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Cyberkaris nº 173 - November 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 Dear BB: thank you for your message last weekend. Please allow me to answer out loud. Reasons for restlessness abound in the world, while in my land the conditions for the perfect storm are gradually being created: “We don't know where all this is going to end, but it's getting closer and closer.” Basically, the problem is not so much whether we Catalans want to remain or stop being Spanish, but rather that firstly, the population would appear to be symmetrically divided between each camp, with 50% in one or the other. Secondly, not commenting on and not knowing, the impossible task of ascertaining how many and who is on each side of the red line, and an explicit ban on talking about it, have been imposed as a raison d'Etat. Thirdly, all other issues, from refugees coming to Europe to burgeoning new urban poverty to the unstoppable rise of large-scale corruption, have disappeared. Fourthly, a growing social divide; a manner of "corrosion of character" (Sennett) that imperceptibly opens a gap between friends and relatives, that 'fear of leaving the house' that is beginning to empty theatres, cinemas and even restaurants... as if the streets were suitable only for waving flags and rallying. Fifth and lastly, the implacable imposition of binary thinking, of a black and white and unnuanced reality, as if not being in one camp unquestionably entails being in the other.

This is the ghost that is careering around Catalonia with viral intensity. Ultimately, this problem is a Spanish problem. And the Spanish problem is inexorably turning into a European problem, in a wobbly and unsettled Europe that is ever less able to cope in a new and uncertain global disorder in which it must assert its own interests. Perhaps we can provide creative solutions through culture, opting for third ways out: shared sovereignties, confederal monarchies, innovative constitutions ... with the permission of those who like you know everything about law worldwide.

It might be a bit on the early side, but I'd also like to wish you a Merry Christmas. Perhaps this year the prisons will be unjustly full of good people who paid dearly for their attempt to make the citizen utopia into reality, and perhaps the good old Christmas lights won't be illuminating our streets, in memory of a different but possible world.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts On 11 October, representatives of the BAC Art Center in Tunis, one of the partners of the project Community Practices around the Public Value of Culture in the Southern Mediterranean - SouthMed CV took part in a meeting organised by the Delegation of the European Union in Tunisia with the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Entitled '#EU4Culture: Culture Lab Game on!', the event included debates, artistic performances and project presentations, among others. SouthMed CV also put the finishing touches to the activities and presentations for its regional conference to be held in Amman, Jordan, on 3 and 4 December. Along with panels on building a cultural system in the Southern Mediterranean and on culture as a vector for development in that region, the conference will include group workshops with representatives of cultural foundations and institutions in the region. SouthMed CV will present its final publication at the same event. SouthMed CV is financed by the European Union under the regional programme Med Culture. (Photo: Med Culture). newsletter
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newsletter interarts The necessary connection between science and culture was extensively explored at Interacció17 in Barcelona from October 18 to 20. Organised by Barcelona County Council and led by Chair of the Interarts Foundation Board of Trustees Eduard Miralles, the event addressed various dimensions of this binome, such as its relationship with sustainability, technology and art in a talk by audiovisual artist Eugènia Balcells spoke. One of the many other interesting concepts discussed was citizen science, on which the Barcelona Culture Institute gave presentations of its projects. A panoramic view of Interacció17 is available through the tweets posted. (Photo: Interacció). newsletter
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newsletter On 25 and 26 October, the experts selected to externally evaluate of the SouthMed CV project had their first meeting with the Interarts team responsible for leading the project at the foundation's headquarters in Barcelona. The meeting allowed Fatin Farhat (Ramallah, Palestine) and Khadija El Bennaoui (Morocco-France) to gather basic data on the parts played by the various stakeholders involved in the project at both operational and administrative level, and to study the profiles of the SouthMed CV beneficiaries to select those who may be visited and interviewed. In addition, the meeting participants discussed the activities to be carried out in Amman, Jordan, from 1 to 4 December: an evaluation meeting of the SouthMed CV consortium partners, a meeting of the representatives of beneficiary projects, and an impact evaluation in the region and the regional conference. newsletter
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newsletter Seminar on local culture and development in Honduras newsletter
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newsletter interarts Interarts chair Eduard Miralles attended the seminar 'Local Culture and Development' in the last week of October in the town of Comayagua, the former colonial capital of Honduras, which was organised by the National Autonomous University of Honduras and the Cultural Centre of Spain to mark its 10th anniversary. Eduard Miralles gave the opening speech on 'Development, Diversity and Sustainability'. Over 150 people registered for the seminar, including professionals from the public and private sectors and associations from all over the country who work in the cultural, tourism and local development sectors. More information. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The first field activities on the project 'Towards greater gender equality: Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector - SouthMed WiA' have just taken place in Tunis, from 5 to 9 November, in synergy with the 28th session of the renowned Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, which shares the same goal as SouthMedWiA: supporting and promoting gender equality as regards women representation and presence in the audiovisual sector of the Southern Mediterranean region. The activities included a public session to officially present SouthMed WiA and the projects selected in the first call for proposals. In addition, various training sessions were held to promote the role of women in front of and behind the camera, capacity-building on topics specific to the audiovisual sector, gender approach and under representation of women in the sector as well as seminars on the use of women’s bodies and gender stereotypes in movies and TV. The event created networking opportunities among audiovisual stakeholders; learning and showcasing the work of different Southern Mediterranean women professionals of the audiovisual sectors and existing gender equality initiatives within local television channels. SouthMedWiA is co-financed by the European Union as part of the MedFilm regional programme, and implemented by a consortium led by Interarts in Spain in association with the Higher School of Audiovisual and Cinema (ESAC) in Tunisia; Culture & Media Agency Europe (CUMEDIAE), Belgium; Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM), Italy; and the Screen Institute Beirut (SIB), Lebanon. newsletter
