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Networking in Progress

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North-South Centre

European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity

The European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North-South Centre) was set up in Lisbon as a result of the 1988 North-South campaign, which had contributed to raising public awareness in the Council of Europe Member States of Europe's many relations with the continents of the South: Africa, Asia and Latin America. Its main aim is to raise public awareness in Europe of issues of global interdependence and solidarity, and its mandate, notably, includes a strong advocacy of pluralist democracy and respect for human rights as fundamental elements of sustainable development. The Centre runs three main programmes:

  • Public Information and Media Relations, under which the Centre has set up the 'One World' project for interactive television with a grass roots action component on themes related to global interdependence;
  • Global Education and Youth, concerned with the preparation and distribution of teaching materials for global citizenship, promotion of multi-cultural cooperation, organization of symposia and workshops for global education, etc.;
  • Dialogue for Global Partnership, which aims at achieving satisfactory South-North communication between the Centre's partners and their southern counterparts.

A unique feature of the Centre is that it is not run exclusively as an inter-governmental operation. Instead, it functions on the basis of the so-called 'quadrilogue', a unique system of quadripartite co-management by parliamentarians, governments, non-governmental organizations, and local and regional authorities.

The North-South Centre publishes a monthly newsletter called The Interdependent, designed to serve the inter-networking needs of the Centre's quadrilogue partners and all organizations and individuals interested in issues of global interdependence and solidarity.

For more information, please contact: North-South Centre, Avenida da Liberdade, 229 - 4, 1250 Lisboa, Portugal, tel.: 351 1 352 49 54; fax: 351 1 353 13 29, or the External Relations Division in the Council of Europe, tel.: 33 3 88 41 21 44; fax: 33 3 88 41 27 14.

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OIKOS

Cooperation and Development

OIKOS is an organization seeking to cooperate in the development of the peoples of the world. Since its foundation, it has explored and put into practice the ways and means best suited to ensuring that cultural exchanges are in the forefront of its cooperation with developing countries. Espaço OIKOS was created to play an important role in this process, since its aim is to find new ways to provide the public opinion in Portugal with an objective and fruitful impression of the cultural wealth of the developing countries.

The following are the aims of Espaço OIKOS:

  • Make the Portuguese aware of a wide range of facts and experiences which reveal the history, culture and life-styles of peoples, in particular those beset by conditions of underdevelopment, through art exhibitions, concerts, literacy evenings, etc.;
  • Stimulate intercultural dialogues to open up new horizons, facilitate access to new knowledge and relationships, gather and preserve the scattered recollections of a heritage in danger of being forgotten and lost, and foster the exchange of different ways of thinking, feeling and living;
  • Provide artists of the developing countries with a space where they may show their work and creative skills;
  • Give everyone who would like to contribute financially to the OIKOS projects the opportunity to choose from a wide range of cultural products.

Espaço OIKOS includes all the peoples of the world in an ecumenical embrace of cultural solidarity.

For further information, please contact: Mr. Vasco Nobre, Espaço OIKOS, Rua Augusto Rosa, 40, 1100 Lisboa, Portugal, tel.: +351 1 888 00 12; fax: +351 1 887 53 98.

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Arche - Platform for Intercultural Projects

The Platform for Intercultural Projects (Plattform für Interkulturelle Projekte - Verein zur Gestaltung und Durchführung interkultureller Projekte e.V) is a non-profit, politically independent and non-denominational organization founded in Vienna in 1995. In cooperation with other organizations, Arche plans and coordinates events of international scope in order to improve the peaceful coexistence of majority and minority cultures, as well as individual ideas and opinions in society. Events include exhibitions, symposia, seminars, lectures, film and theatre performances, political satirical revues, music, etc., intending to set up links between art and science, culture and politics. Arche aims to sensitize society to issues regarding human rights, especially minority rights, and to emphasize the advantages and potentialities of an intercultural society.

