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ASEAN: Cooperation in Culture and Information

The region of Southeast Asia is an area of immense richness and diversity, spanning three time zones and ten nations that are multiethnic, multireligious and multilingual.

Several centuries of human migration, the influence of the great religions and civilizations of the East, and the coming of Western rule followed by independence have produced a region made up of countries that are diverse in character, in terms of the size and heterogeneity of their populations, the many religions practised there, the number of languages used, and the historical circumstances experienced by each of them.

Exploring this myriad of cultures can be a fascinating adventure, getting to know the vast richness of life in Southeast Asia.

How cooperation in culture and information proceeds within ASEAN?

ASEAN cultural cooperation is aimed at the vigorous development of an awareness of regional identity, the preservation of the region's cultural heritage, and the exertion of efforts to create a strong ASEAN community.

The promotion of ASEAN cooperation in culture and information stems for the following aspirations:

  1. the need felt by the member countries to understand each other's cultures, value systems, nuances and sensitivities;
  2. the need to preserve and protect the region's cultural heritage from the vagaries of nature and modernization;
  3. the desire to revitalize and promote the cultural legacy of ASEAN among its peoples and others outside the region;
  4. the need to enhance mutual understanding, respect, good neighbourliness and solidarity among the peoples of ASEAN.

Aware of these aspirations, the ASEAN Heads of Government have issued a vision statement which sees the entire Southeast Asia, by the year 2020, as 'an ASEAN community conscious of its ties of history, aware of its cultural heritage and bound by a common regional identity'.

To obtain more information, please visit: http://www.asean-infoculture.ops.gov.ph

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The Sustainable Development Communications Network (SDCN)

The Sustainable Development Communications Network (SDCN) - formerly the 'Spinning the Web' network - is a joint project of the IDRC (International Development Research Centre) and the IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development), which began operating in 1996. The network is made up of non-governmental organisations which work together to find ways of using the Internet to further the aims of sustainable development.

The members of the network work together to:

  • develop new tools and new content for sustainable development;
  • enhance capabilities for more effective use of electronic communications;
  • keep members informed;
  • share experience in the field of sustainable development communications management.

The network thus aims to provide everyone with comprehensive, up-to-date information on the subject of sustainable development.

For more information, please contact: Sustainable Development Communications Network, c/o The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), 161 Ave. Portage Est, 6th floor, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0Y4, Canada, tel.: (1) 204 958 77 00; fax: (1) 204 958 77 10; e-mail: rcdd@iisd.ca or sdgateway@iisd.ca; http://sdgateway.net/

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The European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts (ENICPA)

The European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts (ENICPA) aims to function as a meeting place for information and documentation organisations, where they can exchange ideas and experiences. The main goal of the network is to distribute and make available a broad range of information about the professional performing arts to art professionals worldwide. Its aim is to make all existing information sources accessible all over Europe. This is done by using new information and communication technology, which has made the collection and distribution of information quicker, cheaper and easier.

By doing this, ENICPA stimulates the use of IT by professional artists and arts activists to enable them to access institutions and people without social and geographical restraints. ENICPA feels that in the long run, as more and more individuals and organisations gradually make more interactive use of the WWW, centralising data will be less important. Instead, sign-posting and mapping on and within the Net and its sites will be the most pressing task. By guiding visitors of its site to other relevant data bases and information and documentation centres, ENICPA is preparing this ground.

As a non-virtual network of actual information and documentation centres, ENICPA sees itself as a think tank for the development of useful and state-of-the-art tools for arts professionals, as well as up-to-date models of exchange and international, pan-European collaboration in the arts. ENICPA's target groups are information and documentation centres in Europe and beyond; arts professionals such as managers, companies, festivals, venues, producers, institutions, publications, agents, funding bodies, etc.; as well as the general public interested in the performing arts.

Easy and quick access to quality information at an international level is a fundamental condition for international cultural exchange and collaboration. ENICPA web site contains and provides links to information such as lists of European information centres, international magazines, training opportunities, festivals, venues, etc. The further development of the web site will focus mainly on improving its interactivity features.

