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Networking in Progress

Culturelink review, no.41/November 2003 - contents - imprint - archive

culturebase.net - The international artists' database

culturebase.net is a database and information source on international artists and a resource documenting the work of international artists, performers and promoters who have been active in Europe within the last ten years. Artists from geographical regions as diverse as Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe are featured in this database. This includes international contemporary artists who are involved and engaged in cultural exchange. culturebase.net offers a source of information for art enthusiasts, producers, curators, artists, the media and opinion makers.

It is a European initiative of four innovative cultural players and their partners in the promotion of international art and cultural exchange. The project has been developed by the House of World Cultures, Intercult, Visiting Arts, and the Danish Center for Culture and Development, with the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union. The participating partner institutions select artists for culturebase.net. These artists are associated with an artistic project or event organized or supported by the partner institutions. culturebase.net provides information on these projects too.

The main part of the artists' portraits is based on specialized journalists' research. These articles feature prominent and less-known international artists, some of whom are nearly impossible to find on the Internet. The portraits contain information - which may include multimedia files - on the work and life of the artists.

The users can search culturebase.net by the artist's name, region, genre, etc. A special feature called Crossroads enables the users to establish unexpected links between artists.

For more information, please visit: www.culturebase.net or send an e-mail to info@culturebase.net

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Europa Nostra Activities

Europa Nostra is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, which is a good opportunity to mention at least some of their numerous activities.

In June 2003, Europa Nostra held its 40th anniversary congress by invitation of the Council of Europe. The highlight of the meeting was a policy forum entitled European Culture: A Shared Responsibility.

Attention also needs to be drawn to Europa Nostra's latest e-mail, Newsflash, on its website, which reports, inter alia, on success in obtaining the full recognition of the cultural dimension of the European integration.

All of Europa Nostra's activities in 2002 are summarized in the Annual Report 2002, which gives a comprehensive overview of the activities such as campaigning for endangered heritage(Battle for the Marathon-Schinias site; Park of Portofino, Liguria; Dracula Land theme park; Quercy Blanc cultural landscape; Saint Sophia Church in Kiev.), various conferences, recognizing outstanding heritage achievements, awareness raising, publishing activities, etc.

A special edition of the European Cultural Heritage Review presents the winners of the Awards for 2002. As usual, the awards were given in the following categories: architectural heritage, cultural landscape, collections of work of art, archaeological sites, outstanding studies and dedicated service to heritage. Last year several awards went to the United Kingdom, Sweden, Croatia and Cyprus for their heritage effort, as well as to some other European countries.

For more information, please contact: Europa Nostra, Mrs Laurie Neale, Heritage Awards Coordinator, Lange Voorhout 35, NL-2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 70 302 4052; fax: +31 70 361 7865; e-mail: ao@europanostra.org; http://www.europanostra.org

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The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the first global network of national arts funding bodies (See Culturelink no. 39/April 2003, pp. 5-6.). Since it was founded in 2001, the Federation has grown rapidly to include organizations from over 30 countries, from Finland to the Philippines, or from Colombia to Congo.

Its mission is to create an international resource and meeting ground for all those whose public responsibility is to support excellence and diversity in artistic endeavour. Through sharing information and expertise with their international colleagues, IFACCA's member agencies are not only fulfilling their own goal of supporting the arts and cultural diversity, but are also helping others to do the same. The Federation's unique cooperative approach leads to stronger and better-informed government support for the arts.

IFACCA provides a gateway to the world of arts and culture funding. Its invaluable resources include ACORNS, IFACCA's fortnightly e-bulletin, its website (www.ifacca.org), research assistance, joint initiatives, FLEx - the innovative Future Leaders Exchange programme, and D'ART - IFACCA's premium research service.

Although not a European, but having an outstanding experience in e-culture issues, IFACCA's Executive Director, Mrs. Sarah Gardner, actively participated in the e-culture: The European Perspective conference organized by Culturelink and Circle in Zagreb in April 2003 which was an excellent example of such activity.

For more information or to join, please contact: IFACCA, 372 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, Sydney, PO Box 788, Strawberry Hills 2012 NSW, Australia; tel: +61 2 9215 9018; fax: +61 2 9215 9111; e-mail: info@ifacca.org; http://www.ifacca.org

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Interculture Events

Networking for Knowledge and Social Change

Interculture Events works in the non-profit sector, offering professional support for the organization of conferences, meetings and other events. Oxford-based, with an international perspective, a specialist team works with academic, cultural and non-governmental organisations. The team's creativity and dedication make every event a success.

Whether you are planning something large or something small, formal or informal, you can rest assured of the success of your event.

For more information, please contact: Katherine Salahi, Interculture, P.O. Box 1369, Oxford OX4 4ZR, United Kingdom, tel./fax: +44 (0)1865 250024; e-mail: info@interculture.co.uk; http://www.intercultureonline.org

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Metropolis

Metropolis is an international forum for comparative research and public policy development about population migrations, cultural diversity and the challenges of immigrant integration into cities in Canada and around the world. Its goal is to improve policies for managing migrations and cultural diversity in major cities by focusing academic research on critical policy questions, options and programme delivery mechanisms; enhancing academic research capacity; and developing effective ways to use research results in decision making.

In Canada, the Metropolis Project (See Culturelink no. 32/November 2000, pp. 29-30.) is built upon partnerships involving all levels of government, academic researchers and community organizations in four Centres of Excellence. The international arm of the Project involves partnerships with policy makers and researchers from over 20 countries, including the United States, most of Western Europe, Israel and Argentina, as well as the Asia-Pacific region.

