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Cyberkaris nº 176 - February 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 news went largely unnoticed, perhaps because we Catalans had work, or just life, to be getting on with. In any event, at the end of last September, Barcelona City Council proceeded to dissolve the Universal Forum of Cultures Foundation, a body that is publicly owned but follows a private logic. At the end of the first Forum of Cultures in 2004, it set out to ensure its continuation through successive events in Monterrey (Mexico, 2007, held with relative normality), Valparaíso (Chile, 2010, coinciding with an unfortunate earthquake) and Naples (Italy, 2013, about which serious doubts have been raised regarding whether it was effectively held). The possible candidates for the fifth edition in 2016 were ex aequo, the cities of Amman (Jordan) and Quebec (Canada). However, it all came to nothing in the end and the Universal Forum of Cultures gradually slid onto the list of unfeasible projects.

Because in spite of it all, the Universal Forum of Cultures was neither just pure smoke nor the baby of missed and visionary Mayor of Barcelona Pasqual Maragall: in the middle of the 21st century, envisaging a periodic, global event focusing on cultures, religions, peace and so forth with a similar impact and a purpose to the Universal Exhibitions in the 19th century or the Olympic Games in the 20th was not folly at all. That said, the first edition in Barcelona ended up paying for its bombast ("an event that will move the world") and was perhaps unable to find a format that surpassed its precedents (Expos and Olympics), but I have a feeling that one day we'll have to come back to this.

Last but not least, former Mayor of Barcelona Joan Clos, a public figure who ended up paying for the broken plates of the first Forum and had to clean up his image first as a Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade and then as an ambassador in Turkey, has just concluded 8 years as Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the agency for human settlements. In the last few days we've had the opportunity to hear from his successor, a former Mayor in Malasia, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur. Joan Clos is probably, along with Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Catalan who has held the most important position at world level, in which he has seemed to be particularly comfortable. Despite his age (70), it would be worth finding a good way to capitalise on his knowledge, experience and contacts acquired for the common good.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts What role does music play in survival of domestic violence? And social prejudices? The students of Christian Faith High School of Business in Antigua answer these and other questions in short audiovisual pieces that they created at an animation workshop held last May as part of the project DECIDES Caribbean which is funded by the European Union and aims to eradicate prejudice, promote behavioural change, and reduce domestic violence in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean region. Led by PDA Films, the workshop provided an opportunity for all the students involved to reflect and exchange opinions on domestic violence in all its forms, thereby fulfilling the objective of raising awareness. The young participants analysed the various expressions of domestic violence in society, looked for possible solutions to the problem, and portrayed them in ten clips that address the issue of domestic violence from ten different perspectives using different animation techniques. Compiled in a single final piece, the video will also be used for future awareness-raising activities. DECIDES Caribbean is implemented by Interarts, Caribbean Women's Association (CARIWA), Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Saint Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE) and Women Against Rape WAR). newsletter
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newsletter interarts The project ‘SouthMed WiA - Towards Greater Gender Equality: Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector’ organised two meetings to advocate for more gender equality in the audiovisual sector of the targeted region. The first meeting was held on 18 January 2018 in Cairo and was hosted by the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute. The SouthMed WiA subgrantees from Egypt -Alia Soliman (Harrassmap) and Yara Ayyach (AxeerStudio)- and Palestine -Nida Shami and Zeina Ramadan (MUNTADA)- had the occasion to share their projects with advocacy experts and with several guests from the cinema sector, such as Shahira Amin, feminist and journalist and Amal Ramsis, Executive Director of Cairo Women International Festival. The second meeting was held on 26 January 2018 in Marrakech and hosted by ESAV, The School of Visual Arts. The meeting gave the sub-grantees of Cinémathèque de Tanger, represented by Malika Chaghal, and Wasabi, Tunisia, represented by Amani Khadhraoui, the opportunity to meet experts, like Leila Charadi, researcher and filmmaker and Ayoub Bouhouhou, professor in cinema and audiovisual, to discuss and learn from their experiences. The two meetings were the occasion to present Southmed WiA project and its second call for proposals, currently open, and to offer to the subgrantees guidance and support to promote and implement their projects. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Mahattat, which sets out the experience of the project ‘SouthMed CV - Community Practices around the Public Value of Culture in the Southern Mediterranean’, will be published in March 2018. The book comes with a comic by well-known Tunisian illustrator, artist and cartoonist Seïf Eddine Nechi, who also designed the book cover and illustrations. Founding member of LAB-619, Nechi has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, including the latest International Angoulême Festival (January 2018). He won best digital comic at the CairoComix International Festival 2017 (September 2017) for Bombyx Mori. For this comic Nechi has devised a plot in which two characters, Azem and Ajaj (who are reminiscent of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza), reflect on the role of culture in the Southern Mediterranean region as they are on their travels. The story highlights the importance of and need for culture in the development of society. Different colour schemes are used to reinforce this message, such as passages in chromatic and grey spectrums, use of black and white, etc. SouthMed CV is cofunded by the EU under the regional programme Med Culture. newsletter