For more information, see their Web site at http:/www.arche.or.at/arche or contact: Arche - Platform for Intercultural Projects, Senefeldergasse 39/28A, 1100 Vienna, Austria, tel.: 0043-1-606 72 16; fax: 0043-1-603 91 75, e-mail: arche@arche.or.at

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Synergies Africa

Synergies Africa is an international non-governmental organization founded in Geneva in 1994 by a group of Africans anxious to use their qualifications, resources and networks to support various local, national, regional and international initiatives in Africa. The main aim of Synergies Africa is to help strengthen the capacity of African NGOs and other African institutions in the area of conflict prevention, management and resolution, with the aim of fostering sustainable development in Africa. It seeks to maintain a dialogue with the main institutions involved in humanitarian assistance, as well as to exchange experiences, stimulate endogenous reflection on humanitarian problems, and promote an integrated approach to conflict resolution in Africa.

As far as its activities are concerned, Synergies Africa sends appeals in order to mobilize the international community during crisis situations. It arranges 'fraternal visits' to Africa to give advice to political authorities on how to resolve crises. It establishes appropriate structures for negotiation, training and peace education. The organization is also involved in the establishment of two national experimental observatories to monitor conflicts in Niger and Mali. It also organizes meetings with European, American and Asian decision-makers and NGOs on the subject of peace, reconciliation, humanitarian assistance, etc., aiming to share experiences on conflict prevention, management and resolution and on the strengthening of African capacity.

Synergies Africa will create a Foundation for Peace in Africa which will aim to provide financial support to local NGOs, political figures, artists, journalists, women, or any individual in Africa who is working for conflict prevention.

Fore more information, please contact: Mr. Hassan Ba or Mr. Germain Malou, 5, route des Morillons, B. P. 2100, CH - 1211 Genève 2, Switzerland, tel.: (41 22) 788 85 86; fax:(41 22) 788 85 90; e-mail: hassanba@iprolink.ch

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The European Multicultural Foundation

The European Multicultural Foundation is an independent institution designed to respect and promote the cultures of all people. Its purpose is to promote cultural diversity; therefore, it seeks to investigate positive attitudes towards multiculturalism in all sectors and segments of European society.

The Foundation has three main objectives:

  • to cultivate in all residents in Europe a strong commitment to Europe as one community of people drawn from many cultures;
  • to promote an awareness among the people of Europe of the diversity of cultures within Europe;
  • to promote tolerance and understanding between all cultures through various means.

The encouragement of cross-cultural awareness and support for projects which give people an opportunity to learn about each other's cultures are the main aims of the Foundation. It therefore supports and initiates projects that promote an awareness of the diversity of cultures within Europe and the contribution of people from all cultures to the social and economic development of Europe.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Sonia D'Hondt, European Multicultural Foundation, Kosterstraat 12/2, B-1831 Diegem, Belgium, or rue Brialmont 21, B-1210 Brussels, Belgium.

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V2_East / Syndicate / V2_Organisation

V2_East is an initiative of the V2_Organisation Rotterdam which is aimed at creating a network of people and institutions involved with, or interested in, media art in Eastern Europe. The idea is to create an infrastructure that will facilitate cooperation between partners in East and West. With its 'Syndicate' mailing list, website http://www.v2.nl/east and regular meetings, V2_East is becoming an important tool for fostering ties within the media art community in Europe which make it increasingly obsolete to think in term of 'East' and 'West', and which will eventually make the V2_East initiative itself redundant.

The V2_East/Syndicate is a no-budget network initiative rather than an institution. More than 90 people from most European countries who are all involved with electronic art and critical media practice in some way or other are connected to this network.

Syndicate@AEC.at is the address of a mailing list which is dedicated to an exchange of information and ideas relating to the situation and future development of electronic and media art in Eastern Europe. The list of members includes artists, curators, networkers, writers, festival organisers, etc. from the Eastern as well as Western European countries and beyond, who, through the 'Syndicate', seek to improve communication and cooperation between artists and organisations in East and West. The list was first installed following the initial meeting of the V2_East initiative at the V2_Organisation in Rotterdam on 21 January 1996.

