Operation: City (Zagreb). Lobby for the independent initiatives
Aiming to point to the critical need of reinvesting industrial spaces of the city of Zagreb, the project "Operation: City" takes place from 8 to 17 September 2005, featuring a variety of cultural events which involve all major independent cultural initiatives and organisations. The project is part of Zagreb-Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000, being developed as a collaboration project by [BLOK]-Local Base for Refreshment of Culture and Platforma 9,81. It follows the public debate initiated over the past months by several organisations which are part of Zagreb-Cultural capital of Europe 3000. The discussion hosted by the Policy_Forum platform (affiliated with Clubture, the Policies for Culture action project initiated by MAMA) focused on the issue of independent cultural initiatives in Zagreb in the context of the city development. The advocacy process they initiated has resulted in a Declaration signed by all relevant political parties. Among its key demands, this document proposes the transformation of one of the abandoned spaces downtown Zagreb by the establishment of a joint multifunctional centre for independent cultural organisations and a macro-regional youth centre. Operation: City will host a debate of the Policy_Forum, bringing together potential users of the future centre and general public discussing what operative steps need to be taken in order for this centre to be established.
For more information write to email@example.com or visit www.operacijagrad.org.
Policies for Culture news
Meeting of the PfC action projects' network to be held in Bucharest
Policies for Culture programme will organise at the beginning of November 2005, in Bucharest, a two-day meeting bringing together members of action projects' network of partners around the region. The meeting will focus on the outcomes and impact of the action projects after the formal ending of the PfC support, as well as on the new evolutions within the region and how the policy development initiatives need to be accompanied, from both a practical and a theoretical point of view. The regional perspective and networking represent one of the key characteristics of the programme, and the meeting is therefore meant to further strengthen and make use as much as possible of the regional pool of expertise which has been developed in the framework of PfC, and to further bring in all activities - whenever that is relevant and represents an added value - a regional comparative perspective.
More details about this event will be soon available at www.policiesforculture.org. For more information contact the PfC team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action projects update: "Identifying and implementing new efficient funding mechanisms for the cultural sector in the Republic of Moldova" (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova)
'Alternativa Noua' Association in Chisinau has recently presented the legislative proposal for the setup of a National Cultural Fund in Moldova to Artur Cozma, the new Moldovan minister of culture & turism. The minister had a positive feedback on this legislative proposal, promising that by the end of the year the ministry will be handing the project to the Parliament. This legislative act represents the outcome of a process of research, analysis and debate carried out by 'Alternativa Noua' and the expert group of the project in order to establish an alternative funding mechanism for culture - both in terms of sources and distribution methodology. The legislative draft elaborated in 2004 could not however be considered by the former Parliament, in power until the spring 2005 elections. 'Alternativa noua' carries on this initiative by lobbying policymakers and continuing the press campaign in order to raise awareness and support for this project.
For more details contact Veaceslav Reabcinschi at email@example.com or visit the page dedicated to this action project.
Action project update: Impact Assessment for the Cultural Strategy of the Timis County (Timisoara, Romania)
The Intercultural Institute Timisoara has recently initiated an evaluation process following the implementation of the action project cultural strategy of the Timis County, in 2003. The project initiator will be supported by the Policies for Culture programme, which will contribute with the participation of an external expert to the joint development of the evaluation methodology as well as to the publication of the case study on the Timis cultural policy development and implementation project, also including the present evaluation. This will thus be a first more thorough impact assessment that Policies for Culture will do after the implementation of the strategy, since what the programme has mostly supported was the development phase of such strategies. The project will be carried out from September 2005-January 2005, while the case study will be published and disseminated in March 2006.
For more details contact the Policies for Culture team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Case study on Clubture under preparation
A case study documenting the Clubture action project, coordinated by MAMA - Multimedia Institute (Zagreb) will be prepared in the frame of the Policies for Culture 'Force of Example' publication series, starting September 2005. The publication will be focusing on the collaborative networking approach proposed by Clubture, which is articulated in the different fields addressed: programme exchange and joint projects, policy, education, information dissemination and 'representation'; and finally the theoritization of the collaborative practices and networks. It will also present why and how the programme started, what it aimed, how it worked, what it led to, what did not work as planned and what was (or was not) the added value of this networking approach in the different activities. The publication will include some of the findings of the survey activities carried out in both Clubture and Policy_Forum on the independent cultural sector and the general institutional and policy framework in Croatia. The case study will be finalised and published in March 2006.
