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Culturelink review, no.30/April 2000 - contents - imprint - archive

Culturelink Network - Advanced Usability of the Cultural Policy Database through the WWW Interface

Keeping in line with its declared World Wide Web Project development plans (see the document Culturelink World Wide Web Project - Status and Development published in Culturelink no. 26/November 1998, or at http://www.culturelink.org/network/www.html) in upgrading the functionality and accessibility of its web site, Culturelink has recently implemented a search engine, allowing free text search and retrieval over the contents of the entire Culturelink web space. Search capabilities have also been geared specifically towards grouped collections of selected parts of the Culturelink information space, such as the contents of the Culturelink review, as well as the textual Cultural Policy Database, which has been reachable through the Internet at IMO's Gopher site since 1995 and at Culturelink's Home Page through the World Wide Web since 1997.

At the same time, to facilitate the context sensitive navigation through the thematically uniformly structured data, as well as the interactive comparative study and analysis of the country profiles with their specific concepts, trends, experiences and practices in the field of cultural policies, a mechanism has been set up to allow the selection of the desired country and the topic of interest, giving researchers and scholars working in the field of culture, as well as policy makers and those engaged in cultural action and advocacy worldwide, the opportunity to identify existing resources and locate priority problems in different geocultural areas and at different levels of development.

In view of the interaction between culture and development and the rapid cultural and technological change in the context of continuous globalization, updating information on cultural policies regularly has been an ongoing process since 1995. As the information in the database is continually updated, additional cultural policy profiles will soon be made available via the Culturelink web space in both HTML and Adobe PDF format for online viewing as well as downloading and offline viewing.

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The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network (APRCCN)

Stimulating a growing membership of Asian-Pacific institutions in the Culturelink Network and continuing its active work on information exchange among cultural and research institutions, the Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network (APRCCN) has recently presented its redesigned web site, offering access to its databases, information on current events, announcements, documents from meetings, links to related sites, and an opinion forum.

The APRCCN databases accessible to the public include the following:

  • Cultural Institution Database, containing information on the members of the network, their work, research, activities, and publications;
  • Cultural Policy Database, with referral and bibliographical data covering national cultural policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region, such as administrative structures, financial and legislation schemes, cultural industries, sectorial activities, etc; and
  • Cultural Law Database, including specific laws on culture and the arts, considering the different scope of culture according to the objectives of the cultural policy in each country.

Current activities of the APRCCN include a Joint Study Project on Culture and Development, launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Korea following the recommendation of the first Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting held in Seoul. As an on-going project, this new and unique type of exchange programme among researchers, scholars and experts in cultural policies in the Asia-Pacific region will be held regularly under different themes, to be chosen in consultation with the focal points of the network. The primary purpose of this project is to analyze the current situation in cultural development in Asia and the Pacific and to provide cultural workers and scholars with valuable information, which can be used in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of cultural policies. Thus, the study is designed to focus on practical and administrative aspects of cultural policies, rather than on a theoretical approach.

The theme of the first joint study was 'The Impact of Cultural Festivals on Community Development', analyzing the pros and cons of major cultural and artistic events in relation to the development of local communities and evaluating current trends and effects of integrating culture with local development.

The latest two issues of the APRCCN Newsletter, Vol. 5/June 1999 and Vol. 6/December 1999, entitled Culturelink in the Asia-Pacific, discuss a number of topics ranging from cultural tourism and efforts to improve cultural exchange in the region, to challenges in the promotion of arts and cultural activities in the twenty-first century. The issues also carry news from several recent meetings on cultural policy and introduce a number of cultural institutions, events and websites.

