Policies for Culture news
New developments of the Policies for Culture programme beginning with January 2004
After four years of successful development throughout South East Europe, the Policies for Culture programme is transforming a major part of its activities in the region. A first development will be to set up a Regional Task Force for Cultural Policy in South East Europe. Also, the communication instruments will be redeveloped, among which is the new programme website, which shall be launched at the beginning of April. As of 2004, the PfC programme activities for the SEE region will be autonomously coordinated by ECUMEST Association, with the continuous involvement and financial support of the European Cultural Foundation.
More details on the programme's activities will be available soon at www.policiesforculture.org.
The PfC Regional Task Force for Cultural Policy in SEE: in development
The aim of the Policies for culture Task Force, which will especially focus on cultural policy research, is to use the rich pool of knowledge and expertise represented by the PfC network in order to respond to the strong need for consistent and professional reflection, analysis and research in the field of cultural policies in the region. The Task Force will identify and then address the key topics and areas in this field, thus providing a more coherent overview of the region in the area of cultural policy-making. A Consultative Group of the Task Force, gathering several experts in the field of cultural policies in the region was recently established and held its first development meeting in Belgrade on 5-6 March 2004. More details on the Task Force and its action plan for 2004 will be available soon at www.policiesforculture.org.
Action project update:"Together for Culture - Cultural Strategy of the Municipality of Prijedor" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The strategy development process initiated by DON Foundation from Prijedor has been finalised in February 2004 with the policy paper "The Strategy for Cultural Development of Prijedor for the period 2004-2009" which is currently on the agenda of the Prijedor Municipal Assembly in view of discussion, adoption and implementation. The English version of the final paper will be soon available at www.policiesforculture.org. For more information write to Danijel Crnic, Project Coordinator, at email@example.com or consult www.donprijedor.org.
Action project update: "Cultural strategy of the city of Rijeka" (Croatia)
The series of five planned public debates have already taken place in the framework of the project, which will result in a first draft strategic proposal to be submitted to the experts team and subsequently to a final public debate to take place in May 2004, addressing at the same time the Rijeka City Assembly in view of its adoption and implementation.
For more information write to Davor Miskovic, Executive Director, Drugo More, Rijeka, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action project update: "Institutionalising Participation in Local Cultural Policy in the City of Prilep" (Macedonia)
On the 10th of March, the project team presented the Indicative Cultural Strategy, developed in the framework of the action project, in front of the Prilep's Municipal Council and the Mayor, which unanimously adopted it as a Municipality Act. Implementation to follow. This paper is available in both Macedonian and English at the webpage marked below.
For more information write to Sonja Adamceska or Pare Mihajloska, ACTAC Prilep, at email@example.com or visit the project webpage at www.wws.org.mk.
Action project update: "Platform for a New Impact of Culture" (Montenegro)
The 16th of March marked the launch of the second phase of the action project initiated by Nansen Dialogue Center Montenegro, with a first public session aimed at presenting the results of the first research phase, i.e. the variety of different alternative funding mechanisms for the cultural sector existing throughout Europe. A series of public debates on these proposed mechanisms and their possible implementation in Montenegro will be held during the following months.
For more information contact Svetlana Racanovic, Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ndcmn.org.
Action project update: "Cultural policy in Zlatibor County - Second Step" (Serbia)
Following the preliminary phase of (focus group) research in all three municipalities participating to the project - Arilje, Bajna Basta and Pozega -, which was presented in the winter issue of the Policies for Culture Journal, a second phase of local and regional debates on their results and in view of strategy development was launched in November 2003. The regional debate will take place on April 3, 2004, in Zlatibor, and will focus on cultural tourism in the subregion of the four municipalities (the above mentioned and Uzice) and other networking and partnership opportunities inside the subregion.
For more information contact Aleksandar Djeric, Project Coordinator, Akademska Alternativa Uzice, at email@example.com.
Policies for Culture Media Initiative 2003: the last dossier in "Perpjekja" magazine
The PfC Media Initiative 2003 came to its end with the publication of a special dossier on cultural policies in the recent issue of the Albanian magazine Perpjekja (Endeavour), no. 18/2003. By the end of 2002, Policies for Culture initiated a broad media collaboration project in the countries of South East Europe. 10 magazines and newspapers in 8 SEE countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia) published cultural policy dossiers and specific supplements in one of their regular issues. The initiative made texts and publications prepared by the Policies for Culture network and its guest writers available in the local languages of South East Europe and thereby encouraged dissemination of cultural policy expertise to a broad range of readers throughout the entire region. New initiatives in this area will be projected by Policies for Culture for the period to come. We welcome any proposals and suggestions.