V2_Organisation Rotterdam

The V2_Organisation, also known as the Institute for the Unstable Media, is an interdisciplinary centre for art and media technology that was set up in 1982 and run from the outset by a group of artists. It is mostly young artists who here develop and present their work in the electronic media like robotics, virtual reality and the Internet. V2 presents art which is no longer geared at objects, but rather behaves as an interactive and dynamic system in which the relation between the art work, artist and audience is distinctly different from what we are normally used to in the arts. It shows art which responds to a shifting view of the world, a world which changes from what is constant to what is variable, a world in which instability is perceived as a creative element.

The V2_Organisation currently consists of three departments. First, there are public presentations which are organised in collaboration with many national and international artists and institutions. The most important of these presentations is the annual Dutch Electronic Art Festival, DEAF. The second department, the workshop, will be developed over the coming years into an important laboratory of electronic art. And thirdly, there is the V2_Archive with a book and record shop. Here you can find all sorts of data carriers, from audiotapes to CDs, and from books and magazines to CD ROMs. This material often provides background information on other activities.

Subscription: To subscribe to the syndicate list, please send a message to syndicate-request@aec.at with the following text in the body of the message: subscribe <e-mail address>

For more information about the Syndicate, please contact: abroeck@v2.nl (Andreas Broeckmann).

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Cultural Foundation of the Euregion for Textiles (NET)

Under the auspices of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Cultural Foundation NET was set up by six regions and cities as a Cultural Foundation of the Euregion for Textiles in 1996, and is to be officially registered in Brussels in June 1997. Together with the European Textile Network (ETN), it forms an action unit with access to experts and cultural producers in 37 European countries interested in maintaining and developing textile culture in industry, craft and art, thereby strengthening Europe as a location for textile production. NET actions take place in cooperation with the textile regions, the Europe-based textiles and clothing industry, and European cultural institutions.

NET projects serve the optimal mobilization of cultural and human resources for the local textile sector and support structural adjustments in areas with declining labour trends in the production of textiles and clothing. NET projects strengthen the cultural identity of historical and present-day textile regions in Europe by introducing local cultural heritage to a broader public and by developing cultural tourism through interregional Textile Routes. For these purposes, NET maintains a secretariat for documentation, information and co-ordination, together with the European Textile Network (ETN). The NET-ETN alliance provides:

  • documentation services - operating an electronic database with information on (textile) cultural institutions, organizations and services;
  • information services - editing a quarterly Newsletter and offering Internet access to its contributors and members, and
  • coordination services - helping to establish contacts with international cultural economic associations and political organizations, such as the Council of Europe, the European Union, and some UN sub-organizations.

The NET Foundation promotes long-term synergies between actors in the field of culture and economy and has no intention to act as an agency for short-lived shows or product promotion.

For more information, please contact: NET-ETN Secretariat, P.O. Box 59 44, D-30059 Hannover, Germany, tel.: +49-511/81 70 06; fax: +49-511/81 31 08.

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The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF)

The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF) is an association of artistic directors of independent festivals throughout Europe. It is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 as a network of thirty major European festivals in the area of world, ethnic, traditional and roots music in 17 European countries.

The main concern of the EFWMF is a clear and coordinated circulation of information to the public, professional organizers, artists and the media about world music, and a smooth and coordinated circulation of artists themselves throughout Europe.

The EFWMF is the only coordinating organization active in this kind of music. It presents the cultural diversity of musical life in Europe and provides a platform for musicians worldwide to present themselves in Europe.

It is responsible for the World Music Expo (WOMEX), the first conference/trade fair/showcase event dedicated to all aspects of world music. It takes place in a different European host city each year.

For more information, please contact: Practical Information - EFWMF, c/o Sfinks animatie, att. Mr. Patrick de Groote, Jan Frans Willemstraat 10, B-2530 Boechout, Belgium, tel.: 32-3 455 69 44; fax: 32-3 454 11 62; e-mail: pdegroote@sfinks.be

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Ulysse - European Theatre Encounters

The research, training and intermediary organization Ulysse creates and conducts a programme of workshops which are active (laboratories, training sessions, author's residences...) and thought-provoking (colloquia, seminars, encounters...) with and for theatre professionals - artists, researchers, teachers, critics, mediators, etc.

