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The Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Vol. 12, no 3, Monday, March 5, 2012

Efforts to implement the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are underway!

IN THIS ISSUE :

Convention Update

Recent Publications

Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Other News of Interest



Convention Update

Efforts to implement the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are underway!

The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions came into force on March 18, 2007. At the first session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention in June 2007, the Intergovernmental Committee was given a mandate to develop the necessary operational guidelines for implementing the Convention. Since then, five ordinary and two extraordinary sessions have been held, for a total of seven.

The third session of the Conference of Parties, which took place in Paris on June 14 and 15, 2011, saw the approbation of operational guidelines concerning three articles of the Convention and measures to ensure the visibility and promotion of the Convention. In total, twelve articles of the Convention now incorporate operational guidelines.

At press time, 122 Parties (121 states and the European Community as a regional economic integration organization) had ratified the treaty. Angola submitted its instrument of ratification to UNESCO on February 7, 2012, and is now a State party to the Convention.

Efforts to implement the treaty are well underway, but the mobilization campaign to encourage Member States who haven’t already done so to ratify the treaty must continue with commitment and conviction. The Convention’s legitimacy will be directly proportional to the number of countries from all parts of the world that ratify, accept, approve, or join the treaty.

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Recent Publications

New Publications of the MEDIADEM Project

The project “European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing & Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems” (MEDIADEM) has just published case study reports for 14 countries participating in the project: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

The reports seek to examine the configuration of media policies in the countries under study, investigating whether they effectively facilitate the creation of an enabling environment for free and independent media. Analysis relates to both traditional and new media services and investigates the way in which regulatory, co-regulatory, and self-regulatory instruments are put into practice. Research examines how legal norms are construed and implemented and whether they are truly complied with.

All country reports are available at the MEDIADEM project website.

MEDIADEM is a three-year European research project that started in April 2010. It is a joint interdisciplinary effort of 14 partner institutions and seeks to understand and explain the factors that promote or conversely hinder the development of policies supporting free and independent media.

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Festivals & Societies in Europe, 19th–21st Centuries

The book Festivals & Societies in Europe, 19th–21st Centuries presents the proceedings from the colloquium held in Dijon from February 3 to 4, 2011. The colloquium was organized by Maison de Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) de Dijon, Centre Georges Chevrier, and CIMEOS (information sciences and communication laboratory at Université de Bourgogne) and was aimed at analyzing the issues of performing arts archives and the ability to build a history of festivals since the 19th century.

By way of introduction Philippe Poirrier, director of this collective publication, stated that “the festival is to be seen at the same time as a place of cultural mediation, a space of cultural practice and socialization, and a central element of the economy of art and culture. This specific form deserves […] to be put into historical perspective.”

Three themes were chosen to grasp the history of festivals: festivals and their place in cultural policies, festivals and artistic creation, and the public.

This publication is available on the Centre Georges Chevrier website.

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The Creative Industries

The Creative Industries traces the historical and contemporary ideas that make the cultural economy more relevant than it has ever been. It sets the agenda for debates, providing a richer understanding of the dynamics of cultural markets, creative labor, finance and risk, and how culture is distributed, marketed, and creatively reused through new media technologies.

This book

  • Develops a global perspective on creative industries and the creative economy
  • Draws insights from media and cultural studies, innovation economics, cultural policy studies, and economic and cultural geography
  • Explores what it means for policymakers when culture and creativity move from the margins to the center of economic dynamics
  • Makes extensive use of case studies in ways that are relevant not only to researchers and policymakers, but also to the generation of students establishing a career in creative industries

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Accords bilatéraux et diversité culturelle , Vol. 7, No. 2

The March 5 issue of the Accords bilatéraux et diversité culturelle newsletter explores the following topics:

Cultural Industries and Cultural Diversity

  • Conquering the Chinese film market: an agreement between China and the United States
  • A dozen technical support missions to strengthen the cultural industries of developing countries
  • Stability of cinema attendance in the EU and Hollywood’s increased international revenue
  • Universal wishes to acquire part of EMI: the implications for competition rules and musical diversity

Digital issues

  • The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement gives rise to multiple protests
  • Controversies on the digitization of unavailable books

Accords bilatéraux et diversité culturelle is published in French by Centre d'études sur l'intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM) for the International Organization of La Francophonie.

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Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

2012 Laureates of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

UNESCO has announced the 2012 laureates of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme. They hail from 17 countries and specialize in creative writing, music, and visual arts.

Created in 1994, the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme aims to provide experience to young artists and help them complete their training in countries other than their own. The Programme also gives priority to artists and institutions in developing countries in order to enhance North-South and South-South cooperation. It therefore converges with the principles and objectives of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions regarding international cooperation for development.

Hundreds of young artists have already benefitted from UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries. In 2012 this programme is granting 18 fellowships funded by 12 partner institutions from 10 countries.

Consult the list of laureates and get more information on the Programme on the UNESCO website.

