Changing vision at the Council of Europe culture department
Independent international cultural adviser Robert Palmer joined the Council of Europe as Director for Culture and Cultural Heritage in summer 2006. In an interview taken by Sabine Frank from EFAH, he talks about developing and extending his interest in European cultural work, as well as about the challeges currently faced by an intergovernmental institution like CoE, bearing an interest in culture that goes back to the European Cultural Convention in 1954. "CoE is an interesting choice because it is a structure with 46 participating governments and an extensive history in relation to democratic reform, human rights and culture. It represents a larger Europe than the EU - geographically and politically. I've worked alongside the EU on different projects in the past, but my conviction in relation to the future of European cultural development is that the reference points must be much wider than the 25 EU member states." - Palmer declares. While refering to the CoE's strong competences in the cultural domain and its intellectual capital, he argues that "CoE should be at the forefront of the next generation of cultural thinking, which should focus on research, publishing and commissioning papers, as well as compiling case studies of good and bad practice. At the same time CoE needs to be very grounded in the reality of what policy-makers need and can accept. Important topics to develop include the relationship between culture and peace keeping, the role of culture in conflict resolution, the importance of the cultural element in the creative economy, new approaches to heritage management, including the involvement of the private sector, and approaches to mapping the 'cultural ecology'. At the same time there are important geographical concerns for the CoE: the South-East of Europe, the Caucasus, Russia".
More on Bob Palmer's vision on the future of CoE in this interview available online at www.efah.org.
Policies for Culture news
Updating of the PfC online resources in process
The Policies for Culture team is currently in the process of reviewing and updating the PfC website content. New materials and resources will be available at the programme's page by January 2007.
Documentation for over 20 action projects and their follow-ups, which were developed in the framework of the programme up to 2006, a variety of reports and publications produced by or connected to the Policies for Culture APs will be gradually made available, including, among other, the following: Evaluation of the Cultural Strategy of the Timis County (Romania); Cooperation & Dialogue in building effective Local Cultural Policies in the municipalities of Kragujevac, Sabac, Sombor and Uzice (Serbia); Cultural Strategy of the City of Rijeka (Croatia); Empowering the Independent Cultural Sector & Institutionalizing Participation in Local Cultural Policy in Prilep (Macedonia). The e-library section will also be refreshed with a series of articles, resources and links connected to the PfC's areas of interests.
Visit the website soon at www.policiesforculture.org.
New in artist's corner: Lost Highway Expedition
Lost Highway is the fictional name for the old road made in the sixties through the massive voluntary campaign of all nationalities in ex-Yugoslavia in order to connect the major cities of its republics. A multitude of individuals, groups and institutions traveled in summer 2006 along the unfinished "Highway of Brotherhood and Unity" (as the highway used to be called), connecting nine capital cities in the Western Balkans. All took place in the framework of the project Lost Highway Expedition (LHE), a collaboration between Centrala Foundation for Future Cities and School of Missing Studies, together with partners from the nine cities in the region. Lost Highway Expedition was about constructing and experiencing an experimental network-based civic society that navigates the new and dynamic territorialities of the Western Balkans and explores new modes of linking its different entities. It began in Ljubljana, and traveled through Zagreb, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Skopje, Pristina, Tirana, Podgorica to conclude in Sarajevo. It was meant to generate new projects, new art works, new networks, new architecture and new politics based on experience and knowledge found along the highway. LHE is part of "Europe Lost and Found", an interdisciplinary and multi-nationally based research project to articulate and imagine the current evolution of new and transforming borders and territories of Europe.
The project is now the in focus at the artist's corner page of the Policies for Culture website.
