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Ishikawa International Cooperation Research Centre

The Ishikawa International Cooperation Research Centre (IICRC) was created in November 1996 as an institution for implementing joint projects of the UNU - the United Nations University, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Kanazawa City with the aim to develop and promote international cooperation in the fields of science, culture, and technology. The Centre aims to provide the local input to the UNU efforts at worldwide sustainable development and the development of international cooperation.

The IICRC deals with issues of culture in sustainable regional and urban development, which is the topic that is also in the focus of interest of UNESCO, the World Bank, and numerous other institutions. The IICRC's main activities include research, as well as organizing international conferences, lectures, and other events.

In keeping with its new work programme on culture and sustainable urban development, the IICRC plans to carry out an international cooperative research project, organize international conferences, lectures, discussion fora, and to disseminate its findings and publications.

The IICRC also plans to contribute to the UNU/IAS's projects involving local and urban sustainable development while also keeping in mind the interests of the local area (Ishikawa Prefecture and Kanazawa City). In this light, it is planned to link local culture (of which traditional crafts play an integral role) to the ideas of sustainable local and urban development.

The first major research project of the IICRC, on culture and sustainable urban development, began in April 2000. It is expected to be an international cooperative effort, with the participation not only from the IICRC, UNU/IAS, and local researchers, but also researchers from the cities chosen to take part in the comparative study. This project is expected to be closely integrated with all other IICRC activities, including the annual international conference.

The annual IICRC international conference was held in January 2000 under the title Culture in Sustainability of Cities, as the first in a series. With the participation of the UNU/IAS and several internationally prominent scholars, this conference adopted the Kanazawa Resolutions on Culture in Sustainability of Cities (KR2000).

The IICRC's other activities include lectures and meetings and the publication of monograph studies, proceedings of conferences and lectures, and a newsletter entitled IICRC Update. The IICRC is also undertaking the translation of pertinent Japanese texts. In addition to hard-copy publications, the IICRC also maintains and regularly updates its Internet web-site, which is located on the UNU/IAS server.

Another important aspect of the IICRC's work is networking: The IICRC plans to continue building its network consisting of local and international academics, researchers, and experts, as well as those who are actually involved in such areas as town building and culture. Networking also includes joining other networks, such as the worldwide CityNet.

For more information, please contact: Ishikawa International Cooperation Research Centre, Rifare Building 4th Floor, 1-5-3 Hon-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0853 Japan, tel.: (076) 224-0044; fax: (076) 224-0468; e-mail: iicrc@quartz.ocn.ne.jp; http://www.ias.unu.edu/iicrc/

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International Federation of Musicians (FIM)

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) was founded in 1948, stemming from the need to have a body federating musicians' unions of various countries to enable them to tackle the problems arising all over the world as a result of technological development in the field of recording, copying and broadcasting of music performances.

The Federation's main objective is to protect and further the economic, social and artistic interests of musicians organized in member unions. This leads to such activities as:

  • Assisting in the organization of musicians in all countries;
  • Combining unions of musicians throughout the world;
  • Furthering and strengthening of international collaboration;
  • Protecting musicians against the misuse of their performances, especially by direct or indirect recording or broadcasting of such performances without proper authorisation;
  • Promoting national and international protective legislation in the interests of musicians;
  • Assisting in regulating international exchanges of musicians and the consequences of such an activity for the musical professions in all countries;
  • Compiling information related to the musical profession and providing such information to member unions, including throughout CD ROM and web sites;
  • Assisting member unions in the case of musicians travelling abroad;
  • Providing moral and material support to member unions in the interest of the profession and in accordance with the objectives of FIM;
  • Furthering all appropriate efforts to promote public appreciation of and access to live music;
  • Concluding agreements with other international organizations in the interest of the member unions and of the profession.

Members of FIM are some 200,000 musicians all over the world.

For more information, please contact: FIM Head Office, 21 bis, rue Victor Massé, 75009 Paris, France, tel.: +33 1 45 26 31 23; fax: +33 1 45 26 31 57; e-mail: FIMparis@compuserve.com

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The artsandeducation network

Weimar Position on Cultural Youth Education in Europe

The 70 participants of the European conference on Youth, Cultural and Educational Policies in Europe - a Critical Review, held in October 1999 in the City of Weimar, expressed their support for the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and the European Union in their recognition of the relevance of youth and in their efforts to pursue an active policy on youth, culture and education. Simultaneously, the Weimar Conference participants made their organizations, institutions, projects, ministries, authorities and networks available in order to implement the political intentions formulated during the conference and to turn these intentions into reality for the young citizens of Europe.

