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Networking in Progress

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Forum for Cultural Cooperation with South East Europe

The Forum for Cultural Cooperation (FCC) with South East Europe is a virtual platform for cooperation between the countries of the European Union and the region of South East Europe. Its creation was proposed by the participants in the European Cultural Foundation's seminar on 'Crossing Perspectives: Cultural Cooperation with South East Europe' (Amsterdam, June 2003).

The main aim of the FCC is to counteract the possible 'exclusion' of SEE following the enlargement of the European Union. The FCC focuses on the participation of the SEE countries in existing and future Community cultural and educational cooperation programmes and on the formulation of concrete ideas for regional cultural cooperation, with improved funding for longer-term cultural and artistic programmes.

The activities of the Forum are geared towards a very specific group of political, expert and academic partners, who can work with the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in its pan-European advocacy initiatives. To this end, the ECF may call on Forum partners to participate in major international cultural cooperation schemes, or to prepare research and advocacy papers.

The first meeting of the Forum will take place around the conference on 'Networking for the Arts', to be organised by the Irish Arts Council in Cork, 20-22 May 2004, during the Irish Presidency of the EU. The second meeting will be organised in the Netherlands, under the Dutch Presidency of the EU, around the ECF conference on sharing cultures, Rotterdam, 12-14 July 2004. (See p. 55 in this issue.)

For more information, please visit: European Cultural Foundation;
Policies for Culture Programme;
A general overview of the EU's relationship with the countries of the South East Europe is available on http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/projects/cards/publications_en.htm
EU's enlargement website: http://europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/index_en.html

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Cacao / Ccawa

Concertation des acteurs culturels d'Afrique de l'Ouest /
Congress of Cultural Agents in West Africa

Cacao/Ccawa is a non profit organisation founded in March 2003 by about twenty cultural agents from different ECOWAS countries with a view to increasing professional exchanges and thus contributing to the reinforcement of opportunities in the field of culture in West Africa.Cacao/Ccawa is a network, a web of links. It aims at stimulating the will and ideas, giving birth to new projects, partnerships and networks. Intended for professionals in any field of arts and culture (visual arts, performing arts, letters, film, heritage, cultural promotion), the network welcomes individual people and non governmental cultural organisations.Its regional mission (because the region presents specific opportunities in the field of culture) and its multidisciplinarity (because the professionals from all the sectors of arts and culture are facing new challenges which need new solidarity) make it an unprecedented project in Africa.

Goals

  • To contribute to the implementation of a cultural civil society committed to fight for cultural diversity, freedom of speech, dialogue between cultures, and the acknowledgement of the other;
  • To contribute to broader cultural exchanges within West Africa and to encourage networking;
  • To contribute to the development and to improve the quality of cultural exchanges with other regions of Africa and the rest of the world;
  • To contribute to the development of cultural cooperation policies and programmes to meet the concerns of the agents in the field;
  • To contribute to sensitising populations and new private partners.

Missions

Cacao/Ccawa has four main missions. It aims at implementing:

  • professional dialogue setting,
  • dialogue with institutions,
  • an observatory and a research tool,
  • an instrument to act with.

Orientations and activities

Promoting dialogue between professionals

  • To develop contacts and collaboration with professionals from all the countries of the region and their associations;
  • To establish relationships with international cultural associations;
  • To organise topical meetings, during plenaries and out of plenaries, to the intention of the targeted groups of agents.

Developing dialogue with institutions

  • To develop relations with the regional institutions, particularly ECOWAS and UEMOA;
  • To build relationships with national and local authorities and to lead actions which contribute to improving their cultural policies;
  • To relate to other state and inter-state organisations which manage cultural cooperation programmes for West Africa.

Observing and analysing

Cacao/Ccawa will work on four big fronts:

  • organisation processes of non-state cultural agents,
  • evolution and implementation of policies and regulations dealing with culture,
  • cultural exchanges within the region and with other African regions and the rest of the world,
  • culture in conflicts, threats on freedom of speech and diversity.
    • To set up a working group comprising agents from different countries of the region whose role will be to keep an eye on the situation in his or her country. In 2004 and 2005, this group will attend a series of meetings in the margins of important specialised events in the region, with a view to exploring the four issues with professionals from different fields of culture and arts so as to get a regional outlook of the situation;
    • To achieve studies, investigations, case-studies, discussion fora, documentary researches;
    • To disseminate the results during meetings and through the Internet, publications, etc.