From 1992 to 1995, Ulysse conducted a programme entitled 'Living Theatre University' on themes which analyze the contemporary theatre-society relationship. Starting in 1996 and for the coming four years, Ulysse put into action a second programme whose content and form essentially focus on the interaction between the different mentalities which accompany artistic creation in Europe. This new programme is entitled 'European Theatre Encounters'.

There are three types of actions that describe it:

  • The European Conference of Theatre Magazine Head Writers, which will take place in Blois, France, from 16 to 19 April 1997;
  • Dialogue Scenes in European Theatre, which will be presented in conjunction with the above-mentioned conference and open to the public; researchers and artists of different nationalities will work together to develop a line of thought (based on a thematic charter in the philosophical, aesthetic, dramatic domain...) and discuss it;
  • Correspondences, a bi-annual publication that offers a panorama of research and ideas which organize the thought of the theatre.

For further information, please contact: Ulysse, Le Carr‚ Saint Vincent, 45000 Orléans, France, tel./fax: 33 2 38 62 82 14.

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The International Theatre Institute (ITI)

German Centre

The International Theatre Institute - ITI is the biggest international network in the field of theatre. As a non-governmental organisation affiliated with UNESCO, it has branches in 86 countries at the present time.

The German centre supports mutual understanding among the world's theatre cultures through co-operation with other national centres in the fields of information, advice, international encounters of theatre people, organisation of festivals ('Theatre of the World' in Germany and 'Theatre of Nations' in various places abroad), organisation of symposia and topical conferences, publication of topical papers and books on questions of the theatre in Germany, and international co-operation. It publishes the Impulse, a newsletter that contains information on festivals, workshops, prizes, awards, and personalities from the theatre world. A special column is dedicated to the ITI Germany. It keeps you informed of what is new in the theatre world and provides information on the current theatrical productions in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.

For further information, please contact: ITI German centre, Postfach 41 11 28, D-12121 Berlin, Germany, tel.: +49 30 791 17 77; fax: +49 30 791 18 74; e-mail: itigermany@aol.com

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La Loggia - International Centre of Dramatic Writing

La Loggia - International Centre of Dramatic Writing, established in Florence in 1994, encourages the distribution and presentation of contemporary theatrical texts. It organises conferences and is a residential centre for writers, translators and companies. Each autumn it organises 'Oltrebabele - meetings on contemporary drama translation'. From 1996 to 1998, the contemporary drama from Latin America and its relations to Europe will be in the focus of interest, in collaboration with institutions in Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, including the translation of texts by South American writers into European languages.

Address: Paola Micheletto, Centro Internazionale di Scrittura Drammaturgica, La Loggia, Via Collina 40, I-50020 Montefiridolfi (Firenze), Italy, tel.: +39 55/824 44 58; fax: +39 55/824 42 83.

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Maschere sui Ponti

International Association for Artistic and Cultural Projects and Exchanges

The members of the Association Maschere sui Ponti are of diverse geographic and artistic backgrounds, and they work together on artistic projects with the objective to add to them their national colours. The Association addresses professionals of the cinema, theatre, dance, music, painting, and any other artistic expression which can be integrated into the project.

The aim of the Association is to develop the relations, collaboration, entrepreneurship, studies and analyses with screen-writers, playwrights, musicians, painters, choreographers, film and theatre directors, promoting meetings and exchange of ideas through theatre plays, film sets, schools, internship, workshops, exhibitions, and performances. The results of the joint projects are distributed to the nations and states interested in them. The final outcome of the projects and cultural actions should help overcome political, religious and racial barriers.

Maschere sui Ponti will organize an exhibition of Romanian Art and Culture in Rome in 1997.

For more information, please contact: Associazione culturale 'Maschere sui Ponti', via Mondaino, 30, 00125 Roma, Italy, tel./fax: 06 52 35 75 23.