Cultural education of youth offers a whole range of cross-language and cross-border projects providing personal and specialized competencies and at the same time contributing to international understanding. To achieve this, it is necessary, at the national and international level, to bring into line policies on youth, culture and education, as well as the resulting support programmes, in such a way that they can facilitate and promote projects of cultural education for children and young people as a cross-section community responsibility with complementary synergic effects in terms of youth, culture and education policy.

The artsandeducation network has been founded with members from regional and national organizations from many European countries, which are interested in international cooperation and in the advancement of their methodological capabilities. The network's aims are as follows:

  • to intensify the exchange of experience in the cross-sectional field of arts, culture and education;
  • to strengthen the inclusion of artists in educational processes;
  • to take over the lobbying function for this spreading range vis-à-vis the European culture and education policy.

For more information, please contact: BKJ, Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Jugendbildung, Kueppelstein 34, D-42857 Remscheid, Germany, tel.: ++49 21 91 79 43 90; fax: ++49 21 91 79 43 89; e-mail: info@bkj.de; or
Artsandeducation, Stiftgasse 6, A-1070 Wien, Austria, tel.: +43 1 523 57 81 22; fax: +43 1 523 89 33; e-mail: ebru.sonuc@oks.ac.at; http://www.bkj.de; http://www.artsandeducation.net

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Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), based in Singapore, was established in 1997 by members of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) with the aim of promoting engagement between the civil societies of Asia and Europe and forging mutual understanding between the two regions. It seeks to promote better mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through greater intellectual, cultural and people to people exchanges. ASEF seeks to work in partnership with other institutions and private sector entities, to ensure that its work is broad-based and spread as widely as possible throughout the ASEM member countries.

ASEF regards culture as an asset of society and it sees culture and arts as the living expressions of a nation's/region's civil heritage and spirit. The Cultural Exchange Sector of ASEF aims to promote cultural exchanges between Asia and Europe through projects which are divided in five groups.

  • ASEF seeks to ensure that significant political and economic events are complemented by cultural events;
  • By organising the Cultural Forum, ASEF tries to gather Asian and European artists, curators and policy makers in order to give an impetus to new cultural projects.
  • Cultural Industries are promoted by new networks of exchange between Asia and Europe, particularly in the fields of book publication, cinema and television. The music sector will also be one of the topics dealt with in the future.
  • The Cultural Exchange Sector has its focus on training seminars and on exploring the ways of preservation and promotion of Cultural Heritage in Asia and Europe. Exchange of experience, knowledge and skills between professionals of Asia and Europe is sought. ASEF co-organised the First Asia-Europe Expert Meeting on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Heritage in Hanoi, January 1999.
  • Regarding the Asia-Europe Artistic Creation, ASEF aspires to provide a suitable stage where selected artists working together can find inspiration in each other. Such a meeting of creative forces and talents may lead to the creation of new expressions of art, combining elements of European and Asia traditions. That is why ASEF supported some innovative initiatives such as 'Cities on the Move 6' in Bangkok and launched the Asia-Europe Young Artists' Painting Competition as a way of welcoming the New Millennium. ASEF is also going to support more creative activities, such as arts festivals, artists in residence and artists networks.

ASEF publishes a useful newsletter, ASEF News.

For more information, please contact: Asia-Europe Foundation, Mr Cai Rongsheng, Director of the Cultural Exchange Sector, No. 1 Nassim Hill, Singapore 258466, tel.: 65 / 8384 700; fax: 65 / 8384 719; e-mail: info@asef.org; http://www.asef.org

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ACEP: Co-operation between Peoples

The Association for Co-operation between Peoples (ACEP) is a network of Portuguese-speaking NGOs from Portugal, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé, Angola, Mozambique and East Timor, which share common aims (sustainable development, human rights, fight against exclusion) and resources. The network enables these organisations to join forces in order to better combat poverty and fight for welfare and citizenship. It is seeking co-operation with NGOs from other countries. The network was set up during a seminar organised by the ACEP in Lisbon in 1999 on the partnership of NGOs from Portuguese-speaking countries in the fight against poverty. A web site is currently under construction.

