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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 50,000 artists;
  • 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 Report; and
  • 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: cioff-unesco@wanadoo.fr; http://www.cioff.org/

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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

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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 following:

  • 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.

Looking Ahead

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: apnet@mango.co.zw; http://www.africanpublishers.org

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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 cultural heritage.

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 field http://www.european-heritage.net is a must. It offers valuable information for all.

To find out more, we recommend visiting the site or contact:
Coordinator of the Project: Antoine Littler - Bull. S.A., tel.: +33 1 3966 6137; e-mail: info@european-heritage.net;
The Council of Europe: Nicolas Dautier, tel.: +33 3 9021 4537; e-mail: nicolas.dautier@coe.int

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Pearle* - Performing Arts Employers' Associations League Europe

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: pearle2@attglobal.net

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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 abroad.

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: vladimir_skok@pch.gc.ca

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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

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Bisharat! - A Language, Technology, and Development Initiative

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: bisharat@bisharat.net

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Arts Access Aotearoa Whakahauhau katoa o hanga Charitable Trust

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 own arts.

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 for:

  • People in the justice sector - including prisons, Safer Community Councils, the police, youth justice organisations, habilitation centres.
  • 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: info@artsaccess.org.nz; http://www.artsaccess.org.nz

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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. Petersburg.

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 and impact.

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 heritage.

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: riku@dol.ru; http://www.rik.ru

St. Petersburg Department, room 16, 5 Universitetskaya nab., St. Petersburg 199034, Russia, tel./fax: +7 812 437 0828; e-mail: center@eidos.spb.ru

Siberian Branch, 28 Andrianov ul., Omsk-99 644077, Russia, tel.: +7 3812 643 318; fax: +7 3812 662 176; e-mail: tomilov@hist.omsu.omskreg.ru

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Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de Politica Cultural

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 animators.


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: nanzerviajes@arnet.com.ar

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Mains d'oeuvres

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 co-operation.

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: info@mainsdoeuvres.org; http://www.mainsdoeuvres.org

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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 population,
  • communication and networking among the small community-based cultural organizations, civic societies, small NGOs and local government,
  • 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 local culture,
  • promoting humanity and culture through various publications and activities.

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: anupam@bdmail.net

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The Service Centre for International Cultural Activities (SICA)

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: post@sicasica.nl; http://www.sicasica.nl