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Cyberkaris nº 174 - December 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 United States of America, presided over by the mad and maddening Donald Trump, the same guy who provocatively wants to shift the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to go back to the Moon, on the way to Mars, has gone and dumped UNESCO along with Israel, thereby consummating the threat it made in late 2011 (see Cyberkaris No. 108) because Palestine was admitted as a UNESCO member state at its last biannual General Assembly in Paris in November, just a few hours after Audrey Azoulay-a French woman of Moroccan lineage and Jewish origin-was elected to be the new General Secretary for the next four years. Indeed, it was more than just a threat: the US hasn't been paying its financial contribution to UNESCO (some $60m, or around 22% of the organisation's budget) since 2012 (Israel's contribution, which was also stopped, amounted to some $2m/year). For the record, Ms Azoulay's candidacy (she was briefly Hollande's Minister for Culture and daughter of André Azoulay, the prestigious politician, journalist, banker, advisor to the Moroccan monarchy and for many years chair of the Anna Lindh Foundation for cultural dialogue in the Mediterranean), was already a gesture of good will, given that after Irina Bokova's presidency (a woman and a Central European), the top job in UNESCO now had to go to someone of Arab origin. The gesture was largely futile, however, given the circumstances. Bearing in mind that the United States already withdrew from UNESCO in the early 80s after the McBride report and the results of the Mondiacult conference in Mexico, and did not return until 2003, shortly before the vote for the Convention on Cultural Diversity, the United States' effective life in UNESCO (which was founded in 1946) is pretty short.

But it isn't all bad news from UNESCO. It's no secret that when the United Nations was defining and approving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the 2030 horizon a couple of years ago, culture did not fair too well and in the end none of the 17 items were devoted to it, although culture does play a relatively cross-cutting role. UNESCO did what it could. The permanently active UNESCO office in Mexico, led by Spaniard Nuria Sanz, has just held a seminar of international experts from around the world, which we also had the honour of attending, in the Jaliscan city of Zapopan (coinciding with the prestigious International Book Fair in Guadalajara), which entailed culturally 'localising' the SDGs +30 in the metropolitan region of Zapopan (with a population of 6 million in 8 municipalities, it is the country's second largest). We must definitely welcome this initiative and hope that it is continued in other significant local realities along with the other 'agendas' that today have a worldwide impact on local culture policies: the Convention on Cultural Diversity and the Agenda 21 for Culture.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts Launched in 2015, the Social Platform of European Identities and Cultural Heritage CulturalBase has been researching and debating European heritage and identity in three fundamental areas for two years: cultural memory, cultural inclusion and cultural creativity. Academics and professionals from various sectors have worked jointly on these topics and have published numerous reports and studies with a view to addressing the new challenges and potential of culture in Europe. The work undertaken by the CulturalBase Platform will contribute to the sustainable management of European cultural heritage going forward. A new document has just been released with a concrete proposal to harness the CulturalBase experience: ?Improving communication and information systems for cultural heritage and European identities: CulturalBase European Stakeholders' Platform for Arts and Culture (ESPLART)'. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Drawing on the shared goals between the SouthMed WiA project and the renowned film festival Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (Tunisia) when it comes to supporting and promoting gender equality in both the representation and presence of women in the audiovisual sector in the Southern Mediterranean, SouthMed WiA carried out its first field activities in the region from 5 to 9 November, coinciding with the film festival. In addition to capacity-building sessions on audiovisual topics and seminars and debates on gender stereotypes in films and television, a public session was held to present SouthMed WiA and the first projects that will be financed as part of this initiative. The project managers, Southmed WiA implement partners -Interarts (Spain), Higher School of Audiovisual and Cinema (ESAC) (Tunisia), Culture & Media Agency Europe (CUMEDIAE) (Belgium), Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) (Italy) and Screen Institute Beirut (SIB) (Lebanon), and regional sector experts all participated in the programmed activities. SouthMed WiA is a project funded by the European Union under the regional programme Med Film. More information. (Image: Wespic). newsletter
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newsletter SouthMed WiA on the Masters in Inter-Mediterranean Mediation (MIM) newsletter