Acting

The actions will be adapted as the network goes on, bearing in mind the evolution in the sector and the priorities of its members. For the first few years, they will turn around five main points.

  • To facilitate the dynamic exchange of information and documentaries.
    • To publish and disseminate a periodical newsletter;
    • To create a website;
    • To produce and disseminate publications;
    • To organise information meetings;
    • To meet individual requests for information.
  • To reinforce skills and to strengthen West African expertise.
  • To implement pilot projects.
  • To lead actions in order to sensitise populations.
  • To encourage cultural patronage.

For more information, please contact: CACAO/CCAWA, P.O. Box 2205 Porto-Novo, Benin; e-mail: cacao-ccawa@numibia.net

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Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council is a foundation supporting cultural exchanges in the visual and performing arts between the United States and the countries of Asia, ranging from Afghanistan to Japan. Over the past 40 years, support has been provided for more than 3,700 Asians and Americans in the arts, as well as for regional exchange activities within Asia. The primary emphasis is on awards to artists, scholars, and specialists from Asia for research, study, and creative work in the United States. The fields of interest include archaeology, architecture (design, theory, history), art history, art and architectural conservation, crafts, dance, film, musicology, music, painting, photography, print making, sculpture, theatre, and video.

The Asian Cultural Council believes that the arts offer unique opportunities for the growth of communication, respect, and mutual understanding among citizens of all nations.

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

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European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC)

Year of establishment: 1992

Contact person: Ms GiannaLia Cogliandro, Executive Director

Fields of interest: cultural management, cultural administration, management in the arts

Geographical interest: Europe

Character of the institution: non-governmental

Objectives

The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC) is an independent umbrella organisation and the only European organisation for training institutions and individuals (experts, lecturers and consultants in cultural management and administration, cultural policies, and funding) professionally involved in education and training for the arts and cultural sectors. Currently, ENCATC operates in 34 countries. ENCATC speaks in the name of educational institutions in the cultural sector worldwide, and believes that education and training of cultural operators is key to development, improvement and social transformation.

Since its creation, the Network has cooperated in many ways with other international and European institutions, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Cultural Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Nordic Cultural Fund, and KulturKontakt, Austria.

The mission of ENCATC is to lead the way in the development of cultural management within the context of great changes in the fields of culture, arts and media. ENCATC aims:

  • to create an environment favourable to all institutions and professionals in the field willing to share experience, exchange good practices and set up partnerships at the transnational level;
  • to bridge the perceived divide between education, training, research and professional practice in cultural management;
  • to combine the diversity of its members, promoting examples of good practice, supporting the improvement of quality amongst its members, encouraging the establishment of forms of permanent co-operation and partnership between members;
  • to establish close co-operative links with cultural managers to further develop the theoretical base and the knowledge of cultural management which is firmly rooted in practice, and to create an arena in which cultural managers can reflect on and develop their work;
  • to forge creative partnerships with arts and media organizations across the cultural industries;
  • to be an independent and effective umbrella organization which supports its members and lobbies on their behalf on the national and international levels, addressing their needs to opinion leaders and decision makers who can exert influence on research and development activities in the field of cultural management.

Activities

ENCATC constitutes a unique platform that achieves results in terms of establishing contacts and launching new initiatives. ENCATC's main activities include international advocacy, representation and promotion of vocational training in the field of arts management and cultural policy; an annual conference for approximately 150 members and delegates; specialist-focused workshops and seminars; training academies; summer schools; researches, policy papers and publications relating to European and worldwide issues within arts management and cultural policy. On-line services include a monthly newsletter and a constantly updated website.

The exchange of experience and know how within and outside the network leads to the development of transnational cooperation projects such as Calliope (1997-1999); Nordic Baltic Platform (1999-2001); Synaxis Baltica (1999 - 2004); Culture Capital Creation (2002-2004); EUROCULT21 (2003-2005).