For more information, please contact: The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network, Korean National Commission for UNESCO, P.O. Box Central 64, Seoul, Korea, tel.: (82-2) 755-5668; fax: (82-2) 755-7478; e-mail: clink@mail.unesco.or.kr; http://www.culturelink.or.kr

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The International Network for Cultural Diversity

International cultural organizations which participated in the development of the Action Plan at the UNESCO's conference The Power of Culture (See Culturelink no. 25/August 1998, pp. 45-51.) and the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) conference At Home in the World: An International Forum on Culture and Cooperation (See Culturelink no. 26/November 1998, pp. 139-149.) recognize the importance of establishing a global network. As a result, the International Network for Cultural Diversity, a non-partisan network open to all groups which adhere to its principles, has been established, proclaiming the following Declaration of Principles:

  • Culture is a fundamental part of human society.
  • Human society is diverse.
  • Cultural diversity strengthens us all.
  • Market forces cannot ensure the creation and sustainability of cultural diversity.
  • Trade rules developed for goods and services are not appropriate for culture.
  • The adoption of policies and programs which support cultural diversity is fundamental to the existence of individuals and organizations involved in all aspects of creative cultural expression, including conservation, creation, production, presentation and dissemination.

Organizations from 18 countries have already signed this Declaration of Principles, recognizing the need to promote cultural diversity and maintain the ability of sovereign nations to support their cultures in the face of globalization.

In accordance with these principles, the network aims to draw attention to the important role of cultural diversity in the development of societies, to raise the profile of culture in global relations, and to ensure that international trade rules do not narrow cultural policy options.

The network grew as a result of excellent networking opportunities with other NGOs during the Seattle WTO event, which stimulated solidarity between cultural organizations and related 'civil society' groups concerned about the cultural dimensions of trade. Current trade agreements affect cultural expression both directly and indirectly. The network is thus dedicated to sharing information on measures to sustain cultural diversity within international trade agreements, and continue important discussions on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS), both of which could have enormous consequences for cultural policy.

If the network is to succeed in convincing governments of its alternative approaches and have them act together, it needs to keep the members advised of developments. To this end, electronic communication tools need to be established, including an e-mail list for all the members, and launching a web site in English, French and Spanish at the following domain names: world-culture-network.net, réseau-culture-monde.net, red-cultura-mundo.net

All those interested are invited to take the following steps to help build this network:

  • Sign the declaration.
  • Help expand the contact list by relaying the information to others and encouraging them to log onto the web site.
  • Share information and help develop plans for the founding conference of the network. Substantive discussions are planned to be held before the conference, involving more partners in the International Advisory Committee.
  • Plan to join the founding conference of the Network, to coincide with the International Ministers of Culture meeting organized by the governmental International Network for Cultural Policy (INCP) in September 2000 in Greece. Meeting as a network of NGOs, the International Network for Cultural Diversity hopes to organize a joint session with the Ministers.

Acting as the Secretariat of the International Network for Cultural Diversity, the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA), a not-for-profit, non-governmental arts service organization founded in 1945, is Canada's largest and oldest arts advocacy organization whose membership is composed of artists and cultural workers, arts organizations, labour groups, arts educators, cultural industry organizations and concerned citizens from all across Canada. The CCA's work on the International Network for Cultural Diversity is guided by the International Advisory Committee planned to truly represent the international arena and the complex concerns and realities inherent in our culturally diverse world as the network expands.

For more information, please contact: International Network for Cultural Diversity, Mireille Gagné and Maxine Heppner, Co-chairs, CCA International Committee Board Members, Canadian Conference of the Arts, 804 - 130 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4, Canada, tel.: (613) 238 3561; fax: (613) 238 4849; e-mail: cca@mail.culturenet.ca; http://www.culturenet.ca/cca

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The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC)

The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC) is an independent umbrella organization and the only European network of training institutions and individuals professionally involved in arts management and cultural administration training and related sectors. ENCATC held its constituent General Assembly in Warsaw in December 1992. The Network has the statute of an International Association in line with the Belgian law. At the moment it has 84 members from 25 European countries, 59 of whom are full and 25 associate members.

The Network gathers leading European experts, lecturers and consultants in cultural management and administration, cultural policy and funding. Since its creation, the Network has cooperated in many ways with the Council of Europe and has also established close working relations with other European institutions, including UNESCO, the European Commission, the European Cultural Foundation, the Nordic Cultural Fund, and KulturKontakt, Austria

The aims of ENCATC

The mission of ENCATC is to lead the way in the development of cultural management in the context of great changes in the fields of culture, arts and media.

