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The Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Vol. 14, no 5, Monday, May 5, 2014

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, seven ordinary and two extraordinary sessions have been held, for a total of nine.

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, 134 Parties (133 states and the European Union as a regional economic integration organization) had ratified the treaty. 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

The England Arts Council publishes a study on the value of culture and the arts

The England Arts Council has published a study entitled "The value of arts and culture to people and society - an evidence review" that describes how culture impacts the economy, health, wellbeing, society, and education and recognizes the arts and culture as "strategic national resources."

According to the report, arts and culture have a positive impact on society. Participation in the arts can contribute to community cohesion and reduce social exclusion. There is evidence that involving children in culture improves attainment in literacy and facilitates interaction with students. In terms of the economy, the report suggests a positive impact on wealth and employment. The study concludes that participation in cultural life, especially for seniors, has a positive impact on health and well-being, particularly in terms of countering feelings of isolation.

The study is available on the website of the England Arts Council.

The mission of the England Arts Council is to develop and invest in the field of culture and the arts. It supports a wide range of artistic activities, from theatre and digital art to museums, music, and literature. It will invest £3 billion in these fields between 2010 and 2015.

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Publication of the 2013 report of the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the French Community of Belgium

On March 25, the Film and Audiovisual Centre presented its 2013 report to the Minister of Audiovisual Affairs and the Secretary-General of the French Community of Belgium. Through its support for film production and promotion, the Centre is the main partner of Belgium's francophone film industry.

In 2013, the organization was allocated a budget of €26.7 million, almost 60% of which came from the French Community of Belgium, and over 40% from audiovisual service editors and distributors. The budget funded 140 projects, including 47 full-length features (20 scripts and 27 productions). Assistance was also provided to 18 festivals, 3 distributors, 8 movie theatre operators, and 2 digital distribution structures.

In 2013, French Belgian film productions earned 135 awards at international festivals. For example, the film Ernest & Celestine won the César Award for Best Animated Film of 2013 and was nominated for an Oscar in the same category in 2014.

The 2013 report on film and audiovisual industry production is available on the Centre du cinéma et de l'audiovisuel website.

The main objective of the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the French Community of Belgium is to support and promote audiovisual work. Concretely, that means support for the production, coproduction, promotion, export, exploitation, and editing of francophone Belgian films on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Final summary of the Conference on the Culture/Trade Linkage in the Digital Era

The March 2014 edition of the newsletter mentioned the Conference on the Culture/Trade Linkage in the Digital Era jointly organized by Centre for the Study of Integration and Globalization (CEIM) and the Coalition for Cultural Diversity as part of a series of conferences held across Canada addressing implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Three workshops were held:

  • Cultural consumption: Trends, challenges, and new approaches
  • The next generation of researchers
  • ICT resistance and opportunities for the governance of the culture/trade linkage

The final report is now available on the Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.

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Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Declaration on the inclusion of culture in post-2015 sustainable development goals

A number of civil society international networks, including the International Federation of Arts and Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA), Agenda 21, Arterial Network, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, the International Music Council, the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, and Culture Action Europe, have released a joint declaration on the inclusion of culture in sustainable development goals as part of an awareness campaign called "The future we want includes culture."

The declaration calls on governments and decision makers to ensure that the post-2015 United Nations agenda includes targets and indicators for culture in its sustainable development objectives. It also calls on governments to commit to creating development policies and strategies that recognize and integrate the cultural aspects of development.

To read the declaration, visit the IFACCA website.

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Organisation internationale de la Francophonie's Funds to help artist mobility

Every year, in the spring and fall, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) launches two calls for proposals for Funds for helping artist mobility. OIF helps professional artists and their shows (music, theatre, and dance) travel by providing support for international tours and festivals, giving artists from OIF countries in the South and in Central and Eastern Europe access to international event organizers.

Through this fund, OIF helps ensure that performances and productions from francophone countries are included in world-class cultural events by covering artists' travel costs. Assistance is also provided to administrators in the field of music so they can attend international professional meetings. Some 30 tours are funded annually, allowing them to take part in some 60 festivals.

For more information, visit the OIF website. Projects must be submitted at least four months in advance.

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Call for papers for an international workshop on the audiovisual sector in Madrid

A call for papers has been launched in preparation for the international workshop "Audiovisual sector in the digital age: Policies and strategies for diversity" to be held in Madrid November 5 to 7, 2014. This event is part of the research project "Cultural diversity and the audiovisual sector: Best practices and indicators." Almost ten years after the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, it seeks to identify the main issues related to diversity in the audiovisual sector.

The workshop will be held at the School of Humanities, Documentation, and Communication at Charles III University of Madrid.
The topics covered will include:

  • The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
  • Public policy, the audiovisual sector, and cultural diversity
  • Diversity in the audiovisual sector: Film, radio, television, music, and video games
  • Best practices for diversity in the digital era
  • Coalitions for cultural diversity and their ties to the audiovisual sector

The deadline for submitting projects is July 1, 2014.

For more information on making a submission, please visit the Diversidad cultural y audiovisual website.

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6th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts

The 6th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held in Hue City, Vietnam on April 19 and 20. During this meeting, the ministers agreed to further strengthen culture and art cooperation to ensure its relevance to ongoing efforts to promote sustainable development.

The ministers agreed to promote culture as a pillar of sustainable development and agreed in principle on the draft of the Hue Declaration on Culture for the ASEAN Community's Sustainable Development.

During the plenary session, the ministers reviewed the progress of cultural collaborations between ASEAN and Dialogue Partners, and outlined priorities for the next two years. They noted new initiatives to encourage cultural and artistic cooperation and recognized the importance of this mechanism in implementing policies and developing human resources.

The next Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts is scheduled to be held in 2016 in Brunei. The theme will be "Culture for the future of the sustainable development of ASEAN."

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Other News of Interest

Call for project proposals: International Fund for the Promotion of Culture

The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) has announced its second call for artistic and creative project proposals. The IFPC will provide financial support for cultural and artistic projects by creators in developing countries and to strategies and programs in the field of culture and development. It seeks to reinforce mechanisms and structures aimed at supporting cultural and artistic activities in developing countries and organize exchanges that promote international cooperation.

This call for projects encourages submissions from public bodies responsible for cultural promotion and artistic creation, NGOs, private nonprofit organizations whose objectives match those of the IFPC, and individuals, specifically artists and creators.

The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture was established in November 1974 to give "greater prominence to culture in the development of individuals and societies and of strengthening international cultural cooperation," as well as to provide "assistance for artistic creation and cultural activities."

For more information, please visit the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture website. The deadline for submitting a project is May 30, 2014.

The IFPC promotes culture as a source of knowledge, the role of culture in sustainable development, artistic creativity in all forms, and international and regional cultural cooperation.

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