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Cyberkaris nº 175 - January 2018
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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 European Year of Cultural Heritage was presented to society at the European Forum of Culture that the European Commission held in the city of Milan, Italy, on 7 and 8 December 2017. Although the year has already begun, the information so far available remains piecemeal if not incomplete, with considerable gaps regarding the purposes, scope, programmes and any funding that may be available for public, private and civil organisations that work in this field. That said, the backbone of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is the tension between Cultural Heritage as a vehicle for identity on the one hand, despite its paradoxes and dislocations (in a context of building new identification processes, in which the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of a place often no longer functions as a bedrock for the people who live there) and on the other, the new logics of use and abuse of Cultural Heritage as a factor of economic development, based mostly on tourism.

While writing these lines I have glanced at the Spanish Secretary of State for Culture website and found that the focus is still on Christmas, even though the festivities ended a few days ago. The European Year of Cultural Heritage does not appear to be getting a great deal of coverage, and it is not easy to find any specific details on it right now. Furthermore, in Catalonia it coincides with the Year of Cultural Tourism (is there such a thing as non-'cultural' tourism?), perhaps because UNESCO declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism and something had to be done before it was too late. One thing we can say for sure is that all these 'Year of …’ and labels do more to confound people than anything else, and as on other occasions one ends up wondering if we shouldn't come up with a moratorium that would give us a little more strategic thinking time on the upshots of this type of celebration.

In the light of some operators' concerns about the sudden drop in visitors to Barcelona in the last few months, the Council has started to think carefully about the relationship between tourism and culture in the city, in conjunction with UCLG-Agenda 21. Bearing in mind the words of Alejandro Jodorowsky: "Tourism is an industry that transports people who would be better off in their own countries to places that would be better off without them," (La Vanguardia, 3 February 2013), we will endeavour to keep an eye out.


Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts Until 23 February 2018, initiatives on gender equality and poor representation of women in the audiovisual sector in the southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia) can be submitted to the second call on the SouthMed WiA project, which aims to strengthen the capacities of the audiovisual operators in the target countries to contribute to sustainable development and cultural diversity, by promoting gender equality and enhancing the image of women in the film sector. The present call contains three lots: Lot 1 - research activities; Lot 2 - training; Lot 3 - Awareness raising and advocacy SouthMed WiA is co-financed by the European Union under the regional programme Med Film and implemented by a consortium led by Interarts, Spain, in partnership with: Culture & Media Agency Europe (CUMEDIAE), Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM), The Screen Institute Beirut (SIB), Superior School of Audiovisual and Cinema of Tunisia (ESAC) and in association with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA). Information and terms and conditions of the call.

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newsletter The project "SouthMed WiA - Towards Greater Gender Equality: Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector" is organizing two meetings to advocate for more gender equality in the audiovisual sector of the targeted region. The first meeting will be held on 18 January 2018 in Egypt and will be hosted by the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute, based in Cairo. The second one, on 26 January 2018 in Morocco, will take place at ESAV, The School of Visual Arts in Marrakech. The local partners ESAC from Tunisia and SIB from Lebanon, will present the activities of SouthMed WiA and the beneficiaries of the subgranted projects will give an overview of their actions and engagement towards the cause. These meetings will create be the occasion to bring together different key stakeholders, local professionals and authorities, to debate on how to increase the participation of women in the audiovisual sector and how to improve the use of their image in the local audiovisual products. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Two audiovisual pieces on 'SouthMed CV - Community practices around the public value of culture in the southern Mediterranean' which were screened at the Regional Conference held in Amman, Jordan, on 3 and 4 December are now available to the general public. The first one is a graphic animation that gives an overview of SouthMed CV: objectives, scope of action, etc. A compilation of images of the activities and work carried out by eleven of the 30+ projects financed under SouthMed CV make up the second video. The graphic animation and the editing of both videos was done by Nassim Azarzar and coordinated by Toni Cots, who is responsible for SouthMed CV in Interarts. SouthMed CV is co-financed by the EU as part of the regional programme Med Culture. newsletter
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newsletter The Lower Mainland Museum Educators (LMME) is holding its 2018 Conference on 29 January in Vancouver, Canada, with the title 'Big Ideas: Museums and Momentum'. LMME fosters professional development through regular peer-to-peer exchanges at this conference, which brings together staff and volunteers from museums, art galleries, centres and related organisations to discuss lessons learned, analyse good practices, explore strategies to address common problems, and build networks. The conference is highly interactive and will include a keynote speaker, various working sessions and other networking activities. 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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