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newsletter interarts What unites the countries of the European Union and what can they jointly contribute to Europe's relations with other states? These questions were the starting point for the 'Meeting on the role of culture in the EU's external relations', hosted by the Fundación Alternativas in Madrid on 31 January. Interarts Chair Eduard Miralles was one of the speakers, alongside other key figures from the field of culture: Alfonso Lucini, Analysis and Strategy Director for the Cervantes Institute; Javier Solana, former Minister of Culture and patron of the Fundación Alternativas, and Silvio Gonzato, Strategic Communications Director for the European External Action Service. Miralles presented Interarts’ work in very different cultural regions including Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Mediterranean and Europe, highlighting initiatives such as the Campus, Euro-American and Euro-African editions of Cultural Cooperation. All of the participants shared their points of view and experiences, agreeing that culture can be a key factor for social development and to build bridges between countries. The event was presented by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, film director and patron of the Fundación Alternativas, and Juan Llobet, Communications and Institutional Relations Director for Bertelsmann, and moderated by the director of the Observatory of Culture and Communications of the Fundación Alternativas, Inmaculada Ballesteros. A recording of the entire session is now available. More information about the meeting. (Photo: Daniel Leguina). newsletter
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newsletter European Prize for Urban Public Space 2018: call open newsletter
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newsletter interarts A call for entire for the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2018 is open until 21 February. Created by the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), the prize seeks to support initiatives aimed at creating, recovering or improving the democratic quality of urban spaces, by fostering and disseminating good practices. In addition to the entries that are sent in, the Prize has the support of a Committee of Experts who recommend to the Prize organisers outstanding works carried out in their respective territories so that their designers and sponsors may then be invited to present them for the Prize. The Prize is supported by the Barcelona Provincial Council and Barcelona City Council. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Commission is inviting young people from around the world to play an active role in this year’s European Development Days by participating in the Young Leaders Programme. The programme is organised by the European Commission to foster exchanges and networking among organisations that work towards human development, including Interarts. The 15 selected Young Leaders participating in the programme will share their views and experiences in high-level debates alongside world leaders and other change-makers in the development field. The deadline for applications is 2 March 2018. newsletter
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newsletter Natural and legal persons in San Salvador, El Salvador, or its metropolitan area, are eligible for this launched by the Department of Culture of the city, which seeks to support all cultural disciplines that have a social, economic or other benefit for the people of San Salvador. The call is part of the Municipal Fund for Culture and Art of San Salvador - FOMCASS, and is split into the following categories: FOMCASS MOBILITY, for artists' mobility; FOMCASS PRODUCTION, for the production of audiovisual projects; FOMCASS FINALIZATION, for the finalization of audiovisual projects; and FOMCASS PERFORMING ARTS, for performing arts projects. The deadline for applications is 2 March 2018. Information. newsletter
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newsletter COPEAM (Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators) is holding its annual conference on 10-12 May in Mallorca, Spain. Entitled 'Preserving the future through our past: an opportunity for progress and democracy?', the conference will enable a debate on the role that the media of the Mediterranean region should play in producing content based on heritage and existing traditions, in addition to handling the digital transition as a means of preservation. The conference programme also includes an analysis of how the binomial of the media and culture can contribute to these issues, as well as a sample of good practices. The deadline for registration is 23 March 2018. COPEAM, together with Interarts, is currently a member of the consortium implementing the project SouthMed WiA - Towards greater gender equality: Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Preparations are already underway for the 2018 International Contemporary Art Fair Swab Barcelona. The dates scheduled for the event are September 27 to 30 of this year. The organisers have launched a call for all innovative galleries that want to participate in this fair, which has been getting bigger since it began in 2006. Last year, some 20,000 people went to Swab Barcelona to see new international contemporary art. This is one of the founding objectives of the fair: bringing contemporary art to a broader audience and breaking away from the elitist vision of it. Interested galleries can enrol until 30 March 2018. newsletter