Among the newest Metropolis activities, attention needs to be drawn to the Seventh National Metropolis Conference, which will be hosted by the Montreal Immigration and Metropolis Centre in March 2004. The overall theme for this conference is Immigration and Integration at the Heart of the Debate: Research, Policy and Practice.

Metropolis regularly issues its newsletter covering all aspects of immigration.

Metropolis has been working with the Multiculturalism Program at the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Association for Canadian Studies, and a range of federal departments, programmes and agencies. It will continue to work on the Intersections of Diversity project. This collaboration has so far resulted in various publications, such as Canadian Diversity and Canadian Issues. Volume 2:1, spring 2003 of the Canadian Diversity is a collection of essays devoted to issues of citizenship, its values and responsibilities, thus reconciling the recognition of diversity with the building of common feelings of membership and solidarity; understanding the link between economic disadvantage and cultural exclusion, since many minority groups suffer from both; promoting genuine mutual understanding rather than simply appreciating diversity; enabling greater public participation, yet also ensuring that participation is conducted responsibly, in the spirit of openness and fairness, and not simply as a way of asserting dogmatic claims or scapegoating unpopular groups.

The April 2003 edition of Canadian Issues is dedicated to immigration issues: opportunities and challenges. It touches upon themes such as Canada's official languages, minority enclaves in Canadian cities, social inclusion, integration, attitudes towards ethnocultural diversity.

Another interesting project under development, in which Metropolis will also participate, is called Media and Diversity. It is a five year project to be coordinated by the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society (IMPACS). The project will encourage dialogue between journalists, researchers, policymakers and NGOs, in an effort to eradicate continuing stereotyping of ethnic, racial, religious and linguistic groups in the Canadian media.

For its numerous and highly relevant projects, Metropolis deserves the attention of anyone involved in migration issues.

For more information, please contact: Metropolis, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 365 Laurier Avenue West, JETS 18 D, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1, Canada, tel.: +1 613 957 5983; fax: +1 613 957 5968; e-mail: canada@metropolis.net; http://www.metropolis.net

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The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands)

The Prince Claus Fund stimulates and supports activities in the field of culture and development by granting awards, funding and producing publications, and by financing and promoting networks and innovative cultural activities.

Support is given to people and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more information, please contact: info@princeclausfund.nl; http://www.princeclausfund.nl

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Culture without frontiers: V2

V2, the Institute for the Unstable Media, was set up 22 years ago to deal with the media and media technologies. It is one of the main players in its field in Europe. The other organisations working in the same area include the Arts Electronica Centre in Linz, Austria; C3 in the Hungarian capital Budapest, and ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. These institutions work closely together on connecting archives, research and presentations and have also formed the European Network of CyberArt (EnCART).

V2 itself has three main strands: the Media Lab, which deals with hardware and software development, has artists in residence and works with a wide range of artists and arts institutions; V2 events are presentations of research results; and publications include about four books each year, examining the relevant issues concerning media, technologies and the arts.

At the national level, V2 works with six other media organisations with the aim of informing the Dutch ministry of culture of developments in the media field.

Every two years, V2 organises the two-week DEAF, the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, in Rotterdam.

V2 won a BAFTA award for its involvement in the Body Movies installation in one of the city's main squares during the Cultural Capital Year of 2001. The installation allowed local passers-by to interact with urban space through thousands of portraits projected inside their shadows.

That V2 is situated in Rotterdam is of some significance. The city has profiled itself as a technological city because of the harbour, but it also has a very open and co-operative atmosphere.

For more information, please contact: V2_Organisation - Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: 10-206 7272; fax: 10-206 7271; e-mail: v2@v2.nl; http://www.v2.nl

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Cyprus Theatre Organization

The Cyprus Theatre Organization (THOC) is the country's main theatrical vehicle, founded 32 years ago, which has recorded substantial activities in stage production and in all aspects of theatre development.

Within the framework of these activities, in fulfilling its role as a state theatre, THOC operates four stages: the Central Stage, the New Stage, the Experimental Stage, and the Children's Stage. It presents approximately 12 productions each year from the international, classical and contemporary Greek and Cypriot repertory.

In parallel with theatre productions, THOC has, in recent years, developed an interest in mixed dance-theatre productions.

Having the responsibility for theatre development, through a series of programmes and activities, it stimulates the promotion of theatrical art in Cyprus and the cultivation of theatre perception of the public. The following activities are covered: subsidy and support of independent theatres; building and renovation of theatre buildings; ad hoc subsidy of theatre productions; organization of seminars, lectures and other events that concern the theatre; theatre in schools; amateur theatre; theatre in Cypriot communities abroad; competitions for playwriting and support of Cypriot playwrights; collaboration with organizations abroad; the creation of a Theatre Museum of Cyprus; funding of organized groups; the creation of the THOC website as well as the implementation of an e-commerce system.

THOC has achieved significant results, mainly thanks to the fact that, as a semi-governmental organization with its own budget, it has the capability to move more swiftly and with greater agility than the state machine. Through its artistic activity and theatre development policies, it has generated unprecedented interest in the theatre.

For more information, please contact: Mr. Andy Bargilly, Director, Cyprus Theatre Organization, Chalkanoros 2 & Liperti str., 2000 Nicosia, Cyprus; tel.: +357 22 492 900; fax: +357 22 512 732; e-mail: thocdir@cytanet.com.cy; http://www.thoc.org.cy