For more information, please contact: ENICPA - Broekbosstraat 20, 2500 Kontich, Belgium; tel./fax: +32 3 457 59 15; e-mail: enicpa@ecna.org; http://www.enicpa.org

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The Euromed Foundation

For Dialogue between Cultures

Founded in 1997 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as a non-profit foundation, the Euromed Foundation seeks to exploit Mediterranean experiences and traditions to build bridges of dialogue and understanding. It hopes to promote cultural pluralism and the integration of various communities into European society through:

  • the promotion of cooperation between cultural and social institutions in Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa;
  • consulting on the arts and social affairs in the Mediterranean region;
  • encouraging the development of civic society in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa;
  • countering the rise of racism and fascism;
  • developing projects for children and youth in the region;
  • creating projects for women and by women;
  • organising exchange projects, exhibitions and conferences.

Euromed develops cultural and social projects to build bridges and enhance the understanding of different cultures in a multicultural society. It stresses projects that have a longer-term impact on education, cultural diversity, integration of minorities, economic development, art, culture, civic society, participation, and democracy. Euromed encourages local organisations to develop and manage projects and seeks to empower them in the initial phase by helping to create the necessary structures.

Euromed is an independent non-governmental organisation with no structural funding and no permanent staff. It relies on volunteers, experts and researchers from well-known organisations, universities and research institutes in different parts of the world. It has no political or religious ties and depends for its projects on grants and donations.

For more information, please contact: Euromed Foundation,Nadia Mabrouk, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 51, 3H, 1012 RD Amsterdam, The Netherlands; tel.: +31 20 423 31 65, +31 65 467 61 21; fax: +31 84 212 06 91; e-mail: nadiam@ibm.net

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Istituto per il Mediterraneo (iMed)

Per una nuova cultura dello sviluppo
Per lo sviluppo di una nuova cultura

The Istituto per il Mediterraneo (iMed), founded in 1987, is a non-profit institute working in the Euro-Mediterranean area in three main fields:

  • Economic and social development
  • Citizenship
  • Culture.

Its objectives are:

  • To contribute to the formulation of a policy of Euro-Mediterranean development;
  • To contribute to the creation of a focal point of Mediterranean development within the strategic Euro-Mediterranean region;
  • To contribute to the strengthening of civil society in the Mediterranean region;
  • To contribute to the creation of the Euro-Mediterranean citizenship;
  • To contribute to the creation of the Mediterranean identity and culture.

The priority subjects which iMed deals with are the labour market and assessment of human resources; economic integration of the Mediterranean regions and states within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean co-development; social legislation, industrial relations, involvement of women and young people, immigration; promotion and extension of the citizenship laws in the direction of the Mediterranean citizenship; organization of the Euro-Mediterranean space/territory; assessment and safeguarding of the Mediterranean environment; cultural dialogue and creation of the Mediterranean culture.

The Istituto per il Mediterraneo hosts the Documentation Centre on the subjects which it deals with and it has its own publishing production.

For more information, please contact: Istituto per il Mediterraneo (iMed), Corso d'Italia, 25, 00198 Rome, Italy; tel.: ++39 06 8476310/312; fax: ++39 06 8476333; e-mail: imed@uni.net

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The Centre for Mediterranean and International Studies (CETIMA)

Founded in Tunis in 1987, CETIMA is an independent, non-profit centre which conducts its activities and research in the Mediterranean area. CETIMA tries to provide for dialogue and consultation between research organisations and institutions in the Mediterranean countries which pursue similar objectives. It is open to the promoters of Mediterranean projects and it organises specialised seminars and round table conferences on economic, cultural, technological and scientific cooperation. CETIMA is also working for the consolidation of the Mediterranean solidarity networks linking national and Mediterranean organisations established to stimulate the study and understanding of international issues relating to peace and security, North-South dialogue, and cultural and scientific cooperation.

CETIMA runs specialised research projects on different topics, such as cultural pluralism and communication networks in the Mediterranean.

CETIMA has established a Maghreb-Europe Mediterranean Data Bank - BADEMA, whose objective is to collect and disseminate economic data and information on partnership relations between countries from North and South. It organizes research project on diverse Mediterranean topics and has developed a lively publishing activity. It has established relations with many foreign, especially European, institutions and foundations and it is a member of the Mediterranean Centres Network of UNESCO.