For more details contact Emina Visnic at email@example.com, or the PfC team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from the region
Bosnia & Herzegovina: 11th Sarajevo Film Festival. "A Regional Accent with an International Profile"
The Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) marked its 11th anniversary this year. Originating as a gesture of hope and defiance amid the brutality of conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), it has grown to become a major international cinematic event - a key venue for new films from Southeast Europe, presently covering nine countries (Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro and Slovenia). Moving forward into its second decade, the SFF is now firmly established as the main meeting place for all regional professionals and for those wanting to learn about the possibilities this region has to offer. It screens the most recent regional feature films, shorts and documentaries, puts together tributes to important regional filmmakers, and runs programmes that help young filmmakers get their start.
Source: SETimes article written by Haris Memija and Robert Herschbach.
Kosovo: "No Cinderella Story in Kosovo"
The Austrian magazine Spike art quarterly has recently published an article focusing on the contemporary art scene in Prishtina and Peja. While presentating several projects and artists in the field, Antje Mayer, the author of this article, gives a special attention to the relations project carried out by EXIT - the Contemporary Art Institute (Peja) - Missing identity. The "Cinderella story" refers to the logo of this project - a high-heel shoe, that artist Mehmet Behluli commented in the article as it follows: "This sign is intended to remind people of the familiar fairytale of Cinderella. (...) We hope that one day a Prince will come who will rediscover Kosovo and kiss it awake again. For if it hasn’t died yet it will still be alive tomorrow". To read the entire article visit the website of the Spike art quarterly.
Source: SEE images in contemporary art, a weblog developed by Sabine Ballata.
SEE: The European integration of the Western Balkan countries under discussion
On 13 July 2005, Olli Rehn, the European Commissioner responsible for enlargement held an internet chat on this theme. Policies for Culture has asked the Commissioner which he considers to be the place of culture and cultural operators in raising awareness about and speeding up the perspective of EU integration for the countries of the Westen Balkans - both within the WB and the member states. "The place of culture and cultural operators is quite central for the positive development in the region, including the field of reconciliation. In this context the EU already supports various activities." However, we have received no feedback on whether this central role will be translated in an increase in the funds dedicated to it or the setup of truly regional funds for cultural cooperation. Yet, the chat itself, by the nature of the questions raised and suggestions made by the participants to it (whether they concerned the integration calendar and requirements for the different countries, the impact on the region of the recent no-vote in France and the Netherlands, visa issues, the importance of EU pressure and mediation role in promoting reforms and democratisation, the European values or the need to understand local context) proved how important the cultural component is in understanding and accompanying the integration process, both in the countries of the Western Balkans and in the EU member states. The full transcripts of the chat are available on the European Commission website.
SEE: New Ministers of Culture in Albania, Bulgaria & Romania
> Albania. The Albanian Parliament has recently approved the new government headed by Sali Berisha, whose Democratic Party (DP) won the 3 July elections. Bujar Leskaj, former MP of the DP, has been appointed minister of culture and tourism. With his nomination, the ministries of territory and tourism and of culture, youth and sports have been merged into a single institution.
> Bulgaria. With the election of the new Bulgarian cabinet by mid-August, Stefan Danailov was appointed as the new minister of culture. Mr. Danailov is among the most famous Bulgarian theatre and cinema actors and, since 2001, he was MP and Chairman of the Committee on Culture of the Bulgarian National Assembly, participating in several events organised within the Policies for Culture action projects in Bulgaria. The new cabinet was elected after a long process of negociations, following a coalition deal among the three leading parties in the 25 June elections - the Bulgarian Socialist Party, the National Movement Simeon II and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms.
> Romania. Following the resignation of Ms. Mona Musca, in the context of her disagreement with decisions made by Romanian prime minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, a new minister of culture and religious affairs was nominated in the person of Adrian Iorgulescu. Mr. Iorgulescu has a background in music composition and was previously the President of the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Romania.
Projects and Initiatives
Reflection Group: "The Balkans - The Heart of the Matter"
The European Cultural Foundation has recently launched a reflection group process with artists, curators and art critics from the region, as well as cultural operators and Balkan experts to reflect upon the role the arts and artists have played before, during and after the war of former Yugoslavia. The first meeting of the reflection group took place on 9-10 July 2005 in Sarajevo, focusing on the role of contemporary arts before and during the crises in the Balkans. A second meeting will take place in October 2005 in Belgrade, analysing the current translation of the value of the arts into EU policies and programmes, as well as in broader European cooperation schemes. The final event in December 2005 in the Hague will discuss the conclusions of the two reflection groups and commissioned essays and ‘translate’ the artistic/intellectual discourse to policy advocacy. It will debate the results with leading European and Dutch politicians, journalists and young people. Collected and commissioned background material will support the process and a publication with the conclusions and outcomes of the initiative will be released in spring 2006.