ENCATC aims are the following:

  • To create an environment favourable to all institutions and professionals in the field willing to share experiences, exchange practices and set up partnerships at a transnational level;
  • To bridge the perceived divide between education, training, research and professional practice in cultural management;
  • To combine the diversity of its members, promoting examples of good practice, supporting the improvement of quality amongst its members, encouraging the establishment of forms of permanent co-operation and partnership between members;
  • To establish close co-operative links with cultural managers to further develop the theoretical base and cultural management learning firmly rooted in practice and to create an arena in which they can reflect on and develop their work;
  • To forge creative partnerships with arts and media organizations across the cultural industries;
  • To be an independent and effective umbrella organisation which supports its members and lobbies on their behalf on a national and an international level, addressing their needs to opinion leaders and decision makers who can exert influence on research and development activities in the field of cultural management.

Current activities

The current projects, events, initiatives, and publications are as follows:

  • The Nordic-Baltic Platform for Cultural Management Training: a three-year project-orientated platform providing learning and training opportunities to the arts and cultural constituency of the countries around the Baltic Sea.
    Focus: research, training, cultural resource management.
  • Thematical seminars: within the framework of ENCATC's General Assemblies (1994 Strasbourg, France; 1995 Berlin, Germany; 1996 Turin, Italy; 1997 Bilbao, Spain; 1998 Uppsala, Sweden; 1999 Paris, France; 2000 Turku, Finland) seminars are organized on arts management training and related issues.
  • Calliope, a three-year pilot project (1997-1999) concerning the Training of Trainers in the field of arts management and cultural administration. Annual training seminars are held for trainers (1997: Cultural Projects and Social Links; 1998: Culture, Territories and New Technologies; 1999: Culture, Training and Job Creation).
  • Summer schools for students of ENCATC member institutions and regional/local cultural operators (1992: Remscheid, Germany; 1994: Warwick University, UK; 1996: Dresden, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic and Wroclaw, Poland).
  • IMPRESSARIO - European-American Academy for the Arts, Culture and Media: partnership between three European and three American organizations for the development of a common curriculum design, cross-Atlantic mobility of trainers and students, and online arts management library.
  • The Thomassen Fund, designed in 1998 and officially launched in 1999, aims at widening and strengthening the participation of Central and Eastern European cultural management training institutions and individuals in ENCATC's activities and projects. It contributes to the mobility and training of professionals in the field, providing travel grants and matching grants towards membership fees. Travel grants are available to enable members and non-members from Central and Eastern Europe to attend networking events, meetings or working groups which will lead to the development of networking projects. For 1999-2000, the funding institutions are the Council of Europe, the European Cultural Foundation, and KulturKontakt (Austria).
  • ENCATC profiles - Interactive Guides: Database (set of diskettes that are installed at the network members' computer posts) providing information on all network members, European partners, projects, etc.
  • Quickletter - The Network's periodic newsletter with information on the network, its members, and news in the field of arts management, education and training. The newsletter is distributed via the Internet to the network members and relevant authorities.
  • Quick infos (communication services) - On-line news on arts management and related issues and European cultural affairs (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, European Cultural Foundation, etc.).
  • The Updated Directory of cultural administration and arts management training courses in Europe, produced in cooperation with the Council of Europe.
  • Working paper on Arts Administration and Cultural Management Courses in Eastern European Countries.

For more information, please contact: Isabelle Schwarz, Co-ordinator, ENCATC c/o KIT, Vestergade 5, DK-1456 Copenhagen K, Denmark, tel.: +45 33 15 82 14; fax: +45 33 32 81 82; e-mail: encatc@wanadoo.dk

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The European Foundation Centre (EFC)

The European Foundation Centre is an independent international not-for-profit membership association dedicated to strengthening organised philanthropy in support of civil society in Europe and internationally. The Centre helps nurture efforts at supporting independent, accountable and sustainable funders throughout the New Europe, particularly when the fundamental right to associate private capital for public benefit needs fostering.

