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Framing Art and Cultural Management

Heilbronn University, Germany, 16 - 17 January 2017

The seminar Framing Art and Cultural Management: the Relationship of the Management of Arts and Cultural Objects to Globalisation, Internationalisation, and Migration will be held at the Heilbronn University, Germany, from 16 to 17 January 2017. It is the start of a series of seminars and the building of a network of researchers, policymakers and arts and cultural management practitioners who are interested in developing a greater critical discourse on the contribution of arts and cultural management to intercultural understanding. This call seeks papers from academic researchers and practitioners working in a diverse range of disciplines who wish to explore the relationship of globalisation, internationalisation and the global migration of people to the field of arts and cultural management, especially the areas of practice and education/training. The organizers hope that, jointly, it will be possible to reflect on the historical, institutional and social dimensions of intercultural activities that take place within the realms of arts and cultural management practice and education.

The deadline for the submissions is 16 October 2016. Speakers will be notified in November.

Please submit to raphaela.henze@hs-heilbronn.de

For more information, please see www.encatc.org/media/972-the-relationship-of-the-management-of-arts-and-cultural-objects-to-globalisation.pdf

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Audience Links X-change Conference

Stockholm, Sweden, 20 - 24 February 2017

One of the largest challenges for cultural producers and cultural institutions is how to reach out to new and diverse audiences. Intercult dedicates a whole week to audience development by presenting the conference Audience Links X-change, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 20 - 24 February 2017.

This week will contain two all-day conferences and some seminars, lectures and workshops with participants from all over Europe focusing on maximizing and diversifying the audience - and giving them a quality experience. The overall purpose is to seek the answer to the question: How do we reach out to all the diverse audience groups in our society? The organisers think the answer is to exchange experiences and ideas across national borders. Audience development is not only about getting better audience numbers, but about how to be accessible in a wider context, with community participation, something that is closely linked to, and a prerequisite for, a functioning democracy.

Two big conferences on 22 - 23 February 2017 will discuss audience development from an international perspective with examples from Sweden and Europe. Intercult will also present a study of audience development practices, Engaging Audiences on behalf of the European Commission and will look at conclusions made in similar work performed by Intercult's partners in the Baltic region.

For more information, please contact info@intercult.se or visit www.intercult.se/eng/save-the-date-audience-links-x-change-21-24-i-februari-2017

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 25 February - 4 March 2017

Registration is open for the selection of films for the upcoming 25th edition of FESPACO, scheduled to take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 25 February - 4 March 2017. There are two main sections to the festival:

1. The official competition section reserved for African filmmakers and filmmakers from the diaspora, including the following categories:

  • Feature fiction, minimum 60 minutes;
  • Short fiction: between 1 and 35 minutes;
  • Documentary film: minimum 26 minutes;
  • Television series: 3 episodes of 13 to 26 minutes each;
  • African film school submissions: between 3 and 15 minutes.

2. The non-competition section that is reserved for films from international filmmakers that have an Africa perspective.

All films submitted must not exceed two years of age, as of 31 December 2016, i.e. films produced after 1 January 2015. The regulations of the official selection are available at www.fespaco.bf

To register your submission with FESPACO, please send the following:

  • the completed registration form (available for download on the festival's website at www.fespaco.bf),
  • the technical and artistic details for the film,
  • a synopsis of the film in French and English, and
  • two (2) DVD copies of the film

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2016.

The films must be sent digitally to dgfespaco@gmail.com

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Heidelberg Center for American Studies 14th Annual Spring Academy Conference

Heidelberg, Germany, 20 - 24 March 2017

The fourteenth HCA Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics will be held 20 - 24 March 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international PhD students with the opportunity to present and discuss their PhD projects. The HCA Spring Academy will also offer participants the chance to work closely with experts in their respective fields of study. For this purpose, workshops held by visiting scholars will take place during this week. The organisers encourage applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences and pursue an interdisciplinary approach. Papers can be presented on any subject relating to the study of the United States of America. Possible topics include American identity, issues of ethnicity, gender, transatlantic relations, U.S. domestic and foreign policy, economics, as well as various aspects of American history, literature, religion, geography, law, musicology, and culture.

Participants are requested to prepare a 20-minute presentation of their research project, which will be followed by a 40-minute discussion. Proposals should include a preliminary title and run to no more than 300 words. These will be arranged into ten panel groups. Accommodation will be provided by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Thanks to a small travel fund, the Spring Academy is able to subsidize travel expenses for participants registered and residing in developing and soft-currency countries. A letter of recommendation from their doctoral advisor is required.

The deadline for presentations is 15 November 2016. Please use online application system: www.hca-springacademy.de

For more information please visit: www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de

For further questions please contact: springacademy@hca.uni-heidelberg.de

Spring Academy (Stella Müller & Franziska Pentz), Heidelberg University, Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Hauptstr. 120, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany, tel.: +49 (0)6221-54 38 75

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Cultural and Creative Industries in Europe: Maximising the Contribution of Culture towards Social and Economic Development

Brussels, Belgium, 21 March 2017

The symposium on Cultural and Creative Industries in Europe: Maximising the Contribution of Culture towards Social and Economic Development will be held in Brussels on 21 March 2017, providing an opportunity to discuss ways to drive the development of cultural and creative industries in the EU and examine how cross-sector and cross-border collaborations can lead to a stronger and more competitive cultural sector. In addition to their economic value, this symposium will also explore the potential of cultural and creative industries to foster an inclusive European identity and support social cohesion.

Participants will:

  • develop methods to further promote and safeguard cultural and creative industries at European level;
  • explore means of unlocking the economic potential of cultural and creative industries;
  • consider ways to boost innovation and develop synergies between education and culture;
  • discuss the innovative aspects and social contribution of digitalized cultural heritage;
  • share best practice in improving data collection on CCIs;
  • scrutinise approaches to empowering local and regional economies;
  • examine current funding opportunities for the CCI sector.

For more information, please visit: www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/HC21-PPE2

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6th ENCATC Academy on International Cultural Relations

Brussels, Belgium, 27 - 28 March 2017

The 6th Academy on International Cultural Relations organised by ENCATC, the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy, will be held in Brussels, Belgium on 27 - 28 March 2017. This Academy is an intensive learning programme for senior and medium-level professionals in the area of international cultural relations. The focus is on the question of culture in Europe's refugee crisis. The event will question the Maslow hierarchy of needs in relation to arts and culture and look at the 'clash of cultures' as much as that of politics in the current period of great shifts in populations. The event will also briefly look at the outcomes of previous 'migrations' and their subsequent impact. 'Fortress Europe', the closer economic and political union of diverse peoples built on the exclusion of Others, is showing its cracks under the pressure of millions of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants. This is a crucial moment for the European Union, as its members are divided over their responses.

During the Academy the participants will seek to understand the situation from the point of view of culture and the arts: the context and background of the crisis, as well as its development and its implications for the EU and for the member-states. The inclusion of a practice-based partner that works directly with people going through the trauma of these events will ground the event in both theory and practice.

The Academy is designed for diplomats, EU officials, representatives of international organisations, institutes of culture, government officials (Ministries of Culture, Foreign Affairs), local government authorities (regions, cities,), academics, researchers, students, artists, cultural workers and anyone interested in this topic who wishes to gain further and up-to-date expertise in the domain.

For more information, please visit: www.encatc.org/en/events/detail/6th-encatc-academy-on-culture-in-external-relations/

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Creative Climate Leadership Training

Machynlleth, Wales, United Kingdom, 27-31 March 2017

The Creative Climate Leadership training will take place in Machynlleth, Wales, United Kingdom on 27 - 31 March 2017. This newly established five-day intensive course will enable artists and cultural professionals to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience.

The course will:

  • explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges;
  • bring together a range of expert guest speakers to share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for environmental sustainability in the cultural sector;
  • enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas;
  • prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home, and support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

The course is aimed at artists and cultural professionals and the organisers welcome applications from all creative disciplines and art forms. Applicants from organisations that work directly with the cultural sector, such as networks, associations, funding bodies and policymakers will also be considered. Participants will have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of Creative Climate Leadership grants and mentoring opportunities after the training course, to seed and support ambitious action at a local level. The Creative Climate Leadership course will take place in inspirational surroundings that match its ethical and environmentally sustainable ethos. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth, Wales, is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability and green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.