PfC Spin-Off launches the booklet "Visions of Cultural Policy in the Kaliningrad Region"
Based on Policies for Culture experience, the European Cultural Foundation and the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), have been supporting since 2004 the NGO Tranzit Agency and the Kaliningrad Oblast Authorities in their joint efforts to increase the capacities of the local cultural sector and engage practitioners and policymakers in constructive dialogue. Describing the outcome of the project's initial phase, the present booklet, published in both Russian and English, analyses the current state of affairs of the region's cultural sector, both in its independent and publicly funded spheres; it also presents a number of policy recommendations as contribution of the participants to the past project workshops and debates. The booklet includes the first-ever written analysis of the legal frameworks, government priorities and foreign policies affecting cultural life and cooperation in Kaliningrad. It also contains unique material on general trends in the Russian cultural field as seen from an economical point of view. For more information visit www.policiesforculture.org. An electronic version is available at www.eurocult.org.
Active Citizens - Local Cultures - European Politics. Guide to Civic Participation in Cultural Policy-Making for European Cities
The European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) - as initiator and coordinator, the ECUMEST Association (Bucharest), the Interarts Foundation (Barcelona) and SEE TV Exchanges (Brussels) are currently developing the project under this title, aimed at collecting, analysing and disseminating evidence in the field of participative cultural policymaking in Europe. The planned activities include a working meeting of experts and practitioners in the field (which took place late September 2006 in Barcelona), an inquiry and analysis of best-practices of civic participation in local cultural policy development (from various Eastern & Western European cities), the production and distribution of a TV programme and the production and dissemination of a guidebook. Results of the projects developed in the frame of the Policies for Culture programme will feed in these materials, with Timisoara (RO), Zagreb (HR) and Zilina (SK) providing some of the background case studies. The project is supported by the European Commission in the framework of the programme for the 'Promotion of Active European Citizenship' and runs between mid 2006 and mid 2007.
For more information write to Philipp Dietachmair, project coordinator, at email@example.com.
News from the region
Bosnia & Herzegovina:
> New lectures in the framework of AKCIJA's "New Cultural Policies" Programme
In October 2006, AKCIJA Sarajevo continued its "New Cultural Policies" programme with the public lecture 'Can you Imagine a World Without Copyrights?' by professor Joost Smiers from Arts University in Utrecht. The lecture was dedicated to criticism of widely accepted system of copyrights, disclosing it as an instrument of control of channels of cultural production, distribution and promotion, managed by certain agglomerations in industry of culture. The main intent was to analyse the consequences of economic globalization in arts and culture all over the world. At that, it did not discuss just any type of globalization, but focused on neo-liberal, economic globalization as the sole decisive factor in all fields of social life.
For more details write to Aida Kalender, project initiator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: SEE Portal.
> BiH's creative industries showcased at Creative Clusters 2006
The Creative Clusters 2006 - the Fourth International Conference on Creative Industries Development (NewcastleGateshead, 5-8 November 2006) has recently featured a presentation on Bosnia & Herzegovina about putting the creative industries on the policy mainstream in a society torn by conflict. The presentation, held by Selma Prodanovic (Chief Networking Officer of creativ wirtschaft, Austria), was part of the section focusing on creativity after crisis. The speaker aimed at drawing a picture of the continuosly changing Bosnian context, in which projects such as the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Jazz Festival, Fabrika and DRAFT functioned as real generators as they attracted and helped attracting international investment and attention. In her intervention, Selma Prodanovic argued that as closed ethnic and national circles do not provide for enough diversity much needed in innovative and creative processes, the creative industries have been forerunners of post-war cross-border cooperation, and thus of reconciliation. This has led to the creation of both cross-border hubs and cross-border networks, both of which had existed prior to the war (as the whole area had been part of Yugoslavia), but have been given a completely new understanding with the contemporary conception of the creative industries.
For more information about this showcase contact email@example.com or visit www.creativeclusters.com.
> Financing Independent and Youth Culture from Local Budgets
On October 26, 2006, the ACT association organised a public debate in Cakovec, to discuss the financing of independent and youth culture from local and regional budgets. This was the second of a series of debates implemented by ACT under Clubture's 'Kultura aktiva' project. Blazenka Novak, Head of the Department of Social Activities of Medjimurje County, Romano Bognad from Cakovec Municipal Administration, and Emina Visnic from Clubture provided the opening remarks on the treatment of independent and youth culture organisations by the local self-governments and the finances earmarked for independent and youth culture programmes. The debate also brought into discussion related issues such as the work of the Cultural Council of Medjimurje County, Cakovec Cultural Development Strategy, procedures and criteria for co-financing of project proposals.