March 24-28: Salzburg Seminar special session: Cultural Institutions in Transition: Making the Case for Culture. Focus: Eastern Europe (Salzburg, Austria)
Cultural institutions around the world face important new challenges to their financial sustainability, their organizational structures and their social relevance. This is especially true in Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe. Whether faced with questions of audience, mission or sustainability, the preparation of leaders within such institutions to face the challenges and uncertainties of transition may be of critical importance as organizations struggle to orient themselves in the midst of dramatic change. This is the second of two Salzburg Seminar sessions devoted to the theme, Cultural Institutions in Transition: Making the Case for Culture, and will focus on such transitions in Eastern Europe. The first session (October 3-7, 2003) examined cultural institutions in transition in Russia. Approximately thirty participants will gather to address approaches to long-term development in the cultural sector, tools for adaptive leadership, and strategies for cultural advocacy in Eastern Europe.
For more information visit http://www.salzburgseminar.org/sessions.cfm?core_id=579&group=special or write to Susanne Seidl-Fox, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 2-4: Public vs. Private: Cultural Policies and the Art Market in Central and South-Eastern Europe (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
This event is one of a series of conferences and symposia that will take place in 2004 in Vienna, Linz, Ljubljana, London, Luneburg and Riga as part of the European Internet project "republicart". Supplementing the Vienna conference on Public Art Policies, the conference in Ljubljana will look at the cultural-policy asp ects of the wider republicart project. The Ljubljana conference, organised by Galerija kuc, also takes place in the context of "In the Cities of the Balkans", the 2nd part of the "Balkans trilogy", a project initiated by the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel. The goal of both gatherings is to interrogate the workings of art institutions and the specific structures that support them. The Ljubljana conference approaches this topic from two distinct regionally oriented perspectives, focusing on the wider context of the Alpine-Adriatic region (Alpe-Adria) & South-eastern Europe. The question of the relationship between private and public support for the arts is of particular significance for these two quite different geographical and historical contexts.
For more information visit www.republicart.net or write to Gregor Podnar at email@example.com.
April 29-30: Eurovisions - From Cultural Network to Politics (Berlin, Germany)
The "Europe Project" can only succeed when its citizens support it. In this respect, art and culture play a decisive role in the unification of Europe: they have the potential to contribute significantly to the formation of the European identity. Artists, performers and intellectuals have long been active beyond the boundaries of their own specific area of expertise in the contemporary and dynamic forms of cultural networks. On the eve of the extension of the European Union, "Eurovisions - from cultural network to politics" takes a closer look at the prospects and the possibilities of these cultural networks, and thereby also at those of European civil society. The conference is organised by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung), the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Goethe-Institute - in collaboration with the German Cultural Council (Deutsche Kulturrat). Details: http://www.goethe.de/ins/vb/prj/euro/enindex.htm.
April 29 - May 1: The Trans-European Picnic: the Media and Art of Accession (Novi Sad, Serbia)
On May 1, 2004 the European Union will expand beyond its current "core Europe" constellation to include, for the first time, nations of the former Eastern and Non-Aligned Blocks. Through a three-day electronic media arts and culture gathering at the city of Novi Sad, Serbia, a few kilometres beyond the European Union's new transnational edge, the Picnic will bring together artists, theoreticians and media practitioners from across Europe to explore the changing cultural and artistic landscape within and beyond this new conglomerate of competing cultures, economies and identities. The Trans-European Picnic will provide a lively platform of debate and exchange into the evolving sense of identity and new forms of collaboration active in countering the growing gap separating the Europe of the "Out-side" from the Europe of the "In-side". Hosted by kuda.org, Novi Sad in collaboration with V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam.
May 20-22: The Forum for Cooperation with South East Europe is supporting the participation of 6 representatives from SEE at "Networking for the Arts" conference in Cork (Ireland)
This meeting, organised by the Arts Council of Ireland, under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the European Union 2004, will be a response to the European Council Resolution of 19th December 2002 about "implementing the work plan on European cooperation in the field of culture: European added value and mobility of persons and circulation of works in the cultural sector". The Cork conference will invite 2 representatives per EU member state (old and new), from government ministries or national arts intermediary agencies (such as arts councils). The Forum for Cultural Cooperation with SEE and the Arts Council of Ireland, have invited 6 representatives from SEE to attend the conference - including officials from the Ministries of Culture of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Croatia, and experts from Romania, Serbia and Moldova. A separate FCC meeting will be organised prior to the event. A second larger FCC meeting will be organised at the ECF's conference "Sharing Cultures" (see below).
