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            Newsletter of the Interarts Foundation 
            International Observatory of Urban and Regional 
            Cultural Policies 


      nº22, January 2004

      Cyberkaris is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation for all those interested in news and happenings in the field of international cultural policies and cultural cooperation. The Interarts Foundation, International Observatory of Urban and Regional Cultural Policies, promotes since 1995 research in culture and territorial development, cooperation between networks and artistic, cultural and heritage projects, and the definition and fostering of Cultural Rights. Interarts is an agency working in "partnership" with organisations in Catalonia and Spain as well as with the main world agents for international cultural cooperation, among which are those belonging to the system of the United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe and intergovernmental agencies between Europe and Latin America, Asia and Africa. Interarts is presently managing programmes related to the ecological, axiological and deonthological aspects of cultural development as well as others that foster the new role of civil society in the cultural sector.


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      Study on the Dance Sector in Catalonia
      On 29 January 2004 the Study on the Catalan dance sector, recently carried out by Interarts on behalf of the Association of Dance Professionals in Catalonia (APDC), was presented at a press conference. Media and press, the public authorities and Dance professionals from Catalonia attended the event, which was held at Interarts' Barcelona offices. Along with the study itself a series of recommendations that had been drafted on the basis of the study's results were also announced. For further information, please contact (Jordi Fàbregas)

      Registration for the Cultural Rights Congress at the Forum 2004 has begun As advertised by the Barcelona Forum 2004, registration lists for the Forum's conferences have opened this week (19-25.1.). Thus you can register to participate in the International Congress on Cultural Rights and Human Development (23 - 27 August, 2004), which the Interarts Foundation is organising for the event. The registration fee is 95? until June 2004, 105? from June to August and 115? before the Congress. The fee includes participation, local transportation ticket, Congress welcome kit and access to the Forum 2004 Plaza. A discount of 15% is available to individuals under 25 and over 65. Furthermore, the Congress programme has some new names! Professor Johan Galtung, Founder of the Oslo International Peace Institute and Director of Transcend, has confirmed his participation in the Congress. Among other confirmed participants are Ms Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, director of the United Nations Human Development Report Office and Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Timor.In the months prior to the Congress, a series of expert meetings and international consultations are expected to shed light on the key aspects that will be discussed in Barcelona. Following the Congress' structure, two processes running in parallel have been set up, one dealing with cultural rights, whose outcomes should feed into the ongoing UN discussions on the definition of the right to take part in cultural life. The second process focuses on those areas of culture which have a say in human development. The first experts' meeting on cultural "indicators" was held in Barcelona on 20-22 November, 2003. Other international meetings are taking place in Maputo (2-5 March, 2004 - co-organized with UNESCO, Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa and NEPAD/African Union), Sao Paolo (first week of April - co-organised with Artes Sem Fronteires) and place in Amman (20-22 April - patron of the meeting is His Royal Highness Prince Hassan) Furthermore, the questionnaire on cultural rights will be sent to identified partners at the end of February. For further questions, see the Forum's website or the Interarts website

      Business incubator for creative industries in Bogotá
      The Interarts Foundation has reached an agreement to technically assist and consult the creation of a business incubator for creative business initiatives in the Colombian capital of Bogotá. This is the first project of its kind to be developed in Latin America. For further information, please contact (Margarita Méndez)


      Calls for cooperation projects under the European Youth Programme
      The Official Spanish News Bulletin (BOE) of 26 January 2004 has published a resolution by the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs, which offers funding for cooperation projects under the European "Youth" programme. The call describes different possible formats for funding, and the application requirements are also outlined. For further information, check the Ministry's website or see the whole text at:

      Update of a guide to EU Funding Opportunities
      The European Commission has just updated its guidelines and information brochure on EU funding opportunities in the Mediterranean Region. You can download it at:

      Presentation of a study on Cultural Diversity
      During its plenary sessions in Strasbourg on 13-14 January this year, the European parliament approved a report by rapporteur Christa Prets, who presented the findings of the Culture, Youth, Education, Media and Sport Committee on "preserving and promoting cultural diversity: the role of the European regions and international organisations such as UNESCO and the Council of Europe". The text can be accessed under the following internet address:

      2nd European Doctoral Colloquium on Tourism and Leisure
      The Organizing Committee of the 2nd European Doctoral Colloquium (TOURISM BRANDS FOR COMPETITIVENESS, Barcelona, 21st - 22nd April 2004), an event jointly organized by ESADE and the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, is currently calling for research and other papers in all aspects of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality. Authors must be PhDs or PhD students, or professionals currently undertaking research. The papers may be submitted in either English or Spanish. Deadline for sending the request form for submitting papers is January 31st. Apart from a cash prize of to the winning author, the papers presented will be published on the website of ESADE's XIII International Leisure and Tourism Symposium, which is held parallel to the Pre-Doctoral Meeting. For further information, see or