The Centre was established in 1989 by seven of Europe's leading foundations. Its overriding aim is to impart added value to the work of foundations and corporate funders active in Europe and worldwide and to build and sustain a platform of global exchanges across a full spectrum of initiatives in furtherance of civil society goals. The Centre has a core membership of over 200 foundation and corporate funder members and affiliates and serves directly or indirectly (through national associations of foundations) a further 48,000 organisations linked through networking centres in 37 countries.

In Berlin, November 1999, the 10th Annual General Assembly of European Foundation Centre Members unanimously endorsed a new EFC strategic document - The Berlin Blueprint for the Millennium. Developed on the instruction of the EFC Management Committee and Governing Council, the Berlin Blueprint sets out the vision, mission and priorities with respect to the Centre and its work for the next decade. Specifically, the Centre should:

  • Focus on the representation and monitoring of the members' interests, notably at the level of the European Union Institutions;
  • Take positive steps to improve visibility and understanding of the role and scope of independent funding at the level of institutions and the public at large;
  • Reinforce its consultancy role on legislative and fiscal developments;
  • Encourage and promote new mechanisms of philanthropy.
  • The Blueprint will be revisited and refined during the next EFC Annual General Assembly and Conference: Foundations for Europe - the 21st Century, scheduled to be held 21-23 September 2000 in Krakow, Poland.

For further information on the EFC Berlin Blueprint for the Millennium and the Krakow Annual General Assembly and Conference, please contact the EFC Secretariat at: European Foundation Centre, 51 rue de la Concorde, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium, tel.: +32.2.512.8938; fax: +32.2.512.3265; e-mail: efc@efc.be; http://www.efc.be and http://www.fundersonline.org

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The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF)

The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF) is a network of independent festivals sharing the vision that the world is a patchwork of millions of local traditions and musics, each different in content yet equal in value. Knowing these cultural varieties helps in understanding other peoples and their ways of life, thus defying any sort of racism or resurgence of nationalism. This is one of the main policies of the organization.

The EFWMF is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 whose activities include the following:

  • Annual world music forum;
  • Annual CD appropriately titled 'Strictly Worldwide';
  • Intensifying the links with non-European festivals;
  • International Newsletter titled 'Strictly Mundial';
  • Touring projects for artists who deserve special promotion because of their unique quality.

The EFWMF is open to all European festivals with a worldwide approach that present world, ethnic, traditional, folk and roots music and that have been staged for at least three times in succession.

For more information, please contact: EFWMF, c/o Sfinks Animatie, Jan Frans Willemsstraat 10a, B-2530 Boechout, Belgium, tel.: +32 3 455 6944; fax: +32 3 454 1162; e-mail: pdegroote@sfinks.be; http://www.sfinks.be/efwmf

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A Network for European Collaboration in Music

The European Music Council - A Regional Group of the International Music Council/UNESCO

The European Music Council of the International Music Council/UNESCO is a platform for representatives of the National Music Councils and all organizations involved in the fields of music education, creation, performance, heritage, etc. from all European countries. Its aims are to:

  • Promote musical life and education in Europe;
  • Encourage young artists;
  • Strengthen the IMC functions within Europe by encouraging closer and more effective cooperation between the European National Committees and International Organizations of the IMC;
  • Enable the treatment of multilateral problems in the European National Committees and musical life;
  • Develop cooperation with other IMC Regional Groups and Secretariats;
  • Observe the development of the European Community and Parliament;
  • Cooperate with the Council of Europe.

The EMC cooperates with influential European and other music organizations. In spring 1995, the EMC started to work on the European Music Charter in order to provide arguments based on the results of investigations that would help convince the politicians, the economy and the media of the value of music in modern society.

The EMC organizes meetings, conferences and seminars in the field.