The deadline for applications is 16 January 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact ccl@juliesbicycle.com or visit www.creativeclimateleadership.com/apply/

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Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 6 - 10 April 2017

In their movements between old and new worlds, migrant communities carry with them practices, traditions, objects and stories that are transmitted through new communities and across generations. The conference Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home, to be held at the National Museum of Immigration, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 6 - 10 April 2017, seeks to explore the layering of global cultures that has been produced by centuries of global migration, and its effect on memory, identity and belonging. The conference looks at the actors and processes that produce and reconfigure the old world in the new and the new world in the old across the Atlantic - north and south - through constructions of heritage in material and immaterial form. Its focus is upon the widely conceived Trans-Atlantic, but the organizers also welcome contributions that focus on the heritages of migration from around the world.

The conference is designed to encourage provocative dialogue across the fullest range of disciplines, in fields such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, business, communication, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, literary studies, media studies, museum studies, popular culture, postcolonial studies, sociology, tourism, and urban studies.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 14 October 2016.

Abstracts of 300 words, submitted in the conference format, should be sent via online form to https://heritagesofmigration.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/.

For any queries, please email Ironbridge@contacts.bham.ac.uk or visit www.heritagesofmigration.wordpress.com or www.universityofbirmingham.submittable.com.

Contact: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, Hannah Stretton, Development and Events Officer, e-mail: H.Stretton@bham.ac.uk; www.birmingham.ac.uk/ironbridge

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European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA)

Zagreb, Croatia, 3 - 6 May 2017

The annual ceremony of the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 3 - 6 May 2017. The organizers have prepared a special programme to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event that highlights the new challenges and the public quality of museums in Europe every year.

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognizing excellence in the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes in a museum world which still took a more traditional view to focus exclusively on collections rather than on their use for the benefit of society. EMYA has proved to be the longest-running and most prestigious museum award in Europe, and it is an important occasion for promoting innovative approaches in the museum sector. Over the past fourty years the members of EMYA's Judging Panel have visited about 2000 new and reorganized museums throughout Europe. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, different museum venues in Zagreb will be hosting this event to reflect the richness and diversity of the museum sector.

For more information, please visit: www.emya2017.eu/

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Commitments and Actions for Culture in Sustainable Cities

Second UCLG Culture Summit
Jeju, Republic of Korea, 10 - 13 May 2017

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Culture Summit is the main meeting point at global level of cities, local governments and other stakeholders that are committed to the effective implementation of policies and programmes on culture and sustainability. The second UCLG Culture Summit will be held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, on 10 - 13 May 2017, hosted by the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province. Under the title of Commitments and Actions for Culture in Sustainable Cities, the second Culture Summit of UCLG aims to develop and reinforce messages on the role of culture in sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on the importance of cities and local spaces. It can also be seen as a forum for knowledge-sharing, peer-learning and networking among cities and local governments.

The second Culture Summit of UCLG will also respond to the growing importance given to the nexus of culture, cities and sustainable development by international organisations and frameworks. Recent milestones include the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (adopted in September 2015), the New Urban Agenda (adopted by the Habitat III Conference in Quito, October 2016) and the Statement of the 2nd World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments (also adopted in Quito, October 2016).

For more information, please visit: uclg-culturesummit2017.org/eng/culture/introduction or contact summit@agenda21culture.net

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European Heritage Congress 2017

Turku, Finland, 10 - 14 May 2017

The 2017 European Heritage Congress to be held in Turku, Finland on 10 - 14 May 2017, is organised by Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, in cooperation with its country representation, Europa Nostra Finland, and other members and partners from Finland. As a core activity of Europa Nostra's network project 'Mainstreaming Heritage', the Congress has the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Around 400 heritage players from all over Europe - professionals and volunteers, members of Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, partners from the wider fields of culture and economy, and representatives from various EU institutions and governmental networks - will gather in Turku for the Congress 2017. With a special focus of the Europa Nostra Congress on Social Participation in Heritage Protection, the Congress 2017 will contribute to a stronger recognition of cultural heritage as a key resource for Europe, in pursuit of the Europe 2020 strategy and the 10 priorities of the European Commission, which should lead to mainstreaming heritage into sustainability agendas developed by public and private stakeholders at various levels of governance. The meetings of Europa Nostra's governing bodies will focus on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and on the latest EU policy developments related to heritage.

The main objectives of the Congress are the following:

  • demonstrate the diversity and vibrance of Europe's civil society actors (both professionals and volunteers) in the field of heritage;
  • discuss the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018with a wider network of members and professionals;
  • engage Congress participants through a variety of events including policy discussions, networking events and cultural visits;
  • discuss and promote the social participation in heritage protection; and
  • expand and structure the Network in Finland.

The Congress will provide a unique platform for international networking, capacity building and peer learning, transnational cooperation and exchanges of views on the latest EU policy developments related to heritage.

For more information, please contact info@europanostra.fi or visit europanostra.fi/sv/european-heritage-congress-2017-2/, www.europanostra.org

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2017 Bucharest International Jazz Competition and Festival for Instrumentalists and Vocalists

Open Call for Artists
Bucharest, Romania, 13 - 20 May 2017

jmEvents announces its open call for artists for the 2017 Bucharest International Jazz Competition and Festival for instrumentalists and vocalists. The 11th Competition will take place in Bucharest, Romania, on 13 - 20 May 2017.

The Bucharest International Jazz Competition is ranked among the first three jazz competitions in Europe. It is addressed to bands and vocalists aged up to 40 years, and its mission is to contribute to the acknowledgement of the international jazz values. The event Annually gathers jazz bands from all over the world, representing a platform for meeting different artists, exchanging ideas, playing together and making friends. Jazz concerts, competitions, jam sessions, jazz workshops - an entire week dedicated exclusively to jazz!

The deadline for submissions is 10 February 2017.

For more information, please contact office@jmEvents.ro or Bogdana Horatiu at bogdana.horatiu@jmevents.ro and visit www.jmEvents.ro, www.jazzcompetition.ro

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21st Century Waves of Change - Cultural Dexterity for Turbulent Times

SIETAR Europa Congress
Dublin, Ireland, 22 - 27 May 2017

The SIETAR Europa Congress: 21st Century Waves of Change - Cultural Dexterity for Turbulent Times will take place in Dublin, Ireland on 22 - 27 May 2017. SIETAR - the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research - is the world's largest international association of professionals and enthusiasts interested in intercultural education, training and research. This congress welcomes everyone whose life and work puts them at the interface of cultures, from the perspectives of economy, society and education, with the aim of reshaping intercultural discourse, questioning our current cultural paradigms and exploring new thinking to help us navigate complexity in our emerging global world.

With the aim of re-examining cultural dimensions, understandings and paradigms, the organisers invite submissions that question, critique, explore and refresh our cultural paradigms and theories, and simultaneously share new methods and best practices. They invite those engaged in business, training and research (including independent consultants and educational institutions), shaping the European public sphere (NGOs, governmental organisations and institutions and private ones as well) as well as media and arts, to participate and share contributions from all disciplines and fields that deal with intercultural topics.

The deadline for submissions for pre-congress workshops, papers, academic submissions and films is 31 October 2016.

All Congress tracks and information, including submission templates, are available at www.sietareu.org/seucongress2017

For more information, please contact: Laia Costa, PR and Communication Committee, e-mail: laiacostacorral@gmail.com, www.sietareu.org

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LIKE (R)evolution 2017: What Kind of Cooperation for Culture?

Lisbon, Portugal, 24 - 26 May 2017

LIKE, a network committed to the development of cultural policies in Europe, is organising La Rencontre de Lisboa: What Kind of Cooperation for Culture, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 24 - 26 May 2017. Cooperation is at the heart of the work of LIKE as a network.

The Lisbon event will be dedicated to getting an in-depth view of innovative models for cooperation, their potential impact on the face of the EU, and triggering non-linear European partnerships. The organizers invite local and regional authorities, cultural actors and operators from the arts as well as EU bodies and representatives to work together.

The following topics will be discussed: The future of cooperation in a multi-speed EU; Is territorial diversity an obstacle or an opportunity for EU cooperation? Are EU spaces of cooperation the new nuclei for a revitalized Europe? Cultural operators and actors of arts in EU programmes: strategies for survival; What is the urgency for cultural cooperation in Europe?

For more information, please visit: www.likeculture.eu/actualite/le-rendez-vous-de-lisboa

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The State of the Art in Creative Tourism: Leading Research, Advanced Practices, Future Trajectories

Call for Papers
Coimbra, Portugal, 1 - 2 June 2017

The international conference entitled The State of the Art in Creative Tourism: Leading Research, Advanced Practices, Future Trajectories will be held in Coimbra, Portugal on 1 - 2 June 2017. This conference is organized within the project CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas. The overall objective of CREATOUR is to develop and pilot an integrated approach and research agenda for creative tourism in small cities and rural areas.