For more details visit the ACT website.
Source: SEE Portal.
> UrbanFestival 2006. The Politics of Space
Organised since 2001 by [BLOK] - Local Base fo Cultural Refreshment (Zagreb), the UrbanFestival proposes a variety of events dealing with the concept of public space. The 2006 edition, taking place between 7-15 September under the title "The Politics of Space", focused on the presentation and affirmation of artistic projects and actions that - counting on the transformative potential of art - offer an alternative to the existing urban praxes, institutions, and social relations. The programme - including conferences, performances, urban interventions and workshops - was realised in public city spaces - with the intention to broaden the territory of action outside the walls of galleries and theatres, and on the other hand, animate the public spaces as spaces of co-existence, confrontation of different views, as well as possible antagonisms. The 2007 edition of the festival, scheduled for June 2006, will focus on the theme "Of other spaces...".
For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.urbanfestival.hr.
Kosovo: The "Cultural Policies as Crisis Management?" workshop (Pristina)
Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art, Pristina (Stacion CCA) in cooperation with eipcp – European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna and 'translate. Beyond Culture: The Politics of Translation' have organised on September 21-13 the event under this theme at ODA - Kosova Art Gallery. The workshop aimed at taking up the criticism of the concept of multiculturalism as applied to the Balkan region and at discussing theoretical and practical approaches to the question of cultural exchange as well as possibilities of translating them into a concrete cultural policy. The interventions included focuses on specific subjects such as "Cultural Policies: Introduction to the Kosovar Context", "Social Engagement: The Kosovar Context", "Dispersal of a Constellation: The Shortcomings of the Engaged Art Practice in Turkey" or "Current state of crises in the the arts and culture / politics vs. policymaking".
For more information visit http://translate.eipcp.net/.
> Opening of new premises of the Tocka Cultural Centre (Skopje)
The Tocka Cultural Centre has inaugurated its new premises on 6 November 2006. The centre aims to serve as an area where different models of cultural action are developed and reconsidered. The new space covers a two-level area of 170 square meters, and is provided by the Ministry of Defense in May for four-year use. On this occasion Tocka representatives argued that "The fundamental problem of independent cultural organisations and initiatives is the lack of space for action. Therefore, we believe existence of such a multi-functional centre is of extraordinary importance for development of independent culture on the local and regional levels". The centre initially opened in 2002, giving a space for Margina, Templum and Kontrapunkt, as well as to a gallery, a library-bookstore, and a bigger central room for discussions, exhibitions and performances.
For more information visit www.kontrapunkt-mk.org/eng/tochka/.
> PAC Multimedia's workshop on Networking and Partnership
The final training session in the frame of the programme "Strengthening local cultural institutions in Macedonia", organised by the Performing Arts Center Multimedia (Skopje), took place in September
focusing this time on 'Networking and partnership in the work of cultural institutions'. The training programme, supported by the Macedonian Ministries of Culture and of Local Administration, targeted city mayors, culture advisors, executive directors and employees in the cultural institutions and NGOs in Macedonia, aiming to introduce this audience to new and modern models of decision making, planning, organisation, management and fundraising.
For more information about this programme write to email@example.com or visit www.multimedia.org.mk.
> Sigma network meeting: Cultural Cooperation between Local and Regional Authorities in Eastern and Western Europe (Timisoara)
The annual thematic forum of the Sigma network took place on 12 October in Timisoara, coinciding with the 2006 network assembly. The meeting was jointly organised with the Timis County Council and benefited from the participation of a series of representatives of the local and regional cultural scene. During the different working sessions, good practices and reflections from different Euro-regions, intermediate authorities, local authorities and European networks were presented. The debates also addressed issues related to cultural cooperation between the different administrative levels, between the state and civil society, between analogous authorities and between the different European states. In this frame, a contribution by Peter Inkei (Director of the Budapest Observatory) focused on the statistical analysis of the impact of the Culture 2000 programme in the countries of Eastern Europe realised by BO.