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newsletter As part of Interarts' ongoing collaboration with this Masters degree, jointly offered by the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice and the Paul-Valéry University in Montpellier, in November the foundation presented the SouthMed WiA project, which is currently underway and aims to support and promote gender equality in both the representation and presence of women in the audiovisual sector in the Southern Mediterranean. Interarts manager Antonio Gucciardo and SouthMed WiA project coordinator Anna Lucia Pinto gave the students an overview of the foundation's work in the Mediterranean region and details on the implementation of SouthMed WiA respectively. The students were keen to learn the practical side of starting of a project in that region, such as working with local partners. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Beyond the Obvious-Cultural Agora took place from 15 to 17 November in Rome. This year's conference organised by Culture Action Europe (CAE) was part of the Roma Capitale event and the programme was structured around three main areas: heritage and social innovation, education, and the future of Europe. Mercedes Giovinazzo and Antonio Gucciardo, Interarts director and Interarts manager and treasurer of CAE respectively, took part in the presentations and workshops. The numerous Beyond the Obvious activities included presentations on the main themes, a round table on European Cultural Capitals, a workshop on culture and urban sustainability, and a debate on digital technology and audiences. An image gallery, videos of the presentations and other materials related to the event are now available. (Photo: CAE). newsletter
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newsletter As a speaker at the round table 'From collaboration to the network' and a participant in the working group on the same topic, Interarts director Mercedes Giovinazzo was one of the experts at the MAV 2017 Forum in Madrid, which is organised by the association Mujeres en las Artes Visuales ('Women in the Visual Arts'). Creators, researchers and culture and visual arts professionals discussed the main issues that concern this group in Seville (9 November) and Madrid (17 and 18 November), with the aim of furthering knowledge and work from a gender perspective. The two other round tables at the forum were 'Building new identities in artistic creation' and 'Women and power in the art system'. The Forum was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Community of Madrid, the Andalusian Institute for Women, the Regional Government of Andalusia and Matadero de Madrid. The conclusions of the MAV 2017 Forum can be watched in this video. newsletter
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newsletter DECIDES Programme: mission in the Caribbean newsletter
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newsletter interarts The DECIDES programme is currently running two projects in the Caribbean: DECIDES Caribbean, which seeks to contribute to reducing domestic violence in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; and DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago, focused on reducing discrimination due to gender-based violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in Trinidad and Tobago. Both projects seek to bring about cultural and behavioural changes in society and to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) to achieve their aims. The Interarts project coordinators Anna Lucia Pinto and Claudia Rosignoli went to the region from 25 November to 3 December on a field mission that included various activities: learning associations, some for the project partner organisations and others for representatives of the police, the judiciary, education, the health sector and from other significant fields in combating gender-based violence. Also, work meetings were held between project partners (DECIDES Caribbean: Interarts, CARIWA, ASPIRE and WAR; DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago: Interarts, ASPIRE and CAFRA TT), and with the representatives of the project selected in the first DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago call to receive a grant: 'Redefining the Politics of Gender', coordinated by the NGO Friends for life, in partnership with The Silver Lining Foundation and WesPic Graphic Design Development. The mission culminated on 1 December with the opening of the exhibition '1 IN 3', curated by the Art Program of the World Bank in Washington DC. The exhibition seeks to raise awareness about the global epidemic of gender-based violence. It is hosted by the World Bank, UN Women and Interarts with the support of the European Union, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and DECIDES Caribbean. 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 Mercedes Giovinazzo and Eduard Miralles, director and chair of Interarts respectively, were among the participants at the seminar organised in Barcelona by the Cultural Commission of the World Network of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Institut de Cultura of Barcelona City Council (ICUB) on 28 November. They joined some twenty experts from Barcelona's cultural sector to debate mass tourism in the Catalan capital, a phenomena that is changing Barcelona's idiosyncrasy. The topics included changing our collective imagination to broaden the preconceived image that tourists arriving in the city have, and how local residents can regain ownership of the city. newsletter
