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The Centre for World Dialogue

The Centre for World Dialogue, based in Cyprus, is a non-aligned, non-profit organisation founded on the conviction that all people have the right to engage in the free and open discussion of ideas. The Centre is committed to promoting greater understanding and co-operation at all levels by initiating and encouraging discussion on issues of global concern. The Centre believes that dialogue and the exchange of views have a vital role to play in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.

The Centre's activities include organisation of conferences on a wide range of international topics; publication of the quarterly journal Global Dialogue; research; as well as co-ordination of occasional meetings between prominent figures and community leaders. Research areas of particular interest currently being pursued include the following: Islam and international relations; nationalism and ethno-nationalism in an increasingly converging world; and the diversity of civilisations in a pluralistic international society. The Centre also provides opportunities to conduct research under an internship programme.

The Centre's journal, Global Dialogue, is a quarterly publication dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas on a broad range of international issues, social, political, economic and cultural. The journal reflects the belief that engagement and discussion are better means of resolving conflict than the threat or use of force. Global Dialogue's perspective is global, it does not confine its gaze to any one particular part of the world, but examines conflicts and issues wherever they arise. It also seeks to illuminate the forces at work internationally that are shaping today's world. The first issue of Global Dialogue was devoted to a topic at the forefront of intellectual debate: globalisation, the integration of the world's economy, communications, and culture. Subsequent issues have been devoted to the international arms trade and war, to the world's religions, the future of the United Nations, and the morality and effectiveness of economic sanctions, trends in international migrations, including refugees, economic migrants, asylum seekers and people-traffickers, etc. Global Dialogue welcomes the submission of articles for publication.

For more information, please contact: The Centre for World Dialogue, 39 Riga Fereou Street, P. O. Box 23992, CY- 1687 Nicosia, Cyprus; tel.: +357 22 511 782; fax: +357 22 311 752; e-mail: info@worlddialogue.org

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On the Move

The Performing Arts Traveller's Toolkit

This website is dedicated to international mobility for performing arts and music professionals, featuring information about activities, projects and their funding, in the areas of theatre, dance, music, and other performing arts disciplines. It is intended for artists and performing arts professionals from the European Union and the surrounding countries.

Links are coordinated under five headings:

  • arts networks, information centres and databases;
  • national and regional funding opportunities for (performing) artists;
  • international public and private funding opportunities for (performing) artists;
  • administrative, fiscal and legal information; and
  • other useful information for travelling professionals.

on the move at this moment is a pilot site which is being redesigned, according to user feedback. The official launch of the new site is scheduled for December 2003.

For more information, please visit: http://www.on-the-move.org

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The Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS)

Launched in July 2001, the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) is a new undertaking for co-operative projects between museums in Asia and Europe. It is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) with focus on the problem of European museums holding large collections from Asia, including parts of Asian heritage not available any more in Asia itself. At the same time, most museums in Asia hold few collections originating from Europe.

The ASEMUS network was set up to cope with this asymmetry between the museum collections in Europe and in Asia. Its stated objective is to share collections, to improve the transfer and sharing of professional competence, and to stimulate and empower co-operation between the museums in Asia and in Europe.

The network's mission is the following:

  • to increase the sharing and joint use of museum collections in Asia and Europe;
  • to share and transfer professional museum competence;
  • to make repositories of documentation and databases jointly available;
  • to develop joint exhibitions.

    ASEMUS will pursue these objectives by convening five workshops:

  • on scattered collections of Asian minorities;
  • on lost cultural heritage, monuments and sites;
  • on exchange of techniques for preservation and conservation;
  • on Asian perceptions of Europe and European perceptions of Asia; and
  • on a www-exhibition of 2,500 masterpieces in Asian and European collections.

For more information, please contact: Karl Magnusson, ASEMUS, National Museums of World Culture, P.O. Box 439, SE-401 26 Gothenburg, Sweden; tel.: +46 31 63 27 11; fax: +46 31 63 27 10; e-mail: karl.magnusson@smvk.se; http://www.asemus.org/

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The African Books Collective

The African Books Collective (ABC) is an organisation of 76 independent and autonomous publishers from 16 African countries. The collective was established in 1989 as a self-help initiative by a group of publishers working collectively together. It is non-profit making and is supported by government agencies and development organisations.