For more information visit www.sigmacp.org.
> The Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest. Absent Without Leave/AWOL (Bucharest)
The Young Artists Biennial, organised by Meta Foundation in collaboration with Goethe Institut Bukarest, had its second edition between October 12 and November 16. The exhibition was built around the theme Absent Without Leave/AWOL and brought together more than 50 artists. AWOL is a military term used for situations when someone is missing from the post without permission. In this context AWOL refered to artists positioning themselves against art institutions, conventional spaces and practices - are they in the right place, have they deserted from the institution, the central point? The exhibition meant to offer an alternative location for artistic expression as well as to create a context for innovation and new collaborations. The connected events focused on young artists' situation in contemporary context with discussions on "Defying gravity - geopolitical and structural (dis)advantages of being young". A Portfolio Review Workshop offered young Romanian and foreign artists the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from an international audience.
For more information visit www.metacult.ro/awol.
> The SEAS Gathering in Constanta
Taking place from 13 to 17 September, the SEAS Gathering in Constanta officially launched the new cycle of Black/North SEAS project, with keynote speeches from SEAS partners, organisers and representatives of Romania authorities. The event included debates, theatre performances, organisational meetings, artistic exploration trips, and encounters of over 120 artists and cultural operators from the Black and North Sea regions. A short conference on "Arts and Society" concluded the public part of the gathering, reflecting on the Black Sea region and the international context. Among the speakers were SEAS advisors Lidia Makowska (Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk), Trevor Davies (KIT, Copenhagen), Jacek Dominiczak (Gdansk), Mik Flood (London), Adrienne Goehler (Berlin), Marith Hope (Oslo) and Serhan Ada (Santral, Istanbul). Among the Romanian partners of the event were Menthor Foundation, the Ministry of Culture, Constanta City & County Councils, and the National Theatre in Constanta.
For more information visit www.intercult.se.
Serbia: Seminar on "Enhancement of cultural and natural heritage - a factor of sustainable development" (Belgrade)
On 27-29 September 2006, a Council of Europe seminar has been organised in Belgrade on this theme in the frame of the Regional Programme for Cultural and Natural Heritage in South East Europe. This was the third in a series of seminars which target at institutional capacity building. The previous ones dealt with the analysis and legislative reform of cultural heritage policies in South East Europe (Sofia, October 2004) and with integrated management tools of the cultural and natural heritage (Bucharest, November 2005). The focus of the Belgrade seminar was on the basic concept of 'sustainable development' and its compatibility with the enhancement of the cultural and natural heritage through the implementation of programmes for the development or redevelopment of different types of areas of heritage value.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.coe.int/t/e/cultural_co-operation/.
SEE: The first working meeting of the project "Culture for Structural Development"
Following its participation to the process launched by the Berlin Conference for European Cultural Policy (November 2004), the ECUMEST Association (Bucharest) together with AltArt Foundation (Cluj-Napoca) and 'A Soul for Europe' initiative (Berlin), as well as CULT.BG Foundation (Sofia) has set up regional project aiming at advocating culture as an agent of regional development in South East Europe and including it more strongly in EU policies. A kick-off meeting of the "Culture for Structural Development" project took place in Ruse, Bulgaria, on September 17-18, benefiting from the support of the Bulgarian Ministry of European Affairs. The initiators intend to offer a platform of encounter and common reflection for a series of organisations active in the field of contemporary arts in SEE that would work as a think tank in a process of reflection, self-evaluation and critical analysis on the societal impact of their work. The results of this research and exchange process (to be undertaken over one-year period between 2006-2007) will be translated into policy recommendations, with the view to prove that culture - as illustrated by ongoing local projects in SEE - has a structural and strategic role in regional development, as well as for the EU policies. The project, to be coordinated by AltArt, will have its results presented at the 3rd Berlin Conference in 2008.
For more details contact Rarita Szakats, project coordinator, at email@example.com, or visit www.ecumest.ro.