For more information contact Hanneloes Weeda, Senior development officer, European Cultural Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eurocult.org.
May 7-8: The 4th edition of the Forum of Local Authorities for Social Inclusion (FLA) of Porto Alegre (Barcelona, Spain)
FAL is a Mayors' Forum created in 2001 as part of the World Social Forum of Porto Alegre, with the aim of bringing together local governments from all over the world to discuss alternative policies to globalisation and to fight poverty. For additional information about its 4th edition to take place in Barcelona on 7-8 May 2004 consult the webpage below, which also contains information about the "Agenda 21 of Culture", a proposal made by cities in favour of cultural development, open to the participation of cities and experts worldwide.
May 13-16: ENCATC Annual Conference: "Managing cultural dynamics within the renewed Europe" (Krakow, Poland)
In the context of the work of the European Convention and the discussions on the future Constitutional Treaty of the European Union, this event reflects the ENCATC desire and commitment to support and foster discussions among its members (network of institutions including civil society organisations in the field of culture & education): on the responsibility of the culture and education sector towards achieving Europe as "a continent open to culture, learning and social progress"; on intercultural dialogue within Europe and beyond; on cultural inheritance of Europe in the life of society. Organised in cooperation with the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
May 28 - June 1: Creative Clusters Conference 2004 (Brighton, UK)
Across the world, creative industries are growing at an explosive rate. Nations, regions and communities are harnessing the economic and cultural power of entertainment, media and design to transform their economies, to build their communities and regenerate their cities. Creative Clusters 2004 offers a global snapshot of this vibrant sector, with a showcase of ground-breaking projects and policy initiatives from all parts of the UK, from Canada, Mexico, Japan, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Brisbane, Ghana and more. Among the issues examined at the conference will feature "How is Tito's luxurious 'Blue Train' helping Serbia's push for cultural tourism?"
June 10-12: Balkan Express stops in Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania)
Balkan Express - the Balkan performing arts network - was born out of an initiative of several IETM members in view of creating an informal platform of performing arts professionals from Balkan countries, as well as beyond, which facilitates the exchange of information, ideas and projects, the dialogue and communication, and encourages collaboration in the Balkan region, helping as well in establishing connections with other regions. Its future meeting will take place in Sfantu Gheorghe and will focus on 'Audience development: Sharing practices and experiences in the region'. During the meeting, an artistic workshop for young theatre directors and a training session for cultur al operators will be held, along with the 'exploration' of the host country's performing arts sector. The BE encounter is organised by the ECUMEST Association - BE contact point for Romania - in partnership with "The League for Theatre" Foundation and Arcus Cultural Center, and will take place in the framework of the ATELIER International Unconventional Theatre Festival in Sfantu Gheorghe.
A working group of the Balkan Express will also be organised in the framework of the IETM Plenary Meeting in Budapest, on the 25th of April.
For more information about this encounter and Balkan Express visit www.ecumest.ro or the BE dedicated page at www.ietm.org, or contact Oana Radu, ECUMEST Association, at email@example.com.
July 11-13: "Sharing cultures. Cultural Cooperation in the New Europe" conference (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
This event represents the last in a series of four conferences which took place in the framework of the "Enlargement of Minds" initiative of the European Cultural Foundation. This event has four objectives: To raise awareness of the possible cultural impact of enlargement; To discuss the roles and responsibilities of politicians and the media in preparing the public for the enlargement process; To make concrete recommendations for increasing the flow of information and cultural exchange on the subject of enlargement; To stimulate artistic encounter. Artists, intellectuals and cultural operators - as well as politicians and media professionals - from both EU and acceding countries will be able to air their views and question one another on the cultural prerequisites and consequences of EU enlargement.
For more information visit www.eurocult.org or write to Isabelle Schwarz, Cultural Policy Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 23-27: The Congress on Cultural Rights and Human Development
The Interarts Foundation is organising, together with UNESCO and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI), an International Congress on Cultural Rights and Human Development within the framework of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, in August 2004. The Congress is expected to be a major encounter of experts, international organisations and networks from different fields related to cultural rights, human rights, cultural diversity, policies and human development. By bringing together these agents from a great number of fields and countries, the event aims to have a lasting impact on the ongoing debates on cultural rights and cultural indicators for human development.
For additonal information contact Annamari Laaksonen, Congress Coordinator, at email@example.com or consult the webpage of the Interarts Foundation at http://www.interarts.net/eng/2.3.1_cooperacio_item.php?cooperationId=7 or the Forum's website at www.barcelona2004.org/eng/eventos/dialogos/ficha.cfrIdEvento=179.