For more information, please contact: Secretary General, Mrs. Ursula Bally-Fahr, Swiss Music Council, Bahnhofstrasse 78, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland, tel.: ++41/64/22 94 23; fax: ++41/64/22 47 67.

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Les Transversales Network: the European Academy of Gestural Arts

The network Les Transversales: the European Academy of Gestural Arts is a European cultural movement dedicated to live arts, mainly centred on the body, gesture, and the voice of the actor. It was initiated in France and soon became a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe in 1993. Progressively, other countries initiated more national and multilateral projects: Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, and more recently Norway.

Today, the Academy stands as an informal network of artists, theatres, schools and institutions in Europe. It is the initiator of many activities in the following areas: training, creation, touring, networking and sharing of ideas, interdisciplinary 'swapshops' with an inter-artistic and inter-European viewpoint.

Its main aim is to highlight the essential role of the 'body' in live performance and contemporary composition, where the actors' physical activities, their gestures and movements represent a transversal vocabulary in the performing arts.

Special initiatives are undertaken nationally in each of the member countries. In 1996, the Academy decided to give a thematic coherence to the local initiatives and to federate a set of different matières to work around a common theme. The subject developed in 1998 and 1999 was the relationship between body and space.

Les Transversales is composed of three associations: Les Théâtrales des jeunes en Europe, Transversal Berlin, and L'Académie Européenne des Arts du Geste.

A number of projects are planned for 2000, to be developed in France, the Netherlands and Great Britain. Additional activities will take place in other network member countries.

For more information, please contact: La Fonderie de Bagnolet, 81 avenue de Galliéni, 93170 Bagnolet, France, tel.: 33 1 4363 6767; fax: 33 1 4363 6768; e-mail: tmouvement@aol.com

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La RED de promotores culturales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe

The Network of Latin American and Caribbean Independent Producers of Contemporary Art (La RED) is an organisation of independent producers of contemporary theatre, dance and music from 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries. It was established in 1991 for the purpose of promoting the development of civil society in the member countries through integration into a Latin American cultural identity. It is based on respect for diversity among the Latin American countries, and endeavours to establish a common ground on which to stimulate and spread the creation of artistic languages and multidisciplinary events and thus break the geographic and cultural isolation by means of the interchange of information and learning techniques, as well as the development of joint projects.

RED has recognised isolation among the professionals in Latin America and ignorance about their respective works and accomplishments, in contrast to their knowledge about their peers in the USA and Europe. RED holds annual meetings in different member countries. It has also organised several tours of artists in various Latin American countries. Through its activities it has drawn attention of the Latin American artists to the Latin American artistic trends.

Since 1992 RED has subsidised the presentations of hundreds of dance, theatre and music companies across Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Mari Torres-Hutchinson, President, La RED, Consejo Artistico de Puerto Rico Inc., P.O. Box 9020498, San Juan PR 00902-0498, Puerto Rico, tel.: +1 787 / 721 3257; fax: +1 787 / 725 3973; e-mail: hutch@coqui.net

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Australia's Cultural Network

Australia's Cultural Network (http://www.acn.net.au) is a public access gateway to Australian cultural organisations, websites, resources, news and events. It is also a resource centre for cultural organisations wanting to get the best out of the Net.

It provides direct access to over 1,400 Australian cultural organisations individual websites via the cultural website finder (http://www.acn.net.au/websites) which can also be browsed by any combination of category and state location.

The search engine is the most comprehensive specialist Australian cultural search engine on the Web with over 600,000 pages in its index.

Link articles (http://www.acn.net.au/articles) provide introductions to key topics of Australian culture and history and include many more related links.

Over 1,000 cultural events are listed in the event finder (http://www.acn.net.au/cgi-bin/events) and anyone can add their own event details via a simple-to-use online submission form.

A set of interactive Internet development guides (http://www.acn.net.au/guides) explains why cultural organisations should be using the Internet and how to develop a successful Net presence.

With these resources and the lively news section (http://www.acn.net.au/news), Australia's Cultural Network is an ideal Web portal for promoting Australian culture nationally and internationally.

