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Networking in Progress

Culturelink review, no.26/November 1998 - contents - imprint - archive

Activities of the Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network

The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network (APRCCN) continues its varied work in the fields of networking, databases and information services. Activities include the publication of two new issues of the Centre's Newsletter, nos. 2 and 3/1998, introducing a number of cultural policy institutions in countries such as New Zealand, Korea, Vietnam, the Maldives and Malaysia, as well as listing addresses of relevant cultural Websites in the region.

Also, the final Report from the Second Asia-Pacific Culture Forum and the First Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of the Culturelink Network, held in Seoul, 10-11 March 1998, has been published recently. The Report carries the papers presented at the meetings hosted by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, as well as a summary of the Culture Forum and a summary of the Regional Culturelink Meeting, Recommendations of the Regional Culturelink Meeting, and the List of Participants.

For details, please see Culturelink no. 25/August 1998, pp. 3-9.

To obtain the Report, please contact: Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network (APRCCN), Korean National Commission for UNESCO, P.O. Box Central 64, Seoul, Korea, tel.: (82 2) 539-0624; fax: (82 2) 567-511; e-mail: clink@mail.unesco.or.kr

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CultureNet Sweden

In its recommendations on the use of information technology (IT) in the field of culture, the Swedish government's IT Committee has proposed the creation of CultureNet Sweden, with the underlying idea of linking all of Sweden's cultural institutions into a single network, making information available to everyone interested, both professional and the general public, via the Internet.

A report entitled CultureNet Sweden was published in 1997, providing a summary of the recommendations made by the government-appointed IT Committee on Sweden's Cultural Network and describing the work of the Committee and the ideas on how CultureNet Sweden should be realized. Initially, CultureNet Sweden took the form of a three- to five-year project, started in 1997 and funded by three research foundations: the Foundation for Knowledge and Competence Development, the Foundation for Culture of the Future, and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

CultureNet Sweden is accessible at http://www.kulturnat.iva.se/, aiming to provide access to the whole of Sweden's cultural world, including all libraries, archives and museums which have contributed material to the Internet, as well as artists, musicians, writers, etc., thus creating a searchable on-line cultural database. The objective is to increase public access to Swedish culture, inspire creativity and participation in cultural life, improve communication between producers of culture and the public, and increase cooperation and the exchange of experience between cultural institutions through collecting, sorting and disseminating Swedish culture via the Internet. The home page is envisaged as a digital cultural forum complementing actual cultural activities.

The CultureNet editorial office has been set up to advise and support those producing and working with culture, enabling them to use information technology to make culture accessible via the Internet. As a growing number of cultural institutions digitalize materials and/or make their activities available on the Internet, the CultureNet editorial office functions as their coordinator, in order to register and systematize the material in a uniform way and thus make it easily retrievable. The office also coordinates different discussion groups and exchanges experience with other international, national, regional and local networks.

For more information, please contact: CultureNet Sweden, IVA, Box 50 73, 102 42 Stockholm, Sweden, tel.: 468 791 29 81/83/84/85; fax: 468 791 29 82; e-mail: kulturnat@iva.se; WWW: http://www.kulturnat.iva.se/

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The European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH)

The European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH) serves as an umbrella for arts and heritage organisations, associations, professionals and cultural networks in Europe. Its members represent a vast number of artists, cultural administrators and heritage professionals. Together they make up the largest cross-disciplinary forum in Europe, giving a voice to the cultural sector and facilitating the flow of ideas across disciplines and across borders on issues related to European cultural policy. EFAH aims to make cultural life a central theme of Europe's development by

  • identifying and highlighting the needs of the European artistic community, presenting them to European decision makers, and thereby participating in those decision making procedures;
  • improving the exchange of information on the arts and heritage in Europe between the cultural sector and those involved in cultural policy making;
  • acting as consultants in the field of the arts and heritage to European, national and regional policy and decision making bodies.