For more information, please contact: CETIMA, BP 262, Cité Mahrajène, 1082 Tunis, Tunisia, tel./fax: 216 (1) 795 553.

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Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo

The Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo is a foundation from Naples, established in 1994 with the aim of creating an observatory for the Mediterranean area. Its first objective is to identify the problems which divide the Mediterranean countries. The foundation wishes to contribute to peace and harmony among different peoples living on the shores of one sea.

The following are the main objectives of the Laboratorio Mediterraneo:

  • To promote studies, publications, cultural meetings, and other initiatives that might help in achieving this aim;
  • To conduct research studies, projects, training courses and similar initiatives in the field;
  • To protect, in every institution, the territory, environment and historic, artistic and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean region;
  • To identify and assess a 'Mediterranean culture', confirming the common identities in order to promote peace and cooperation;
  • To provide scholarships and research awards;
  • To develop a library specialized for the documentation and research activities of the Foundation;
  • To constitute, either in Italy or abroad, working sections in order to secure the local referral points which would promote the activities of the Foundation;
  • To initiate multimedia activities in order to deepen and spread the research programmes and the Foundation's projects.

The Laboratorio Mediterraneo is a non-profit organization.

For further information, please contact: Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo, Via Mergellina, 35/D, 80100 Naples, Italy; tel.: 081/660074; e-mail: mediterraneo@mbx.idn.it or comunica@csi.it

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The International Center for Art Economics (ICARE)

University Ca' Foscari of Venice

The International Center for Art Economics (ICARE) was established in Venice in 1991 by the University of Venice, Ca' Foscari, and the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (I.U.A.V.).

The Center has been active for nine years in cooperation with leading economic experts in this field, including William Baumol, Bruno Frey, Dick Netzer, Alan Peacock, Robert Tollison, David Throsby, and many others. The current chairman of the Board is Gianfranco Mossetto, Professor of Cultural Economics at the University of Venice, Ca' Foscari. The Center research topics cover the art market analysis and regulation, as well as the study of the functioning of cultural organizations and cultural behaviour.

ICARE is now involved in the start-up of the first Italian graduate programme on art economics and management to be established at the University of Ca' Foscari dating from October 1999.

ICARE has also developed a documentation centre and has held a number of seminars, workshops and tuition sessions for both senior and junior scholars from all over the world. Since 1991 the Center has worked on the following research subjects:

  • Museums and their organization
  • The management and financing of opera houses
  • Visual arts markets. Temporary exhibitions and film festivals (La Biennale di Venezia and others)
  • The re-use and rehabilitation of church heritage
  • The management of the visitor flows in the art cities
  • The re-use of historical and military sites

Scientific cooperation agreements have been developed with:

  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)/UNESCO: 'The Economics and Management of Art Cities'
  • George Mason Center for Public Choice, George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia, US: 'Analysis of Musical Tastes in the USA', 'Creation of a Data Base on Auction Prices in Visual Arts'
  • New York University: 'The Impact of Culture on Urban Development and Annual Summer Workshops for Young Scholars'
  • LES - Laboratoire d'Economie Sociale, Université de Paris 1 - Panthéon - Sorbonne: 'Markets of Visual Arts'
  • Ministero del Turismo e dello Spettacolo
  • Comune di Venezia
  • La Biennale di Venezia
  • Telecom Italia.

The main workshops and seminars held by ICARE are the following:

'The Arts and Economics: Anatomy of a New Power' (May 1991); 'Institutions and Cultural Goods' (February 1992); 'The Value of Cultural Goods' (December 1992); 'The Economics of Music' (June 1993); 'Museums: Economic Management and Behaviour' (1993 Summer School); 'The Economics of Art Cities' (1994 Summer School); 'The Economics of Intellectual Property Rights' (October 1994); '1995 Summer Workshop on Art Economics' (July 1995); 'The Cultural Sector between New Needs and Old Constraints' (1996 Summer Workshop); 'The Economics of Copying and Counterfeiting' (December 1998); 'The Economics and Logistics of the Re-use of Cultural Heritage (1999 Summer School); 'The Economics and Logistics of the Re-use of Artistic Building Heritage' (in cooperation with CNR, March 2000).