The ABC markets and distributes African-published books globally outside Africa, as well as resource materials for African book and publishing communities.

The 76 publishers, members of the collective, include academic presses, research organisations, NGOs, a women writers organisation, and commercial presses. They are located in Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The collective is open to genuinely autonomous and independent publishers, and the ABC actively seeks suitable titles for distribution outside Africa.

The ABC stocks English language titles in 40 subject fields. Over 150 new titles are added each year. There is an emphasis on academic books, literature, and general culture titles.

For further information, please contact: African Books Collective, Unit 13, Kings Meadow, Oxford OX2 0DP, United Kingdom; e-mail: abc@africanbookscollective.com; http://www.africanbookscollective.com/

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The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), based in Barcelona, is a consortium consisting of representatives of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Barcelona Town Council, with the objective of promoting relations and exchange between Mediterranean societies. To achieve this objective, the IEMed relies on the active participation of civil society, in particular from important businesses and universities. It was conceived as an initiative with an international appeal and the objective of reflecting on the Mediterranean, enhancing its richness and cultural diversity, and making it an area of freedom, harmony and prosperity.

With this public and private support, the IEMed hopes to be consolidated as an international reference think tank for the observation and interpretation of the Mediterranean reality and a platform for the advocacy and promotion of Euro-Mediterranean relations before the institutions of the EU, third countries, economic and social actors and public opinion.

The IEMed promotes research, debate and diffusion activities, which enables it to discuss the main issues on the Mediterranean agenda. It acts as a platform for initiatives stimulating cooperation with the countries to the south and east of the Mediterranean and serves as a cultural centre for the promotion of mutual understanding and dialogue through art, science and culture.

The IEMed organises its activities in five broad spheres:

  • The reflection and debate of ideas in the search of proposals to tackle the principal challenges faced by the Mediterranean. The IEMed aspires to become the centre of reference for the identification of the problems of the Mediterranean area and for the creation of proposals that will allow these problems to be dealt with.
  • Cultural action in favour of mutual understanding between the societies of the region, while promoting the most interesting artistic and cultural activities of the Mediterranean. The IEMed has been constituted as a cultural centre of international scope. Its objective is to promote and bring together the best of the artistic and cultural activities of the Mediterranean in the south of Europe.
  • The promotion of initiatives favouring the objectives of the Barcelona Process: peace, political and cultural dialogue, and shared development. The IEMed will act as a promoter of Mediterranean initiatives and as the administrator of cooperation programmes in collaboration with Catalan, Spanish and European institutions, universities, and other entities of civil society.
  • Contributing to the encouragement of foreign investment in the countries of the Mediterranean, particularly in the Maghreb, while promoting contacts between businesses in the area in collaboration with economic institutions. The IEMed will stimulate forums, activities and initiatives promoting contacts between businesses in the Mediterranean area and fostering investment opportunities.
  • The Mediterranean projection of the administrations that form part of the governing bodies of the IEMed. The IEMed will advise the administrations whenever they ask for it, and will act to strengthen their presence and prestige in the countries of the Mediterranean.

As a resource centre, the IEMed provides services and training, along with debate and participation spaces for the actors involved in Mediterranean issues. The IEMed has a Mediterranean portal which aims to become the leading virtual centre of specialised information on the Mediterranean.

For more information, please contact: IEMed, Girona 20, 5a planta, 08010 Barcelona, Spain, tel.: +34 932 449 850; fax: +34 932 449 850; e-mail: info@iemed.org; http://www.iemed.org

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e-Policy Resource Network for Africa

Canada made an initial contribution of $650,000 for the establishment of an e-Policy Resource Network for Africa.