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newsletter The work that the municipal government of Zapopan, Mexico, and the UNESCO Office in that country have carried out in 2017 culminated with the UNESCO Zapopan International Forum (28 November to 2 December 2017), which sought to join efforts to promote sustainable development policies in the city based on strengthening the value chain of creation, production, distribution, dissemination and access to culture. Some 40 specialists from 16 countries, including Eduard Miralles, chair of the Interarts Board of Trustees, attended the forum. Two of the dimensions discussed at the round tables were models of distribution and marketing, and promotion and cultural dissemination. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Under the royal patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, the Regional Conference of the project 'SouthMed CV-Community of practices for the public value of culture in the southern Mediterranean' was held in Amman, Jordan from 3 to 4 December. In addition to the region's artistic and cultural sector, international experts and representatives of the 30+ projects sub-granted as part of SouthMed CV, of the organisations of the implementing consortium, the European Union and the institutions of the southern countries of the Mediterranean, all participated in the scheduled activities. These included panels on the role of culture as a vector of development for the region and workshops to work in thematic groups such as the concept of cross-border cooperation, participatory partnerships to involve civil society in the development of policies, the role of culture among young people, and the creative economy for development in Southern Mediterranean communities. The day before the conference, on 2 December, the representatives of the projects funded by SouthMed CV participated in a meeting aimed at capacity building and networking. A compilation of the work carried out by these projects, along with thesis articles and interviews related to the main SouthMed CV concepts, will make up the content of the project's final publication, which was presented at the Regional Conference. As part of the preparations for the book, Interarts project coordinator Toni Cots met with Mohamed Ben Soltane, director of BAC Art Centre and the artistic team that designed the publication from 29 October to 5 November in Tunis. SouthMed CV is cofunded by the EU under the regional programme Med Culture. newsletter
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newsletter In November 2018, ELIA-the European League of Art Institutes-is holding its 15th Biennial Conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The audience of the Biennial Conference comprises 500 lecturers, thinkers, artists, leaders and students from arts education institutions will examine how art, design and performance can play a vital role in building resilience, to promote common practices and different forms of living together. ELIA invites all those interested to submit their research on this subject by 18 December 2017. Information and terms and conditions. newsletter
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newsletter A training week on internationalisation for artists, cultural entrepreneurs and intermediaries as part of the ICCI project will take place from 28 January to 3 February 2018 in Matera, Italy, The deadline for applying is 31 December 2017. The ICCI project is part of the Erasmus Strategic Partnership programme funded by the European Commission and seeks to innovate in the state of the art while developing a training model at European level for creative entrepreneurs and intermediary organisations on how to internationalise creative businesses. More information about the call. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Voices of Culture is a European Commission initiative to create a space for debate on aspects of culture involving a range of European sector players, with a view to giving European Union policymakers a broad spectrum of qualified opinions. The call to take part in the next structured dialogue, 'Social inclusion-partnering with other sectors' is now open. Professional organisations, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, private organisations, etc. that are from any EU Member State and that have experience in this field can apply to participate before 8 January 2017. newsletter
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newsletter Coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), the Euro-Mediterranean Women Foundation and IEMed organised a photography contest entitled -Powerful women: breaking stereotypes in the Euro-Mediterranean region', which is accepting proposals until 18 January 2018. The aim of the contest is to highlight and raise the profile of women who struggle every day with the gender stereotypes imposed on us by society. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers over the age of 18. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Stories to Art online platform is looking for new artists, poets and musicians to present and promote their work on its website. This blog site enables users and customers to choose exclusive pieces of art, as well as to order pieces inspired directly by their own unique stories. The main aims of Stories to Art are to support artists and promote arts education through Stories to Art Gives Back. More information on the terms and conditions of the call. newsletter
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newsletter A new Council of Europe Convention on offences relating to cultural property has replaced the previous, which dates back to 1985. The Convention, whose signatories include the member states of the Council of Europe and others, aims to prevent and combat the intentional destruction, damage and trafficking of cultural property by strengthening criminal justice responses to all offences related to cultural goods and facilitating international cooperation. In such cases, follow-up measures will be laid down. The new text is available in French and English on the Council of Europe website. newsletter
