The International Council
of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF)
Established in 1970, the International
Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF)
is an international cultural non-governmental organization (NGO)
in formal consultative relations with UNESCO.
It is the objective of CIOFF to:
- promote the intangible heritage through such forms of expressions
as dance, music, games, rituals, costumes and other arts;
- serve the objectives of UNESCO;
- support the activities of its members and those of non-governmental
organizations and all other institutions working in the field
of cultural heritage; and
- serve the cause of peace through the above objectives.
In more than 75 countries on all continents, the CIOFF
members (National Sections) are umbrella organizations for national
and regional associations of traditional culture, folklore and folk
arts festivals, as well as intangible heritage specialists.
To fulfil its aims in the field of cultural policy,
in 1993 CIOFF established a Cultural Commission. CIOFF performs
a great number of tasks on a yearly basis, including:
- coordination of about 250 international festivals of folklore
and traditional arts;
- international co-operation with folk groups reaching more than
- participation in UNESCO's programmes;
- transmission of traditional culture to children;
- organization of conferences, colloquia and exhibitions;
- publishing the Calendar of CIOFF Initiatives, the biennial
newsletter Entre Nous (in French and English), and the Annual
- collaboration with national and international institutions
and other non-governmental organizations.
Through its different activities and in collaboration
with its members, CIOFF carries out several cultural projects.
For more information, please contact: CIOFF,
UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, F-75732 Paris Cedex 15, France; tel.: +33-1-45
682 553; fax: +33-1-43 068 798; e-mail: email@example.com;
Global Art Information
Global Art Information provides
an on-line database of art resources. The database is managed by
qualified artists, who provide practical information to other artists
on funding, scholarships, competitions, galleries seeking proposals
and even offering jobs. It is meant to help people find their way
in what has become a complex and competitive world. One project
currently under way is to seek funding for art studios, workshops
and third-level educational institutions, to enable artists from
underprivileged backgrounds to compete for international prizes
and gain exposure.
Global Art Information can be contacted only
via the Internet: http://www.globalartinfo.com
The APNET Research and Documentation Centre (ARDC)
The African Publishers Network
Research and Documentation Centre (ARDC), based in Harare,
is a specialised resource centre engaged in the collection, cataloguing
and dissemination of relevant historical and contemporary documents
on African publishing.
The mission of the APNET Research and Documentation
Centre is to be the databank of knowledge and information on African
publishing. By collecting, analysing, and making information available,
the ARDC aims to become a significant reference point for decision
and policy makers, donor agencies, research institutions, publishers,
educators, NGOs, etc. Plans are now underway to utilise the ARDC's
resource materials for purposes of advocacy (for example, researching
pertinent issues before lobbying with the World Bank).
The objectives of the Centre are to:
- create an information gathering system on the major trends
and developments in African publishing, and
- support publishing training in Africa through the provision
of resource materials.
The Centre's collection of databases includes the
- ARDC Database, with information about over 2,000 resource
materials on various aspects of publishing, used as reference
materials by researchers and publishers. Videos, journals, conference
papers, monographs are all part of this collection.
- CONSULTANTS Database, comprising records of African
publishing consultants who appear in the APNET Consultants Register.
Information is available on over 70 professionals with expertise
in publishing, bookselling, librarianship, book development, and
training. Each record (in French or English) contains the name,
contact details, and the area(s) of expertise of the consultant.
- EXHIBIT Database, with a bibliographic record of 1,000
out of over 2,000 materials from APNET members. The Exhibit Collection
showcases publications by African publishing companies from 27
African countries and is utilised for exhibition and promotion
at various regional and international book fairs. This growing
permanent exhibition collection includes educational textbooks,
fiction, and reference books.
- HANS ZELL Database, a gift from the African publishing
expert Hans Zell, comprising resource materials on African publishing
dating back to 1960, as well as a computerised database of the
collection stored on diskettes.
The APNET members are encouraged to regularly send
materials to the ARDC. These include newsletters from national publishers'
associations, books in print, posters, membership directories, catalogues,
papers, and research studies.