For more information, please contact: ACEP, Rua da Esperança, 63-r/c dto, 1200-655 Lisboa, Portugal, tel.: (351) 21 386 52 78; fax: (351) 21 386 36 99 e-mail: acepongd@mail.telepac.pt

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Southern African Cultural Information System (SACIS)

The Southern African Cultural Information System (SACIS) was born from a databank project launched in 1992 at the Second Session of the SADC Committee of Ministers of Information held in Maputo, Mozambique. The expectations were that this would be a valuable management tool for both the Sector Co-ordinating Unit, the Member States and those actively involved in cultural activities.

From its inception the databank aimed at achieving the following objectives:

  • to establish a systematic information base on different types of cultures in the region;
  • to establish a system that would allow accessibility to information by experts and the public in general;
  • to publish information on the cultural aspects of the region.

After years of stalling the project was revived in 1995 at a meeting of experts held in Lusaka, with funding from UNESCO. At that meeting it was agreed that the databank, now renamed the Southern African Cultural System-SACIS, should have a functional structure under the auspices of the Coordinating Unit. A second meeting was held in early May 1995 in Maputo, where SACIS was launched. During this meeting the objectives, the content and the beneficiaries of the project were defined. As far as the objectives are concerned, it was felt that SACIS should work towards a greater exchange of information among the cultural institutions, artists and arts promoters of the region. This forum defined the content and the mechanisms to be put in place both in the regional Coordinating Unit and in the Member States.


SACIS is intended to be an information and management tool for all those concerned with culture. Therefore, the following categories have been singled out to launch the project: (i) producers of cultural products and their products; (ii) cultural industries; (iii) markets for cultural products and events; (iv) cultural institutions; (v) publications; (vi) cultural policies, conventions, legislation and copyright; (vii) languages of SADC.


The beneficiaries of this project are people working in arts and culture both at the development of cultural activities level (i.e., artists, arts promoters, researchers, and cultural institutions) and at the level of administration or facilitation of cultural development (e.g., governments, cooperating partners, and NGOs). SACIS will contribute to filling the gap in cultural information in the region, both for the region itself and for the world at large.

Management and Methods of Dissemination

SACIS is coordinated by a Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU), and in each Member State a National Coordinating Unit (NCU) has been set up to coordinate the collection and processing of national materials relevant to the contents above. For each category an appropriate form/questionnaire has been designed to be used in data collection. Data processing takes place both at regional and national levels. The data collected and the material produced are then made available to all those interested in arts and culture in the SADC region and beyond (where possible, owing to communication difficulties).

Results so far

SACIS is successfully disseminated through: (i) the quarterly SACIS Newsletter (SACISNEWS), containing information dispatched from the Member States and collected from publications and contributions from readers; (ii) a semestral catalogue containing more detailed information on the content of SACIS defined already; (iii) brochures containing brief descriptions of the content of SACIS; (iv) hard copies to (local) visitors and subscribers and electronic networks; (v) occasional publications; (vi) through its documentation centre (currently being developed), which makes information available through computer networks and diskettes. The documentation centre provides updated information on the region from the media, the academia, and other sources.

The RCU and SACIS itself welcome any sort of cooperation, assistance or donation in kind or other agreeable forms of support from cooperating partners and all those who work in the area of culture, arts, theatre and copyright.

For more information, please contact: RCU - CCPIc, 780 Francisco Orlando Magumbwe Ave., 9th Floor, P.O.Box 1154, Maputo, Mozambique, tel.: 2581 497944/492285; fax: 2581 497943/492285; e-mail: rmatusse@sadc.uem.mz or jnguele@sadc.uem.mz

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Committee of 100 Cultural Institute

The Committee of 100 Cultural Institute is an independent, national U.S. organization composed of American citizens of Chinese descent who have achieved prominence in a broad range of fields, including arts, science, education, business and government. It was founded in 1990 by a group of Chinese Americans who recognized the need for an organization that brings an Asian-American perspective to U.S. relations with the largest continent in the world and to address the concerns of Americans of Chinese/Asian heritage.