October 28-31: The 12th General Assembly and Conference of EFAH - the European Forum for Arts and Heritage (Lille, France)
Increasing decentralisation and regionalisation in Europe prompts cultural operators and public authorities to consider policy ramifications of a more sophisticated interaction between culture and regions and the role of regions in initiating and supporting international cultural cooperation. Europe's regions are extremely important politico-administrative entities, and issues of culture and cultural development should be placed at the core of the debates on decentralisation, regionalisation, distinction and social and economic development. Besides these issues, the Conference will as usual consider the current major developments of the European Union in terms of their impact on culture and cultural policy. Special attention will be given to the design of a new programme of the EC that should by 2007 replace the present Culture 2000 programme.
November 26-28:The Berlin Conference for European Cultural Policy (Germany)
Greater emphasis on cultural policy in Europe - that is what the Berlin Conference for European Cultural Policy in November 2004 demands. Not primarily for the sake of culture itself, but rather in the interest of Europe's future and the difficult process of European unification. The process of unification can meet with success only if the specific weight of culture is reflected in public awareness and in EU decisions. The Berliner Konferenz für europäische Kulturpolitik will present this thesis in two steps: by stating reasons for the necessity of community cultural policy in the process of European unification; by stating the functions ensuing from this necessity and requiring to be fulfilled by a EU cultural policy. In the run up to the conference, Felix Meritis launched an invitation to take part in the debate by joining the People Network and answering to a questionnaire available at www.felix.meritis.nl/peoplenetwork/bk2004.htm
Cultural Policy Research Award. Focus: European enlargement - which policy for art and culture?
Application deadline: March 31, 2004
Within the framework of the Cultural Policy Development action-line, the European Cultural Foundation announces the 1st Cultural Policy Research Award (CPR Award). The overall theme of the research is 'cultural implications of enlargement'. Research may focus on a variety of topics, and those related to cultural policy education or the re-modelling of the cultural system and cultural institutions will be taken into consideration. Legal, economic, social, managerial, ethical, technological and other relevant issues (e.g. media & communication) will receive equal attention in the evaluation process. Priority will be given to the evaluative, comparative and action-research projects covering the EU accession countries, South East Europe and the EU's neighbouring countries. Research outcomes should contain relevant policy proposals for systemic and structural changes, or innovative, new ideas for re-thinking the position of arts and culture in an enlarging Europe. Young academics, researchers and policymakers (aged 35 or under) are eligible to apply for the 10,000 Euro award. Applications should be submitted through the online application form on the CPR Award website until 31 March 2004.
For more information visit www.cpraward.org or write to Svetlana Jovicic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing Cultural Transitions: Southeastern Europe (9-16 May 2004, Dubrovnik)
This is the fourth in the series of courses under the same title 'Redefining Cultural Identities', organised by the Department of Culture and Communication of the Institute for International Relations, Zagreb. The course 'Managing Cultural Transitions: Southeastern Europe' is addressed to postgraduate students and practitioners interested in an analytical insight into the theoretical and conceptual issues of cultural transitions, in examining the cultural policies in the context of cultural transitions and the EU integration. Among the lecturers of this programme are: Vesna Copic, Vjeran Katunaric, Delia Mucica, Nada Svob-Dokic, Corina Suteu, Lidia Varbanova. To apply send a short CV and a letter of motivation to the email address marked below.
For more information write to Jaka Primorac, Institute for Cultural Relations, Zagreb, at email@example.com.
Amsterdam Summer University
The programme proposes a variety of summer courses among which: "The Value of Culture" (2-6 August 2004, Amsterdam); "Development and Management of Autonomous Creative Spaces in Europe" (24 - 28 August 2004, Amsterdam); "Innovative Strategies in International Cultural Cooperation" (29 August - 31 August 2003, Amsterdam).
For a full list of courses and further information visit www.amsu.edu or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courants du Monde: Cultural internships & exchanges in France (15 Nov - 3 Dec, 2004)
Final application deadline: April 2, 2004
"Maison des Cultures du Monde" launched its annual call for the "stages culture Courants du Monde" open to experienced cultural professionals from throughout Europe to take place in France on 15 November - 3 December, 2004. Among the proposed sessions "Politiques Culturelles et leur administration" (Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles/Grenoble), "Financement et economie de la culture" (Université Paris IX-Dauphine/Paris) or "Industries culturelles en Europe" (Maison des Cultures du Monde and Université Paris VIII-Vincennes-Saint Denis). For a full listing of proposed sessions as well asthe application forms visit the webpage below. Applications should be submitted to the Cultural Cooperation Services inside the French Embassies in the country of the applicant. Please check in your country for more details and the national application deadlines (with April 2 being the final deadline for nationally selected applications to reach Paris).
