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Setting up ARCult - an expertise and service support agency for the Romanian independent cultural organizations and operators (initial project & follow-up: completed)
 country:  Romania
 implementing organisation:  ECUMEST Association
 partners:  Theatre Union of Romania (UNITER); International Centre for Contemporary Arts (ICCA); Project DCM Foundation; Institute for Public Policies; '22' magazine; 'Observator Cultural' magazine
 contact:  Oana Radu, project coordinator, ECUMEST Association, oana.radu@ecumest.ro.
 description:  The action project has launched a long-term programme which aims to initiate, encourage and provide assistance for initiatives in the field of policy making, to provide consultancy services and to widely distribute information and expertise on topics of interest to the Romanian cultural sector and decision-makers in the field of cultural policy (e.g. cultural policy issues, legal and policy changes and their impact on cultural organisations and artists, advocacy and lobbying campaigns, legislation affecting the cultural sector cultural policy mechanisms and practices in other SE European or EU countries, tax and legal issues, particularly in respect to copyright and neighbouring rights, etc.), as well as to facilitate and improve cooperation within the cultural sector by providing independent cultural organisations with a platform for exchanging information, knowledge and expertise, as well as for debate on important issues affecting the sector.

Activities
Information dissemination. News and events in the field of cultural policies and legislation in Romania, as well as other countries of the region.
Action research in the cultural field, and particularly on cultural policy topics, as a fundamental instrument on which cultural policy should be based or as an essential tool in evaluating such policies and making them advance and improve.
Debates. ARCult aims to create a space of dialogue and debate on cultural policies issues involving all actors of the policy-making and implementing process.
Consultancy. Providing of specialised consultancy services in areas such as legislation affecting the cultural field, tax issues, cultural policies, etc. It targets firstly the independent cultural organisations, as well as public institutions or bodies.

Initial implementation period: April 2002 - April 2003
Follow-up: 2004-2005
PROJECT NEWS
30.04.2005 ARCult Forum 2: Who's afraid of the independent sector?
The debate under this title aimed to bring into discussion the notions of "independent", "non-governmental", or "freelance", alternatively trying to differentiate between the institutional, legal and artistic levels.
   
    EN - Report of the ARCult Forum 2 (PDF, 162 KB)
26.02.2005 Launching the ARCult Forum
The ECUMEST Association has organised on February 25 the debate "Why and how should culture be funded? In Romania". Throught this event ECUMEST has launched the ARCult Forum, a process of analysis, proposals and debates aiming at contributing to the design of a long term cultural strategy in Romania.
  EN
    Debate dossier (RO) (PDF, 425 KB)
  The report of the ARCult Forum 1 (PDF, 209 KB)
06.12.2004 Visit the online legal database "Legal framework for culture in Romania"
Developed in the framework of ARCult, Legal Framework for Culture in Romania is an online database aimed at facilitating the fast and free access to and the consultation of the legal acts relevant for the cultural field, as well as the consultation of explanatory legal guides for specific key areas. The database has been recently updated to...
  EN |  RO
30.10.2004 Cultural policies - Alternative proposals in view of the 2004 parliamentary elections in Romania
In the framework of the ARCult action project, on October 27, the ECUMEST Association, in partnership with the Romanian Academic Society (SAR), has organised the roundtable "Cultural policies - Alternative proposals in view of the November 2004 parliamentary elections".
  EN |  RO
    Consult the questions addressed to the political parties as background to the debate (EN) (PDF, 154 KB)
  Prezentarea comparativa a raspunsurilor partidelor politice (RO) (PDF, 154 KB)
18.03.2003 The round table "Access of cultural NGOs to public funding in Romania"
ECUMEST Association organised in March 2003 the round table on the topic "The access of cultural NGOs to public funding in Romania", which presented and discussed the results of the action research on the same topic developed in the framework of the ARCult programme.
  EN |  RO
    Accesul ONG-urilor culturale la fonduri publice - raport intermediar realizat in cadrul ARCult (RO) (PDF, 332 KB)
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