Projects and Initiatives
Changing frames: An impossible comparison - European and American cultural policies
The one-day discussion under this title compared cultural policies in Europe and the United States, focusing on some critical moments in the past 60 years and how differently they intersected with cultural policies. The event was curated by Corina Suteu (European cultural policies expert and Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York) and Joan Jeffri (Director of the Program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University). Among panelists were professors and researchers: Anne-Marie Autissier (FR), Milena Dragicevic Sesic (SR), Colin Mercer (UK), J. Mark Schuster (USA). On October 30, a second debate - curated by Corina Suteu and Frank Hentschker (Director of Programs, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center) - was dedicated to International Cultural Practices in America, bringing together European and American cultural policy experts that talked to directors of cultural institutions and professionals in the art world from both sides of the Atlantic, and aiming to provide a better understanding of processes of international cultural cooperation. Both events took place in the frame of the European Dream festival in New York.
For more information write to Oana Radu, programs coordinator, Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.icrny.org.
RESIDE.NTS. Visualizing the Transformation - focus on New Belgrade
Taking place in the frame of the art-e-conomy initiative, this project has been initiated in August 2006 by the Italian group PROGETTOZERO(+), in collaboration with Valerio Del Baglivo, Maddalena Pugliese and Maria Zanchi. On the occasion of a first visit to Belgrade, the group has set up a collaborative working environment in order to investigate the human and working aspects of urban and socio-economic transformation in the post-socialist Eastern Europe after the establishment of new market economy in the region. In particular, the project aims at proposing a wide interdisciplinary analysis and a successive intervention in the community of New Belgrade, the emerging business zone of the city, considering the dynamics of its transformation as a paradigmatic case for the capital cities in the South East Europe. The focus of the project will be the changes of 'values', their translation from the previous dominant system (of the socialist society) into the new system of values (pertaining to the new market logic), the perception and the representation of this transformation from the point of view of the inhabitants: the workers, the new business class, as well as the ordinary people living in the area. The project will be developed on a theoretical, discursive level (involving urban planners, sociologists, economists, artists and curators) and on a practical, relational level (in terms of direct communication with various communities, involving the citizens of New Belgrade through the strategies of community-related art).
For more information visit http://nbresidents.blogspot.com/.
November 17-19: A Soul for Europe - The Berlin Process (Berlin, Germany)
The second Berlin conference 'A Soul for Europe' (17-19 November) brings together leading policymakers, cultural operators, social scientists and politicians. They will assess developments - in placing culture at the heart of European integration - since the previous Berlin conference in 2004. The conference sessions are dedicated to themes such as: the concept of the initiative and its implementation; culture as a component of European policymaking; open Europe: the Jewish-Islamic dimension. A contribution from the Culture for Structural Development project (see above in the 'News from the region' section) - initiated in SEE by the ECUMEST Association (Bucharest) together with AltArt Foundation (Cluj-Napoca), as well as CULT.BG Foundation (Sofia) - is hosted in a session focusing on the various projects under development in the frame of 'A Soul for Europe' initiative.
For more information about the conference visit www.berlinerkonferenz.net.
November 21-22: Central and Eastern European Performing Arts Market (London, UK)
The first Central and Eastern European Performing Arts Market (CEEPAM) is held in London as part of the FEEAST - Festival of Central and Eastern European Arts. It intends to be an open platform encouraging networking among culture professionals involved in producing and presenting international performing arts. CEEPAM aims to create a pool of artistic resources for British, Western, Central and East European arts practitioners. It will facilitate the development of an international network of organisations, artists, producers, venue managers and festivals towards the creation of exchange, collaboration and long term relationship. CEEPAM intends to provide an attractive and inviting meeting place of contemporary artistic creativity and a framework for networking and communication, as well as to set up an open platform supporting mutual understanding of cultural trends and artistic forms and their potential for working together.
For more information visit www.feeast.com/ceepam.php.
