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Networking in Progress

Culturelink review, no.39/April 2003 - contents - imprint - archive

Artists Without Frontiers

Do you want to connect with others?

Do you believe your work can and should make a difference?

If yes, then join us.

As artists we gather under one roof, whatever field we are in, whatever culture we come from. We may not all be exposed to poverty or censorship, but many are. If we come together to share our vision, our passion and our problems we can change things, for the better.

We aim to -

  • Use the power of the web to bring together artists around the world, advance human rights, particularly of artists suffering from imprisonment, censorship or cultural isolation.
  • Promote cross-cultural understanding and build a network of mutual help.
  • Further the education of young and potential artists and help them advance their careers.

We are open to people who work in the creative arts anywhere in the world.

Membership is free and will allow you to -

  • Have your own web page. You can use it to talk about your work and background and to show current examples of your work. Your page will be published in conjunction with the WEB Magazine.
  • Sell your work through an on-line shop. This shop will sell members' works only.
  • Have access to funds. As a registered charity, the AWF will raise funds for projects. You will be eligible for these when available and appropriate.
  • With the editor's approval, you can have your work reviewed in the Magazine, and be included in performance events.

For more information, please contact: Artists Without Frontiers Committee, PO Box 35460, London NW8 9YF, England; e-mail: info@artistswithoutfrontiers.com; http://www.artistswithoutfrontiers.com

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Eurocities

This network gathers cities from all over Europe and addresses a number of contemporary urban issues in Europe, including urban culture and cultural policy. Eurocities wants to promote transnational co-operation projects between its member cities. It facilitates their co-ordination and helps to provide access to EU-funding. Eurocities desires to foster a spirit of networking among Europe's major cities. Despite their different cultural, socio-economic and political realities, these cities share common challenges and solutions.

The network encourages its members to exchange their expertise and to be proactive in shaping national and EU policy.

For more information, please visit: http://www.eurocities.org

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IFACCA

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the first global network of national arts funding bodies. Inaugurated at the World Summit on the Arts and Culture in December 2000, it aims to create an international resource and meeting ground for all those whose public responsibility is to support excellence and diversity in artistic endeavour. The vision of IFACCA is a dynamic network, sharing knowledge and creating understanding to enrich a world of artistic and cultural diversity.

The objectives of the network are to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of arts councils and national culture agencies to meet the challenges and opportunities of globalisation and technological change by:
    • improving access to knowledge about best practices in public support for the arts and culture
    • convening international forums to address key concerns
  • Consolidate the collective knowledge of arts councils and culture agencies by:
    • improving the management and sharing of information and ideas
    • brokering joint commissioning of resources, research and analysis
  • Build networks, promote understanding and enhance cooperation between arts councils and national arts agencies by:
    • facilitating exchanges of people and brokering collaborative projects
    • promoting awareness of the role of the Federation
  • Encourage support for arts practice and cultural diversity by:
    • promoting an appreciation of the talents of artists and creators and the value of creativity in the community
    • stimulating dialogue and debate on emerging multilateral issues
  • create and maintain a supple and accountable organisation by:
    • ensuring best practice in corporate governance, and
    • managing financial, human and information resources ethically and efficiently.

IFACCA is the organizer of world summits. The first World Summit on the Arts and Culture, hosted by the Canada Council in Ottawa in December 2000, was attended by 300 delegates from arts councils and arts funding bodies in over 55 countries (see Culturelink no. 33/April 2001, pp. 59-60). The second World Summit will be staged in Singapore on 23-26 November 2003 (see Culturelink no. 37/August 2002, p. 64 and p. 91 in this issue).

One of IFACCA's main aims is to improve the management and sharing of information and ideas between arts councils and culture agencies. To achieve this, they publish ACORNS, a news service for and about arts councils and culture agencies, reporting the latest global developments in arts funding, publications, conferences and job opportunities.

Discover-Découvrir-Descubrir, or D'Art for short, helps people working in arts councils and culture agencies to gain easier access to worldwide information on arts policy issues. The programme aims to create international 'knowledge links' and to consolidate arts policy knowledge and expertise into a central public resource. The programme is part of IFACCA's effort to consolidate the collective knowledge of arts councils and culture agencies by improving the management and sharing of information and ideas. Completed D'Art topics include following titles:

  • Defining artists for tax and benefit purposes
  • International comparisons of arts participation data
  • National copyright management systems
  • Conflict of interest policies in arts and culture funding agencies
  • Encouraging arts philanthropy: selected resources.