EFAH's seminar on New Models of European Support for Cross-Border Artistic Cooperation, held in Autumn 1997, discussed the future of European support for artistic cooperation, aiming to determine a basis for consensus between the institutions of the EU, notably the Member States and the European Parliament's Culture Committee, and those involved in cultural work, on the basis of a Discussion Document resulting from an EFAH questionnaire of 800 cultural organizations and those experienced in current EU programmes.

Ideas were discussed seeking to establish the principal objectives for future programmes and the characteristics which should govern their operation. It was agreed that the enhancement of culture should be an important aim of the EU, and not merely one of its tools. Cultural Action Programmes (or a single framework programme) should be based on the provisions and aspirations of Articles 128 and 151 of the Maastricht/Amsterdam Treaties, aiming to improve the European aspects of:

  • mobility of people, ideas, products and knowledge;
  • exchange of professionals and their expertise;
  • processing and exchange of cultural information;
  • encouragement of long-term collaboration between cultural organizations and individual practitioners;
  • training of artists, performers and those working in the cultural sectors;
  • provision of structural support for networks and professional associations;
  • effective and easy to understand systems of evaluation and response.

As a result of this seminar, the Marseille Working Group was set up to draft a proposal on new cultural programmes. Calliope, a single programme proposed to be administered by the DGX of the European Commission after 1999, should aim to support creativity and cultural participation among people in Europe, within the context of the relevant articles of the Treaty of Maastricht. Actions under the patronage of Calliope will be justified by their cultural validity, rather than their social and economic contributions.

The results of the Marseille Meeting were presented to the Cultural Affairs Committee (CAC) of the Council of Ministers, the European Commission's DGX, and the Culture, Media and Youth Committee of the European Parliament.

For more information, please contact: European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH), 53, rue de la Concorde, 1050 Brussels, Belgium, tel.: 32-2-514 1945; fax: 32-2-514 2265; e-mail: efah@innet.be; WWW: http://www.ecna.org/dacor/profiles/efah.html or http://www.eurplace.org/orga/efah/

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The African Itinerant College for Culture and Development

The African Itinerant College for Culture and Development (AICCD) is a regional coordinating and monitoring body for a network of experts and institutions involved in research, training, documentation and information dissemination on culture and development in Africa. On the basis of the conclusions and recommendations of a feasibility study, at its 146th Session the Executive Board of UNESCO endorsed the establishment of the College as a special project for Africa, on a pilot basis, for the 1996-97 two-year period. During the AICCD's creation phase (1996-2001), the Secretariat of the College will be hosted by the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP).

The College's principal objectives are to:

  • equip planners, project managers and development agents with the skills and techniques necessary to practically adopt the cultural approach to development as standard practice;
  • provide top-level policy and decision makers, media practitioners, and development agents with an awareness and understanding of the cultural approach to development in Africa;
  • stimulate among specialists the emergence of general attitudes and practices more sensitive to the cultural approach to development;
  • better inform and educate the target population on culture and development in Africa;
  • develop and disseminate the methodological instruments elaborated within the framework of the World Decade for Cultural Development, adopting the cultural approach to development;
  • stimulate the establishment of a research and cooperation network among regional and national research and training institutions, associations, scientists and scholars; and
  • provide technical assistance in designing development strategies and policies, programmes and projects.

The College's activities will be organized within two interrelated programme elements - a Core Programme (carried out by the College through direct support for specific target groups) and a Regional Specialization Programme (implemented through a regional network system).

To ensure the sustainability and long-term financing of the African Itinerant College for Culture and Development (AICCD), UNESCO and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) are organizing a Donors' Meeting, to be held on 1-2 December 1998, in Dakar, Senegal, aiming to present the donor community with proposals of programmes focusing on the concrete needs of the beneficiaries, such as top-level policy and decision makers, development practitioners and agents, media practitioners, research and training institutions, individual social scientists and scholars.