November 23-26: Les Rencontres & Banlieues d'Europe Annual General Meetings (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Les rencontres, the Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture, a network of elected officials from local and regional authorities in charge of cultural affairs, will host its Annual General Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 23-26 November 2006. The dates coincide with the Annual Meeting of Banlieues d'Europe, the European network of cultural operators from the suburbs, allowing the networks to exchange projects and confront ideas. The conference will be an important occasion to examine the role of culture in an area of conflict. Banlieues d’Europe will look at "Cultures and Conflict" and how conflict can develop to include ideas that are conducive to exchange. The problem of racism in an area of conflict and how culture can be used to tackle such problems will also be addressed. The event will bring together those in charge of European capitals of culture, elected leaders in charge of cultural affairs in local government, cultural managers and directors, artists, journalists and academics.
For more information visit www.lesrencontres.org and www.banlieues-europe.com.
November 23-24: ENCATC Conference. The Bologna Process in Practice – Perspectives for Cultural Management Courses (Potsdam, Germany)
The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC) organises this conference in cooperation with the Fachhochschule Potsdam and with the active support of the University of Barcelona, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the Jyväskylä University. The event aimed at ENCATC members and actors of the cultural training field will gather experts and representatives of international, European and national organisations involved in the implementation of the Bologna process. The conference findings and outcomes are to mark a significant step towards possible solutions to the future challenges and risks generated by the implementation of the Bologna process in the cultural management and cultural policy area. The aim is to discuss further actions needed especially in terms of improving the mobility of students and teachers and to foster cooperation between training institutions in Europe and beyond.
For more details write to email@example.com or visit www.encatc.org.
December 15-17: Circle Round Table. European Art and Culture Between Free Trade and Cultural Diversity. A Delicate Dialogue? (Helsinki, Finland)
Organised by the project's leading partner CUPORE with the help of the Boekman Foundation, this year's CIRCLE General Meeting focuses on the status of the arts and culture in the evolving global economy. The conference will bring together experts and practitioners in international cultural cooperation and world trade to investigate, analyse and assess the responses and stands taken by governmental, trans-governmental and corporate actors in relation to international conventions and treaties defining the status of the arts and culture in the evolving global economy. The purpose is to redefine the 'cultural exception' in the processes of trade liberalisation in a manner that will provide common grounds for achieving: a better balanced cultural exchange of ideas; improved protection of intellectual property rights; a stronger guarantee for maintaining and increasing cultural diversity both at national and international level.
For more details write to Minna Ruusuvirta at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.circle-network.org.
Culture Programme (2007-2013) - Support for Cultural Actions. Call for proposals
Application deadline: 28 February 2007
The EC has recently launched a call for proposals for cultural actions. Its general objective is to enhance the cultural area shared by Europeans through the development of cultural cooperation between artistists, cultural stakeholders and cultural institutions in the countries participating in this programme with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship through transnational mobility of people working in the cultural sector, transnational circulation of artistic cultural works and products, and an intercultural dialogue. The specific objective of this call for proposals is to go beyond the purely sectoral approach by adopting an inter-disciplinary approach. It wishes to encourage cross-sector cooperation projects. Eligible activities include: cultural cooperation projects aiming to achieve sustainable and structured cooperation between cultural operators from countries participating in the programme or cultural cooperation actions of a sectoral or multi-sectoral nature. Among the eligible countries are: European Union Member States (Bulgaria and Romania have been accepted for membership and should become Member States on 1 January 2007); candidate countries (Croatia, Macedonia, Turkey) and countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia including Kosovo).
For more information visit http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/.
European Diploma in Cultural Project Management
Application deadline: 15 January 2007
The Fondation Marcel Hicter has launched the call for the 2007/08 edition of the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management, a year-long pan-European training programme, arising from the will to foster cultural diversity as well as transregional and transnational cultural exchanges. The objective is threefold: to strengthen the knowledge of cultural managers about European, national and regional cultural policies; to improve cultural managers skills to run cultural cooperation projects; to develop a network of European cultural managers. The programme targets cultural managers from public and private organisations who are actively involved in the management of cultural and artistic projects in their region, with at least 3 years experience. Each year, around 25 professionals from 20 countries are selected to take part in the European Diploma.
For more details and the application procedure visit www.fondation-hicter.org.