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newsletter Audiovisual pieces featuring indigenous and native peoples from anywhere in the world as the main characters is the main requisite to enter the 13th International Festival of Cinema and Communication of Indigenous/Native Peoples - FICMAYAB' 2018, organised by the Latin American Coordinator of Film and Communications of Indigenous Peoples (CLCCPI). The works selected will be screened at the Official Festival Show, which will take place from 2 to 17 October 2018, in various venues around Guatemala. There are no restrictions on the length of the pieces or the genre, which can include fiction, animation, experimental, etc. The deadline for entries is 15 May 2018. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Social Observatory of "la Caixa" recently published its fourth dossier, this time on culture, its role to build and consolidate the foundations of social cohesion and inclusion, and individual and collective wellbeing. Entitled 'Cultural participation and wellbeing. What do the data tell us?', the dossier highlights the social importance of accessible and inclusive culture and gives indicators on its economic value and data around the barriers and determining factors of cultural participation, which has a huge impact on the subjective perception of wellbeing. newsletter
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newsletter UNESCO has published a new Global Education Monitoring Report entitled 'Walk before you run: the challenges of results-based payments in aid to education'. The document focuses on the very common practice of payment by results in education, noting the need to use this model cautiously as it is not proven to be the most effective for achieving the results ultimately sought. While education seeks long-term results, this funding approach demands more immediate results. newsletter
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newsletter The recently published book ‘Communities of Practice Towards Social Change - a Journey through the Idea Camp (2014-2017)’ sets out the experience of the three Idea Camps held to date - a series of meetings organised by the European Culture Foundation (ECF) and other European cultural organisations as part of the programme 'Connected Action for the Commons'. Idea Camp is a collaborative work initiative where participants share their future projects in the field of cultural and social research and development in Europe. A publication by the European Cultural Foundation and Krytyka Polityczna. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Issue 18 of Periférica Internacional, a 'Journal for the Analysis of Culture and Territory', is now available. Published annually, the journal is marking its 18th birthday with face-lift, while upholding its goal of providing peripheral visions on the socio-cultural phenomenon from the south of Europe, from Cádiz. Among other articles and interviews, this issue includes a monograph on the 'Atalaya cultural management support guide', launched by the University of Cádiz in 2014, with contributions from various experts that will be used for the next expanded version of the guide. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Academy of Performing Arts of Spain has published an analytical study of theatre in Spain. Jaume Colomer, a lecturer, expert analyst and author of 'Situational analysis of the performing arts in Spain', has drawn on all indicators and previous studies to examine the model that has been applied since the transition to democracy. The book also provides food for thought and sufficient arguments for the sector to reflect and discuss the new model which Colomer argues should be put into practice in the next few years. newsletter
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newsletter Art and political space in Europe (Brussels, Belgium, 28 February 2018) newsletter
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newsletter Organised by the Flanders Arts Institute, this conference focuses on art in central and southeastern Europe, and the political and social environment in which artists and organisations in this region work. Given the rise of movements such as nationalism and populism, the conference seeks to create a space for collaboration and an alliance between art and civil society. The keynote speaker is Milena Dragicevic Sesic, from the UNESCO Chair of cultural policy and management at the University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, alongside other experts from Kosovo, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania and Turkey. Entrance is free upon registration. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On the 25th anniversary of its creation, the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) is holding a new Shortcut Europe conference in Turnhout, Belgium this April. The event includes debates, workshops and networking activities on the analysis of new spaces created by cultural centres and their role in society. The venue for the meeting is arts centre De Warande, a regional hub for performing and visual arts, and as well as the academic programme there will be artistic activities such as a dance show, an exhibition on beauty and the MOOOV art film festival. Registration and information. 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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