It is APNET's aim in the next five years to utilise
the ARDC's resource materials for purposes of advocacy activities,
involving sensitising stakeholders, international donors and organisations
such as the World Bank and the Organisation of African Unity to
the concerns of the African publishing industry. Plans are also
in place to produce quarterly or half-yearly acquisitions lists
and specialised bibliographies.
For more information, please contact: APNET
- African Publishers Network, 18 Van Praagh Ave, Milton Park, P.O.
Box 3773, Harare, Zimbabwe; tel.: (+263-4) 708418 or 708413 or 708405;
fax: (+263-4) 708418; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
The European Heritage Network
The European Heritage Network
was set up following the recommendation of the Fourth European Conference
of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage organized by the
Council of Europe in Helsinki in May 1996. It was established as
a permanent information system (European Heritage Watch Network)
to keep authorities, professionals, researchers and training specialists
in touch with heritage developments in other countries.
The heritage area covers architectural heritage (monuments,
groups of buildings and sites) and archaeological heritage. Future
inclusion of the landscape and intangible heritage sectors is foreseen.
The project aims to facilitate access to cultural
heritage and information about it through new information technology,
and to put at the disposal of public administrators, professionals
and enterprises a permanent and interactive information system on
Opened in June 1999, the www.european-heritage.net
web site offers free access to the following on-line services:
- a comparative databank on cultural heritage policies in Europe
covering about fifteen countries;
- a trilingual thesaurus on cultural heritage policies;
- a portal to Internet resources in the field of cultural heritage.
In 2001, www.european-heritage.net started to develop
a vocational training section and Heritage Discovery, a section
of interest to the general public.
For those in any way involved in the cultural heritage
is a must. It offers valuable information for all.
To find out more, we recommend visiting the site
Coordinator of the Project: Antoine Littler - Bull. S.A., tel.:
+33 1 3966 6137; e-mail: email@example.com;
The Council of Europe: Nicolas Dautier, tel.: +33 3 9021 4537; e-mail:
Pearle* - Performing Arts Employers' Associations
Pearle*, the European League of
Employers' Associations in the Performing Arts Sector, was
established in 1991 with the aim to provide a stable environment
by supporting sustainability and promotion of the performing arts
across Europe. The objectives of Pearle*
are as follows:
- exchange of information, experience and ideas of common interest
to members working in the performing arts sector;
- obtaining information concerning all European issues relating
to members' interests;
- expressing Pearle*'s views in discussions with bodies whose
activities are relevant to Pearle*;
- lobbying with the EU and other bodies.
Pearle* acts as a forum for exchanging information
of relevance to its members, for sharing experiences in cultural
management and technical skills, as well as for supporting and assisting
the formation of employers' associations in the Central and Eastern
European countries. Pearle* has the observer status with WIPO (World
Intellectual Property Organization); it is registered as an employers'
organisation by ILO, with the observer status at the International
Labour Conference. Pearle* is also a member of the EEN (European
Employers' Network) and has official relations with a number of
other European organisations and institutions.
Pearle* regularly organizes two annual membership
conferences and is also preparing a conference on the effects of
the enlargement of the European Union, to be held in Brussels in
December 2002. This event will bring together all social partners
in the performing sector, representing the relevant organisations
on the employees' and the employers' side entitled to sign collective
agreements in the performing arts sector on the national level.
To find out more about Pearle* and its activities,
please contact: Pearle* Ms Mariane Cosserat, coordinator, Sainctelettesquare
19/6, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, tel.: +32 2 203 6296; fax: +32 2 201
1727; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian Cultural Observatory
The Canadian Cultural Observatory
was created to develop and manage a collaborative web-based information
service on the evolving state of culture in Canada. It is being
built in response to a growing need for a source of comprehensive,
authoritative and readily accessible data, analysis and advice on
the Canadian arts, heritage and cultural sectors, including broader
issues which contribute to, and frame, cultural development. Coverage
will be extended to include public and private sector cultural trends
of importance to Canada.