For more information, please contact: Burama K. Sagnia, Coordinator, African Itinerant College for Culture and Development, c/o United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), B.P. 3186, Dakar, Senegal, tel.: (221) 823 48 31 / 823 10 20; fax: (221) 822 29 64; e-mail: idep@sonatel.senet.net; WWW: http://www.un.org/Depts/eca/idep

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The International Dance Council / Conseil International de la Danse

Created in 1973 with the support of UNESCO, the International Dance Council / Conseil International de la Danse (CID) is a non-governmental organization representing dance as a separate art form at UNESCO. The CID supports dance worldwide, aiming to preserve dance heritage, encourage the creation of dance documentation centres, promote creation and research, constitute national dance committees, encourage the inclusion of dance in general education, support education and training of dance interpreters and creators, produce and distribute written and audio-visual works, and serve as direct link to UNESCO. The CID organizes and coorganizes conferences, festivals, dance competitions, meetings, studies and workshops, exhibitions, film and video productions.

For more information, please contact: CID-UNESCO, Conseil International de la Danse, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France; tel.: (33 1) 45 68 25 54; fax: (33 1) 43 06 87 98.

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The European Network of Ethnography and Social History Museums (NET)

This network was set up in Paris in 1993 after an informal meeting in Greece in 1992. The lack of discussion forums for ethnology staff in museums was one of the reasons why NET was started. Another reason was to promote the necessary widening and decentralization of discussions about the concept of social history museums in a Europe with changing borders. Further conferences were held in Slovakia (1994), St. Petersburg (1995), Bucharest (1996), and Ljubljana (1997). The network now has about 50 representatives in 40 European countries and it has issued a list of European ethnographic museums.

For more information, please contact: Mr Damien Watteyne, Premier Attaché au Patrimoine culturel/Coordinateur du Réseau NET, Ministère de la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles, Bvd. Léopold II 44, B-1080 Bruxelles, Belgium; e-mail: net.muse.ethno@cfwb.be

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The European Association of Youth Orchestras (EAYO)

The European Association of Youth Orchestras (EAYO) is a non-profit making organisation whose aim is to support youth music, especially through chamber and symphony orchestras. It seeks to:

  • encourage European co-operation and communication in the Youth Orchestra field;
  • promote the interests and foster the development of Youth Orchestras;
  • develop contacts and understanding among the European youth through music and inspire young people to continue this involvement;
  • build a European network for advice and information;
  • foster a common working basis for member associations;
  • present excellence in the Youth Orchestra movement to a wider public;
  • arrange special training courses.

For more information, please contact: EAYO, Anneke van Nes, Otterswijk 13, 7701 PC Dedemsvaart, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 5230 38435; fax: +31 5230 38437.

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The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)

Established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1992, the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) is a co-operative network of partners whose aim is to improve worldwide access to information, especially within and between countries with less developed systems of publication and dissemination.

The objectives of INASP are the following:

  • to map, support and strengthen the existing programmes involved in the distribution, local publication, access and exchange of books, journals and related materials (e.g., maps and charts, audiovisual materials, software and CD-ROM);
  • to encourage and support new initiatives that will increase local publication and general access to quality scientific literature;
  • to identify methods that will permit the ongoing and sustainable exchange and distribution of scientific publications.

INASP has recently launched a pilot project African Journals Online. It is a new service which uses the Internet to promote the awareness and use of African-published journals in science and technology. It aims to present African scientific journals to a wider audience by publishing their current contents on the INASP website, backed up with a document delivery service, and providing full text for a number of titles.

For more information, please contact: INASP, P.O. Box 2564, London W5 1ZD, UK, tel.: +44 181 9973274; fax: +44 181 8109795 or 27 Park End St., Oxford OX1 1HU, UK, tel.: +44 1865 249909; fax: +44 1865 251060; e-mail: inasp@gn.apc.org; WWW: http://www.oneworld.org/inasp/ajol

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Centre Régional d'Action Culturelle (CRAC)

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Lomé, Togo, the Centre Régional d'Action Culturelle (CRAC) is an African intergovernmental institution for research, consulting and the education and training of senior personnel and cultural action and development professionals. With its over twenty full and associated member states from Africa, CRAC is part of a world-wide international network of similar training institutions.