For more details about this initiative visit www.eurocult.org.
Research project focusing on European festivals
European Festival Research is a midterm interdisciplinary project that aims to analyse the ongoing trends, models and critical issues of the current festival explosion in Europe and formulate some tentative conclusions, forecasts and recommendations, for the benefit of practitioners, funders, media, educators and sponsors. The research group is coordinated by Dragan Klaic, the initiator of the project. After an initial meeting in Brussels in 2004, which developed a conceptual frame for the project, a group of researchers will meet on 23-25 September, invited and hosted by the Divadelna Nitra Festival (Slovakia), for intensive, structured discussions on the basis of research papers produced an distributed in advance. A report about the results of this meeting will be broadly circulated among practitioners and other interested parties. The European Festival Research project is supported by the European Festival Association and the Arts Council of England.
For more details and the conclusions of the Brussels meeting contact Dragan Klaic at email@example.com.
September 15-17, 2005: The Catalyst Conference (Manchester & Liverpool, UK)
Focusing on the themes of cultural entitlement and cultural learning, Catalyst will be a powerful meeting point for debate between practitoners and policy makers. The purpose is to map and understand better cultural learning in Europe and beyond, focusing on Eastern Europe because of the need to share knowledge about significant changes in the region. The SEE countries will be strongly represented, among others, by: Jadranka Andjelic (DAH Theatre Director, Belgrade), who will share experiences of setting up the East’s first major theatre network; Corina Suteu (independent consultant & researcher, ECUMEST president, Bucharest), who will address the issue of values needed for cultural democracy in terms of developing a shared cultural entitlement, and who is also author of one of the Catalyst conference Arguments; Lidia Varbanova (Director of the Centre for Intercultural and Social Development, Montreal), moderator of the session Cultural Entitlement Through Learning and Education, also signing one of the conference Arguments.
For more information visit www.catalystconference.co.uk.
September 22-25, 2005: Escalator International. 60th TEH meeting at The Junction (Cambridge, UK)
Trans Europe Halles (The European Network of Independent Cultural Centres) will organise a three-day conference taking place at The Junction, Cambridge, which aims to develop and discuss strategies and initiatives on supporting and nurturing emerging European performing artists. The conference will be a meeting point for venue managers as well as promoters, programmers and festival organisers from the UK and Europe, but a practical information source for artists interested in developing and profiling their work in Europe. The conference will include seminars, workshops and keynote speeches alongside a performance programme that will complement and contextualize the discussions and debates. Among the Eastern European members of TEH are: A38 (Budapest, Hungary), Stanica (Zilina, Slovakia), Toaca Cultural Foundation (Bucharest, Romania), Pekarna Magdalenske Mreza (Maribor, Slovenia).
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit TEH and The Junction websites.
October 13-16, 2005: Living Heritage - Learning from Innovative Practices in Culture and Community Development in South East Europe (Skopje, Macedonia)
On behalf of the Living Heritage Network, the Foundation Open Society Institute - Macedonia (FOSIM) will be hosting the international conference under this title, taking place from 13 to 16 October. The event aims to provide a solid platform for exchange of experience and know-how nationally and regionally by professionals, policymakers, academics and funders involved in community development and culture. Panel discussions and presentations will be tackling, among others, issues such as: human factor in community development; economic development through culture; power of culture and/or heritage; the prospect of culture and heritage in South East Europe over the coming years. Not only the partner organisations from the four countries (Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Bosnia & Herzegovina), but also organisations involved in a similar work in neighbouring countries, such as Serbia & Montenegro, Croatia and Turkey will attend the conference.
For more details contact Ivan Dodovski, FOSIM, at email@example.com or visit the Living Heritage webpage.
Reminder: October 24-26, 2005: Creative Clusters 2005 - Third International Conference on Creative Industries Development (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Creative Clusters is a major networking and peer-learning event for creative industry development people from around the world. Participants form South East Europe responsible for developing the creative industries in their city, region or community are welcome at the conference. The key policy issues of this year's programme are: Investing in Creativity, which will examine what finance is available and ask how different types of finance affect the creative, social and business outcomes of creative enterprise; Delivering Skills for Creativity, which invites educators, policy-makers, creative entrepreneurs and producers to explore a challenge faced by the whole economy; Inclusion Through Creativity, which asks fundamental questions about equality, diversity and inclusion, media ownership and the positive (and negative) outcomes of a rapidly expanding global creative economy.
For more details write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.creativeclusters.com.