International Residencies/ "at Home in Europe"
Application deadline: 7 December 2006
ISIS Arts (UK) and international project partners BEK (Norway), InterSpace (Bulgaria) and RIXC (Latvia) have launched the call for a residence programme focusing on the theme of European identity in each of the four countries, in the frame of a project benefiting from Culture 2000 funding. Professional artists from Latvia, Norway, Bulgaria and the UK are invited to apply for a three-month residency at one of the above listed media arts organisations. The overall programme is entitled "at Home in Europe" and facilitates the movement and exchange of artists and media art from these four countries. The one-year project questions whether there is such a thing as European identity and how it relates to national identity. The project activities include artists residencies, series of workshops, international call for short films.
For more information and the application procedure write to email@example.com or visit each of the four organisations websites - ISIS Arts, BEK, InterSpace, RIXC.
Publications & Information Resources
EC study "Economy of culture in Europe" launched
November 2006. A European Commission study carried out by KEA European Affairs, together with Media Group (Turku School of Economics) and MKW Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH; English version, French and German versions under preparation. The study - launched on November 15 - is a first at European level and highlights the direct (in terms of GDP, growth and employment) as well as the indirect (links between creativity and innovation, links with the ICT sector, regional development and attractiveness) contribution of the cultural and creative sectors towards the Lisbon Agenda. In the words of Philippe Kern, head of KEA, the recommendations proposed by the study centre on "how to better measure the EU cultural sector, how to enhance the sustainability of enterprises in the cultural sector and how to benefit from culture as a tool for social cohesion and European integration".
For more details and to download the study visit EC or KEA websites.
A Cultural Component as an integral part of the EU's Foreign Policy?
2006. Authors: Diane Dodd, Melle Lyklema, Kathinka Dittrich-Van Weringh; Boekmanstichting/ LabforCulture; published by Boekman Foundation, Amsterdam; English version. This study explores whether or not the 25 EU Member States would support a more enhanced integration of a cultural component' into the emerging foreign policy of the European Union, complementing and supporting their cultural endeavours with third countries. The survey focuses above all on EU member states' existing documents, legislation, treaties, actions, programmes and background literature, as well as regional and intergovernmental agreements. The aim is to find out whether, in addition to their national foreign cultural policies, member states would and could work more closely together than hitherto on joint cultural actions and programmes outside the EU and in agreement with the EU. The book, benefiting in the following period from a complementary analysis involving interviews with selected decision makers and practitionars from six EU countries, will be available to download from LabforCulture.org in November 2007.
For more information and orders visit www.boekman.nl or www.labforculture.org.
New Book on Culture in the Balkans: The Heart of the Matter
September 2006. Editor: Chris Keulemans; published by the European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam; English version. The role of the arts and culture in the European integration of the Balkans was the main theme explored by the ECF's Balkan Reflection Group. This new publication, 'The Heart of the Matter', offers expert analysis and reflection from the ten personalities (artists, intellectuals, cultural producers and political experts) engaged in this exercise. The process resulted in the launch of the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture, a new funding-line for the region.
To download the book and essays from it go to www.eurocult.org. For orders contact Bertan Selim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why We Need European Cultural Policies?
September 2006. Author: Nina Obuljen; published by the European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam; English version. This is the first publication in the frame of the CPR (Cultural Policy Research) Award, representing the completed research project "Why we need European cultural policies: the impact of EU enlargement on cultural policies in transition countries" carried out by Nina Obuljen, the first winner of the award (2004). The study tried to identify those 'other' common (in other words, shared) EU policies that affect cultural policies as well as to assess such influences – can they be considered as positive or negative? How have new EU member states been responding to change? Are there some policies that should be adopted at the EU level in order to counterbalance the impact of cross-cutting measures, such as taxation, for instance, on cultural policies?
For more information and orders write to email@example.com or visit www.cpraward.org/publications.html to download the publication.