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newsletter Mission to the Caribbean: learning partnerships and exhibition on domestic and gender-based violence newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 27 November to 1 December, project coordinators Anna Lucia Pinto and Claudia Rosignoli will represent Interarts in St. Lucia, taking part in a raft of activities that aim to reduce domestic violence in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, as part of the project DECIDES Caribbean. Over the first four days there will be learning partnerships, involving the organisations that implement the project as well as representatives from the health and social sector, the police force, religious leaders, etc., and meetings between project partners: Interarts, Caribbean Women's Association (CARIWA), Advocates for Safe Parenthood (St. Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE) and Women Against Rape Inc. (WAR). Additionally, representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago section of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA T&T), partners with ASPIRE of the project DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago, will act as observers of the learning partnerships to replicate them in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as attending meetings between project partners. The opening ceremony of the World Bank Art Program exhibition “1 in 3” will take place at the UN House on 1 December. Open until 15 December, the exhibition seeks to raise awareness about domestic and gender-based violence through visual art works by visual artworks by artists from various regions of the world to bring the voices of the survivors. DECIDES Caribbean and DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago are co-financed by the European Commission through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). newsletter
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newsletter New phase for the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe newsletter
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newsletter The online information system with data and monitoring of cultural policies that the Council of Europe leads in partnership with the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts) is preparing a new phase that will be launched in early 2018. The subjects that the Compendium covers have to do with the relationship between culture and democracy: cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, and international cultural cooperation, among others. This new phase was discussed at the 16th Assembly of Compendium authors, in Prague, Czech Republic, from 8 to 10 November. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The recently created culture and patronage unit within the General Sub-directorate of Cultural Industries and Patronage, Secretary of State for Culture, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, is organising a 'Culture and Patronage Seminary', in conjunction with the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, which will take place on 15 November in Madrid, Spain. The aim of the event is to present the new unit, discuss the legal framework of patronage, and review some examples from public cultural institutions. Entries are free but you must register at culturaymecenazgo@mecd.es stating your full name, ID number, organisation and position. Programme. newsletter
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newsletter Of the comprehensive programme of online courses offered by the Center for Cultural Planning & Development at the University of British Columbia, there are three courses taught by Dr Lidia Varbanova, a research and teaching expert on international cultural policies: workshop on cultural practices and strategies in the digital realm (start date: 15 November); cultural entrepreneurship workshop (start date: 23 November); and workshop on cultural planning - an international perspective (start date: 28 November). All of the courses offered by the university can be found on the University website. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Documentary directors, screenwriters, editors, photography directors, sound professionals and any other members of a documentary production team can participate in MTAA DOCS, organised by the Slum Film Festival and Docubox. This documentary workshop focuses on telling stories from the slums, other marginalised communities and stories of hope in disadvantage. Participants will receive mentoring on how to carry out their projects, and the best submissions will be curated into full-fledged documentary films and owners will have an opportunity to meet with potential content buyers. The deadline to enter is 20 November 2017. Information and registration. newsletter
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newsletter ELIA Biennial 2018: call for proposals newsletter
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newsletter ELIA announces the 15th edition of its Biennial Conference, which will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 21 to 24 November 2018, and has launched a call for proposals to take part. The conference will focus on resilience in the city, from the points of view of art, education and urban planning. This topic will be addressed through four sub-themes: a) changing centres, changing margins; b) art and social cohesion; c) art and economy; and d) art and innovation. The deadline for submitting proposals is 18 December 2017. It is open to representatives of ELIA member institutions in all artistic disciplines, such as teachers, researchers, artists, and professionals from the cultural sector in general. newsletter
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newsletter ENCATC is organising two events that will take place in New York City, United States, from 12 to 16 February 2018: the 8th edition of the ‘ENCATC International Study Tour’ and the ‘ENCATC Academy on Cultural Relations and Diplomacy: The Rising Role of Cities’. Both events are aimed at academics, researchers, cultural managers, professionals, artists, students and members of the general public who want to learn more about the growing role of cities in culture and diplomacy, gain exclusive access to the cultural institutions of New York, and network professionally. The registration period will open soon. newsletter
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newsletter Latest UN report on fundamentalism and its impact on women newsletter