International Policy Fellowships 2006-2007. General framework: "New Frontiers of
Application deadline: September 20, 2005
The Central European University Center for Policy Studies (CPS) is calling for proposals for its year 2006-2007 International Policy Fellowships (IPF) programme, which is affiliated with the CPS and the Open Society Institute-Budapest. The fellowships are intended to support the analytical policy research of open society leaders and connect these fellows with professional policy networks and opportunities. The recently launched call does is open to applicants from Central and Eastern Europe. It does not include a special section dedicated to cultural policies, but research proposals on relevant cultural policy topics can be submitted within the announced general framework.
For more information and the application form contact IPF at email@example.com or visit www.soros.org/initiatives/ipf.
Reminder: Call for papers. Fourth International Conference on Cultural Policy Research
The call for papers of the Fourth International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR, July 12-16, 2006) is open until October 31, 2005. The event will be organised in Vienna by EDUCULT in cooperation with the International Journal of Cultural Policy. ICCPR 2006 aims to provide an outlet for interdisciplinary and international exploration of the concepts, function and impact of cultural policies. It intends to reflect a broad view of cultural policy encompassing culture as a "way of life" as well as, in the narrower sense, culture of the arts and cultural industries. It will be concerned with both, the policies of decision makers, of administration and institutions as well as the wider discourses related to the general conditions of culture. The Policies for Culture programme will actively participate to the conference in the framework of its cultural policy research activities, thus bringing a special focus on the SEE region.
For more information and to submit abstracts write to Michael Wimmer, EDUCULT Vienna, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.iccpr2006.com.
Caucasus now included in STEP beyond
Following the setup of a collaboration with the Arts and Culture Network Program of the Open Society Institute (Budapest), the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) has recently opened up its travel fund to the countries of South Caucasus, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Art professionals, cultural operators, cultural journalists, cultural translators and cultural researchers from now 44 countries can be supported to travel from or to the countries covered by STEP beyond's remit. Supporting individual mobility in the setting-up phase of cultural and artistic initiatives is one means of strengthening such ties and it is with this aim that the European Cultural Foundation has established the STEP beyond mobility scheme in early 2003.
For details and guidelines, see the ECF website under programmes > mobility.
Reminder: The Culture 2000 call for projects
Application deadline: October 17 & 28, 2005
The seventh annual call organised under the Culture 2000 programme was issued on 12 July. Like the previous call, it does not take the annual sectoral approach. In 2006, all sectors are therefore featured. The total budget for measures supported under this call is around EUR 28 million. Applications must be submitted no later than 17/10/2005 for all annual projects and translation projects, and no later than 28/10/2005 for all multiannual cooperation agreement projects and cooperation projects in third countries.
For further information applicants should consult the Cultural Contact Point in their country or visit the European Commission website.
Publications & Information Resources
Report on the Expert Meeting and Postgraduate Course: The Impact of Creative Industries
"Managing Cultural Transitions in Southeastern Europe: The Impact of Creative Industries" was the the fifth in the series of courses organised by the Institute for International Relations (IMO, Zagreb) in cooperation with Inter University Centre (IUC, Dubrovnik). This year the postgraduate course has been innovated by the introduction of the expert meeting in the conference form with the topic 'Cultural Cooperation in Southeastern Europe'. The meeting was aimed to create a platform of debate and improve networking between experts that could substantially influence cultural bureaucracies and ministries of culture in the region, and in this way have an impact on inter-state cooperation. Also, it aimed to investigate the European approaches and understanding of multiculturalism and interculturalism as to adapt them to the local and regional settings. The event gathered twenty-two experts and postgraduate students coming from SEE countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, and Serbia and Montenegro) and EU countries (Czech Republic, France, Italy and Slovenia).
For more details contact Jaka Primorac, researcher at IMO, at email@example.com, or read the entire report at www.culturelink.hr.
Energizing the European public space
Article by Carl Henrik Fredriksson. Cultural journals come closer to the ideal of a European public space than any other media: they provide a forum where political, philosophical and aesthetic ideas can be discussed and exchanged. However, these journals reach only so far. Carl Henrik Fredriksson, Eurozine's editor in chief, calls upon the established national newspapers to promote a true European public space. What that requires more than anything is a dash of openness and the willingness to define their journalistic responsibilities in the light of new social conditions.
This article is now available in Macedonian as well as Turkish, German, Italian, English, and Swedish at the Eurozine website.
Source: Eurozine newsletter (09/2005).
New website of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia
Recently launched, the new website of the Ministry of Culture in Macedonia features news on current and upcoming cultural projects and events, information on the institutions under its subordination. Selective legislative acts are also available in English.
Visit the website at www.kultura.gov.mk.
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