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Seeding a Network

Addressing Change in Central and Eastern Europe

Seeding a Network, created in 1990, is a scheme enabling theatre workers (managers, producers, directors and technicians) from Central and Eastern Europe to job-shadow colleagues in the UK. While addressing the needs of the theatre community and the performing arts in particular, the central focus of the project is on managing change.

In the belief that real cultural change happens only at the level of personal contact, Seeding a Network presents the participants with opportunities to take part in a hands-on exchange of expertise and skills. Each year it targets a different country or a group of countries in the region. In consultation with colleagues in the target country, twelve to fifteen participants are selected via written application and interview to spend three/four weeks in the UK following a programme tailored to their individual needs.

The participating countries include Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Macedonia, Albania and Bulgaria, and, in 1996, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

For more information, please contact: Royal National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0) 171 928 2033; fax: +44 (0) 171 928 2868; e-mail: rnteduc@gn.apc.org

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Cabinet Conseils Sigma, Senegal

Cabinet Conseils Sigma intervenes in three different fields: culture, communication and law.

Culture

In the field of culture SIGMA aims at helping any interested African government or organization

  • define and implement a consistent cultural policy
  • round up material and human resources
  • train executives in charge of culture
  • democratize cultural life
  • set up cultural institutions
  • promote cultural exchanges
  • inventory, restore and preserve cultural heritage
  • promote cultural industries
  • promote national languages
  • follow up and assess the programmes.

Communication

In the field of communication SIGMA deals with:

  • problems of publishing and of the press in general
  • radio and tv policies
  • cinema policies
  • cinema and tv production
  • advertising and use of mass media
  • public relations
  • social rounding up at the level of basic communities
  • organizing round tables, meetings, and colloquia
  • translation of documents from and into major international languages.

Law

In the legal field SIGMA is competent in the following:

  • global or local legal studies
  • international negotiations
  • contract relations
  • copyright
  • coproduction rights
  • laws governing culture, cinema, and audiovisual media
  • social and fiscal laws
  • assistance to investors.

To fulfil these various missions, SIGMA relies on an important stock of human and material resources:

  • cultural managers, specialists in monuments restoration;
  • cinema and tv directors, producers, technicians, and well-trained professionals of the press;
  • legal experts conversant with matters related to culture and communication;
  • translators working in the main languages generally accepted in international institutions.

For more information, please contact: Cabinet Conseils Sigma, B.P. 2657, Dakar, Senegal, tel.: 25-36-17.

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Associazione per l'Economia della Cultura

Associazione per l'Economia della Cultura is a scientific association created in Rome in 1986 with the aim to strengthen links between culture and economy in the advanced industrial societies.

Its main objectives are the following:

  • to promote the development of the sectorial economy, with particular stress on cultural goods, theatre and cultural industries;
  • to contribute to a better integration of institutional plans and more efficient management of public intervention;
  • to create the link between cultural and social needs and economic utilization of cultural goods, activities and production.

In order to realize these objectives, the Associazione carries out studies and research, develops collaboration with cultural and local administration, cultural institutions, and other public and private organizations, both Italian and foreign. The Associazione's members are economists, lawyers, cultural public and private managers, artists, people involved in financial business and many others, all interested in cultural development.

L'Associazione per l'Economia della Cultura organizes its activities in five fields:

  • conferences and editorial information activities related to the economy of culture;
  • studies and research in cultural development, particularly artistic and historic heritage, theatre and cultural industries;
  • analytical contributions to debates on legislative reforms in the cultural sector;
  • promotional activities in the field of cultural management, to fill the empty space in the educational system of Italy;
  • search for a more modern regulation of public and private support for culture.

The Associazione publishes the quarterly magazine Economia della Cultura and the biannual Rapporto sull'Economia della Cultura in Italia dedicated to a complex analysis of cultural horizons in the widest sense - cultural goods, performing arts, audiovisual materials, publishing.

For more information, please contact: Associazione per l'Economia della Cultura, Viale B. Buozzi, 105, 00197 Rome, Italy, tel.: (06) 320 4697; fax: (06) 321 3499.