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newsletter The latest report from Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights of the UN, is now available. The report addresses the repercussions of fundamentalism and extremism on women's cultural rights. Bennoune presented the report to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 25 October in New York. The Special Rapporteur also explained the salient points in the report, including the conviction that a human rights-based response to fundamentalism and extremism must by fully gender sensitive, at a press conference. newsletter
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newsletter interarts One of the publications from the project ‘European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID)’, coordinated by the Institute for European Studies (IES), is a study on international cultural relations (ICR) and the role of cultural diplomacy (CD) in the European Union. Written by Richard Higgot, a lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the report identifies some of the key opportunities and limitations on ICR and DC in the interactive relationship between culture and foreign policy, in addition to pointing out the factors that might improve the resilience of European stakeholders involved in ICR and DC given these restrictions. newsletter
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newsletter Publication of the book The Civic City in a Nomadic World, by Charles Landry newsletter
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newsletter interarts Publishing house nai010 recently published Charles Landry's The Civic City in a Nomadic World. Landry coined the term 'Creative City' and is also known for his book The Art of City Making. His new publication begins with the current context, which is strongly marked by the largest mass movement of people, goods, companies and ideas in history. Laundry argues that this new context, in which nomadic is the new norm, exists alongside a yearning for belonging, distinction and identity. Available to buy on the publisher's website, this book gives a vision of where the future city is headed and will help us navigate evolving urban landscapes. newsletter
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newsletter Comparative study on the daily lives of men and women in Europe newsletter
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newsletter interarts Eurostat, the European Statistical Office of the European Commission, has published an online document on the lives of women and men in Europe in 2017. The publication highlights both the differences and similarities in the daily lives of both genders. Photographs, infographics, short texts and interactive visualisation tools are used in the report to present the data collected as accessibly and attractively as possible. One of the areas covered in ‘The life of women and men in Europe - A statistical portrait. 2017’ is a chapter on cultural habits. newsletter
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newsletter Digital Culture AC/E Yearbook 2017 newsletter
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newsletter interarts Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E) recently published the online edition of its Digital Culture Yearbook 2017. Its aim is to offer creators and culture professionals updated information on digital technologies that may be useful in their work. The publication not only includes the main technological trends -large reality, Big Data, the internet of things, neuroscience applied to technology, etc. -, but also examines how to use digital tools to conserve, analyse, study and disseminate cultural heritage. newsletter
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newsletter B.creative (Shanghai, China, 15 November 2017) newsletter
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newsletter interarts B.creative is back this year, this time in Shanghai. The event will take place on 15 November as part of the High Level People to People (HPPD) summit between the European Union and China. Focusing on ‘creative entrepreneurship and urban challenges’, the conference is organised by KEA (a Brussels-based research centre) under the Creative Tracks project, which is co-funded by the EU and supports young creative entrepreneurs from around the world in addition to fostering intercultural collaboration. newsletter
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newsletter Final report 'Refugees reporting' (Brussels, Belgium, 16 November 2017) newsletter
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newsletter In May and June 2017, the project ‘Refugees reporting’, led by The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) and the Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe, studied how refugees are portrayed in the media of various European countries and how refugees could better represent themselves in media. The Spanish Anna Lindh Network, which Interarts is a member of, and the Blanquerna Observatory, participated in the research. The final project report and results will be presented in Brussels, Belgium, on 16 November. newsletter
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newsletter XOC 2017 Conference on creative and cultural peripheries (Barcelona, Spain, 1 December 2017) newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Association of Cultural Management Professionals of Catalonia (APGCC) is holding a new edition of the XOC, this time on creative and cultural peripheries. The main idea is to look at the concept of peripheries, not only from a geographical point of view but also from a wider angle, including all matters that are not in the centre and are therefore related to diversity, heterodoxy or cultural marginality. Examples of peripheral actions and initiatives will be presented, and a debate held on how the new technological context has enabled a change in the existence of this type of manifestation. newsletter
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newsletter European Culture Forum (Milan, Italy, 7 and 8 December 2017) newsletter
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newsletter The European Culture Forum will take place on December 7 and 8 in Milan - the first time it will be held outside of Brussels. Organised by the European Commission, this event is held biennially and seeks to raise the profile of European cultural cooperation, bring together the main players in the cultural sector, and discuss EU culture policy and initiatives. This year's Forum will also be the official inauguration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, which is the EU's thematic year devoted to our common cultural assets and all related aspects. The event programme includes plenary sessions where topics such as the challenges of culture in Europe will be discussed, as well as parallel work sessions. newsletter
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newsletter Rome, Italy, 15-17 November 2017. See Cyberkaris 172, October 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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