This conference has two aims:

  • to bring together leading creative tourism researchers with creative tourism networks and practitioners to outline "the state of the art" - the main lines of research and key issues in both the research and practice of creative tourism. What is the state of the art within creative tourism research and practice? What are the leading trends and contextualizing influences today? What are the key questions and issues to be addressed going forward?
  • to inform the development of a creative tourism network - CREATOUR - focusing on small cities and rural areas within the Norte, Centro, Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal. The organisers are eager to learn from creative tourism efforts internationally that can advise the network's development and the array of creative tourism practices to be conducted by the pilot initiatives within CREATOUR.

The event is linked to the development of a book with Edward Elgar Publishers, entitled A Research Agenda for Creative Tourism. Academics, artists, creative tourism practitioners, students and others working in tourism and cultural development are invited to propose paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions or workshops.

The deadline for submissions is 14 February 2017.

Please email any questions to creatour@ces.uc.pt or visit www.ces.uc.pt/eventos/index.php?id=15586&id_lingua=1

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4th Heritage Forum of Central Europe

Call for Papers
Krakow, Poland, 1 - 3 June 2017

The Heritage Forum of Central Europe is a cyclical, biennial event organised by the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, Poland. It is an interdisciplinary platform for meetings and the discussion of the relations between the past and the present informed by the broad understanding of heritage as 'meaningful pasts that should be remembered' (Sharon Macdonald). The aim of the fourth edition, to be held on 1 - 3 June 2017, is to discuss and analyse the reciprocity between heritage and society, as well as their mutual engagement. What is society's attitude to heritage - its meaningful but often difficult past? How does heritage shape communities? Who owns heritage and why? What are the social functions of heritage? What do we want to remember and what do we often forget? These are just some of the questions that the 4th Heritage Forum of Central Europe wishes to address. The links between society and heritage have long been identified as central to the debate on human inheritance, both tangible and intangible.

In order to investigate the cultural, political, and economic impacts of heritage on contemporary society, the International Cultural Centre invites professionals from a variety of fields (e.g., art and architecture, history and literature, economy and sociology, politics and management) to submit their proposals for papers on the following themes (not limited to them): 1. Heritage and Communities; 2. Constructed Memory: Heritage and Ideology; 3. Social Challenges in Heritage Protection; 4. Dissonant Heritage.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should include a brief biographical note with your title and institutional affiliation and a maximum 150 word abstract in English. They should be submitted by e-mail to heritageforum4@mck.krakow.pl by 8 January 2017.

For more information, please visit the conference website mck.krakow.pl/conferences/4th-heritage-forum or contact International Cultural Centre, Rynek Glowny 25, 31-008 Krakow, Poland; tel.: + 48 12 42 42 857, + 48 12 42 42 802; fax: + 48 12 42 18 571; e-mail: heritageforum4@mck.krakow.pl

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7th European Forum on Music

Pafos, Cyprus, 9 - 11 June 2017

In 2017, the European Forum on Music will be organised in Pafos, Cyprus, the European Capital of Culture, from 9 to 11 June. For the first time, the European Music Council (EMC) and the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) combine their annual conferences and join forces with their partners in Cyprus for a unique event. This collaboration will bring together more than 100 representatives of European music organisations, representing different music genres and areas of music life, to engage in mutual exchange, be inspired and plan future co-operations.

The European Forum on Music aims to highlight the relevance of music to topics within and beyond European boundaries, including global values and fundamental human rights. The programme will include keynote presentations by experts, panel discussions and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, new perspectives and the professional skills development of participants. As in previous years, the European Forum on Music will be accompanied by an inspiring, rich and diverse musical programme.

Co-Organizers: European Music Council (EMC), International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.

For more information, please contact EMC: www.emc-imc.org/

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International Summer Academy ROCK THE BOAT!

Sofia, Bulgaria, 12 - 16 June 2017

The National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) announces the first edition of the International Summer Academy ROCK THE BOAT! Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Performing Arts and Creative Industries: International Trends and Local Specificity, to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 12-16 June 2017.

The aims of the summer academy are to:

  • increase the awareness of participants about the importance of innovations and entrepreneurship in the cultural sector;
  • increase the capacities of participants to be leaders of cultural projects and organizations in a strategic and international context;
  • enhance the capacity of participants to apply business models, to create intrapreneurial climate in a cultural organization and to learn diverse methods of financing and fundraising;
  • connect theoretical discourses with the Bulgarian and international cultural practice.

The summer academy is intended for applicants from the field of academia, graduated students from all levels, cultural operators and professionals, emerging cultural leaders, representatives from international, national and local organisations, as well as anyone who might be interested in the topic.

The deadline for submission and application is 31 May 2017.

For more information, please visit: natfiz.bg/en/international-programs-and-projects/view/id/44

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Africa and the World: Literature, Politics and Global Geographies

ALA Conference 2017 - Call for Papers
New Haven, USA, 14 - 17 June 2017

The theme chosen for the conference seeks to engage with and interrogate recent shifts in critical and theoretical frameworks from regional, national, and postcolonial models towards world literature as a framework for understanding the literatures of the Global South. How useful is the category of world literature in our ongoing contestation of Eurocentrism in the interpretation of African literatures and cultures? What possibilities are offered by African literatures and cultures for (re)imagining the world, including the world posited by recent theorizations?

The conference also addresses the ongoing implications for the continent of global analytical frameworks, including those used to think about urbanization, gender and sexuality, public health, politics, regional identities, and the environment. How are these frameworks mediated in African literatures and cultures?

Proposals are invited for papers, pre-constituted panels, seminars, and roundtables in the following areas:

  • african literatures, world literatures,
  • audiences and readerships,
  • conflict and literature,
  • diasporic and transnational connections,
  • digital and social media,
  • global aftermaths of slavery,
  • popular arts,
  • publishing in Africa,and
  • urbanism and literature.

The deadline for proposals is 15 November 2016.

For more information, please visit: https://africainwords.com/2016/09/14/call-for-abstracts-ala-conference-2017-africa-and-the-world-deadline-15-november-2016/

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Cultural Diplomacy Platform: Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP)

Call for Applications
Athens, Greece, 19 - 23 June 2017

The Cultural Diplomacy Platform launches a call for applications for the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP 2017), designed to develop and strengthen the cultural leadership skills of young practitioners emerging on the international scene. For the second GCLP Programme that will take place in Athens, Greece, on 19 - 23 June 2017, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform is looking specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers from the ten Strategic Partners of the EU (Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA), as well as from the 28 European Union Member States. The participants of the GCLP 2017 will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their respective countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally.

Through its framework, content and methodology, the GCLP specifically aims to improve the skills of cultural managers as well as develop collaborative peer-to-peer learning and network building. This will enable participants to develop fresh insights into international cultural collaboration practices. The GCLP will provide participants with a five-day training programme that will include thematic exchanges and discussions, as well as workshops and lectures on contemporary issues of international cultural management. Participants will also acquire competences on cultural leadership through thematic participative problem-solving discussions, guidelines and reference documents, simulation exercises, group dynamics, examples of good practices, etc.

All travel and accommodation costs for participants of the GCLP will be covered by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.

The deadline for applications is 25 March 2017.

For more information, please visit: www.cultureinexternalrelations.eu/2017/02/15/call-for-applications-gclp-2017/

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AIMAC Conference 2017

Beijing, China, 25 - 28 June 2017

The conference of the International Association of Arts and Cultural Management AIMAC will be hosted in China, at Peking University, from 25 - 28 June 2017. This will be the first time AIMAC is holding a conference in Asia and discovering what is going on in arts and cultural management research in this part of the world. Researchers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations. The International Journal of Arts Management - the official Journal of AIMAC - will consider submissions made by conference participants in the Journal following the conference. The deadline for abstracts is 31 October 2016.

As one of the most prestigious academic conference in art and cultural management, AIMAC has been held successfully for thirteen times during the last three decades. AIMAC conferences address all the dimension of management perspectives and every sector of cultural and creative industries. They have a real international dimension, providing opportunities to share experiences and lessons from dozens of countries, with no tradition, linguistic or geographical area being predominant. This scientific conference will address various sectors of the arts and cultural industries (performing arts and festivals, heritage, museums and visual arts, film production and distribution, book publishing, recording, broadcasting, audio-visual media and multimedia, design, etc.). Papers on all management approaches are welcome: marketing, strategic planning, production, organizational structure and behavior, art consumption and consumer studies, accounting and finance, internet and information systems, cultural policies and public support, etc. The conference organizers are also interested in art and art management talents cultivation, their roles and contributions to arts and cultural industries as a whole.

PhD students who wish to submit and present their doctoral studies paper can join the third AIMAC conference doctoral workshop. There will be an award for Best Doctoral Research presentation and paper at the colloquium. Proposals must be submitted to gysgjcb@pku.edu.cn by 31 November 2016.

