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The Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Vol. 13, no 5, Monday, May 6, 2013

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

IN THIS ISSUE :

Convention Update

Press Releases, Speeches, and Declarations

Recent Publications

Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices



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, six ordinary and two extraordinary sessions have been held, for a total of eight.

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, 127 Parties (126 states and the European Union as a regional economic integration organization) had ratified the treaty. On March 19, 2013, Colombia deposited its ratification instrument before UNESCO and is now one of the Parties 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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Press Releases, Speeches, and Declarations

UNESCO: The Director General appeals to Parties to support the IFCD

In a letter dated March 25, 2013, UNESCO's Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova, noted that by ratifying the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 127 Parties had expressed their support for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and its mission, and made the commitment to provide annual voluntary contributions equivalent to at least 1% of their total contribution to UNESCO.

The Director General also thanked governments for their valuable contributions so far, and reminded them of the IFCD's objectives to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries.

"Creativity and the production of a diversity of cultural expressions are sources of employment, revenue and innovation. This fact is supported by the IFCD projects. We must, therefore, pursue and intensify our efforts to maintain and increase this momentum," Ms. Bokova said.

To read the letter in question or to learn more about the IFCD, please consult UNESCO website.

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Recent Publications

Documents for the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Parties

The documents for the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Parties on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to be held in Paris, June 11 to 14, will be available in mid-May on the UNESCO website.

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4th edition of Profils culturels des pays francophones du Sud

The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) recently published the 4th edition of Profils culturels des pays francophones du Sud.

This edition covers three Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC) countries: Cameroun, Congo, and Gabon.

In keeping with its mission to promote cultural diversity and in accordance with the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, OIF is seeking to help member states from the South to get a clearer picture of the economic, institutional, and structural realities of their cultural sectors. To do so, it has set up a program to identify the scope of cultural enterprise and industry in Francophone areas in the South, covering four geographic areas: Western Africa, Southeast Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central Africa. The objective is to create permanent systems to monitor the cultural economy in these countries as a preamble to developing public policy fostering strong cultural industries.

To consult the fourth edition as well as previous editions, visit the OIF website.

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Art Facts: the new home for statistics about Australian arts

Art Facts is the new home for statistics about Australian arts.

Drawing on data collected by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australia Bureau of Statistics and various stakeholders throughout the sector, it includes a range of facts about Australia's vibrant arts sectors and the latest trends in art creation, industry, trade, participation and support.

Visitors to the site can explore visual and crafts statistics: from how many people attend galleries and do visual arts and crafts to how much visual artists earn and the international connections of Australian arts practice. They can also find out more about music: from what musicians earn to concert ticket sales and how many rock songs were released last year.

Though currently dedicated exclusively to music and the visual arts, the site will soon feature other cultural sectors.

For more information, please visit the Art Facts website.

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Introducing the Creative Industries. From Theory to Practice

The book Introducing the Creative Industries. From Theory to Practice takes the reader through the history, trends, products and markets of the creative industries, showing how success depends on a mix of ideas, tactics and talent. When understanding social networks and cultural economy is just as important as hands-on skills or an entrepreneurial spirit, Introducing the Creative Industries shows readers how to use theories, concepts and practical skills linked to these industries.

The book:

  • uses cultural economy to teach the essential theories and concepts;
  • integrates case studies from fashion and gaming to journalism and music;
  • shows strategies for navigating the links between skills, industries, creativity and markets.

For more information and to order a copy of the book, visit the Sage Publications website.

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Serving Artists Serves the Public

Serving Artists Serves the Public talks about the opportunities and challenges of programming arts festivals in Asia and Europe.

This publication is a compilation of 13 articles on various facets of managing arts festivals and was produced in partnership with the European Festivals Association (EFA) and Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. It is a follow-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers held in May 2011 in Singapore. The articles are a reflection on the social role of local and international festivals, as well as the need for capacity building among young festival managers.

Serving Artists Serves the Public is available as an electronic download on the Asia-Europe Foundation website.

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Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

6th World Summit on Arts and Culture: Call for Papers

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) and the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Chile (Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes- CNCA) invite arts professionals, academics, producers, administrators, creators and arts workers to submit proposals for presentation at the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture to be held in Chile, January 13 to 16, 2014.

Within the overarching theme of "Creative Times: new models for cultural development," the 6th  World Summit will focus on how globalization, shifts in social and economic development, and new forms of communication are generating an array of challenges and opportunities within the cultural field, and on how this is impacting on the development of our societies and nations.

The organizers have extended the call for papers closing date to May 19, 2013

For further information relating to this call for papers, please consult IFACCA website.

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IOF's Fonds d'aide à la circulation des artistes: 2013 Application Deadline

The Fonds d'aide à la circulation des artistes professionnels run by the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) provides support for music, theatre, and dance professionals performing on tour or at international festivals.

This IOF initiative enables contemporary artists from La Francophonie member countries in the South and in central and eastern Europe to cross borders, break into international programming networks, and develop their professional careers.

Four calls for projects with forms and details on application procedures are being launched this year by IOF.

We remind you that the next deadline for submitting applications is May 27, 2013.

For more information, please consult IOF website.

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National Consultation on the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Fiji

The Ministry for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts of the Fiji Government is organizing a national consultation on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to be held on May 29 and 30 in Suva.

Under the topic of "Cultural Diversity: Impetus for a Dynamic and Sustainable Economy," the consultation will bring together various stakeholders at the national level, as well as UNESCO experts and the representative of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD). It aims to enhance understanding of the Convention and its international cooperation mechanisms, and assess Fiji's policy and programs for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. By doing so, the consultation intends to identify a way forward for Fiji's ratification of the Convention.

For more details, please consult UNESCO website.

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International Conference on Cultural Diversity, Civil Society and International Cultural Cooperation

The International Conference on Cultural Diversity, Civil Society and International Cultural Cooperation will be held June 3 and 4, 2013, in Zagreb, Croatia.

Organized jointly by Culturelink and the Centre for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo, in cooperation with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, this conference aims to analyze cultural diversity as the principal challenge of our time. Cultural diversity being a source of creativity and innovation for development, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will be at the centre of the Conference program.

The Conference will be structured in four thematic round tables:

  • A new vision : integrating cultural diversity in sustainable development policies, legal framework, strategies and action plans;
  • Promoting cultural policies: exchange, analysis, dissemination of information and awareness raising;
  • Strengthening the diversity of cultural expressions: how to nurture creativity?
  • Promoting mobility and engaging civil society.

Many countries in the world have coalitions for cultural diversity representing professional cultural and artistic civil society organizations. The coalitions advocate the importance of culture and the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, as formulated in UNESCO's Convention. In light of this, the conference will also focus on the following question: does civil society in Southeast European countries have an interest in the creation of coalitions for cultural diversity in the region?

For more information on the conference and to browse its program (available as of May 10), please visit Culturelink website.

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