The Observatory's services and products will be designed
primarily to address the needs of cultural planners, policy makers,
managers, researchers, advocates and practitioners in Canada and
The Canadian Cultural Observatory will offer:
- profiles of Canada's arts, heritage and cultural sectors,
- cultural statistics,
- relevant public policies, legislation and regulations,
- an inventory of institutions, organisations, government agencies,
associations, foundations and private companies active in culture,
- best practices from Canada's cultural communities,
- a listing of relevant publications, studies and surveys, as
well as useful links.
The first on-line version of the Observatory will
be available in 2003.
For more information, please contact: Canadian
Cultural Observatory, Department of Canadian Heritage, Mr. Vladimir
Skok, director; 15-3-E Station 64, 3rd floor, 15 Eddy Street, HULL
Quebec, Canada K1A 0M5; e-mail: email@example.com
The Danish Cultural Policy Research Network
The Danish Cultural Policy Research
Network is a cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional forum
for both research workers and the general public. The Network is
instrumental in locating, gathering and communicating relevant information
in the broad field of cultural policy studies. The on-line section
contains a helpful Internet guide to other cultural policy resources.
For more information, please visit: http://ix.db.dk/kulturpol/english.htm
Bisharat! - A Language, Technology, and Development
Basharat is an evolving
idea based on the importance of maternal languages for sustainable
development and the enormous potential of new information and communication
technologies (ICTs) to benefit efforts in the area of language and
development. Anticipating the gradual introduction of computers
and the Internet to rural communities in Africa, the current focus
of Bisharat is on research, advocacy, and networking relating to
the use of African languages in software and web content.
To contact Bisharat, e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts Access Aotearoa Whakahauhau katoa o hanga
Arts Access Aotearoa is
a Charitable Trust founded in 1995, whose objective is to ensure
that people and communities in New Zealand have unhindered access
to the arts, and opportunities to create, perform and develop their
The Trust promotes the following principles:
- that all people have a right to creative expression,
- that all people should be encouraged to develop their creativity,
- that people with limited access to the arts should be provided
with opportunities to access the arts,
- that barriers restricting access to the arts should be removed,
- that all people have a right to a balance in their lives, including
spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical well-being.
Arts Access Aotearoa works with organisations in the
social service sector and communities of people with limited access
to the arts, to stimulate them to undertake arts projects, develop
their own arts activities independently, and develop partnerships
with funding organisations and art groups. The Trust itself is not
a funding body.
Arts Access Aotearoa conducts its own research and
is informed by the latest international and local practices and
research. New projects typically begin with participatory research
and advocacy, that is, research with people who will potentially
be involved in the projects. It has also published a number of publications
related to their field of interest.
Major programmes include stimulating arts activities
- People in the justice sector - including prisons, Safer
Community Councils, the police, youth justice organisations, habilitation
- People associated with the health sector - including forensic
units, one-stop health shops, the sick elderly, hospital environments,
eating disorder clinics, psychiatric programmes in all situations,
chronic asthma, AIDS organisations, and health creative spaces.
- People associated with the disability sector - alongside
office heads and CEOs, the deaf, Alzheimer's patients, IHC, the
blind and partially sighted, people with occupational overuse
syndrome, and people with physical disabilities.
- People associated with refugee and migrant communities
- particularly people coming in on the refugee quota, asylum seekers;
refugees and migrant communities in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch,
Dunedin, Hamilton and Tokoroa.
- People in rural communities - this will include those
isolated by location, particularly those associated with the closure
of schools, Community Arts Councils, country banks and post offices.
- With young people associated with the health, justice,
refugee and disability sectors.
- For arts industry development - this programme stimulates
the development of innovative arts products by people on the margins
of society. It includes product development and programme planning
for community groups. The objective is income generation.
For further information, please contact: Ms.
Penny Eames, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, P.O. Box:
9828, Level Three, James Smiths Building, Corner Manners and Cuba
Sts, 6030 Wellington, New Zealand; tel.: (+64 4) 916 4885; fax:
(+64 4) 473 2905; e-mail: email@example.com;
The Russian Institute for Cultural Research (RIC)
The Russian Institute for Cultural
Research (RIC) is a unique centre for culture and cultural
policies. It was established in Moscow, in 1932, as the Central
Scientific Research Institute for Regional Studies. Today, it has
two branch institutes - in the city of Omsk, Siberia, and in St.
