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World Cultures Connect

World Cultures Connect is a new online meeting place for cultural managers and creative or artistic professionals to promote their work and services, discover and connect with new partners, tools and resources to support their international work. This new project managed by the British non-profit organization Visiting Arts brings cultural managers and creative professionals around the globe closer together, and responds to an increasing need for international networking within the arts.

World Cultures Connect is a new online solution to unanswered questions: How do I know what is out there? How can I find the right kind of work for my festival or the right kind of organisation for collaboration? Through online social networking, this web project allows people or organisations to promote their own work through their free profile page, to advertise news, open calls and events to a targeted audience; as well as to start - or participate in - discussions related to international mobility and funding. All users can connect and network freely with their peers and key contacts to take their projects forward by discovering new profiles and by getting in touch directly with organisations, experts and collaborators around the globe.

In contrast to traditional networking platforms, World Cultures Connect has an open approach to networking (profiles are accessible to all) and offers - like a directory - the possibility to browse thousands of profiles with specific criteria. Helped with a network of high profile supporters such as The Africa Centre (Cape Town) or the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism (Trinidad and Tobago), and the Pacific Arts and Culture Foundation (Fiji), the site already offers access to a large base of contacts including national directories of cultural players, so that users can enhance their networks by finding out more about the cultural offer of a country or region. This directory includes museums and heritage sites, performing companies and venues, visual arts, crafts, new media, design, literary organisations and professional services for artists and the cultural sector. It follows a global classification system that was built on UNESCO classifications and has been updated and modernized to suit the contemporary cultural field. A tagging system created by users gives further search results on the latest terminology.

This newly launched project needs support from new members to bring itself to life - make yourself known to your international community, network internationally amongst arts professionals, managers and artists - join today and start connecting!

For more information, please contact: www.worldculturesconnect.com