For more information on the AIMAC Conference 2017, please visit the conference website at www.ncrica.org/aimac2017 or www.artsmanagement.net

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VII Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture: Global Translations

Call for Papers
Lisbon, Portugal, 26 June - 1 July 2017

The Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture is the annual meeting of the Lisbon Consortium's MA and PhD Programme in Culture Studies, bringing together leading scholars in the field of culture, doctoral students and researchers from all around the world. The Lisbon Summer School is a member of the European Summer School in Cultural Studies and the Excellence Network in Cultural Studies. The VII Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture: Global Translations will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 26 June - 1 July 2017.

The Summer School is organized in three types of sessions: keynote lectures by invited speakers and faculty members; master classes with invited specialists; and paper presentations where doctoral students and early career researchers can discuss their ongoing work with faculty and invited speakers. Translation is a concept, and a practice, at the heart of contemporary experience. The legacies of the past, along with modern-day technology and worldviews, have allowed for, indeed have invited, the coming together of multiple identities, through various languages and a plurality of cultures. Nowadays, translation inhabits the world in new and irrevocably radical ways, and any definition of globalization - hegemonic, utopian or imaginary - must involve translation. Reinforced by long-distance technology (media, transports, etc.) and overreaching hegemonies, translation becomes a metaphor for modern-day experience, and a practical and a conceptual tool to better negotiate the world around.

The Summer School invites proposals in the following topics: The globalization of art and art markets; The monolingualization of economics and economic practices; Migration as translation; Cultural mediation and negotiation: Fear and the absence of translation; The invention of the 'other' in and through translation; Translating ideas, methods, policies across the world; (Un)Translatability and the rise of demotic media and politics; (Translated) Identities in the global world; Nationalism and the global village; Self-translation and critical thinking in the global world; Cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitanization and globalization.

Proposals should be sent to lxconsortium@gmail.com no later than 30 January 2017.

For further information, please contact lxconsortium@gmail.com or lxconsortium@fch.lisboa.ucp.pt, or visit www.lisbonconsortium.com

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Fragmented Regional Worlds: Inequality and Populism in a Globalising World

Regional Studies Association's Second Australasia Conference 2017 - Call for Papers
Sydney, Australia, 3 - 5 July 2017

Recent economic and political developments have shed a new light on regional dynamics in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the developed and developing world. In Australia, new political movements, including Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and the Nick Xenophon Team, have combined populism with a distinctive regional agenda. At the same time, support for the Greens in both New Zealand and Australia is concentrated in urban areas, and especially the inner city, and this process of political fragmentation points to an increasing spatial divide that reflects growing inequality, as well as the emergence of cultural and other differences. The parallels with the US Presidential vote in 2016 and the UK's decision to leave the European Union are significant.

The RSA Australasia Conference 2017 uses these recent developments as a backdrop for understanding the social, economic and political drivers of regional change and policy responses, in a post-truth world. The organizers encourage papers that consider antipodean perspectives of these phenomena, as well as those that seek to provide a broader understanding of contemporary processes of regional changes from across the globe. The focus of the conference will be to examine globalisation and the responses to its impacts, as well as the development of new forms of state intervention in society and the economy, and the changing relationship between, and within, state actors, civil society, the not-for-profit sector and corporations. Additionally, the organizers welcome papers across a range of themes relating to the urban, rural and regional aspects of social, cultural and economic changes in contemporary society.

The deadline for the submission of abstract is 28 April 2017.

For more information, please contact Wanda Miczorek at wanda.miczorek@regionalstudies.org or visit www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/rsa-australasia-2017

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Intercultural Relations in Arts and Cultural Management Higher Education

Call for Papers
Zurich, Switzerland, 6 - 7 July 2017

The seminar Intercultural Relations in Arts and Cultural Management Higher Education, organized by the international and interdisciplinary network Brokering Intercultural Exchange, will be held at Zurich University of the Arts on 6 - 7 July 2017. The seminar will explore how historical, institutional and social assumptions and traditions of arts and cultural management are exchanged and reproduced through the intercultural exchanges that take place in arts and cultural management training and education. The organizers are looking for papers and provocations from arts and cultural managers, educators and students, artists, policymakers, researchers and academics that consider the following broad questions:

  • How has the internationalization of higher education provided opportunities and challenges to fostering intercultural understanding?
  • What is the role and responsibility of higher education in fostering intercultural understanding, particularly at a time of massive internationalization?

The participants will reflect on the historical, institutional and social dimensions of intercultural activities that take place within the realms of arts and cultural management practice and education. These include:

  • International project activities between individuals working in different countries;
  • Inter- and cross-cultural interactions that occur in arts and cultural programmes among majority and minority cultures within a single country; and
  • Teaching and learning within arts and cultural management courses, particularly in higher education.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 20 April 2017. Please submit to: raphaela.henze@hs-heilbronn.de

For more information, please visit: www.managingculture.net

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Bridge: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures

Second Call for Papers
Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, UK, 6 - 10 July 2017

Bridges physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. Crossing over, or under a bridge carries a symbolism of passage and transition and in real terms marks a change in environment and perspective. In their history bridges have been built of a wide variety of materials, in all shapes and sizes, and are emblematic of technological advance. But they also reflect shifting socio-cultural preferences in art, architecture and design, and quickly reflect and project the identities of the communities and places they bring together.

This conference seeks to explore the heritage of bridges - not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures, but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape. The conference welcomes academics from the widest range of disciplines and wishes to act as a forum for exchange between the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The conference will draw from anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, engineering, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, landscape studies, literature, linguistics, museum studies, sociology, tourism studies etc.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 1 November 2016.

The deadline for the second call for papers is 16 January 2017.

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to: www.universityofbirmingham.submittable.com

For more information, please contact: Ironbridge@contacts.bham.ac.uk or visit www.bridgeconference.wordpress.com

Contact: Hannah Stretton, Development and Events Officer, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham; e-mail: H.Stretton@bham.ac.uk; www.birmingham.ac.uk/ironbridge

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International Convention of Asia Scholars - ICAS 10

Call for Proposals
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 20 - 23 July 2017

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), the largest international gathering in the field of Asian Studies, attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. ICAS 10 will be organized by the Regional Center for Social Change and Development (RSCD), with support from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Chiang Mai University (CMU), one of the best universities in Southeast Asia. Since 1997, ICAS has brought more than 20,000 academics together at nine conventions.

Proposals for ICAS 10 may involve topics from all Asian Studies disciplines in the broadest possible sense. Experts in the field of Asian Studies will meet in the delightful Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, famous for its rich cultural heritage. Events will include panels and roundtable discussions, keynote speeches, craft exhibitions, a film and documentary festival and the first Asian Studies Book Fair, as well as a multitude of networking opportunities, possibilities to share research and to meet with academic publishers.

The submission deadline for proposals of individual abstracts, panels, roundtables, book presentations and PhD dissertation presentations is 10 October 2016. Please note that all abstracts and presentations should be in English. Submission of proposals can be made using ICAS 10 registration forms, available from www.icas.asia

The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established by ICAS in 2004. The IBP is awarded for outstanding publications in the field of Asian Studies, aiming to create an international focus for publications on Asia while increasing their worldwide visibility. For this seventh edition, books in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and Korean will be eligible. For more information, please see www.icas.asia/en/icas-book-prize-2017

For more information on ICAS 10 and requirements for participation, please visit www.icas.asia

The ICAS Secretariat is hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS).

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Globalisation at the Crossroads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries

EADI NORDIC Conference 2017
Bergen, Norway, 21 - 23 August 2017

Do you take an interest in development research and global challenges? Come to Bergen in August 2017! Are you keen to challenge globalisation, to tackle inequalities, to query (planetary) boundaries, to join the flow of ideas? Participate in the EADI NORDIC Conference 2017! EADI NORDIC Conference 2017: Globalisation at the Crossroads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries will take place 21 - 23 August 2017 in Bergen, Norway. The conference is a joint partnership between EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes), NFU (Norwegian Association of Development Research) and the University of Bergen (UIB). Addressing the economic, social and environmental challenges reflected in poverty and inequalities in both the Global South and North, requires major rethinking. This needs to comprise of existing globalisation processes, population and urbanisation trends, forms of mobilisation and civic agency, education and training, existing ways of promoting international development, and the emerging development models being put forward by countries in the Global South.

The organisers invite expressions of interest from institutions, researchers, NGO- and academic networks and study/research consortia and EADI working groups to organize a panel. Deadline for panels is 17 October 2016. Researchers on development issues are invited to present papers under the Working Group sessions or the Ad hoc Panels. Please consult the session descriptions and use the online submission tool to submit your abstract by 16 January 2017.