The Moscow Institute is divided into three departments:
- Social and Cultural Anthropology Department, which includes
sub-divisions for theory and history of culture, cultural policy,
social and cultural dynamics, popular culture, cultural studies
of the Urals and Volga Regions, cultural studies of Siberia and
the Far East, North Caucasus cultural studies, cultural studies
of the North West and Central Regions, and the Scientific and
Methodology Centre for Social Pedagogy.
- The Department for Cultural History consists of cultural laboratories
for historical and cultural environment in Russian towns and for
museum design. It also includes sub-divisions for history of the
Russian diaspora culture, the Museum Encyclopaedia, preservation
and use of cultural monuments.
- The Department for the Humanities includes sub-divisions for
theory of the arts, regional cultural development programming,
philosophy of culture, cultural habitat, screen culture and new
communication technologies, cultural problems in education. It
also includes two centres: the Research and Educational Centre
and the Centre for Social and Cultural Programming Technologies.
The main research subjects of the RIC are the following:
- Theory and philosophy of culture and art;
- Cultural dynamics;
- Social and cultural problems of Russia in the light of modernization
and its regional consequences;
- Theoretical and applied research in cultural policies;
- Museology and museum research;
- Preservation and use of cultural and historical monuments;
- Culture of the Russian diaspora;
- New technologies in the cultural field: mechanisms for dissemination
The Institute also organizes post-graduate training
courses (Ph.D. Programmes and doctorates) in theory and history
of art, theory and history of culture, museology, preservation and
conservation of historic and cultural monuments.
The RIC cooperates with foreign research units and
international institutions. It organizes scientific conferences
and participates in international research projects. The Institute's
publishing activity is very strong: it publishes monograph studies,
transactions, conference, symposiums and workshop papers, teaching
and methods books, reference materials. The data for the National
Code of Monuments covering 30 regions have been published, as well
as a series of books on the national museum history and use of cultural
For more information, please contact: Russian
Institute for Cultural Research, Bersenevskaya nab. 20, Moscow 109072,
Russia, tel.: +7 095 959 0908; fax: +7 095 959 1017; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
St. Petersburg Department, room 16, 5 Universitetskaya
nab., St. Petersburg 199034, Russia, tel./fax: +7 812 437 0828;
Siberian Branch, 28 Andrianov ul., Omsk-99 644077,
Russia, tel.: +7 3812 643 318; fax: +7 3812 662 176; e-mail: email@example.com
Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de Politica
The Argentine Institute for Cultural
Policy Studies is an institution that brings together politicians,
scientists, social communicators, artists, educators, teachers,
social workers, and scholars, administrators and social-cultural
The Argentine Institute for Cultural Policy Studies
is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that intends to generate
a new concept of cultural policy. Furthermore, it wishes to inspire
policies that could offer various developmental alternatives for
the social body. It works in theory and in practice as a trigger
for integral development, deepening, revealing and consolidating
the concept of culture. Its main task is the creation of new cultural
tendencies or orientations and new ways of representing cultural
interests which have to do with the growth of self-generated participation.
The institute was founded primarily to serve all those
who participate in social cultural work, and furthermore it intends
to be convergent with the scholarly work in this field, encouraging
and training cultural administrators and giving assistance for promotional
and social-cultural animation experiences.
The Argentine Institute for Cultural Policy Studies
will make an effort, through all channels of expression, to put
cultural policy to the prominent place it deserves among the public
policies by virtue of the fact that cultural policy takes care of
true human purposes.
The Argentine Magazine of Cultural Policy
The Argentine Magazine of Cultural
Policy provides a forum for discussion and exchange of information
on all the topics that fall under the rubric of cultural policy.
The magazine deals with various aspects of education, communication,
cultural patrimony, arts, cultural industries, recreational culture,
etc., where research, administration and social-cultural animation
duties are treated from the theoretical and practical standpoint.
Also, it provides space for an annotated bibliography of writings
on the subject.