Publications

  • Updated ENCATC members directory - cultural administration and arts management courses in Europe (available on the web site)
  • ENCATC newsletter (monthly information service for ENCATC members)
  • ENCATC Flash (special information service for ENCATC members)

For more information, please contact: ENCATC, Square Sainctelette 19, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; tel.: +32 2 201 29 12; fax: +32 2 203 02 26; e-mail: info@encatc.org; http://www.encatc.org

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EUnetART

The European Network of Art Organisations for Children and Young People (EUnetArt), funded by the Dutch Government and the European Commission, is a place to meet, exchange and learn. It is a framework for developing co-operation projects and a platform to raise issues and a voice for arts for children and young people in Europe. Founded in 1991 in Bologna, EUnetArt is a multi-disciplinary cultural network of over 100 organisations in 28 countries. The membership base is made up of professional art organisations that work for children and young people. The disciplines include the performing arts, visual arts, music, museums, arts heritage centres, community centres and media festivals for children and young people.

The network strives to stimulate exchange, linkages and collaboration among art practitioners in Europe, whilst pursuing its overall aim to demonstrate the importance of the arts as a catalyst in social settings.

For membership information, please contact: postmaster@eunetart.org; http://www.eunetart.org

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European Festivals Association (EFA)

The European Festivals Association (EFA) was founded in Geneva in 1952, with fifteen festivals making up the core (Aix-en-Provence, Bayreuth, Berlin, Besançon, Bordeaux, Florence, Holland, Lucerne, Munich, Perugia, Strasbourg, Venice, Vienna, Wiesbaden and Zürich). Today, the members are not only individual festivals but also national festival associations from Europe and European festival networks. In total, EFA's members are 93 quality festivals in 31 European countries and 4 non-European countries.

The aim of EFA is to promote the highest ideals and significance of festivals through common publicity and other appropriate means to maintain and develop the high artistic quality of festivals and their important role in international cultural cooperation.

As an organisation of important festivals in Europe, EFA seeks primarily to:

  • coordinate the efforts of its members;
  • facilitate cooperation and coproduction;
  • set common policy;
  • struggle against uniformity by making provision for the diversity of festivals, their particularities, the pluridisciplinary tendencies;
  • pursue a cultural policy aimed at improving the state of art in society;
  • facilitate any measure likely to keep or re-establish peace and understanding among peoples.

For more information, please contact: info@euro-festival.net; http://www.euro-festival.net/Efichome/index.cfm

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Association of Performing Arts Presenters

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters), a U.S. service and advocacy organization with over 40 years of experience, represents more than 7,000 non-profit and for-profit organizations from all U.S. states and from 15 countries across the globe. The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is dedicated to bringing together performing artists and audiences.

Arts Presenters focuses on creative expression, which entails disciplines varying from all forms of dance, music, theater and family programming, to puppetry, circus, magic, attractions, and performing art. Some of its key activities include:

  • Serving as a voice for the performing arts community in the U.S. by providing information about background and resource material, as well as about spokespeople in the arts community.
  • Its research and surveying in the field helps organizations to improve their management capacity and increase their responsiveness to local communities, as well as to stay up-to-date on the needs and challenges of the performing arts.
  • It also advocates their members' interest before the U.S. Congress, the White House and federal agencies by lobbying for increased funding for the arts, improved visa policies for foreign artists, or tax incentives for charitable giving.
  • It creates new programmes and services to keep pace with their members' needs, while offering them professional development and continuing educational opportunities through seminars with focus on organizational, business, professional, audience and educational development.

Each year the Arts Presenters Members Conference is held in New York City representing the premier gathering of performing arts professionals in the world. Arts Presenters publishes the bimonthly magazine Inside Arts, which explores issues critical to the performing arts, presenting and touring field, as it introduces readers to well-known or unfamiliar artists and their work. The magazine also includes articles on successful Arts Presenters programmes and organizational development problems.

For more information, please contact: Association of Performing Arts Presenters, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036, USA; tel.: 202 833 2787; fax: 202 833 1543; e-mail: info@artspresenters.org; http://www.artspresenters.org

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Cultural Policy Institute

The Cultural Policy Institute is an independent analytical, consulting and project development agency that aims at modernizing the Russian cultural field. The Institute:

  • analyses factors of economic sustainability and social effectiveness of culture;
  • develops strategies based on the use of culture as a regional resource;
  • promotes the growth of cultural networks, the formation of creative clusters, and the development of inter-sectoral partnerships;
  • helps cultural organizations to find their place in the rapidly changing world.