This contribution is part of a $10 million initiative to help Africa expand the use and benefits of information and communication technology in response to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

The e-Policy Resource Network for Africa will be established by the UN Economic Commission for Africa to address a wide range of policy issues, regulations and strategies in areas such as e-commerce, legal and policy frameworks, telecommunications policy and regulation, Internet governance, e-government, and connectivity strategies.

For more information, please contact: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), e-mail: info@acdi-cida.gc.ca

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The Cultural Commons

The Center for Arts and Culture, a Washington based think tank, has launched the Cultural Commons, a new public-interest website designed to serve all those interested in art, culture, and public policy.

The Cultural Commons is designed to share information and ideas about art and culture among researchers, practitioners, administrators, students, scholars, artists, policymakers, and the general public.

Membership in the Cultural Commons is free and open to all. Users can:

  • Find daily headlines of major news stories about events that shape our cultural life. Follow cultural policy stories through a weekly news digest.
  • Discover the latest conferences, meetings, workshops, and other events in a running calendar.
  • Read opinion pieces on art, culture and policy in 'The Cultural Comment'.
  • Share ideas about pressing issues and relevant stories in 'Under Discussion'.
  • Post their own announcements as a Member of the Commons and tap into a directory of hundreds of other cultural organizations.
  • Examine the latest cultural policy job announcements.
  • Tap into specialized knowledge from scholars and others in the Experts section.

The purpose of the Cultural Commons is to create a more fully engaged cultural community that looks at the broad landscape of issues - from media consolidation to state budget crises - that affect both policy and culture. Members of the Cultural Commons include hundreds of cultural organizations across the United States and abroad, as well as individuals interested in arts and culture.

The Cultural Commons is underwritten through a grant from The Ford Foundation. The initial sponsors of the Commons are: J. Paul Getty Trust, Americans for the Arts, Grantmakers in the Arts, and the Center for Arts Management and Technology. The Center for Arts and Culture is a policy organization that informs and influences the decisions that shape our cultural life.

For more information, please contact: Center for Arts and Culture, Suite 505, 819 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001-3772, USA, tel.: 202 783 5277; fax: 202 783 4498; e-mail: center@culturalpolicy.org; http://www.culturalcommons.org

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The Network for Arts and Culture South Africa (NACSA)

The Network for Arts and Culture South Africa (NACSA) was officially launched in Johannesburg in June 2003.

The primary role of NACSA will be to engage with public representatives, relevant government departments, funding agencies and other important stakeholders around issues of policy, funding and strategy that affect the arts and culture sector.

Some of the areas that NACSA will concentrate on during the first year include giving effect to UNESCO's Recommendation on the Status of the Artist with regard to working conditions and remuneration for artists; getting funding agencies to work more effectively and efficiently in the interest of the sector; monitoring international trade agreements in which South Africa is engaged to assess their impact on arts and culture; seeking to impact on the cultural dimension of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and building strong organizations in each discipline.

NACSA will represent the International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD) in Southern Africa.

For more information, please contact: art27m@iafrica.com

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Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo

Euro-Mediterranean Network for Culture and Social Dialogue

Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo is a non-profit organisation established in Naples in 1994. The Foundation's aim is to promote European-Mediterranean partnerships through the development of dialogue between cultures and societies. This aim was considered a priority measure at the European-Mediterranean Congress in Barcelona in 1995 to ensure peace, shared development, and the constitution of an area of free exchange by the year 2010.

The main objectives of the Foundation are as follows:

  • to develop a dialogue between cultures and societies as a means of promoting freedom and justice in keeping with the ethics of tolerance and acceptance of diversity;
  • to act as an instrument to investigate solutions to peace-threatening problems through strategies for peaceful coexistence;
  • to act as a vehicle of cohesion for the achievement of a common management of the Euro-Mediterranean territory by bringing together the three fundamental Chapters of the 1995 Barcelona Congress:
    1. The constitution of a common Euro-Mediterranean area of peace and stability based on fundamental principles in respect of human rights and democracy.
    2. The creation of an area of shared prosperity and free exchange between the European Union and its partners and the Mediterranean partners themselves, to be assisted by the financial support of the European Union.
    3. Progress in reciprocal understanding and the development of an active civil society by means of dialogue between the cultures and societies.