Differing Diversities - Eastern European Perspectives
September 2006. Authors: Andrea Ellmeier and Bela Rasky; Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg; English version. This book published by the Council of Europe asserts that cultural diversity, in all its forms, is posing a profound challenge to traditional formulations of cultural policy and to the understanding of the public interests served by this policy. In most countries the artistic and cultural landscape has not evolved to reflect the realities of a changed social landscape. This rift threatens to undermine the legitimacy of cultural institutions and the public policy that supports them. The shift from homogeneity to diversity as the new social norm requires a rethinking of the processes, mechanisms and relationships necessary for democratic policy development in diverse societies.
For more information and orders write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://book.coe.int/EN/.
The Balkans Trilogy
November 2006. Editors: Rene Block, Marius Babias; Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel; English version. The publication under this title reformulates political and cultural relations to the 'Balkans' from the viewpoint of art. It documents the exhibition "In the Gorges of the Balkans: A Reportage" at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel, the series of projects "In the Cities of the Balkans", and the symposium "The Reinvention of the Balkans", events that took place in 2003-2004 focusing on the Balkan art scene. An extensive appendix contains notes on the participating artists and a chronology of events in the Balkans from 1878 to the present day.
For orders contact email@example.com or visit www.verlag-silke-schreiber.de. For more information on the project visit www.fridericianum-kassel.de.
Report, the magazine for the arts and civil society in Central and Eastern Europe
November 2006. Edited biannually in the frame of the Kontakt. The Arts and Civil Society Program of the Erste Bank Group; English and German versions. "Report", the "Kontakt" magazine, provides information about art, human sciences and social affairs in CEE. Alongside interviews, portraits, statements and reports on social and political themes, the magazine provides information about events currently planned by tranzit and Kontakt. The 2nd issue/2006 (especially designed by Russian/Austrian artist Anna Ceeh) is dedicated - as the editorial writen by Manuela Hotzl & Antje Mayer states - to the subject of 'migration' and attempt to come somewhat closer to reality, removed from public polemics and media propaganda. What do terms such as foreigner, being foreign, homeland and multiculturalism signigy in everyday European life? What does integration actually mean? And: what are the real problems that confront us?
For more information on the current issue of Report visit http://kontakt.erstebankgroup.net/report.
Culture & Transition: An Evaluation Of International Professional Development Programs For Arts Managers In Russia
2006. Editor: St. Petersburg Center for Independent Social Research; publisher: CEC ArtsLink; English version. International arts service organisation CEC ArtsLink with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, commissioned the St. Petersburg Center for Independent Social Research to evaluate the effectiveness of international professional development programs for arts managers in Russia. The research under the above mentioned title was completed in 2005. During the past ten years a wide range of international organizations have offered programs to assist Russian cultural organizations in adjusting to post-Soviet economic and political reality. There is no doubt that such assistance has been useful as Russian organisations struggle to create new strategies for survival in a market economy and to adopt new management practices. Until now, however, no substantive assessment of their impact has been available. A limited number of copies are available free of charge. To receive one, send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name, mailing address, and email address.
For more information visit www.cecartslink.org.
New ResArtis publication: Residencies: Spaces + Artists + Managers + Communities
2006. Published by ASEF - Asia-Europe Foundation, Res Artis and the UfaFabrik; English version. The publication follows up on discussions at the ResArtis conference in Berlin (Sharing Cultures and Social Change, 10th General Meeting, 28 September-2 October 2005). The publication, featuring shared experiences, reflections, and suggestions on artist in residence programmes, aims to shed more light on both the potential as well as challenges of artist residency programmes, particularly between Asia and Europe. It not only highlights the relevance of artist exchange and mobility, but also places emphasis on the role of civil societies and local communities in relation to culture and the arts.
For more information and orders write to email@example.com or visit www.resartis.org.
New ELIA website launched
The new ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) website has gone online. With it, ELIA is entering a more interactive stage, offering members a forum to exchange research experiences and a member search engine to establish contacts and cooperation. Also, a newsletter will be published, providing users with updated information about ELIA activities. The European League of Institutes of the Arts, founded in 1990, is an independent network of approximately 360 Arts Education Institutes covering all the disciplines of the Arts - Dance, Design, Theatre, Fine Art, Music, Media Arts and Architecture - from 47 countries.
Visit the website at www.elia-artschools.org.
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