            Forums, conferences and seminars

      ENCATC Annual Conference
      On 13-16 May 2004, ENCATC's annual conference will be held in Krakow under the title "Managing Cultural Dynamics within the renewed Europe". 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 (including institutions, civil society organisations in the field of culture & education, etc.) on the responsibility of the culture and education sector towards achieving Europe as "a continent open to culture, learning and social progress". For further information, go to

      "Creative Clusters Conference 2004"
      From 28 May to 1 June 2004, the "Creative Clusters" Conference will be held in Brighton, UK. This conference aims to brings together people who have delivered regeneration and development projects. It is an occasion for the sector's diverse players to present their work, share their insights and build their networks. It draws together project leaders and policy-makers in industry, culture, education and social regeneration to build a common and a better understanding of creative enterprise. For further details go to 

      13th International Conference on Cultural Economics
      The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) announces the 13th International Conference on Cultural Economics, to be held in Chicago, June 2-5, 2004. Economists, other social scientists, cultural policy makers, and other individuals with an interest in the economics of art and culture are invited to submit proposals for sessions and papers before 31 January 2004. For further information on the conference and submission criteria, or on the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), see:

      International Forum on Creativity
      In the framework of the Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition, the Academy of Sciences in Malaysia organises an International Forum on Creativity. The forum will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 20 to 22 March 2004. Topics include the following: What is creativity and how can it best be encouraged? What is more important to the creative process: the individual or the milieu. Also aspects such as individual creativity, courage to go one's way, the ability to combine knowledge and insights, the ability to see an old problem in a new way, the element of chance, etc., will be discussed. For further details, see:

      Conference: New Voices/Hidden Histories 
      This conference, organised by the Scottish Arts Council and to be held on 26 and 27 February in Dundee/Scotland, will address questions about the historical issue of human migration and the motivation for it, and crucially, how the arts reflect cultural diversity as a result of the changes in the social landscape. For more information please email 


      "Almost Real": an international working conference organised by the ECF
      From 11-14 March 2004, the Dutch city of Utrecht will host an international working conference organised by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) under the title "Almost Real". This conference will explore diverse and innovative ideas on artistic strategies in a constantly changing Europe. "Almost Real" is a meeting for approximately 150 practitioners active in the arts and social change, such as artists, researchers, producers, policy makers, cultural theorists, activists, pioneers and students. For further information, see:(


      A research paper entitled "Diplomacy that Works: 'Best Practices' in Cultural Diplomacy" by Cynthia Schneider has been made available online. A former ambassador to the Netherlands and Professor at the University of Georgetown,, Schneider writes about successful examples of improving mutual understanding through international arts and cultural exchange. 
      To read the paper in full, go to

      Report on cultural policies and future of cities
      Available free of charge on the internet, the latest report drafted by Charles Landry and published by the Department of Cultural Policies and Action of the Council of Europe considers the development of analyses made during the last decade in the Occident on cultural policy making, cities, creativity and cohesion and the future of cities. It is entitled "Imagination and regeneration: Cultural Policy and the future of cities", and can be found at:

      Visiting Arts - online resource for information exchange
      Visiting Arts is launching an online resource where UK-based programmers and curators can exchange information about overseas artists that they are planning/considering to bring to the UK for projects involving presentation, collaboration or residencies. This resource is designed as a networking and information tool that will enable programmers and curators to present international arts more efficiently in the UK. You can send information to Visiting Arts now so that programmers/curators searching for work for future presentation will be able to search the site for international artists that might be of interest. For more information visit

      Asia Pacific Journal of Arts & Cultural Management
      The first number of an electronic research journal on cultural management, entitled "Asia Pacific Journal of Arts & Cultural Management", has just been published last December. This publication is an initiative of the Arts and Cultural Management Programme at the University of South Australia, and aims to become a tool to promote research in the field of arts and cultural management in the Asia Pacific area. It also wants to promote the development of good practices in cultural management. Three editions of the journal are scheduled to be published each year, and the first journal is distributed free of charge. For further information, see:


      Good practices of responsible entrepreneurship
      The European Commission has published a selection of good practices of responsible entrepreneurship. Although most references in the document are made to small and mid-sized business ventures, in some cases cultural activities are referred to, too - especially in Chapter 3 ("Communities"). You can download the paper at:

      UNESCO manual on AIDS and Theatre
      Published within the framework of the project "A Cultural Approach to HIV/AIDS. Prevention and Care", the manual was developed by UNESCO's Regional Bureau for Education in Africa in Dakar, in close collaboration with the Division for Cultural Politics and Intercultural Dialogue.Produced by young people for young people, the manual proposes an original and creative approach to the prevention of HIV/AIDS.The manual illustrates how culture - including the arts and letters, life styles and value systems, traditions and beliefs - can be used for efficient AIDS prevention. Aids and Theatre is currently available in French and will be translated in English in 2004. It can be downloaded at the following address: For more information email: ( 

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