The key functions of the Committee are to serve as a bridge between the cultures and systems of Asia and America and, also, to provide a forum for these issues that Americans of Chinese and Asian descent face in bettering their lives in the United States. The Committee is dedicated to serving 'cultural ambassadors' and fostering the exchange of ideas between its members and the community and government.

Its mission statement is to further the goals of the Committee through an expanded focus on arts and education. As a 'bridge' organization, it fosters greater understanding of China's arts and culture in the U.S., as well as a greater understanding of Western arts and culture in China. Also, the Institute provides role model educational programmes for young Asian Americans, both college students and young professionals.

The first launch event of the Institute was the China Bronze Culture Festival, which took place in Shanghai in March 2000. It included a museum exhibition, a symposium, a multi-media opera, and new composition and dance world premiere.

The Institute's future programmes and events will include:

  • The International Masters Programme in the fields of opera, orchestra, dance, instrumental music, and composition;
  • A Documentary on Jews in Shanghai;
  • 'My 1919' - a major Chinese film based on Wellington Koo's role in the Paris Peace Conference and the May 4 Movement;
  • Benefit Concert U.S., featuring outstanding Chinese-artists and Chinese- inspired music;
  • Role Model Educational Programmes.

For more information, please contact: Committee of 100 Cultural Institute, National Office, 677 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022, USA, tel.: 212 371 6565; fax: 212 371 9009; e-mail: c100@committee100.org; http://www.committee100.org

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Globe International

The Globe International is a non-profit organisation with the long-term aim to sustain Mongolian democracy and the development of civil and humanitarian society through the media, arts and culture, and to support free information flow and spread the power of knowledge. It was founded in 1999 and is based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The general goals of the Globe International are to promote and develop the Mongolian media, arts and culture, expand the role and responsibility of the media, arts and culture in society, and increase access to information and offer the opportunity to share information among the local institutions and serve to link to the world community. The Globe International has two main programmes: the Media Development Programme and the Arts and Culture Development Programme.

The Globe International's primary mission is to achieve its goals by attracting more local and international partners, donors and sponsors and efficiently using financial aid in the world of the media, arts and culture. The Globe International has representatives in Moscow, Russia, San Francisco, USA, and Kolind, Denmark.

For more information, please contact: Hashhuu Naranjargal, The Globe International, Seoul Street, San-Asar Trading Center, # 306, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Post add 210620, Ulaanbaatar-357/20, tel./fax: 976 1 32 47 64; e-mail: globe@magicnet.mn

(Source: Visiting Arts, no. 43/2000)

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Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD)

The Danish Center 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.

The centre opened in 1998 in order to foster cooperation between individuals, organizations and institutions working in art, culture and development in Denmark and the third world. It provides a framework for major initiatives, including cultural festivals and information projects. Moreover, the DCCD offers advice and support for cultural projects organized in cooperation with the third world.

The centre offers assistance within the following areas:

  • Contacts between Danish and international partners and networks;
  • Promotion of projects through the centre's information system;
  • Funding of projects.

In order to place the third world on the cultural agenda in Denmark and encourage dialogue about culture and development, the DCCD develops ideas and initiatives for various cultural activities such as Images of the World (See Culturelink no. 31/August 2000, p. 67).

The DCCD also coordinates a resource centre - a small collection of reference works, books, periodicals, AV materials, as well as information from international networks about third world art and culture, which is open to the public by appointment and is available on http://www.dccd.dk

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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Central Asian International Centre of Art Management (CAICAM)

The Central Asian International Centre of Art Management (CAICAM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support of artistic development through providing the platform and opportunities for artists to present their work and through the development of professional management training programmes for cultural industries managers, a relatively new profession in Kazakhstan and throughout all Central Asian states.