The activities of the Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo aim to provide publicity, representation and networking to the dialogue between Euro-Mediterranean cultures and societies. Among the most significant activities are the following:

  • Holding of exhibitions on the cinema of Central-Eastern Europe and the Arab-Mediterranean countries. The 'Cinemamed' project organises an Itinerant Mediterranean Cinema Festival, as well as high-level training courses for professions related to the cinema.
  • The drafting and promotion of Appeals for peace and the protection of the environment, national territory, resources and cultures of the Euro-Mediterranean area.
  • Publication of printed and multimedia editions.
  • The awards: 'Premio Mediterraneo' with the sections on Peace, Culture, Art, Institutions, Diplomacy, Information, and Delfino d'Argento, 'Premio Internazionale Laboratorio Mediterraneo' for the best short film in support of the dialogue between the cultures of Eastern Europe and those of the Mediterranean.
  • Organisation of advanced training seminars that aim to supply scientific and cultural resources to the future generations of Euro-Mediterranean researchers, helping them to acquire a free critical awareness as an essential means of promoting science and literature, economic and political initiatives.
  • Realisation of a European Master Course: 'Models of Complexity and Human Ecology: tools for community development' (Naples 1998-2001), open to graduates in psychological disciplines for the development of empowerment and the promotion of individual and group community resources.
  • Promotion of initiatives for the development of local communities, such as the action-oriented research project on 'Tourism and the Quality of Life in the Historical Centre of Naples' (Naples, December 2002).
  • Organisation of 'Euro-Mediterranean Conferences' for the promotion of dialogue between cultures and societies (Naples 1995; Amman 2000; Skopje 2001), and of the 'Euromed Civil Forum' (Barcelona 1995, Naples 1997, and Naples 2003).
  • Since 1999, the 'Réseau des Chaires' has been held in collaboration with numerous universities from the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Chaire Unesco for advanced Mediterranean studies has been instituted, seeking the participation of internationally recognised scholars in pursuing its objective of developing common civil awareness and promoting a structured dialogue between cultures and societies through young people.

For more information, please contact: Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo, Via Depretis 130, 80133 Naples, Italy, tel.: +39 081 552 3033; fax: +39 081 420 3273; e-mail: info@medlab.org; http://www.euromedi.net/

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Osservatorio Culturale

Regione Lombardia

The Osservatorio Culturale of the Region of Lombardy began in 1989 in order to provide support for the definition and evaluation of regional cultural policies; to promote innovative projects in the cultural sector; to develop training activities for cultural operators; and to offer information to cultural organisations and operators in the region.

From 1996 the Osservatorio Culturale is an office of the Lombardy Region, Direzione Generale, Culture, Identita ed Autonomie della Lombardia. The Osservatorio Culturale addresses its activities to cultural operators, decision-makers, researchers and students.

The Osservatorio Culturale objectives and activities are the following:

  • Support for the definition of regional cultural policies, for the planning and definition of guidelines for the qualification of regional actions in the cultural sector;
  • Coordination and promotion of research for cultural activities and services;
  • Study and monitoring of demand and consumption of culture, of the supply of professionals and of employment in the cultural sector;
  • Coordination and promotion of vocational training initiatives and development of employment in the cultural sector; and
  • Monitoring of the programmes of the European Union in the cultural sector, coordination and promotion of specific cultural projects.

The Osservatorio Culturale develops its own activities in cooperation with other public and private institutions, centres for research and universities.

For more information, please contact: Ninfa Cannada Bartoli, Regione Lombardia, Direzione Generale; Culture, Identita ed Autonomie della Lombardia, Piazza IV Novembre 5, 20124 Milano, Italy, tel.: +39 02 67652522; e-mail: cannadav@regione.lombardia.it; http://www.lombardiacultura.it/osservatorio

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Réseau des villes créatives / Creative City Network

A face-to-face and online network of colleagues creating creative cities

TheCreative City Network/Réseau des villes créatives (CCN/RVC) is an organization of people employed by municipalities across Canada working on arts, cultural and heritage policy, planning, development and support. It was created in 2002 as a federally incorporated non-profit organization with a board of directors representing cities throughout Canada.