Australia's Cultural Network is an initiative of the Australian Federal Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (http://www.dcita.gov.au).

For more information, please contact: Carolyn Naess, Executive Officer, Australia's Cultural Network, e-mail: exec@acn.net.au

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Arts Wire

Arts Wire is an online network of artists, arts workers, arts organizations and arts funders which provides a forum for creating and experiencing online art. It is a programme of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The mission of Arts Wire is to provide the arts community with a communications network that has, at its core, the strong voices of artists and community-based cultural groups. With this foundation, Arts Wire intends to develop a broad and inclusive on-line community that allows distinct communities to establish their own standards and patterns of use within a system that reinforces democratic values and encourages interaction among its users.

Arts Wire's service to its members includes web space as well as an e-mail address. It also provides education and technical support in the use of this tool, generates and maintains online resources that meet the information needs of its constituency, and works to create a place for artists and the arts community in the national communications infrastructure as part of the larger effort to develop for artists a more integral place in society as a whole. It provides links to numerous art related web sites and it offers professional level access to current news and information relating to the arts, informed discussion of arts-related issues, and the latest listings of grants, exhibition opportunities and jobs in the arts.

Arts Wire users come from all walks of life and from a growing list of nations. They share the strong bond of concern for the welfare of the arts. Arts Wire is a friendly and supportive online environment, with a focus on sharing wisdom and resources among a group of interested peers.

Arts Wire is about discovering and sharing ways the emerging and evolving information technology can be used by artists and arts organizations in the creation of their work and the fulfilment of their missions. An Arts Wire and Progressive Networks partnership on this front will serve the arts community by providing the technology to enable Arts Wire and its members to be an important part of this developing medium by providing an advanced tool for leadership and management, as well as a tool for the development of new and larger audiences and stronger constituencies.

For more information, please contact: Arts Wire, New York Foundation for the Arts, 155 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-1507, USA; e-mail: artswire@artswire.org; http://www.artswire.org

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The Danish Centre for Culture and Development

The Danish Centre for Culture and Development (DCCD) is a forum for the exchange of art and culture between Denmark and Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. It seeks to foster co-operation between individuals, organisations and institutions working with art, culture and development in Denmark and the Third World. The Centre provides the framework for major initiatives, including cultural festivals and information projects. Moreover, the DCCD offers advice and support to cultural projects organised in co-operation with the Third World. During the past decade, increasing attention has been given to the cultural dimension in international co-operation. Amongst other things, this is the result of the many development projects which have failed owing to the lack of regard for the human factors at the heart of every culture - values, relations and beliefs. The acknowledgement of this is also the point of departure for the DCCD.

The Centre is currently receiving draft proposals for events and activities to be included in its festival Images of the World, a global culture and arts festival to be held in August and September 2000. The festival is planned as a series of major cultural events. (See Culturelink no. 29/November 1999, p. 73.)

For more information, please contact: DCCD, Vestergade 5, DK-1456 Copenhagen K, Denmark, tel.: 45 33 17 97 00; fax: 45 33 17 97 01; e-mail: info@dccd.dk; http://www.dccd.dk

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The Centre for Mediterranean Civilizations

For the past three millennia the Mediterranean has functioned as both the infrastructure and the network for the civilizations along its shores. Aside from its political unity in antiquity, the Mediterranean has known, and continues to experience, interconnected perceptions, attitudes, religions, cultures, languages, colonization, and migrations. The Mediterranean region shares social and economic patterns, modes of contact and representations, which, today, provide the groundwork for future developments and a renewed European interest. Modern Israel's Mediterranean heritage, evidenced in its relation to the past, is expanding through the memory of its Mediterranean immigrant communities, from southern Europe, North Africa, the Balkans, and Turkey. Israel, with the bulk of its population settled along the Mediterranean coast, is undergoing today a Mediterranean re-orientation, expressed in lifestyle, in changing points of reference, and sometimes articulated as one of the competing strategies for a future collective identity and cultural direction.