22-month training courses are offered for administrators, cultural consultants, higher technicians and cultural animators, while shorter, 10-12-month courses are intended for cultural mediators and enterpreneurs.

CRAC also organizes practical courses, seminars, workshops, and on-demand modular training. Training in the field of cultural development is multisectorial and transdisciplinary in nature, covering cultural administration, cultural policies and development, project management, human development, cultural tourism and legal issues regarding the protection of the heritage, cultural economy and law, cultural industries, communication and multimedia, new information technologies, international cultural relations and cooperation, intellectual property, human rights, ecology, rural development, etc.

The Centre also conducts studies and projects and is active in cultural creation, production and diffusion.

The application deadline is in February, while courses start in September/October of each year.

Address: Centre Régional d'Action Culturelle (CRAC), B.P. 3253, Lomé, Togo, tel.: (228) 22 44 33; fax: (228) 22 42 28, 21 43 80.

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The West African Network for the Information Society (WANIS) established

Following a meeting in Accra in February 1998, the West African Network for the Information Society (WANIS) has now been established.

A list server is being established at wanis@ghana.com

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Renaissance Universal (RU)

Renaissance Universal is a network of people who believe in the need to redesign the social and institutional framework of neo-humanistic values, i.e., fostering respect for all living beings and removing all artificial barriers that hinder the attainment of unity in diversity. RU strives to protect the diverse expressions of human culture, with a particular focus on local languages, cultures, history and traditions. RU also wants to emphasize the importance of education, science and art in the pursuit of human self-realization, and promotes programmes to guarantee the basic needs of all people in a decentralized, cooperative and democratic system. Membership is open to all those concerned about these issues and prepared to act in the field.

Contact: New Renaissance, Weisenauer Weg 4, 55129 Mainz, Germany, tel.: +49 61 31 832 995; fax: +49 61 31 834 628; e-mail: newren@compuserve.com

(Source: Development, no. 2/1998)

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Instituto de Estudos da América Latina

In 1951, an increased interest on the part of the Swedish government and the Swedish business community led to the creation of the Ibero-American Library and Institute at the Stockholm School of Economics. It was later reorganized as a national institute for studies on Latin America, becoming, by 1977, a special unit within the Stockholm University and receiving extra funding to expand its research activities from 1993. The main tasks of the Instituto de Estudos da América Latina (Institute of Latin American Studies) are to promote studies of the social, political and economic conditions in Latin America and to contribute to, and foster, economic and cultural contacts with the region. The Institute is especially concerned with encouraging research and education on the Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as disseminating information on current conditions in the Latin American countries. The Institute's library acts as a unique documentation centre for research on Latin America and the Caribbean in the Nordic countries.

In its effort to promote academic contacts and links, the Institute has been active in organizing international symposia and congresses on current issues, as well as holding open lectures on the economic, social and political developments in Latin America. The Institute also stimulates interdisciplinary research on Latin America in other Swedish institutions, covering different disciplines in the field of social sciences - history, economics, geography, sociology, political science, and social anthropology. The Institute has established close cooperation with ECLAC (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) and SELA (Sistema Económico Latinoamericano).

The growing interest and efforts towards regional integration in the Western Hemisphere - MERCOSUR, NAFTA, the Andean Pact, and the so-called 'Group of Three' (Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela) - together with the democratization process and the socio-political effects of recent extensive macroeconomic reforms, are the main research issues today. Ongoing studies cover development issues in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, Cuba and the Commonwealth Caribbean (CARICOM). Recently, researchers at the Institute have been holding regular workshops for an umbrella project on Integration in the Western Hemisphere. Current issues dealing with Environment and Development in Latin America, especially the regional development of the Amazon area and the significance of the Amazon Pact, is another area of focus.