For more information please contact: European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse 11, 53113 Bonn, Germany, tel.: (+49) 228 261 8966; fax: (+49) 228 261 81 03, www.eadi.org or visit the conference website: at www.eadi-nordic2017.org

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Arts Rights Justice (ARJ) Academy and Conference 2017

Hildesheim, Germany, 24 - 31 August and 31 August - 1 September 2017

The first Arts Rights Justice (ARJ) Academy will take place in Hildesheim, Germany on 24 - 31 August 2017, followed by the first international ARJ Conference on 31 August to 1 September 2017, both hosted and organised by the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development at the University of Hildesheim.

The ARJ Academy will be organized as a one-week training and will be a mix of workshops, discussions, presentations, expert insights and other innovative formats. 30 - 40 participants will join international experts and lecturers from the University of Hildesheim. All participants in the ARJ Academy will be upcoming and junior experts in artistic and cultural management practice, cultural policy work, human rights work or related academic areas from all world regions.

The international ARJ Conference will attract around 120 participants and will be held directly at the end of the ARJ Academy. It aims to facilitate connections with institutions and founders active in the field and highlight discourse and required actions. Participants will be representatives of funding and network institutions, senior and junior experts involved in areas relating to art, culture and human rights, as well as ARJ Academy participants from all world regions.

The thematic sessions of the 2017 ARJ Academy and ARJ Conference will focus on:

  • Freedom of artistic expression within human rights;
  • Artists at risk, threat situations;
  • Censorship and policy structures;
  • Working with the artists: needs, relocation, protection, visas, funding; and
  • Mapping, networking and advocacy (with examples worldwide).

For more information, please visit: arts-rights-justice.de

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Creating an Inclusive World - A Call for Transformative Innovation

Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) Awards 2017 - Call for Applications
Essen, Germany, 6 September 2017

The Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) is holding its annual NICE Awards in the city of Essen, Germany, on 6 September 2017. The 2017 NICE Awards are entitled Creating an Inclusive World - A Call for Transformative Innovation. This year people and projects from the cultural and creative sectors that propose surprising and experimental solutions for helping shape an inclusive society in this high speed world of digital and global disruption are invited to apply.

The NICE Awards promote innovations through culture and creative industries into the wider economy and society to tackle the major challenges of our future today. Submitted projects should be driven by stakeholders from the cultural and creative sector but are not limited to it. All submitted projects should take place in the 28 EU Member States or the candidate or potential candidate states to the EU as of 2017.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2017.

Please refer to the detailed submission guidelines at www.ne-mo.org/

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Worldwide Reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Berlin, Germany, 6 September 2017

We find ourselves living in a time where the fundamental underpinnings of democracy are being challenged and disrespected ad absurdum, as demonstrated by the current president of the United States towards a hitherto functioning judicial system. Even the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1951 Geneva Convention on refugees, and individual countries' membership of the European Union are being called into question by certain Western statesmen and -women and candidates for political leadership. Even the most unequivocal facts, such as climate change, are declared "fake news", and, in turn, actual fake news reports are infiltrating and influencing accepted mainstream news media.

Nationalistic currents and right- and left-wing populist parties are gaining ground internationally, their leaders already occupying important positions of power in certain countries. Russia is being shaped by the dismantling of civil society caused by its current president and his administration, the criminalization of dissidents, oppositionists, gays and lesbians, its annexation of Crimea and the war against Ukraine, and war crimes in Syria. Due to China's economic success, international commercial relations and continuing operation as a police state, its ruling powers can continue to blithely eliminate anyone who opposes them. The state of peace we Europeans have grown accustomed to since the end of the Second World War can no longer be taken for granted.

This is why the international literature festival berlin / Literaturfestival Berlin is calling upon all cultural and political institutions, schools, universities, media and individuals interested in joining it to give a Worldwide Reading and to subsequently discuss the 30 articles that make up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations Assembly on 10 December 1948. This event aims to reignite the spirit of the Declaration and to remind people of "a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping (...) this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive to promote the teaching and education, respect for these rights and these freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international character, the universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and between those territories under their jurisdiction." (Resolution 217 A (III), 10 December 1948)

The full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is available in over 500 languages on the United Nations website: www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/SearchByLang.aspx

If you are interested in participating in the Worldwide Reading on 6 September 2017, please send an email to worldwidereading@literaturfestival.com. The international literature festival berlin will be posting more information about the event on the festival's website:


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Regional Polarisation and Unequal Development in CEE: Challenges for Innovative Place-based Policies

Regional Studies Association's Central and Eastern European Conference 2017 - Call for Papers
Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 10 - 13 September 2017

Over the past decades, new patterns of regional disparities and polarisation have developed in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, drawing the attention of both researchers and policy-makers. Cohesion policy responded to this challenge by focusing on balanced spatial development of the European regions. However, although achieving significant progress in developing towards the EU-average, CEE still faces serious internal spatial imbalances between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, between core regions and peripheries.

The increasing social and economic disparities at regional levels within CEE have led to the need to develop new strategies with a strong spatial focus, in order to deal with and respond to the challenges. The conference seeks to explore questions such as: How to deal with polarisation and peripheralisation? What are the challenges for future space-based policies? What new approaches should be developed to deal with growing regional imbalances?

The RSA CEE Conference welcomes inputs from researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in all areas of regional development. The deadline for abstract submissions is 23 May 2017.

For more information, please contact Wanda Miczorek at wanda.miczorek@regionalstudies.org or visit www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/rsa-cee-cluj2017

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Click, Connect and Collaborate! New Directions in Sustaining Cultural Networks

25th ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy
Brussels, Belgium, 27 - 30 September 2017

The theme of the 25th ENCATC Congress will be Click, Connect and Collaborate! New Directions in Sustaining Cultural Networks. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the European network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENTACT) wants to reflect on the future role of networks in the cultural sector. Experts from across the globe will participate in the Congress to be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 27 - 30 September 2017, to analyse the latest research and answer the following questions:

  • What is the real value of cultural networks? Why are they essential? And are networks the right format to communicate and meet each other nowadays?
  • What is cultural networking today? How do we use digitalisation to involve the members of our network? Also vice-versa: What is the added value of joining a network for them? What is the network functionality? What is the quality of the relations?
  • How can cultural networks measure their own impact on society? Are networks capable to develop their own indicators in order to measure their impact? What kind of models are there?
  • How entrepreneurial are cultural networks today? Which business model are they looking to develop? How sustainable are they? Are they capable of collecting other financial resources in addition to membership fees and funding from Europe?
  • How can cultural networks collaborate internationally? Which strategies are networks using? Should we create a network of networks instead of internationalizing?

For more information, please visit https://www.encatc.org/en/events/25th-encatc-congress-on-cultural-management-and-policy/

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The Best in Heritage 2017

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 28 - 30 September 2017

As a result of the long and devoted work of dozens of experts and professional juries, more than 40 major award schemes from around the world announced some 300 prize-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects in 2016. At The Best in Heritage conference, to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 28 - 30 September 2017, the featured, handpicked selection of the most innovative and inspiring candidates from this quality collection will represent a balanced variety of best practices.

The gathering will consist of two events: IMAGINES, a one-day event where multimedia and new technology achievements will be presented, and the core event, with its packed two-day schedule. Over 40 projects from China, the United States, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Russia and Europe will be presented. The audience, moderators-judges, and the keynote speakers will vote for "The Project of Influence 2017", for both parts of the programme.

In addition to its global survey of best practices, the conference features rich social and cultural content organised with the help of Dubrovnik Museums and Dubrovnik Archives - all taking place in the Renaissance city centre of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For more information, please visit www.thebestinheritage.com/conference or contact Luka Cipek, Project Manager, at pm@thebestinheritagecom

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Culture, Sustainability and Place: Innovative Approaches for Tourism Development

Call for Proposals
Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal, 11 - 13 October 2017

The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In this context, the interdisciplinary conference Culture, Sustainability, and Place: Innovative Approaches for Tourism Development to be held in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal, will explore the place and roles of culture within sustainable tourism and local sustainable development. The conference follows from transdisciplinary work on investigating cultural sustainability across Europe and other international efforts to highlight and understand the roles of culture in sustainable development, and to develop and strengthen our cultural bridges to nature. It aims to bring together artists working with ecological and sustainability issues, cultural heritage and cultural sustainability researchers, local development actors, and tourism practitioners. It will shine a spotlight on issues and approaches to operationalize the inclusion of culture in sustainable tourism for local and regional development, within a co-learning interdisciplinary context.