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newsletter NE-MO: presentations from the conference 'The value of museum collections' newsletter
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newsletter interarts The 25th annual conference of NE-MO (the Network of European Museum Organisations) was held in Ghent, Brussels from 9 to 12 November. Over four days representatives of European national museum organisations, museum experts, industry professionals, policymakers and cultural sector stakeholders met to exchange knowledge, debate and network. The main theme of this year's conference was the value of museums collections. Several of the presentations delivered on this topic are available on the organisation's website. newsletter
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newsletter Report on the State of World Population 2017 newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Federation of State Family Planning (FPFE, in Spanish) recently presented the United Nations Population Fund's Report on the State of World Population 2017 in Madrid. The UNPF 2017 report focuses on reproductive health and rights and inequality, since this imbalance not only results in an unequal distribution of wealth, but also in gender inequality and unequal health and sexual rights. The report uses figures and graphs to present the situation in each country, noting in particular that in less-advantaged communities it is even harder for women to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights. newsletter
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newsletter The European Parliament has published a study on the current state of art, culture and cultural awareness in education. Drafted by the expert Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass, the study examines the global challenges facing arts and culture education, as well as the potential benefits of both disciplines, both at the scientific and the socio-economic level. The place of arts and culture in education, the role of the European Union in supporting culture education, and recent developments in culture education policies are other key topics covered in the study. newsletter
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newsletter The Fundación Alternativas, which primarily aims to analyse the national and international scenario and to provide valid proposals to solve society's problems, has just published a book entitled La transformación digital de la economía ('The digital transformation of the economy'), which addresses the revolution of the information society and how this has affected the economy. The book sets out future possibilities to optimise the use of information technologies in Spain that would give the country a competitive edge. It can be bought on the Fundación Alternativas website. newsletter
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newsletter Videos and documents of the IETM plenary on art and populism newsletter
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newsletter interarts The IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) held a conference on 'Art in the era of populism' on 23-26 November in Brussels, Belgium. The papers and recordings of some of the speeches are now available on the HowlRound website. The aim of the conference was to reflect on the role and possibilities of the arts sector to counteract populism and on how to burst the elite bubble that it is trapped in to achieve a greater connection and commitment to fellow citizens. The speakers at the conference explored what role art can and should play to try to get away from the idea of "us against them" and to put the pieces of a fragmented society together to shape a different future. newsletter
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newsletter Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin, Germany, 18-22 December 2017) newsletter
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newsletter The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2017, which ICD House of Arts & Culture holds at the end of every year, will take place in Berlin from 19 to 22 December. This year's title is 'Promoting Global Collaboration, Unity and Peace through Cultural Diplomacy'. Papers will be delivered by more than 500 delegates and speakers from the fields of politics and art, among others, as well as by leading academics. Together with representatives of areas in conflict, they will seek to establish new institutions and initiatives to help combat existing global challenges through cultural diplomacy. newsletter
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newsletter interarts ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) is holding one of its congresses from 9 to 11 January 2018 in New York. Entitled 'Balancing Acts', the main themes of this event are art, community and leadership. The congress will examine the balancing act entailed by the intersection of the creation and presentation of the arts, their role in our communities and the transition to the next generation of artistic leaders, on the premise that society as a whole is being modified by many varied forces, which are having a fundamental impact on the arts sector. 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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