Working in close collaboration with Russian and international charity foundations, educational and research centres, the media, local and national authorities, and with cultural organizations, both state and NGOs, the Cultural Policy Institute develops projects and programmes, which combine:

  • analysis and research,
  • the development and introduction of innovative models into the cultural field,
  • consulting and monitoring of innovative projects,
  • publishing materials on contemporary issues in the cultural field,
  • organizing round table discussions, conferences, and debates on the role of arts and culture in the society,
  • conducting training seminars for professionals in the field.

The Institute operates in the field of cultural policy, i.e., in an area where culture interacts with other sectors, such as education, urban planning, the media, community life, business, and local authorities.

The Institute's projects, which include Arts and Business, Creative Industries, Arts and Media, Network of Networks, and others, are based in different regions of the Russian Federation and benefit from the assistance of a wide range of specialists both from Russia and overseas.

For more information, please contact: Cultural Policy Institute, Ozerkovskaya naberezhnaya 8, 115184 Moscow, Russia, tel.: +7 (095) 730 7809; fax: +7 (095) 730 7822; e-mail: institute@cpolicy.ru; http://www.cpolicy.ru

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Fundaçao Sacatar

The Sacatar Foundation (Fundaçao Sacatar), founded in 2000 as a U.S. private non-profit corporation, runs an international arts residency programme on the island of Itaparica, across from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil. The purpose of the Sacatar Foundation is to provide artists from all backgrounds with a place to live and create. It generates opportunities for artists to interact and collaborate with the local and regional community and thus enhance the visibility and cultural impact of the host city and nation. The Sacatar Foundation is a member of the International Association of Residential Arts Centres / Res Artis, and they are also affiliated with the Alliance of Artists Communities.

For more information, please contact: Sacatar Foundation/Brazil, Quinta Pitanga, Rua da Alegria, 10, Itaparica BA 44460-000, Brasil, tel.: 55 71 631 1834; fax: 55 71 631 2069; and Sacatar Foundation/USA P.O. Box 2612, Pasadena CA 91102-2612, USA; e-mail: info@sacatar.org; http://www.sacatar.org/

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EIFL.net

EIFL.net - Electronic Information for Libraries is an independent international foundation based in Rome, whose aim is to lead, negotiate, support and advocate the wide availability of electronic resources for libraries and their users in developing countries and in countries in transition. Its initial focus was on negotiating affordable subscriptions on a multi-country consortial basis. Negotiating for several dozen consortia not only brings worthwhile bargaining power but offers savings and opens new markets to publishers. EIFL works closely with similar initiatives such as HINARI in medicine, AGORA in agriculture, and INASP-PERI programme in science. As a result, several thousand electronic journal titles are now available to libraries in eligible countries.

EIFL.net was set up in 2002 and has spread well beyond its original geographical focus in Eastern Europe and now embraces Africa, Asia and Central America.

EIFL.net seeks new partners and sponsors who share the belief that a well- informed populace with equal access to information and to the latest research literature is essential.

Further information can be found on the website at http://www.eifl.net

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London Consortium

The London Consortium is a Masters and PhD programme. It combines the resources of a major international museum, one of the world's most famous art centres, a well-respected university and the renowned Architectural Association. The intellectual ambition of the Consortium is to provide a challenging and exhilarating programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies.

Its faculty includes respected academics as well as cultural policy makers and students who now occupy prominent positions in the worlds of art, culture and education. The Consortium also features a distinguished visiting faculty of internationally-recognized scholars and leading cultural practitioners, ranging from architectural theorists and designers to specialists in art history, artists, theorists and philosophers.

In addition to accessing key figures in the arts and academic communities, students have access to London's archives, museums and galleries. Consortium students have organized conferences, film festivals and retrospectives, exhibitions and international exchanges.

Address: The London Consortium, c/o The ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, United Kingdom; tel.: +44 207 839 8669; e-mail: loncon@ica.org.uk; http://www.londonconsortium.com