The Institute offers regular undergraduate courses on Latin American Studies (a Ground Course and a Continuation Course covering Latin American social formation), held in English and intended for students from other European Union countries. It is the general purpose of these courses to provide the student with a minimum of basic theoretical and methodological tools necessary for developing analytic skills to approach the study of specific themes and problems posed by the historical, economic and political experience of the major Latin American countries. The topics covered by the courses include Latin America in world politics and world economy, the political development of Latin America, the economic structure and development of Latin America, individual studies of particular countries or regions, and contemporary problems.

The Institute publishes monographs, research reports and occasional papers. The periodical Ibero-Americana: The Nordic Journal of Latin American Studies is published biannually.

For more information, please contact: Institute of Latin American Studies (LAIS), Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden, tel.: +46-8-16 28 82; fax: +46-8-15 65 82; e-mail: lai@lai.su.se; WWW: http://www.lai.su.se/

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Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA)

Cuba's only arts university, the Instituto Superior de Arte - ISA (Higher Institute of Arts), founded in 1976, offers bachelor's degrees, postgraduate courses ending in master's degrees, and international thematic courses in various fields of the arts. The University encompasses Faculties of Music, Visual Arts, Performing Arts (theatre and dance), and the Art of the Audio-Visual Means of Communication (covering radio, movie, video and T.V.), as well as specialized Departments of Computer Graphics, Cuban Studies, Pedagogy and Psychology, Aesthetics and Philosophy, Linguistic Studies and Physical Education.

In May 1998, the Faculty of Music held its Musicalia Competition and Festival, aiming to stimulate the development of artistic musical talents and support academic and professional exchange among young performers, choir conductors and musicologists.

For further information, please contact: Instituto Superior de Arte, Calle 120 no. 1110 e/ 9na. y Ave. 13, Cubanacán, Playa, C.P. 11600, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba, tel.: (537) 21-6075; fax: (537) 33-6633; e-mail: isa@reduniv.edu.cu

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The Centre for Creative Communities: from BAAA to CCC

In the past few years the British American Arts Association (BAAA) has started - with a series of conferences and papers under the collective title Common Threads - to transform itself into an organization which advocates the view that arts and cultural policy and practice are inextricably linked to the activities of many other sectors.

In June 1998 the British American Arts Association changed its name from BAAA to CCC which stands for the Centre for Creative Communities. Over the years, the BAAA's work became more international in scope and more extensive, covering various other sectors besides the arts. The CCC concentrates on conducting joint ventures with other sectors, networking across sectorial boundaries, and creating new space for people to research, debate and reflect on practical ways to turn shared visions into workable communities.

Issue no. 16/17 1998 of Interchanges details some of the current work the Centre is engaged in, along with the services that it provides. This covers the Creative Links for the European Youth project, a three-year initiative involving 15 projects in 10 countries, and presents the work of the CCC's library and resource centre.

Creative Links is planned as the key component of the Centre's involvement in community development through the arts and education.

Address: Centre for Creative Communities, 118 Commercial Street, London E1 6NF, United Kingdom, tel.: (+44-171) 247 5385; fax: (+44-171) 247 5256 e-mail: baaa@easynet.co.uk

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Joseph Károlyi Foundation

The Károlyi Palace in Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary, is a cultural meeting centre focused on Europe, set up as an original cooperation scheme involving the Hungarian State, local authorities and the Joseph Károlyi Foundation created in 1994. As the international concept of Cultural Meeting Centres calls for the preservation of the historical significance of the monument, part of the Palace will be devoted to the archives of the Károlyi family, the history of the estate and the construction of the Palace.

In 1995 the Foundation's cultural rehabilitation project was awarded the Label of the World Decade for Cultural Development by UNESCO as the first Hungarian historical monument.

The Foundation is a member of the European Network of Cultural Centres Located in Historical Monuments and the Route of Central European Castles programme.

For more information, please contact: The Joseph Károlyi Foundation, 18 rue du Pré aux Clercs, 75007 Paris, France, tel./fax: (33-1) 45-48-44-48; e-mail: karolyi@club-internet.fr