Publications & Information Resources
Cultural Cooperation in Europe: What Role for Foundations?
October 2003. The study aims at providing foundations the necessary tools for drafting new strategies and actions that could guarantee coherence and legitimacy to the international leadership role foundations are playing next to the European institutions, networks and national authorities in the field of cultural cooperation. The research carried out by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo on behalf of NEF - Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation
Consult the final report of the research at http://www.fitzcarraldo.it/ricerca/pdf/Volume.pdf.
"Culture Europe International" magazine, no. 40
The December 2003-January 2004 issue of "Culture Europe" is entitled "The Enlargement, And Beyond?" Addressing the European Enlargement process and the challenges and opportunities for its new SEE neighbours, it features many of the background materials of the "Crossing Perspectives" seminar which took place in June 2003 in Amsterdam. French and English versions available.
For more details visit http://www.culture-europe.fr.fm or write to email@example.com.
ARTELIER magazine - "Balkans and Balkanness: The Pros and the Cons"
The last issue (8/2003) of the Romanian contemporary art magazine Artelier, published by the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the International Center for Contemporary Art, explores a term that has, in the last two years, been heard insistently on the European art scene: 'contemporary art from the Balkans'. Artists, theorists and curators were invited to position themselves in relation to this framework, to question its legitimacy and its claims to homogenous representation. A variety of projects are presented in the magazine, ranging from the large-scale exhibitions, organised works around a metaphoric vision of the Balkans, to projects that were less ambitious in the scope, but also less affected by the principles of geo-aesthetics. For more information contact Ruxandra Balaci, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Irina Cios, Managing Director, at email@example.com.
"Transeuropeennes" journal ceased its appearance
The international journal of critical thought "Transeuropeennes", published in France and aiming at providing a perspective on Europebeyond its borders, dedicating many issues and pages to the Balkans and to the cultural cooperation with the Balkans, has ceased its appearance due to financial difficulties.
Learn more about its past issues at http://transeuropeennes.gaya.fr/uk/index.html.
"La transition culturelle dans les pays d'Europe Centrale et Orientale"
The report "La transition culturelle dans les pays d'Europe Centrale et Orientale" issued out of the research of the French Laboratory CERAT-Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, was finalised in 2003 by a group of researchers under the coordination of Guy Saez. The research was commissioned by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The report addresses the following countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro and Slovenia (reference being made to Policies for Culture as one of the information sources).
For more information contact Guy Saez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"In Search of Responsive Government. State Building and Economic Growth in the Balkans"
December 2003. Paper written in the framework of the "Blue Bird - Agenda for Civil Society in South East Europe" project initiated by the Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University, Budapest.
Full version in English available in electronic format at http://www.ceu.hu/cps/pub/pub_polstud_bluebird.pdf.
"Nationalism after Communism: Lessons Learned"
January 2004. Publication of the Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University (Budapest), edited by Ivan Krastev and Alina Mungiu-Pippidi. What if a policymaker charged with crafting a peace arrangement in an ethnic conflict situation would ask an academic what practical wisdom can theory of ethnic conflict and nationalism offer in support? Can a bridge be thrown between the world of academia, suffocated with political correctness and driven by the empty intellectual ambition of system-paradigms, and the world of those who have to craft policies of interethnic peace and cooperation with little knowledge of theory, scarce time to order proper research, and limited resources of money to invest? This book tries to analyze in this context what the postcommunist experience of ethnic revival and conflict has in common with other nationalisms and nation-related conflicts of our world, and what, if anything, is special about it; what the best practices are of managing different ethnic conflicts within a state or in neighboring states; and what institutions work and under what circumstances?
Details and excerpts available at http://www.ceu.hu/cps/pub/pub_books_postcomnat.htm.
"Cultural Policy in the Netherlands" (2003)
Novermber 2003. It offers complete and thorough insight into cultural policy in the Netherlands.
Full English version: http://www.minocw.nl/english/doc/2003/culturalpolicy2003nl.pdf
The Regional Arts Lottery Programme: An Evaluation
August 2003. Research report of the Arts Council England.
Full version available at http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/documents/publications/466.pdf.
The ENCATC - UNESCO International Directory of Training Centers in Cultural Policy and Management
The conception of developing a wider database on existing training programmes on cultural policy and management across different geographical areas was launched by the International Experts Meeting on "Cultural Policies: Training and International Co-operation" (UNESCO, Paris, November 2000). The survey commissioned by UNESCO to the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC) is available at http://encatc.org/EN/library/directory.lasso. For more details contact the ENCATC Coordination Office in Brussels at email@example.com.