For more information, please contact: Ms Sarah Gardner, Executive Director, Lvl 2 / 372 Elizabeth St., Surry Hills 2010 NSW, Australia, PO Box 788, Strawberry Hills 2012 NSW Australia; tel.: +61 2 9215 9016; fax: +61 2 9215 9111; e-mail: ifacca@ozco.gov.au; http://www.ifacca.org

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The European Network of Traditional Music and Dance

Created in 1999, the European Network of Traditional Music and Dance (see also p. 34˙in this issue) constitutes the official assembly of the sector's primary associations and federations operating in Europe. The network was born during the first European congress on traditional music and dance, which took place in Perpignan, France, in 1997. The Network now includes some thirty associations from 15 countries of Western and Eastern Europe.

In 1999, it launched the European Route to traditional music and dance. It publishes a semi-annual newsletter and represents the entire sector in the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

In this capacity, the Network's members are currently involved in the project entitled Europe, a Common Heritage.

Since 2000 the European Network, with the support of the European Union's Culture 2000 programme, has been working on a triennal project of cooperation which have five components: information and new technologies, transmission and education, supporting young artists, the distribution and dissemination of works, and the organisation of meetings, seminars and conferences.

For more information, please contact: European Network of Traditional Music and Dance, BP 136, 90 rue Jean Jaures, 79204 Parthenay Cedex, France; tel.: 33 5 49 95 99 94; fax: 33 5 49 95 99 95; e-mail: md_europnet@district_parthenay.fr; http://www.eurotradmusic.net

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COFAC Federation of Cultural Associations

The Coordination des Fédérations et Associations Culturelles (Coordination of Cultural Federations and Associations), created in November 1999, brings together several thousand charitable and amateur associations across France working in the sectors of music, theatre, dance, cinema, radio and museums.

COFAC represents and looks after the interests of these associations and defends their rights in dealing with public authorities and other organisations. It encourages the development of regional satellite branches, but also - and this is an objective for the coming years - the creation of a network of international relations and the preparation of a conference in 2003/2004 on Cultural Associations in the European Union.

For more information, please contact: Robert Berthier, COFAC, 20, rue Geoffroy l'Asnier, 75004 Paris, France, tel.: +33 1 44 61 86 86; fax: +33 1 44 61 86 88; e-mail: info@cofac.org

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The Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive

The Princeton University Library and Princeton University's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies launched the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA), the world's first fully interactive, Web-accessible digital archive of policy-relevant data on culture and the arts. The CPANDA initiative is designed to help policymakers, journalists, scholars and others gain easy access both to current research findings and to previously hard-to-find data on the arts, including public opinion on the arts, city-specific data and recently released statistics. It is an interactive digital archive of data on the arts and cultural policy in the U.S., available for research and statistical analysis, with data on artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, and funding for arts and culture.

For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Bennett, Project Manager/Associate Director, Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive, Princeton University Library, One Washington Road, Princeton NJ 08544-2098, USA, tel.: +1 609 258 7357; fax: +1 609 258 0441; e-mail: ezb@princeton.edu; http://www.cpanda.org

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Miljenka Fischer Devetak's Foundation for Fostering the Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Ethnic and Religious Minorities in South-Eastern Europe

The objectives of the MFD Foundation include the fostering of research and the protection and promotion of the cultural heritage of ethnic and religious minorities in South-Eastern Europe (SEE) as an important element in developing the values of multicultural society, promoting mutual respect among the nations in SEE, and stability of the region.

The Association for the Promotion and Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Ethnic and Religious Minorities in South-Eastern Europe (Miljenka Fischer Devetak's Association) has similar goals as the MFD Foundation. It was established by a group of supporters coming mainly from the EU countries and was registered in Wiltz (Luxembourg) in July 2002. One of the main tasks of the MFD Association will be to support the activities of the MFD Foundation. The president of the MFD Association is Jean-Pierre Dichter.

The Foundation will foster, support and if necessary organise activities in the following fields:

  • Documentation, research, categorization, and evaluation of the cultural heritage of ethnic and religious minorities;
  • Promotion of the values and importance of the cultural heritage of the minorities in the region and in Europe as a whole, as a foundation for mutual understanding and trust among the peoples in SEE and as a method for strengthening the values of a multi-cultural society;
  • Research, preservation, restoration, integration and revitalization of the cultural heritage of minorities and assurance of its wholeness and integrity;
  • Organization of specialized conferences, seminars and other meetings to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience;
  • Research and education;
  • Interdisciplinary graduate and postgraduate studies and cooperation among universities and other forms of education for the future generations of specialists in the protection, preservation and restoration of the cultural heritage of minorities;
  • Providing information, formation of proper data bases (printed and virtual) and websites, and producing publications on the cultural heritage of minorities;
  • Collecting funds for major projects in the Foundation's field of expertise; organisation and execution of such projects, and
  • Cross-border cooperation in SEE aimed at the realization of the goals of the Foundation and exchanging experience about the protection of the cultural heritage of minorities in SEE.