Tel Aviv University, itself situated within sight of the Mediterranean coast, has in recent years broken international grounds in the field of Mediterranean Studies. In 1986 the periodical Mediterranean Historical Review was launched there by a group of scholars from the School of History and the Department of Jewish History. Applying a multi-period perspective, it offers scholarly articles, testimonia, and book reviews, whose interests span from antiquity to the modern era. The Mediterranean Historical Review emphasizes interconnections and influences within the Mediterranean context, as well as questions of comparative and comparable nature. The School of History and the School of Cultures and Languages is also the home of the Mediterranean Language Review, a journal edited by Alexander Borg and Sasson Somech with the academic support of an international editorial board, and of the Israel Oriental Studies, a journal edited by Shlomo Izre'el.

The Centre for Mediterranean Civilizations at the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of the Humanities aims to foster international cooperation with existing Mediterranean institutions, universities, and education programmes through a pan-humanities approach, addressing questions of history, archaeology, literature, language, geography, and cultural affinities. Its initial activities include summer workshops and conferences, producing a series of Mediterranean publications in Hebrew, developing university and high school Mediterranean Studies curricula, providing fellowships for students and exchange programmes, supporting the teaching of Mediterranean Languages, managing an international Internet site, and collaborating with other Mediterranean universities and research institutions through joint research projects and work programmes. Its directors hope for closer connections and fruitful working relations throughout the region.

For more information, please contact: The Centre for Mediterranean Civilizations project, Tel Aviv University, P.O.B. 39040, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel, tel/fax: 972-3-6405187.

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International Training Opportunities at the ENICPA Database

A selection of training opportunities from IntoEurope, a publication of the International Workshop Festival, is now listed in the ENICPA (European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts) database. IntoEurope lists organisers of international workshops, courses and master classes and is the first directory to concentrate exclusively on training and research opportunities for professional performing artists. Courses last from one week to three months and cover all aspects of the performing arts. The organisers range from institutions dedicated to professional training, universities holding summer schools, to celebrated companies and individuals opening their doors for special workshops.

http://www.enicpa.org

(Source: Impulse/ITI, no. 3/1999)

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The Centre for Cultural Economics and Management (CCEM)

The Centre for Cultural Economics and Management (CCEM) is a new centre of excellence specializing in the economics of cultural heritage. The particular focus is on three aspects of heritage issues:

  • Valuation refers to the process of estimating the economic value of cultural assets by finding out individuals' willingness to pay to conserve them;
  • Capture refers to the mechanisms for ensuring that this willingness to pay is transformed into cash or other resource flows;
  • Management goes beyond capture to the more general design of incentives and institutions that will favour the conservation of our cultural heritage.

The CCEM is attached to University College London's Department of Economics. It has already undertaken a number of projects such as: The Economics of Cultural Heritage; Valuing the Impacts of Air Pollution on Lincoln Cathedral; The Economic Value of Bulgarian Monasteries; Valuing the Visual Amenity at Stonehenge; Management of the Inca Citadel and Trail at Machu Picchu; The Great Wall of China: a Travel Cost Study; Willingness to Pay for Culture Tourism in Developing Countries: a Case Study in the Wolong Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China; The Management of the City of Petra; Sustainable Management of Cultural Heritage Sites Across Time: a Case Study of Prehistoric Cave Paintings in Europe; The Benefits of Cultural Heritage Conservation: an Economic Approach to UK National Trust Properties.

For more information, please contact: CCEM at CSERGE, University College London, Gower St., London WC1E 6BT, UK, tel.: +44 20 7679 5874; fax: +44 20 7916 2772; e-mail: s.mourato@ic.ac.uk

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KommEnt - Society for Communication and Development

Founded in 1994, KommEnt, the Society for Communication and Development, mediates between project partners, government and the public, advising groups and individuals in Austria who highlight global issues through educational and awareness-raising programmes. Supported by the Institute for Communication Science and Media Research of the University of Salzburg, the Society has four specialist advisory bodies - for education, culture/film, science/publications, and tourism - whose task it is to make appraisals of proposed projects and create guidelines for development education and the sensitization towards global issues.

