Participation in the 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
The UNESCO List of activities of the 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures brings numerous activities and projects of Members States, IGOs, NGOs, UNESCO Chairs, etc. with the aim 'to make the rapprochement of cultures the hallmark of all policies at local, national, regional and international levels' and to foster intercultural dialogue for sustainable development. Included in this list, among others, is the project entitled Networks as Impetus for the Rapprochement of Cultures. Seven networks from Africa (ARTerial Network, Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, Performing Arts Network of South Africa), Asia (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network), Europe (Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles), Latin America (Latin American Network of Art for Social Transformation) and the world Network of Networks for Research and Cooperation in Cultural Development, Culturelink strongly support the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, as communication, exchange and dialogue between cultures constitute their mission and identity. The joint project aims to contribute to cultural and policy debate, and mobilize the cultural sector in contributing to a wider social and political understanding of the role of culture and intercultural dialogue in sustainable development. The project consists of three consecutive activities: firstly, the publication of the proceedings from the Third World Culturelink Conference: Networks – The Evolving Aspects of Culture in the 21st Century, in which all mentioned networks participated (autumn 2010); secondly, the organization of a network forum which will focus on intercultural communication and will closely look at case studies from all regions, thus providing comparative examples and experiences on a global level (spring 2011); and thirdly, the production of a final document based on the first two activities, that will discuss networks as relevant 'stakeholders' in the rapprochement of cultures (summer 2011).
The project is also joined by Samsun University, Samsun Directorate of National Education, Turkey, which organizes, in cooperation with Culturelink, a seminar on the EU's Cultural Identity (Samsun, 13-15 July 2010). Members of the Culturelink Team, Professor Vjeran Katunaric and Jeronim Dorotic, will take part in the meeting with extensive papers.
We invite all interested Culturelink members to contribute to this project initiated by seven international networks.