The Creative City Network exists to connect the people who share a similar working environment in order to become more effective in cultural development in different communities. By sharing experience, expertise, information and best practices, the members support each other through dialogue, both in person and online.

For more information, please contact: CCN/RVC c/o City of Vancouver, Office of Cultural Affairs, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1V4 Canada, tel.: +604 871 6228; e-mail: info@creativecity.ca; http://www.crativecity.ca

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Recent Activities of the Centre for Study in Cultural Development - Belgrade

The Centre for Study in Cultural Development - Belgrade is a cultural research organization that deals with empirical studies in the field of culture and arts, consultancy, information and documentation services, publishing activities (Kultura review for the theory and sociology of culture, media and cultural policy; other publications) and artistic and cultural projects (workshops, presentations, debates, panels, exhibitions, performances, etc.). In the focus of its research activities are cultural policy studies. The Centre's recent activities are presented below:

  • Internet Conference
    The Centre for Study in Cultural Development is organizing a regional Internet conference on the subject of Key Issues in Cultural Policy Transition. Its main goal is the interactive exchange of knowledge and experience in transitional policies of the countries of the Balkans region. The conference programme consists of three thematic units: models, instruments, and international aspects of cultural policy in transition. The participants in the debate are experts from Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia, Macedonia and Bulgaria. The URL of the conference is http://www.zaprokul.org.yu/savetovanja/int_konf_program.html
  • Cultural policies of Serbia 1989/2001
    At this point in this long-term project, the Centre experts are analyzing programmes and activities in the field of art and culture as presented in the documents of the Serbian political parties. At the same time, the Centre is conducting a public opinion survey on cultural policy for the Ministry of Culture and Belgrade City Assembly. 240 citizens of Belgrade were interviewed and asked to evaluate the efforts and effects of the two cultural policies, as well as to compare them with the cultural policies of the previous authorities. The interview methodology developed in earlier stages of this project will be used for comparative analyses of cultural policies in the countries of South-Eastern Europe. This part of the project is conducted in cooperation with the University of Arts, Belgrade.
  • The regional study of interculturalism, art management and mediation in the Balkans will comprise interviews with ministers and managers of cultural institutions in Poland, Romania, Macedonia and Montenegro. More about this project can be found at URL http://www.zaprokul.org.yu/istrazivanja/info.html
  • The geo-cultural map of Serbia - Electronic data base of Serbian cultural institutions
    In this project, 3,459 institutions have been identified so far. The address book of these institutions is presented on the website http://www.zaprokul.org.yu/geo_cult_map.html
    Based on the already gathered and processed data, the Centre is in a position to make analyses and reports on projects and programmes, employment structure, financing, and technical capabilities of the following categories of cultural institutions: archives, libraries, museums, artistic colonies, and multi-purpose cultural centres.
  • Reeducation for cultural tourism
    After the November 2002 debate, entitled The Position of Museums in Cultural Development, the project continued with a study of the needs to reeducate the management and marketing staff in cultural institutions. To those who are strategically oriented towards cultural tourism, questionnaires were sent to analyze the training needs of their staff. More information about this project can be found at http://www.zaprokul.org.yu/istrazivanja/reedukacija.html
  • Cooperation and dialogue in building effective local cultural policies
    As the strategic papers were developed and completed during December 2002 in the cities of Sombor, Kragujevac, Šabac and Užice, this project was brought to its close.
    There are two important outcomes of this project: first, establishing the Forum of Culture in each of the four cities, as a permanent mediating body between the municipal authorities and citizens, and, second, the development of a strategic paper which will be at the disposal of the local authorities.

For more information, please contact: The Centre for Study in Cultural Development, Rige od Fere 4, Belgrade 11000, Serbia and Montenegro; tel.: +381 11 63 80 81; fax: +381 11 63 89 41; e-mail: indok@zaprokul.org.yu; http://www.zaprokul.org.yu