By appointment of the Austrian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, KommEnt also serves as administration of the EU-cofinancing support programme, advising project partners on application procedures, assessing proposed projects along formal criteria and project guidelines, involving independent experts, defining project contracts, evaluating and documenting implemented projects and programmes, organizing further training schemes, and serving as the point of contact for international organizations.

The Society's objectives in carrying out these tasks are:

  • the qualitative improvement and institutionalization of development, global education, and sensitization towards development and global issues in Austrian politics;
  • clear and effective cooperation with NGOs;
  • the initiation and intensification of communication processes.

For more information, please contact: KommEnt, Gesellschaft für Kommunikation und Entwicklung, Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 18/1, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria, tel.: (43 +662) 84 09 53-0; fax: (43 +662) 84 09 53-18; e-mail: komment@sbg.ac.at; http://www.komment.sbg.ac.at/

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PIERCE Project

Since the 80s, Emilia Romagna has been one of Italy's most active regions in the new tendencies of performing arts. Teatri di Vita (International Centre for Performing Arts, based in Bologna, Italy) wants to highlight the multiplicity of new artists and groups in Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region.

The PIERCE Project (Produzioni Indipendenti Emilia Romagna Cantiere d'Europa) is its new venture in the developement of contemporary tendencies. Groups and artists show their latest work at the Teatri di Vita-Studio. But groups and artists can also work in the studio as resident artists rehearsing their new shows.

In its first year, the PIERCE Project will introduce seven groups from Emilia Romagna, from October 1999 to May 2000: Deicalciteatro, with its play 'Scar. Ferita d'amore'; Nuvole, with the play 'Incanti'; Teatro della Voce with the play 'Canti A mare'; Rispoli - De Manincor with 'Sincronica'; Mantani - Mercante with 'Otello. Titolo provvisorio'; Isabella Carloni with 'Circe o Il profumo dei maiali'; and Infidi lumi with 'La strage di Parigi'.

Presentations and photos of each group are available at the website http://www.teatridivita.it

For more information, please contact: Teatri di Vita, Stefano Casi, Director, Via del Pratello 90/92, 40122 Bologna, Italy, tel/fax: +39.051.522.032; e-mail: info@teatridivita.it

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The Declaration of the Caucasian Arts Managers Network (CAMN)

Arts Managers from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan, at their meeting in Tbilisi, 4-7 September 1999, discussed problems of modern culture requiring not only ideas but also the creation of an arts managers organization which will search for new financial and human resources. The purpose of the Caucasian arts managers meeting was to create a network for increasing mobility within the limits of the European cultural community through taxation, distribution and exchange of the necessary and accessible information and resources. The idea of the creation of a mobile structure for professionals in the cultural field, to expand the opportunities, was proposed some years earlier in order to overcome the barriers which still prevent a free exchange of ideas, information and experience between the countries and regions.

The result of the meeting was the creation of the Caucasian Arts Managers Network (CAMN), with the support of the Stichting Caucasus Foundation (SCF) through its offices in Tbilisi, Baku and Erevan. The CAMN coordinators will work at the SCF regional offices.

To ensure success in the field of culture, the Caucasian Arts Managers Network will aspire:

  • To create an information bank;
  • To provide for exchange of ideas and experience;
  • To provide network service;
  • To provide professional contacts;
  • To provide mobility;
  • To create and publish a directory;
  • To carry out the exchange training programmes;
  • To promote regional and interregional cooperation in art.

The board members and coordinators will promote research into new technology equipment for arts organizations. The Caucasian Arts Managers Network is open for cooperation with all organizations in the field of culture.

For more information, please contact: CAMN, 45, Chavchavadze av., Tbilisi 380062, Georgia, tel: (995 32) 25 00 89; tel/fax: (995 32) 29 43 06; e-mail: SCF@lingua.edu.ge, IBCCP@lingua.edu.ge, IURI@lingua.edu.ge; http://www.azerinet.com/camn