of the year 2001 was very productive for the Culturelink team. In the first
three months, the Network published the proceedings of the international course on Redefining Cultural Identities, which was organized last year by
Culturelink/IMO and held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and which met with great
interest world-wide. Further, the Special Issue 2000 appeared, realized in cooperation between Culturelink, the Creative Exchange (coordinator Helen Gould) and the Stichting CompArt (coordinator Kees Epskamp) and devoted to the always challenging theme of Culture and Development. Finally, you have now before you the first regular issue of the Culturelink review in 2001.
This issue opens with a presentation
of the recent changes and advanced features implemented at the Culturelink
World Wide Web Resource Centre. In order to improve the clarity
and usability of its information resources, Culturelink has graphically
redesigned its WWW Resource Centre and restructured the content
layout. Advanced navigation and content retrieval mechanisms have
been set up, based on menu bars and a search engine. This innovation
will facilitate content retrieval by searching for specific words
or expressions either over the entire site or only through the pages
of certain grouped information sections.
As usual, this
issue carries rich networking news, especially concerning the work of national
arts councils world-wide which have founded a new network - an international
federation aimed at undertaking practical as well as strategic measures for the
support of the arts and culture. This poses significant developmental tasks
before the federation. Also of interest are the research programmes of a number
of organizations, such as ICAT, Costa Rica, and ICADM, South Africa, which
offer good practical examples of the Culture and Development theme discussed in
the Special Issue 2000.
cultural meetings and conferences will be held in 2001/2002, especially on the
topic of globalization and pluralism. This theme is also tackled in our
Dossier, devoted to the conferences organized by CIRCLE. This Dossier is a
continuation of the fruitful cooperation between Culturelink and CIRCLE, and
the Culturelink team wishes to thank CIRCLE, and especially the authors of the
articles, for their valuable contributions which shed light from different
angles on the question of social cohesion - culture - civil society.