The organisers invite proposals for a wide range of papers and workshops addressing the topic of innovative approaches to culture in sustainable tourism for local and regional development. Key themes are as follows: culture-nature connections; relationships between cultural sustainability and environmental sustainability; cultural trends in sustainable tourism; tourism as a vehicle to explore cultural landscapes and heritage; tourism experiences and the sustainable representation of authenticity; cultural mapping and deep mapping as tools for sustainable tourism development; artistic inquiry into issues of sustainable culture and tourism; understanding place through creative activities and expressions; representations of heritage through a cultural tourism lens; the relationship between sustainable tourism and local development; cultural sustainability and tourism; relationships between artistic practice, audience development, and tourism; linking cultural/creative and environmental tourism initiatives; and gastronomy, culture, and place.

The deadline for proposals is 16 December 2016.

Conference website: www.ces.uc.pt/eventos/culture_sustainability/

Please email any questions to: azores-conf@ces.uc.pt

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Inequalities: Bridging the Gap

Museums Galleries Scotland 2017 Conference - Call for Papers
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 12 October 2017

Museums Galleries Scotland invites submissions of papers for presentation to its 2017 conference entitled Inequalities: Bridging the Gap. The MGS conference will focus on museums addressing inequalities. This biennial conference brings together individuals working in culture, heritage and the third sector in Scotland and beyond to discuss and debate best practice in the 21st century. The conference offers a cost effective platform through which Scotland's museums and galleries can network and engage with practical and relevant content, helping the sector to develop and work towards delivering against the National Strategy aims and objectives. The day will be organised around three sub-themes:

  • Education: both formal and informal learning;
  • Health: including well-being;
  • Widening access: including involving and engaging communities.

The conference will create opportunities for knowledge exchange between museums and galleries and other sectors. The submissions are welcome from people outside the museum sector, keen to share knowledge relevant to the conference themes, as well as from those within the sector. The day will consist of a mix of presentations, keynote and parallel sessions, and there will be a marketplace of organisations that can support museums.

The deadline for submission is 17 February 2017.

For more information, please visit: museumsgalleriesscotland.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0de4e94638362d95afac8a752&id=d37b329004&e=db7b411203

Proposals should be submitted on the offer-of-papers form and sent to: conference@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk

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Creative Disruption in the Arts: Politics, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact

International Conference of Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) - Call for Papers
Minneapolis, USA, 12 - 14 October 2017

The 2017 STP&A conference on Creative Disruption in the Arts: Politics, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact, to be held in Minneapolis, USA, on 12 - 14 October 2017, will be co-hosted by the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota's programme in Arts and Cultural Leadership. The conference of Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and students that explores key trends, practices and policy issues affecting the arts around the world. STP&A participants are drawn from a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to political science, sociology, economics, law, arts management, arts education, art history, museum studies, cultural studies, education and policy studies, as well as arts managers and artists.

The theme for the 2017 conference is built around the multiple disruptive roles of the arts in foreseeing and responding to political dysfunction, in fostering Schumpeterian entrepreneurial advancement, and in reflecting the need for and enabling the attainment of positive social change:

  • In these politically fraught times, artists and their supporters can speak truths that capture fears and hopes of a divided populace in innovative ways. How does the dawning era of "alternative facts" shift the role of the arts?
  • Cultural entrepreneurship has become a "thing". How and why does the artistic component strengthen and shift the broader cultural capital in the face of pervasive uncertainty?
  • Participants continue to explore how artists create social value in the moment.

The conference is affiliated with the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society (JAMLS), which has been an authoritative peer-reviewed journal in the arts management and cultural policy for more than 40 years.

Proposals submission deadline is 15 May 2017.

For more information, please visit: stpaconference.org/call-for-papers/

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The Festival Academy: First Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers

Call for Applications
Shanghai, China, 17 - 23 October 2017

Within the framework of The EU-China High Level People to People Dialogue between the European Commission and the People's Republic of China, The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association, launches the new Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers, to take place in Shanghai, China, on 17 - 23 October 2017, with the aim to deepen Asia-Europe relations through international cultural exchange. The Atelier is an intense 7-day training programme addressed at emerging festival and cultural managers or those who have ambitions to get involved in cultural programming in festivals, cultural venues, government institutions and creative economies.

Forty participants will be selected for the programme during which they will discuss various aspects of festival and cultural management with up to ten renowned cultural managers from pioneering festivals and outstanding art centres and institutes from all over the world.

Do not miss the opportunity and apply if you are an early career festival or cultural manager wishing to broaden your skills on programming festivals and cultural venues, if you want to join a new network of festival and cultural managers worldwide and be inspired by experienced festival and cultural managers.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017.

For more information, please visit: www.thefestivalacademy.eu/en/home/

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International City and Civil Society Organizations Summit 2017

Call for Papers
Istanbul, Turkey, 20 - 22 October 2017

The International City and Civil Society Organizations Summit will be hosted by the Municipality of Esenler in Istanbul, Turkey, on 20 - 22 October 2017. The organizers of the Summit are Yildiz Technical University, 2010 European Capital of Culture Congress and Cultural Center Esenler, Istanbul. The convention will encourage NGOs working on local, national and international projects focused on urban life to establish relations with other civil society organizations operating in similar fields. It will also support the development of business associations and joint projects and encourage associated fundraising efforts, as well as enable the sharing of best practices.

The organizers invite NGOs, academics and researchers working on the summit topics to contribute with papers, poster sessions, best practice presentations, video screenings, workshops, and panels. Representatives from NGOs, public institutions and relevant organizations, in addition to academics, volunteers and interested individuals from a number of countries are expected to participate in the event. The summit will be held in Turkish, English, Arabic and French. Participants can present in any of these languages. The transportation, accommodation, and in-city travel expenses of applicants approved by the Science Board will be covered by the organizers. In addition, a payment will be made for each application accepted for presentation at the summit.

The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2017. Submissions will be evaluated and the results announced at www.sivilsehir.org/eng/home by 15 June 2017.

For more information, please contact zirve@item.info.tr or refer to the detailed submission guidelines at www.sivilsehir.com/eng/call-for-papers

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16th Assembly of Compendium Experts

Prague, Czech Republic, 8 - 10 November 2017

The 16th Assembly of experts/authors of Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from 8 to 10 November 2017, within the framework of the Czech Republic's chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Assembly will provide the opportunity to celebrate the 19th anniversary of this unique European cultural co-operation project in the area of policy information, trend analysis and monitoring of standards in the cultural policy.

This year's Assembly marks an important step in the Compendium project, as it will provide the space for the launch of a new governance model for the Compendium, namely the not-for-profit Compendium Association. This will, thus, mark a successful conclusion to the work of the Cyprus Assembly of the Compendium Stakeholders and Experts (held in Nicosia in March 2017), and the work of CDCPP from 2016 to 2017. The new structure should be fully operational by 1 January 2018.

The meeting will also provide an occasion to present the 2017 Secretary General's Report on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on Populism - looking at how strong are Europe's checks and balances, in the framework of the Public Forum discussion that will be held on 10 November. Participants will also discuss issues of gender equality in arts, culture and media and the ways that Compendium's information in this area can be improved.

As a side event of the Compendium Assembly, the 12th Assembly of the European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES) will be held at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague on 8 November 2017. In addition to the review of the Compendium transformation and the admission of new members, the agenda will include updates of the statutory provisions and the election of the Board of ECURES.

For more information, please visit: http://www.culturalpolicies.net/web/files/310/en/Prague_Agenda_131017.pdf and http://www.ecures.org

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Media, Democracy, Populism: The Media - Mediator and Promoter of Populism

Belgrade, Serbia, 9 - 10 November 2017

This international conference, organized by the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in association with the Faculty of Political Sciences, to be held in Belgrade, Serbia on 9 - 10 November 2017, welcomes the opportunity for theoretical and professional debate on the populist discourse and the media. Populism as a phenomenon and reality is not an exclusive characteristic or trend in only transitional countries. It is also an important political and cultural problem in well-developed European countries, closely connected to the growth of certain right-wing movements. In any case, the media are seen as a faithful ally in both the promotion of, and the fight against political populism.

The conference will present some of the most evocative case studies involving the relationship between the media and politics during a time of political instability including: parliamentary and presidential elections, political tensions and global challenges such as terrorism and migration. The conference will welcome an opportunity to address regional and European experiences, but also compare other non-European and global insights in the field of media research practice, unethical populist communication, interaction of media and politicians, as well as cultural policy (mis)usage of cultural performance and artists responses to populism.

For more information, please contact fduconference@gmail.com or visit www.fdu.edu.rs/aktuelnosti/medjunarodna-konferencija-mediji-demokratija-populizam/1203

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A Soul for Europe Conference 2017: Who is Assuming Responsibility for Europe?

