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Cyberkaris nº 178 - April 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 We have recently celebrated World Book Day and, this year, Interarts has published MAHATTAT, the SouthMed CV book which it has presented at the project’s Final Conference in April. Like any other, this book has many possible readings, all of which are simultaneous and complementary. Firstly, it is a catalogue of community arts projects that operators with unquestionably local roots have carried out in various locations around the southern shores of the Mediterranean. In addition, as its subtitle indicates (Working Together for the Public Value of Culture in the Southern Mediterranean), it paints a more or less detailed picture of what defines the SouthMed CV project that it is a part of: an attempt to conceive culture as a public value in the southern Mediterranean. But thirdly and no less importantly, it gives significant clues as to the recent changes that have been taking place at the crossroads between the notions of culture, cooperation and development.

Cultural cooperation when it comes to development has unarguably undergone great transformation in a very short space of time. This not only has to do with the emergence of new players (local powers, civil society) and new logics (south-south cooperation, public-private alliances), but also the rise of new paradigms (cultural development, seen as the ‘fourth pillar’ of sustainable development, surpassing traditional artistic diplomacy or culture seen as a strict ‘factor’ of development). These cast us in new scenarios, often with instrumental tools that are precarious due to their shortcomings or unsuitability, so that in addition to world maps for the global and navigation charts for the local, we need sat-navs which are scalable to intermediate sizes that have yet to be invented.

Recent events have thrown what we have come to call ‘arts’ and ‘culture’ into crisis. Since the adoption of the Agenda 21 for Culture by UCLG (in 2004), the Convention on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO (in 2005), and the Sustainable Development Goals by the UN for 2030, we might say that traditional definitions of culture from both the ‘sociological’ perspective – which is akin to the fine arts, and the ‘anthropological’ perspective, which is to say the raft of beliefs and ways of living and thinking, are no longer of use, because they either go too far or fall too short. Nowadays, the stress is placed on the intersection between both: on community symbolic production processes, on the new commitment of creators to citizens…