For more information on the MFD Foundation or if you wish to become a friend of the Foundation, please contact: MFD Foundation, Heroja Tomšiča 4, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia; tel.: +386 2 23 55 370; fax: +386 2 23 55 372; e-mail: MFD@siol.net or iscomet@siol.net or esers@uni-mb.si

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Alternativa Noua

The Association Alternativa Noua was established in February 2000 with the aim to contribute to the development of cultural policy and strengthening and promotion of the work of cultural institutions, as well as their contribution to the cultural policy of the Republic of Moldova.

Among its main objectives Alternativa Noua highlights the following:

  • Providing information to professionals in Moldova about the activities of similar cultural institutions abroad;
  • Elaboration and implementation in Moldova of new practices coming in the wake of democratisation and transition to the market economy;
  • Disseminating information about more efficient management and operation of cultural institutions;
  • Making civil society more active in the elaboration of the cultural policy for the Republic of Moldova;
  • Development of culture and the arts in Moldova;
  • Promotion of Moldovan culture abroad; training programmes as well as organisation of cultural events such as festivals, conferences, workshops, symposia, etc.

For more information, please contact: Alternativa Noua, Mr. Veaceslav Reabcinschii, Str.Bucuresti 68, office 315, MD-2012 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, tel.: (373 2) 21 33 73; fax: (373 2) 21 25 82; e-mail: slava@moldovacc.md

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The Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA)

Supporting Cultural and Creative Industries in East London

CIDA, the Cultural Industries Development Agency is a specialist business support organization which champions the development of the creative and cultural industries in Tower Hamlets and East London. It supports the growth of a culturally diverse sustainable creative industries sector through targeted sub-sector initiatives, contributing to policy and planning development and regeneration, creating opportunities for creative industries to flourish through economic, social, environmental and cultural activity, tourism and the visitor economy, and through ICT, learning, skills and education.

The Agency specializes in delivering creative and cultural industry business and marketing support, information and signposting services, networking, supply chain, and cluster development, and related services locally and sub-regionally. It provides advisory services to commercially focused creative businesses; provides advisory services to creative and cultural social enterprises in voluntary and community sectors; engages in a range of strategic projects which retain and develop a culturally diverse sustainable creative industries sector; provides services and projects which include:

  • Information - on creative sectors, job opportunities, training and funding;
  • Advice - marketing and business growth;
  • Training - project management;
  • Investment - project development and fund-raising;
  • Promotion - events and marketing initiatives;
  • Links and networking - signposting and projects.

One of CIDAs core activities is the regular provision of business advice to its growing client base. Its clients come from all sectors, including fashion, design, music, dance, performing arts, visual arts, film and new media, broadcasting, digital media, festivals and events. Also, CIDA provides a monthly mailing service to support the marketing of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham based creative industries, as well as marketing support to clients. It can provide guidance on the development of marketing strategies and use of marketing materials. The Agency has developed a comprehensive resource base including training, fund-raising and sector specific information, magazines, e-zines and funding/business books and journals, thus providing its clients with quality information. A programme of activities has been developed to promote sector-specific and cross-sector supply chain and network development. CIDAs involvement in advocacy and promotion at a local, sub-regional, regional, national and international level is now a regular feature of its work, as is also education and training. In the sector of e-commerce and new media, CIDA also provides project management and ICT support. CIDAs advisers can offer targeted fund-raising advice to individuals, companies and organisations, support to prepare funding bids and applications to raise finance, and secure access to our funding resource of directories and interactive CD-Roms of funding and sponsorship opportunities. Its small grant programme to support entrepreneurship, business retention and expansion is divided into the Small Capital Equipment Grants Programme and the Creative Investment Fund.

CIDAs targeted development work within sub-sectors and strategic creative industries projects includes the following sub-sectors: workspace (provision in regeneration areas around the UK), public art and visual arts, cultural tourism, festivals and events, music, and fashion and designer makers. At the heart of CIDAs work is its Equal Opportunities Policy and belief in ensuring that barriers are lifted to participation, acquisition of new skills and opportunities for employment among marginalized communities, thus promoting social inclusion.

For more information, please contact: CIDA, Business Development Centre, 7-15 Greatorex Street, London E1 5NF, United Kingdom; tel.: +44 20 7247 4710; fax: +44 20 7247 7852; e-mail: info@cida.co.uk; http://www.cida.co.uk