Its mission consists in:

  • Civil society democratization;
  • Integration of Kazakhstan culture into the world cultural processes;
  • Support and development of professional art of Kazakhstan and other Central Asian Republics.
  • The CAICAM objectives include the following aspects:
  • Extension of political and economic freedoms in art;
  • Reaching of independence of representatives in choosing ideas and forms of self-expression, and in the realization of the methods of their activity;
  • Scientific research and culture - political process analysis;
  • Intercultural dialogue;
  • Mental exchanges, interpenetrating concepts and ideas intended to create the New Cultural Policy in the Euro-Asian geopolitical area; dissemination of information;
  • Building and development of a group of highly professional world-level impresarios and producers, independent specialists in Central Asia, and an effective organization for the creative and economic activity of art institutions;
  • The network's consolidation of art and culture associations, supporting innovative projects and coordinating their activity.

The largest CAICAM project was the International Roundtable on Cultural Life and Cultural Policy Issues held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in September 2000, involving Kyrgyzia, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and other Central Asian countries.

For more information, please contact: Central Asian International Centre of Art Management (CAICAM), bl.# 100, apt. 69, Gagarin av, 480009, Almaty, Kazakhstan, tel./fax: 7(3272) 928703 and 539223; e-mail: stanek@caicam.samal.kz

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The fusion of the Association Française d'Action Artistique (AFAA) with Afrique en Créations on 1 January 2000 projects a new ambition for AFAA - the assertion of the cultural dimension of development through the inception of a specific programme for the creation and promotion of internationally recognized modern creative action in countries bypassed by the main stream of cultural exchange. This new mission in the field of cultural development is primarily addressed at Africa, securing the presence of French artists abroad, strengthening the reception of foreign cultures in France, and supporting cooperation projects to aid African artistic creation.

Aiming to accompany the French Presidency of the European Union in the field of culture, AFAA has set up the programme GÉNÉRATION/S 2001, targeting the young generation of artists in all disciplines. Forming new teams and spaces for creation and dissemination, 160 projects were selected in March 2000 to be carried out throughout Europe, Africa and the world at large starting on 1 July 2000. At the same time, AFAA's second major programme, Afrique en Créations, will be the premier tool for the support of modern African cultural expression and its inclusion in international artistic trends, taking into account the significance of the cultural dimension in the democratic, economic and social development of Africa.

Initiated by AFAA, the programme GÉNÉRATION/S 2001 is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Mission 2000. A monthly newsletter, GÉNÉRATION/S 2001, is dedicated to accompanying the project activities worldwide, following the emergence of young creators, their multilateral artistic meetings and the development of new forms of artistic expression. Issue no. 2 is devoted to the new technologies and media, reporting on veritable artistic laboratories set up on the Internet, while issue no. 3 informs the readers about the recent launching of the programme in Lisbon and Brussels.

All issues of the newsletter are available online at http://www.afaa.asso.fr/generations2001/e/index.html

For further information, please contact: AFAA, 1 bis avenue de Villars, 75327 Paris Cedex 07, France, tel.: (33) 1 53 69 83 00; fax: (33) 1 53 69 33 00; e-mail: generations2001@afaa.asso.fr; http://www.afaa.asso.fr/generations2001

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Observatório das Actividades Culturais

The Observatory for Cultural Activities (Observatório das Actividades Culturais) was founded in 1996 by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the National Institute of Statistics as a non-profit association with the objective to make research in the area of culture. The Observatory conducts research in areas such as cultural policy, audience studies, cultural events and their impact, cultural agents, etc. Presently the ongoing projects include the following:

  • audience survey of the São João Theatre,
  • artistic activities of young creators in Portugal,
  • survey on art galleries of Lisbon,
  • study of the labour market in the cultural sector,
  • study on reading in Portugal.

The Observatory publishes the half-yearly newsletter OBS Boletim and the series OBS-Pesquisas which disseminate the results of the Observatory's work.

Issue no. 8/July 2000 of OBS Boletim carries an article on European cultural policies and information about the ERICarts database on cultural policies in Europe, a case study on the role of TV in popularising environmental issues in Portugal, an interview with João Fiadeiro, the Portuguese choreographer, an article containing the results of the study on the role of libraries for young people in Portugal, and an article on the reading habits of young people in seven European cities.