It is worth shining a light on the new role that the European Union’s foreign action has given to culture since the European Parliament resolution of 2011 – a context in which the project that has given rise to this publication falls. Interarts has a long and intensive track record in this type of work. In fact, no sooner had it been created (autumn 1995) than it began coordinating the culture chapter of the Euromed Civil Forum as part of the ‘Barcelona process’, which continued thanks to five subsequent editions of the Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Cooperation Campus. It has also carried out noteworthy work on dialogues between cultures within the Anna Lindh Foundation. Today, thanks to other projects, it contributes to galvanising the culture dimension in the European Union’s foreign relations through projects on topics such as the gender perspective in Mediterranean audiovisual productions, intercultural dialogue in West Africa, and the role of arts in social development in Latin American cities.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of the Interarts Foundation
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newsletter interarts The SouthMed WiA Evaluation Committee has selected the five projects submitted in the second call that will receive funding and support to foster gender equality and promote women's participation in the audiovisual landscape in the Southern Mediterranean: New Audiovisual Society, for women... by women, coordinated by Theatre Day Productions (T.D.P), Gaza, Palestine, in partnership with The Arab Education Forum (AEF), Jordan; Fostering Gender Equality behind the Camera, coordinated by The Center of Arab Women for Training and Research CAWTAR, Tunis, Tunisia, in partnership with Shashat Woman Cinema, Palestine; Women Digital Storytellers for Gender Equality, coordinated by Atabet Fann for Arts, Media and Training, Ramallah, Palestine, in partnership with ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality, Lebanon, Association for Development and Alternative Media (ADAM), Tunisia and Animate Initiative Palestine, Palestine; Gender Representation in Egyptian Media, coordinated by Tadwein Gender Research Center, Cairo, Egypt, in partnership with HRDO Center and Wlaha Wogoh Okhra Company, Egypt; Women to Women - W2W, coordinated by Ma3mal612 Think Factory, Jordan, in partnership with UMAM Documentation and Research (UMAM D&R), Lebanon. 'SouthMed WiA - Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector' is co-financed by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by Interarts, Spain, in partnership with the Higher School of Audiovisual and Cinema (ESAC) in Tunisia, the Culture & Media Agency Europe (CUMEDIAE) in Belgium, the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) in Italy and the Screen Institute Beirut (SIB) in Lebanon. (Photo: Atabet Fann). newsletter
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newsletter interarts The first partners meeting within the framework of the project 'Culture at Work Africa' - a project co-funded by the European Union - was held from the 5th to the 7th of March at Interarts headquarters in Barcelona. The meetings allowed the consortium to agree on the working strategy that will be followed. Participants from Interarts, Arterial Network, BOZAR, Regional Centre for the Living Arts in Africa - CERAV/Afrique, Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments - UCLG, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe, Culture et Développement, and the International Music Council, got together for 3 days to work on the planning and development of the four-year project. Through various activities, the partners successfully agreed on the way the project will be implemented; to talk about the relevant local, national and international ongoing projects that may propel 'Culture at Work Africa' through synergy; and on the important role that each organisation will play along the way. The process also allowed creating the steering committee, which will select and guide the sub-grantees during the implementation process. 'Culture at Work Africa' targets 15 African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Its aim is to promote intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas in Africa as drivers for social inclusion and sustainable human development. And in addition to the aforementioned organizations, also International Music Council - IMC implements this project, together with these associated partners: Africa Centre for Cities of the University of Cape Town, Economic Community of West African States - ECOWAS, and the Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies through Oral Tradition - CELHTO. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The recently launched programme 'Generation What? Arabic' aims to gather information on the opinions of this group of people on such pertinent matters as society, the future, love, cultural identity and others, through virtual surveys of young people in eight countries in that region. The questions were written with the help of sociologists to adapt them to the contexts in the participating countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. This programme, which is an extension of one carried out in Europe in 2016, is a concept developed by YAMI2 and Upian and is financed by the European Union and implemented by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in cooperation with the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM). COPEAM is a partner of Interarts on the project 'SouthMed WiA - Towards greater gender equality: promoting the role and image of Southern Mediterranean women in the audiovisual sector'. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The 'Cultural Mobility Map of North Africa (NACMM)' is far more than just a map, with more than 70 art residences in the Southern Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. It is a project that facilitates the mobility of artists and researchers interested in carrying out projects in this region. To do so, in addition to compiling artistic residences, it offers a series of video interviews of artists, curators and coordinators of residences and databases on sources of funding and informative platforms related to research in the art, humanities and social sciences in the Arab world. Coordinated by CeRCCa (Casamarlés Research and Creation Centre) in collaboration with Jiser Reflexions Mediterranies, Le118, Atelier Observatoire, and El Madina for Performing and Digital Arts, NACMM is part of KIBRIT, one of the projects funded by 'SouthMed CV - Community Practices around the Public Value of Culture in the Southern Mediterranean', a consortium that include Interarts. newsletter
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newsletter interarts On the Move recently announced the publication of a toolkit for cultural operators, which that network was involved in creating along with the ENCC (European Network of Cultural Centres). Created by Dagna Gmitrowicz and Marie Le Sourd, the toolkit aims to support staff in cultural centres as well as other cultural professionals by presenting a set of key background questions to define an evaluation model and methodology suited to their specific needs and context. The publication contains numerous references to existing complementary resources and exercises, and incorporates input from Jordi Baltà, a consultant and trainer in management and cultural policies and international relations and member of the Interarts Board of Trustees. newsletter
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newsletter The main aim of the Africa Moment Festival is to shine a light on and promote contemporary African culture. Now in its second year, it will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 24 May to 2 June 2018. This year's central focus is African creative women and the main artistic discipline is contemporary dance, although other artistic disciplines such as music, audiovisual creation and bioconstruction will also feature. The festival combines exhibitions and concerts with hands-on experiences such as workshops. The event is being held in various venues around the city: Mercat de les Flors, Film Archive of Catalonia, La Bonne, Institut Goethe, Civic Centres in Barceloneta and Can Felipa and Hangar. newsletter
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