Networking in the World
This issue of the Culturelink review carries the Report on the Activities of the Culturelink Network in 2000-2004 and the Programme for 2005-2006. The Report points out the impact of the Culturelink Network on worldwide cultural communication and dialogue in the last four years. It encourages the establishment of links between the existing international networks on all continents and welcomes the development of new networks, as well as a fruitful communication and exchange among various cultural institutions, cultural centres, universities, non-governmental organizations and professionals. Culturelink's diverse activities (research and publishing, cultural development data bases and www resource centres, conferences, internships) bring together an array of renowned international specialists forming research clusters on different cultural issues. The future Programme envisages also a series of new activities, but their realisation will depend on all of us. In the first place, mention ought to be made of the Second World Culturelink Conference, to be held in June 2005, which will be devoted to new ways and new actors of international cultural communication.
The journal's regular sections, Networking in Progress, and Research and Programmes, highlight a number of network activities in different parts of the world, i.e., in Mongolia, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, Japan, Canada, etc. We would like to thank Mr. António Pinto Ribeiro, Portugal, for his contribution on 'Shelters', which discusses the transformations and changes of contemporary societies. Life has changed, bringing with it changes in language. These changes are the consequences of technological shifts that happened at work, in the arts, in leisure, and in science. New terms are emerging every day which are able to address cultural creation, cultural distribution and the new conditions of perception.
The Dossier in this issue is focused on the Asia-Europe Seminar on Cultural Policy Challenges. Speaking about the contextual framework for international cultural cooperation in the global community, Nestor Jardin, the Philippines, concludes that one thing is becoming increasingly evident and necessary as we analyse the impact of globalisation and other megatrends facing the world today - globalisation must be more and more about culture, not just politics, trade and economy. Chulamanee Chartsuwan, Singapore, stresses the role of ASEF in cultural dialogue. Louis Yu Kwok Lit, Hong Kong, China, gives an example of a 'little Asia network', while Apinan Poshyananda, Thailand, analyses cultural heritage and contemporaneity, seeing heritage as a living, dynamic body of cultural goods.
We would like to thank the Asia-Europe Foundation and, in particular, Ms Marie Le Sourd, Project Manager of ASAF, for her cordial assistance in the preparation of this Dossier.