Berlin, Germany, 9 - 11 November 2017

A number of problems are endangering the European idea: the complexity of European problem solving; tight national regulations, the low efficacy of the parliamentary level as well as the poor involvement of local and regional levels in European affairs. However, simultaneously the initiative Pulse of Europe impressively demonstrates that publicly visible involvement of citizens can spark a lively debate on the future of Europe that could spread among many different European cities.

Against this backdrop, the civil society initiatives A Soul for Europe and Cities for Europe will host the Soul for Europe Conference 2017 under the title Who is Assuming Responsibility for Europe? How do citizens, cities and parliaments have to cooperate for the future of Europe? The conference will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 9 - 11 November 2017, aiming to shift focus on the constitutive role of citizens and urban communities and to connect this base for European development with other levels of responsibility. Citizens living in the cities and regions across the continent are the real owners of Europe and their responsibility must be strengthened. After an introductory panel, various topics will be discussed in parallel through workshops which fall into one of three thematic tracks: Cities and Urban Change, Europe from the Bottom-Up, and Arts & Politics - A Good Match? Selected civil society projects will show how active municipalities and individual citizens perceive their responsibility for Europe.

You can already follow an online debate on medium.com where different personalities are being asked about the various levels of responsibility in Europe. These articles serve as preparatory material for the conference for all participants.

For more information, please visit: www.asoulforeurope.eu/event/soul-europe-conference-2017

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Open Heart Surgery - The Value of Museums Collections

Ghent, Belgium, 9 - 12 November 2017

The Network of European Museum Organisations - NEMO is preparing its 25th Annual Conference on Open Heart Surgery - The Value of Museums Collections, to be held in Ghent, Belgium, on 9 - 12 November 2017. For four days, NEMO will gather representatives from European national museum organisations, museum experts, policy makers and stakeholders from the European cultural sector to exchange expertise, discuss, connect and network. Participants will discuss different types and challenges of contemporary collecting, as well as the political and social effect museums can or should have on their environment, and their relevance in a diverse, connected society.

Collections are at the heart of museums. As their core and basis, NEMO wants to take an open look at how museums operate with their collections nowadays. How do museums make their heart beat, how do they connect it to other organs in the museum-body, to communities and to society? What are the contemporary approaches to museum collecting today? How must we challenge traditional museum thinking and practice, and redefine the museum's role in socially and politically changing times? Museum experts from all over Europe will present museum concepts and projects reaching into political and social spheres or opening up collections to participative, modern and exceptional approaches. Museums need to deal with new tasks, new challenges and opportunities within a digital and diverse society, preserving intangible heritage, representing diverse and shared heritage. These tasks have to be met with changing resources, structures, expertise and skill sets to make sure collections are accessible for current and future audiences.

Registration closes on 6 November 2017.

For more information please contact office@ne-mo.org or visit: www.ne-mo.org/our-actions/ac2017.html

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2017 Asia Culture Forum: Culture, Technology and Creativity

Gwangju, Republic of Korea, 13 - 15 November 2017

The Asia Culture Forum (ACF), inheriting the legacy of the Asia Culture Symposiums (2004-2005) and marking its 10th anniversary this year, has gained recognition as the "Forum of Asia" since its inception in 2006 by providing a platform for arts and culture scholars and practitioners around the world to sit together and share experiences and knowledge on Asian culture as well as promote international exchange in the field.

The 2017 Asia Culture Forum will be held in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, on 13 - 15 November 2017. The Forum will be organised by the Gwangju International Center. In line with the theme of the 7th ASIA EUROPE Culture Ministers' Meeting (ASEM CMM7), the main theme of the ACF will be Culture, Technology and Creativity: Creative Industry and City in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Under the main theme, two thematic plenary sessions and three special sessions will be held in collaboration with key local culture organizations, and additionally there will be a thesis presentation on urban regeneration open to the public. The Youth Camp is held alongside the Forum for young people around the world who are interested in culture and creative industries, providing a venue for the future leaders of Asian culture.

For more information, please contact: Asia Culture Forum Secretariat / Gwangju International Center 5, Jungang-ro 196beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61475, Korea; e-mail: acf@gic.or.kr; http://asiacultureforum.org/page.php?page_code=E10100

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b.creative in Shanghai: Creative Entrepreneurship and Urban Challenges

Shanghai, China, 15 November 2017

b.creative - the global event for creative entrepreneurship - will be held in Shanghai on 15 November 2017 in the context of the High Level People to People Dialogue (HPPD) Summit between the European Union and China, taking place on 13 - 15 November 2017. The conference, which will focus on Creative Entrepreneurship and Urban Challenges, is organised in the scope of the EU co-funded project Creative Tracks, supporting young creative entrepreneurs worldwide and encouraging cross-cultural collaborations. The conference will also welcome the awarded team of the b.creative challenge to present the winning project Fieldmakers and collect the b.creative award.

KEA is partnering with the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) located in Beijing (contact person: Kang Li, kangli@cafa.edu.cn), and Kedge Business School Creative Industries and Culture Research Centre (contact person: Claire Grellier, claire.grellier@kedgebs.com), for the organisation of the event.

For more information, please contact info@keanet.eu or visit http://www.keanet.eu/communique-b-creative-2017-shanghai-address-creative-entrepreneurship-urban-challenges/

Postal address: KEA European Affairs; 51 rue du Trone, Brussels 1050, Belgium; www.keanet.eu

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Beyond the Obvious: Belonging and Becoming

Rome, Italy, 15 - 17 November 2017

Culture Action Europe, 'the first port of call for informed opinion and debate about arts and cultural policy in Europe', is organising its Beyond the Obvious Conference: Belonging and Becoming - Culture, Heritage and our Future. The conference will take place in Rome, Italy, on 15 - 17 November 2017. Culture Action Europe's General Assembly (AGM) and Members' Forum will convene on 15 November 2017, directly preceding Beyond the Obvious Conference.

This Beyond the Obvious Conference reviews the dynamics sketched and offers a concrete arena for productive interaction between artists, cultural operators, policy makers and political visionaries, economic and social stakeholders. It also celebrates the launch of the European Year for Cultural Heritage 2018. The conference will highlight policy issues at stake, developing a present and future of culture in Europe.

What is the future of Europe? What role can culture and the arts play? The Reflection Paper 'Belonging and Becoming: A Cultural Response to the White Paper on the Future of Europe' and its accompanying reflection papers propose a first answer to these questions, reflecting the voices of over 500 cultural players throughout Europe - cultureactioneurope.org/files/2017/07/CAE_FutureofEurope_ReflectionPaper.pdf.

Registration for Beyond the Obvious Conference is open.

For more information, please contact contact@cultureactioneurope.org or visit: www.cultureactioneurope.org

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International Conference on Culture and Creativity (ICCC)

Kaunas, Lithuania, 17 - 18 November 2017

The Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University announces the upcoming 12th International Conference on Culture and Creativity (ICCC), to be held in Kaunas, Lithuania, on 17 - 18 November 2017. This bi-annual scientific conference invites scholars for a discussion about culture and creativity in various professional fields such as management, marketing, branding, communication, education and policy.

The ICCC has the ambition to advance the state of art and promote new ideas and proposals concerning the major challenges faced by culture and creativity today in Europe and beyond: management, entrepreneurship, new business models, evaluation and their internationalization, communication, education and cultivation of creativity. The conference seeks to promote networking among academics, researchers, professionals and representatives and is calling all scholars and professionals as well as students who are interested in creative/cultural industries, creative city theories and practices, arts and culture management and marketing to participate.

Registration to the conference is possible via the online registration form at www.knf.vu.lt/aktualijos/221-renginiai/1945-the-12th-international-conference-on-culture-and-creativity#programme

For more information, please contact: Martynas Radzevicius, e-mail: martynas.radzevicius@knf.vu.lt, or Aiste Urboniene, Assoc. Prof., e-mail: aiste.urboniene@knf.vu.lt

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Atelier for Young Festival Managers

Call for Applications
Merano, Italy, 17 - 23 November 2017

The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), calls for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, to take place in Merano, Italy, on 17 to 23 November 2017. The Atelier is hosted by Meraner MusikWochen / Settimane Musicali Meranesi, in collaboration with Italia Festival. 45 young festival managers from all over the world will be selected to participate in the Atelier. Around ten distinguished festival directors will attend, each for at least two full days, and work together with participants throughout the 7 days.

Participants will have the chance to compare their views with colleagues from various cultural and professional contexts and backgrounds, and analyse them in view of the local context of Merano. The following questions will be addressed: What about the relationship between traditional and contemporary art? To what extend does this reflect in festival management concepts? To what extent do political and social developments have an influence on artistic programming? What are the similarities and differences with other contexts?