For more information, please contact: Instituto
Argentino de Investigaciones de Politica Cultural, Rivadavia 318
(2200) San Lorenzo, Santa Fe, Argentina; fax: 54 3476 422515; e-mail:
Mains d'oeuvres is a cultural
place open to contemporary research in the fields of arts and society.
It offers residences and stages public events and meetings for artists
from all disciplines, as well as for citizens.
Mains d'oeuvres relies on decompartmentalization,
interaction, exchange and partnership with numerous public and private
entities. The place is dedicated to people who seek synergies and
interfaces, whatever their artistic - music, visual arts, dance,
theatre, multimedia... - or thinking and action fields - education,
politics, information and communication technologies, international
Mains d'oeuvres provides technical, logistical and
human support to the resident artists and associations in order
to facilitate the realization of their projects and artistic production.
Mains d'oeuvres seeks to provide the best conditions for artistic
creation and new experiences linking art, culture and society.
Mains d'oeuvres collaborates with numerous national
and international networks.
For more information, please contact: Mains
d'oeuvres 1, rue Charles Garnier, 93 400 Saint-Ouen, France, tel.:
(33) 1 40 11 25 25; fax: (33) 1 40 11 25 24; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
The Forum for Culture and Human Development (FCHD)
The Forum for Culture and Human
Development (FCHD) is a Bangladesh-based non-political, non-profit,
secular NGO, established in 1994, with the objective to bring positive
changes to the people. A special emphasis is placed on cultural
and rights issues through actions involving local organisations.
The FCHD's movement aims to support the practice and protection
of culture regardless of cast, creed, religion, colour and community
in the interest of positive linkages for the development process.
The FCHD has the following goals:
- economic, educational, social and cultural empowerment of the
- communication and networking among the small community-based
cultural organizations, civic societies, small NGOs and local
- encouraging small organizations to join in the development
process of the whole country,
- policy advocacy and lobbying for the rights issues, such as
human rights, women's rights and children's rights while considering
- promoting humanity and culture through various publications
The FCHD assumes that the present rapid and accelerating
development in the media and communications is influencing and changing
human experience, traditions, beliefs, religion, myths, social management
and values. In consequence, the current development initiatives
cannot respond adequately to meet the people's expectations. Therefore,
the FCHD is dedicated to enhancing and sharpening the socio-cultural
communication tools for use in social development, linking them
to contemporary development and media development.
The FCHD is undertaking different activities to fulfil
its goals, such as action research, documentation, advocacy, networking,
social mobilisation, development theatre activities, training in
different subjects, publishing, etc.
For more information, please contact: Professor
Sultan Muhammad Razzak, Executive Director, Forum for Culture and
Human Development (FCHD), 823/A, Khilgaon, Dhaka-1219, Bangladesh;
tel.: 880-2-7216270; fax: 880-2-7215005; e-mail: email@example.com
The Service Centre for International Cultural
The Service Centre for International
Cultural Activities (SICA) was set up in January 1999 to
promote the exchange of information and documentation between different
cultural sectors, to improve co-ordination, and to encourage a lively
interchange of expertise and experience within the field of international
cultural relations. SICA also tries to respond to the growing interest
of Dutch artists and cultural organisations to become involved in
cultural activities throughout the world.
SICA distributes information on cultural funding and
all practical aspects of international cultural policy to Dutch
organisations, but it is also an international arts desk that provides
information for organisations from abroad looking for contacts in
the Netherlands. SICA also promotes and co-ordinates the exchange
of international expertise and knowledge between various cultural
sectors. It has developed a wide range of activities, including
information and discussion workshops, a web site, fact sheets, and
a magazine. SICA acts as a consultant on international cultural
policy issues on an ad-hoc basis.
SICA has a Foreign Visitors Programme, which it uses
as an opportunity to invite key cultural figures, officials and
journalists to the Netherlands. Potential guests should have a broad
interest in Dutch cultural activities and/or Dutch cultural policy.
For more information, please contact: SICA, Keizersgracht
609, 1017 DS Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 5516 512;
fax: +31 20 6201 031; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;