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The Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Vol. 13, no 8, Monday, September 9, 2013

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

The fourth session of the Conference of Parties, which took place in Paris, June 11 to 13, 2013, saw the approval of operational guidelines governing the use of the emblem of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions as well as the revised guidelines on using the resources of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity. In total, twelve articles of the Convention now incorporate operational guidelines.

At press time, 133 Parties (132 states and the European Union as a regional economic integration organization) had ratified the treaty. El Salvador, Iraq, and Belgium submitted their instruments of ratification to UNESCO on July 2, July 22, and August 9 respectively.

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 videos are available on the 2005 UNESCO Convention website

New videos on the website of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions include a corporate film on fundraising for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). There is also a short fiction film in which the four leading characters of a videogame discuss key aspects and concepts essential to understanding the 2005 Convention.

Also available are a documentary on the impact of IFCD support in Senegal and two videos produced through IFCD-funded projects in Guatemala and Indonesia.

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UIS: Release of the Measuring Cultural Participation handbook

Measuring Cultural Participation is the second in a series of handbooks produced by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Based on the 2009 Framework for Cultural Statistics, it presents current trends in measuring cultural participation.

The guide mainly focuses on quantitative approaches and presents an overview of data collection instruments from around the world. This edition also identifies best practices and a checklist of critical topics for designing future surveys.

The handbook is a key reference guide for organizations looking to measure cultural participation, especially with regard to its feasibility in developing countries.

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C/blog, a digital lab, goes online in France

C/blog is a website that serves as an experimental laboratory geared towards digital practices, innovation, and technological stimulation.

A forum for reflection, sharing, and debate on digital issues, the web space seeks to provide information on public cultural data and its conditions for reuse, and to promote the digital projects of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, its public-sector establishments, and its partners.

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touring artists: Artists mobility portal launched in Germany

An artists mobility portal has been launched in Germany.

touring artists provides a variety of information on visas and residence permits, transportation, taxes, social security, insurance, and copyright. Information has been put together for both the performing arts and the visual arts by the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute and the Gesellschaft der Künste Bildenden (International Association of Art [IAA] in Germany).

The portal lists the regulations and administrative procedures in Germany for foreign artists who work there temporarily and for German artists who work abroad.

The website is available in English and German.

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Cultural profile for Algeria now available on the WorldCP website

The cultural profile for Algeria is now available on the website of WorldCP, an international database of cultural policies. The profile was written by Ammar Kessab and Makhlouf Boukrouh and edited by Rana Yazaji, founding member of Ettijahat Independent Culture, with the support of the European Cultural Foundation, Mimeta, Open Society Foundations, and the British Council.

As for all WorldCPprofiles, the report covers eight key areas of cultural policy:

  • Historical perspective: cultural policies and instruments
  • General objectives and principles of cultural policy
  • Competence, decision-making and administration
  • Current issues in cultural policy development and debate
  • Main legal provisions in the cultural field
  • Financing of culture
  • Main legal provisions in the cultural field
  • Promoting creativity and participation

These themes were developed by ERICarts and the Council of Europe in creating the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.

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Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Estonia and Slovenia contribute to the IFCD

Over the summer, Estonia and Slovenia contributed US$1,306 and $3,449.80 respectively to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. These state parties to the Convention were at their third and fourth payment, for total respective contributions of US$6,959.74 and US$20,399.18.

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity is a voluntary multidonor fund that seeks to promote sustainable development cooperation and reduce poverty to help foster a vibrant culture industry in developing countries.

IFCD resources come from voluntary contributions from Parties and other states, regional and international organizations, public and private bodies, and individuals. The Conference of Parties recommended that Parties make annual contributions to the Fund of at least 1% of their countries' contributions to the UNESCO budget.

As of August 27, 2013, Fund contributions totaled US$6,433,612.405.

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European Culture Forum in Brussels

For its 2013 edition, the European Culture Forum will be held in Brussels from November 4 to 6. It will bring together policymakers, stakeholders, artists, and cultural professionals in plenary panels and short information sessions on three themes:

  • Measuring the true value of culture and the functioning of the cultural ecosystem
  • Funding culture in the digital era
  • Audience development and making cultural participation a reality

The Forum will also host an information session on the European Commission's Creative Europe program, which will help support European cultural and creative sectors starting in 2014.

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Seminar of the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity: "Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: expectations met or disappointment"

The Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity is hosting a seminar entitled "Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: expectations met or disappointment." It will be held in Montreal on September 27.

This gathering of academics, civil society actors, and civil servants is aimed at opening a dialogue on the need to update research on the diversity of cultural expressions.

Three presentations will take place :

  • Diversity of cultural expressions and trade agreements : towards a strengthned cultural affirmation
  • Issues and potentials in the digital era: The Convention and cultural exemption 2.0
  • Participatory governance and diversity of cultural expressions : of structures and people

The seminar will be the first of a series of academic conferences held across Canada to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention in 2015.

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5th Ibero-American Culture Congress: "Digital culture, networked culture"

From November 20 to 22, 2013, the 5th Ibero-American Culture Congress entitled "Digital culture, networked culture" will be held in Zaragoza, Spain.

The congress will cover some of the major challenges posed to the more traditional world of culture by the 2.0 revolution and showcase the countless possibilities this new context offers the sector. One of the goals of this 5th edition is to invite civil society to present and discuss its ideas. This meeting will be an opportunity for professionals, entrepreneurs, and public officials from the Ibero-American and European cultural sector to share their experiences.

Through this event, an attempt is made to strengthen the ties linking cinema, literature, and music, without losing sight of the diversity of artistic manifestations and creative industries. Arising out of the Ibero-American Cultural Charter and with the aim of driving the Action Plan derived from it, the congress attempts to combine efforts to create an Ibero-American cultural space.

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African Creative Economy Conference 2013

The 3rd edition of the African Creative Economy Conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from October 6 to 9 at the initiative of the Arterial Network cultural network.

This meeting will bring together cultural stakeholders, artists, academics, and policymakers to take stock of the status and progress of creative industries in Africa. These industries will be examined as economic drivers but also as factors contributing to the eradication of poverty, the strengthening of democratic processes, and the protection of human rights. The goal is to facilitate the production and distribution of African creative services, both on the continent and around the world.

Arterial Network was founded at a conference on Goree Island, Senegal, in 2007, and is now one of Africa's leading intercultural networks, with national chapters in 40 countries.

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The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Programme: 2014 Call for Applications

The call for applications for the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Program is now open.

For 2014, the program offers bursaries in creative writing, music, and visual arts.

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Program was integrated into UNESCO's strategy in 1994 to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It aims to provide experience to young artists and to help them complete their training in countries other than their own.

The program offers residencies worldwide to young artists aged 25 to 35. It advocates and promotes creativity and highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures. It constitutes a best practice in terms of cooperation for development and is aligned with the objectives of Article 14 of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, because it gives priority to artists and institutions in developing countries in order to enhance North-South and South-South cooperation.

For more information on the Program, please visit the UNESCO website.

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Other News of Interest

Classical Music International Conference

The International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA) and the International Exchange for the Performing Arts (CINARS) in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) will hold an international networking event for the classical music industry from November 6 to 9, 2013.

This first IAMA conference outside Europe will bring together international artist managers, concert hall and festival programmers, orchestras, opera companies, and chamber ensembles to promote and facilitate business opportunities, partnerships, and co-production deals.

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