The organizers invite young festival managers from all over the world to apply by 14 April 2017.

For more information, please contact info@thefestivalacademy.eu

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Living Cities, Liveable Spaces: Placemaking & Identity

Fourth Valletta 2018 Annual International Conference
Valletta, Malta, 22 - 24 November 2017

Registration is open for the fourth Valetta 2018 Annual International Conference entitled Living Cities, Liveable Spaces: Placemaking & Identity which will take place in Valletta, Malta, on 22 - 24 November 2017. The conference explores the themes of urban development, community engagement and well-being, as well as cultural diplomacy, particularly in light of large-scale activities, such as the European Capital of Culture and other public events. The conference aims to discuss the following questions:

  • What are the real effects of place branding, use of soft power and cultural diplomacy to reposition cities on an international sphere?
  • What is the role of the local community in city positioning?
  • What is the impact such processes leave on the fabric of a city, including the many communities which inhabit and interact within these cities?
  • How do residents and local communities themselves position a city and how does this contrasts, or play out, with the official place branding process?
  • Should creating, transforming or sustaining a liveable city happen before a city positioning process?
  • Can these two processes happen in parallel?

The conference aims to bring together researchers, academics, policy makers, urban planners and cultural practitioners to share knowledge about the complex relationship between city branding, bottom-up community processes and large-scale events such as the European Capital of Culture title.

For more information, including speaker biographies and the conference programme, please visit: conference.valletta2018.org

To register, please visit: booking.valletta2018.org

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Participatory Governance in Culture: Exploring Practices, Theories and Policies. DO IT TOGETHER

Rijeka, Croatia, 22 - 24 November 2017

An international and interdisciplinary conference on Participatory Governance in Culture is organised by the Kultura Nova Foundation, Zagreb, Croatia, in partnership with Rijeka 2020 LLC, as a part of the Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions project supported by UNESCO's International Fund for Cultural Diversity. The conference will take place in Rijeka, Croatia, on 22 - 24 November 2017.

The necessity of new models of governance in culture has become a European and global issue in recent decades. The conference intends to cover a number of issues and concerns about the challenges, limitations, paradoxes and perspectives that cultural research, practices and policies are increasingly facing around the concept of participatory governance in culture. The conference is open to all scholars, researchers, theoreticians, cultural operators, artists, practitioners, activists, policymakers and decision-makers worldwide from a broad range of disciplines - anthropology, architecture, arts, arts and cultural management, cultural policy studies, cultural studies, development studies, economy, legal studies, philosophy, political science, urbanism and spatial planning, sociology, etc.

For more information, please contact: participatory-governance-in-culture@kulturanova.hr or visit: http://conference.participatory-governance-in-culture.net/

For registration, please visit: http://conference.participatory-governance-in-culture.net/registration/form

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Visa for Music

Call for Applications
Rabat, Morocco, 22 - 25 November 2017

The 4th edition of Visa for Music, the first professional music market for Africa and the Middle East, will be held in Rabat, Morocco, on 22 - 25 November 2017. 30 artists or groups will be selected by a qualified jury to perform in front of music industry professionals from all over the world.

To apply for participation at the 4th edition of Visa for Music, please send the following documents:

  • application form,
  • signed Visa for Music rules and regulations form,
  • two copies of the artist's/band's CD sent by post, or a wetransfer with all the tracks,
  • press kit (information about artist/group, biography, discography, photos),
  • technical rider.

Printed applications by post are highly appreciated by the organizers and should be sent to the following address: Atlas Azawan, Visa for Music, BP 13431 Talborjt, 80005 Agadir, Morocco. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2017.

Applications should be sent by email to: showcase@visaformusic.com

For more information, please contact the organizers at showcase@visaformusic.com or visit www.arterialnetwork.org/opportunity/visa_for_music_2017

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Can We Talk? Art in the Age of Populism

IETM Brussels Plenary Meeting
Brussels, Belgium, 23 - 26 November 2017

We live in an age of confusion. Some political circles nourish our suspicion against the "other", some incite our aversion to the neoliberal status-quo. Many propagate exclusion, as well as solidarity - with the unprivileged, amongst those who share the same ethnic identity... Each side assumes they own the moral case, demonising the opponent and believing they fight for a good cause. Meanwhile, simplification, antagonism and provocation are sweeping over the political scene.

What is populism - ideology, movement or simply a style? Is it a weapon against democracy - because it shrinks the space for plurality? Or is it its last vessel of hope - because it brings politics closer to the people? Is populism inherently bad, or is it just the guise it comes in?

How can we, in the art sector, counter populist hysteria and break down this black-and-white palette of political colouring? And how can we burst the elitist bubble we have become trapped in, and provide for more engagement with our co-citizens? Brussels, the city of diversity and contrasts, will host IETM's four-day reflection on how art can help to overcome the "us against them" discourse, put together the pieces of fragmented societies and shape a truly different future. The IETM meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 23 - 26 November 2017.

Both members of IETM and non-member participants are welcome to attend the meeting. The registration deadline is 3 November 2017.

For more information, please visit https://www.ietm.org/en/Brussels or contact: ietm@ietm.org

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ELIA Leadership Symposium on Heritage / Transition / Values

Poznan, Poland, 29 November - 1 December 2017

The 8th ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) Leadership Symposium focusing on Heritage / Transition / Values will take place in Poznan, Poland, from 29 November to 1 December 2017, aiming to bring together influential leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe for a timely exchange and discussion on current issues in leadership.

During the three-day event, hosted by the University of Arts in Poznan, participants will explore different facets of heritage, discuss the role of higher arts education institutions in times of transition, and re-examine the value systems on which art schools are based. By sharing experiences, doubts and hopes with peers, they will delve into new discourses and investigate possible future solutions.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

For more information, please visit www.elialeadershipsymposium.org or contact ELIA Conference Manager Janja Ferenc at janja.ferenc@elia-artschools.org.

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2017 European Culture Forum

Milan, Italy, 7 - 8 December 2017

The European Culture Forum is a biennial flagship event organised by the European Commission to raise the profile of European cultural cooperation, to bring together the cultural sectors' key players and to debate EU culture policy and initiatives. Its 2017 edition, to be held in Milan, Italy from 7 - 8 December 2017, will also mark the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the thematic EU year devoted to our common cultural assets and all their aspects. Can culture help to tackle European and global challenges? Does cultural heritage matter to Europeans? How can culture in cities and regions help to shape more cohesive and inclusive societies?

Register by 10 November 2017 and come to Milan to discuss, listen, think and get inspired.

For more information, please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/culture/event/forum-2017_en

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IUGTE Conference on Theatre between Tradition and Contemporaneity

Retzhof Castle, Austria, 16 - 20 December 2017

The annual multidisciplinary event entitled International Conference on Theatre between Tradition and Contemporaneity, organised by the IUGTE Association, will be held in Retzhof Castle, Austria, from 16 to 20 December 2017.

The IUGTE conference programme consists of practical workshops, seminars, performances, works-in-progress, photo and video presentations, interactive lectures, research papers, talks, discussions and other events with lecturers and speakers from all around the world. There is a special discount programme for student groups, as well as individual students.

The conference is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners - performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers, theatre critics, arts journalists, etc.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Lisa Rich, Project Coordinator at info@iugte.com or iugte.projects@gmail.com

The conference programme and details are available at www.iugte.com/projects/theatretradition, www.iugte.com

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Promoting Global Collaboration, Unity and Peace through Cultural Diplomacy

Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2017
Berlin, Germany, 19 - 22 December 2017

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is the world's leading event in the field of cultural diplomacy hosted and organized by the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, in partnership with other leading institutions at the end of each year. This year, the conference entitled Promoting Global Collaboration, Unity and Peace through Cultural Diplomacy will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 19 - 22 December 2017.

The current political and security situation in many regions and countries together with the deterioration of social norms for the use of violence, emphasizes the growing need for a greater cultural dialogue, understanding and trust in order to avoid further escalation. The 2017 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy will therefore focus on raising awareness and support for activities that promote global collaboration, unity and peace.

The conference will bring together leading politicians, religious leaders, senior academics and celebrated artists with representatives from areas of conflict in order to establish new institutions and initiatives that will help with these challenges using the practice of cultural diplomacy together with other practices and means. Participation in the conference is open to governmental and diplomatic officials, academics, economists, representatives of the business sector, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, young professionals as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

For more information, please contact: ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Soltauer Str. 18-22, 13509 Berlin, Germany; e-mail: info@academy-for-cultural-diplomacy.de; www.academy-for-cultural-diplomacy.de