Please note!

ICARE intends to develop a research project on the mechanisms of cultural financing. Proposals for cooperation are welcome.

For more information, please contact: Gianfranco Mossetto, Chairman of ICARE, San Marco 3870, 30124 Venezia, Italy, tel./fax: +39 041 5201866; e-mail: icare@unive.it; http://helios.unive.it/~icare/default.htm

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Buffo Operamakers

Buffo Operamakers has been building a network of professional opera houses and companies who share the passion for producing opera for young audiences. It was founded in 1997 with the following aims:

  • To write, compose and produce new Dutch operas, dealing with subjects that young people can identify themselves with;
  • To confront youngsters with the moral dilemmas of our time in a responsible way;
  • To develop operas which have relevance for a multicultural society.

Each season Buffo Operamakers tours the Netherlands with its own productions. Up to now three productions have been made: Heden avond: Bas Barotti!, Hot Hands and Maysa. In 2000/2001, two new productions will be added, dealing with topical subjects such as aggression and street violence. Educational programmes will be developed around these new productions.

Buffo Operamakers wants to create a European Network of various youth opera companies in order to exchange views, experiences and new ideas. As a first step, the First European Youth Opera Festival will be held in Utrecht in October 2001. It will be organized by Buffo Operamakers in coproduction with the Utrecht City Theatre as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations and will be an opportunity to:

  • Present youth opera performances from different countries and by different companies;
  • Exchange views and experiences on the practice of producing youth opera;
  • Participate in workshops on composition, libretto, performance and education.

International network organizations in the field of opera and youth theatre, as well as anyone else interested, are invited to get involved and to contribute to the festival programme with their ideas on the subject, repertoires and projects.

From September 2000, a web site will be available at http://www.buffo.nl

For more information, please contact: Buffo Operamakers, Biltstraat 166, 3572 BP Utrecht, The Netherlands, tel./fax: 030 2318814; e-mail: buffo.operamakers@zonnet.nl

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Enhanced Arrangements for New Zealand Government's Involvement in the Cultural and Heritage Sector

Since 1 September 1999 some new, enhanced arrangements for New Zealand Government's Involvement in the Cultural and Heritage Sector have been made. These arrangements were planned in order to provide the Government with a broad overview of the sector, since the Government's involvement had until then been highly fragmented.

The arrangements are related to a significant enlargement of the range of cultural and heritage policy functions for which the Minister for Culture and Heritage is now responsible. In addition to those functions which already fall within her portfolio, the Minister took over responsibility for historic heritage policy and cultural broadcasting policy. The Minister also holds responsibilities for the National Library, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the New Zealand On Air.

In support of these changes, a new Ministry for Culture and Heritage has been created and has taken over the functions previously performed by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

These changes represent an upgrading of the priority given to culture and heritage by the Government. They will enable the Minister of Culture and Heritage to take a 'big picture' approach to policy development, and create a strong platform for the Government's further thinking about how it can most effectively support cultural and heritage activities.

For more information, please contact: Office of the Minister for Culture and Heritage, Parliament Building, Wellington, New Zealand, tel.: (04) 471 9941; fax: (04) 471 1443.

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The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU)

The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) is a non-profit San Francisco-based organisation devoted to the planning and redesigning of North American cities. The organisation, which calls itself 'a design movement with a social purpose,' believes in using an interdisciplinary approach for urban design and planning. The redesigning of cities and neighbourhoods follows the key principles established by the New Urbanism, advocating responsible, livable and pedestrian-oriented communities. The work of the CNU is aimed at shaping and implementing an agenda for policy reform to improve the quality of urban environments.

The CNU takes its name from the annual congresses that it sponsors, which offer the members of that organisation the opportunity to discuss issues related to the health and vitality of cities. The eighth annual congress was held in Portland, Oregon, in June 2000.

The CNU website offers detailed information on the news and activities of the organisation, its task forces and members. It also provides some publications for downloading and an array of interesting links.

For more information, please contact: http://www.cnu.org

(Source: Interchanges, no. 21/2000)