For more information, please contact: Observatório das Actividades Culturais, Rua Garrett 80, 1 C, 1200-204 Lisboa, Portugal, tel.: +351 21 321 98 60 / 79; fax: +351 21 342 96 97; e-mail: oac@ics.ul.pt; http://www.ics.ul.pt/bdados/oac/oac.htm

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Observatorio Cultural Montevideo

Observatorio Cultural Montevideo was founded in 1999 within the framework of IDES - Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo del Uruguay. It is an interdisciplinary programme of study, cultural promotion and elaboration of recommendations for actions in the fields of cultural policy and civil society, as well as for connecting citizens with the political system in the creation of cultural capital.

The Observatorio promotes studies of the cultural market, cultural goods and services, cultural policies and exchange of experience, cultural programmes of civil society and the private sector, projects of community actions oriented towards the democratisation of citizens' participation in cultural life and creation of cultural goods, etc.

In developing its activities the Observatory's methodology includes conducting research, making recommendations for actions, establishing relations with social partners, and organising seminars.

For more information, please contact: Observatorio Cultural Montevideo, IDES, San José 1238, Montevideo, Uruguay, tel.: +598 2 / 902 31 86 or 900 81 66; e-mail: ides@adinet.com.uy

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Centre for Creative Communities (CCC)

Established in 1978 and based in London, the Centre for Creative Communities (CCC) is an independent charitable information, advice and research organisation with extensive national and international experience. It has worked in cultural exchange, urban regeneration, formal and informal education and cross-sector based community development.

The Centre is committed to the building of sustainable and creative communities, communities in which creativity and learning have pivotal roles to play in personal, social, civic and economic development.

The CCC publishes a quarterly newsletter, Interchanges, which illustrates the activities of the Centre, as well as highlighting news and critically debating relevant issues in the field of the arts, education, urban regeneration and community development. Together with case studies and book reviews, Interchanges features a selected list of conferences and events, both in the UK and abroad.

The Centre for Creative Communities has recently launched its website, www.creativecommunities.org.uk. The site contains a wide range of information on the CCC's projects and initiatives, an archive for previous issues of Interchanges, papers and conference speeches, as well as links to a number of organisations active in the field of arts and education, cultural policy and community development.

Funded by the EU CONNECT programme, the Centre is working with the Melina Project in Greece to produce MIMESIS, a highly innovative theatre education exchange project. MIMESIS involves youth theatres, primary schools and theatre artists in Greece, Italy, France and Scotland. The Centre serves as the evaluator of the project.

For further information, please contact: The Centre for Creative Communities, 118 Commercial Street, London E1 6NF, United Kingdom; tel.: (44-20) 7247 5385; fax: (44-20) 7247 5256; e-mail: info@creativecommunities.org.uk; http://www.creativecommunities.org.uk

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International Arts Bureau

Empowering the Cultural Sector

The International Arts Bureau is an independent agency providing information, advice, policy intelligence, research, consultancy, publications and training on issues with an international dimension. It was established in 1994 to provide a range of services for the cultural sector that were previously administered by the Arts Council of Great Britain's in-house International Affairs Unit. The Bureau monitors cultural policy, prospective legislation and funding developments internationally with the aid of its Brussels-based consultants, its links with officials in the European Commission or Council of Europe, as well as liaison with its partners worldwide.

Some of the information gathered is disseminated through the International Arts Navigator, the Bureau's unique journal, available on subscription. Each issue carries details of emerging European Union policies and legislation, funding programmes, news from the European Parliament, Council of Europe and UNESCO, as well as case studies, publications and conferences, etc.

The Bureau operates an inquiry service on behalf of the Arts Council of England, and organizes monthly one-to-one advice 'surgeries' to provide arts organizations/practitioners with more detailed guidance on their funding needs for projects which have an international dimension.

It has organized almost 30 seminars to help demystify European funding. Staff training sessions on European funding have also been organized, as well as some university and postgraduate training courses.

The Bureau also undertakes research and consultancy for cultural funding agencies in the UK and overseas, for European institutions, national and local government, and for international networks.

So whether you are an arts organization or artist, a cultural funding agency in the UK or overseas, a European institution or a local authority, if your need has an international dimension - the International Arts Bureau can help you!

Therefore contact: International Arts Bureau, 4 Baden Place, Crosby Row, London SE1 1YW, UK, tel.: 020 7403 7001 (enquiries); 020 7403 6454 (management); fax: 020 7403 2009; e-mail: enquiry@international-arts.org; http://www.international-arts.org