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Prince Claus Fund: Cultural project grants call

As of 2012, the Prince Claus Fund will issue two targeted calls to support cultural initiatives in all artistic disciplines.

The current call welcomes project proposals for cultural initiatives from organizations and individuals from the following countries: Cambodia, East Timor, Nepal, Laos, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan.

The submission deadline for projects is March 15, 2012.

To consult the current call for proposals or for more information, please consult the Prince Claus Fund website.

The Prince Claus Fund, located in Amsterdam, is based on the principle that culture is a basic need. Its mission is to actively seek cultural collaborations founded on equality and trust, with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production, and research are limited or threatened. For the past 15 years, one of the core activities of the Prince Claus Fund has been to fund cultural initiatives through open calls for project proposals in the field of culture and development.

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Launch of the 2012 Prix des 5 Continents Award Competition

The 2012 edition of the Prix des 5 Continents Award competition has been launched. Created in 2001 by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), the award is conferred on a novel that bears witness to a specific cultural experience and enriches the French language. Open to all French-language authors, whatever their literary maturity, the award promotes the expression of the cultural and editorial diversity of the French language on all continents.

Publishers have until March 31, 2012, to enter and may submit up to three narrative works of fiction published between March 1, 2011, and March 1, 2012.

The award will be presented next October in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, alongside the 14th Summit of La Francophonie.

For more information on the entry rules and the selection process or for a list of past winners, please consult the OIF website.

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Roberto Cimetta Fund

The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) will launch three calls for applications (March 1 to 31; June 1 to 30; September 1 to 30) in 2012 for the following mobility funds: the RCF general fund, the RCF/Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône fund, and the RCF/Marseille-Provence 2013 fund.

The RCF is an international nonprofit organization created in 1999 to promote and support the mobility of artists and cultural managers who wish to travel in order to develop contemporary artistic cooperation projects in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and in particular throughout the Arab world.

To date the Fund has provided mobility grants to nearly 1,000 artists and cultural operators and stands out as a key player and mediator on the questions of artistic mobility and cultural development in the Euro-Med zone. It builds partnerships with foundations, ministries, local or regional governing bodies, and European capitals of culture that wish to promote artistic works and productions and favor local development through a fund capable of providing international expertise in cultural cooperation.

All details regarding the RCF, calls for applications, and mobility funds are available on the Roberto Cimetta Fund website.

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Music: 2012 RFI Discoveries Award

In partnership with the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), Société française des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM), and Institut français, Radio France Internationale (RFI) is organizing the 2012 edition of the RFI Discoveries Award international competition for musically talented youth.

Created in 1981, this competition aims to promote the career development of artists and professional bands in Africa and on Indian and Caribbean islands. The winner will receive a prize consisting of €10,000, wide promotion, and the organization of a concert in Paris and a tour in Africa.

This competition has contributed to the emergence of internationally recognized artists such as Tiken Jah Fakoly ( Ivory Coast), Rokia Traoré ( Mali), Didier Awadi ( Senegal), Tcheka ( Cape Verde), Chiwoniso ( Zimbabwe), and Amadou & Mariam ( Mali).

The entry deadline is midnight ( Paris time), June 15, 2012.

The entry form and competition rules are available on the RFI website.

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"Coopera cultura: Network Resources for Better Design of Cultural Cooperation Projects in Latin America"

"Coopera cultura: Network Resources for Better Design of Cultural Cooperation Projects in Latin America" is a platform that aims to quantitatively and qualitatively improve the quality and impact of cooperation projects in Latin America as well as share experiences and create synergies in this region.

"Coopera cultura" provides extensive resources to cultural cooperation professionals, including developments of interest (news, events, and calls for proposals), a list of institutions engaged in international cooperation, legislation regarding cooperation and international cultural agreements, relevant documents such as a guide to cultural funding, experience sharing of projects executed and funded in Latin America, recommendations, advice, interviews with experts, case studies, and more.

"Coopera cultura" is an initiative of the Barcelona Cultural Management Program in collaboration with Proculturas (Argentina) and Tandem (Peru), two entities dedicated to cultural research and management in the area of cultural cooperation. It enjoys the support of the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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Other News of Interest

30th International Festival of Films on Art

The 30th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA- Festival International du Film sur l’Art) will be held from March 15 to 25, 2012, in Montréal, Canada.

FIFA is the premier event of films on art in the world. FIFA’s primary mission is to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the arts by promoting works by artists and professionals from the fields of film, television, and video. FIFA encourages the film industry, both nationally and internationally, to increase its annual production of films on art.

In addition to screening nearly 250 films from some 30 countries per edition, FIFA presents 20 or so special events at the festival (round tables, debates, talks, openings, salons, video installations, performances, etc.) that promote dialogue between artists, film industry professionals, specialists in the field, and the public beyond the 11 day festival.

FIFA is a nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to promoting and increasing the international visibility of films on art. While the festival, which is held every spring, is the central focus, FIFA pursues its activities throughout the year.

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