliczka, and do practical hands-on activities on the restoration of Wawel Royal Castle (Krakow). The Forum is part of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee and the UNESCO World Heritage Programme. newsletter
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