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Number 412 20 May 2021



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This Friday 21 May marks the United Nations (UN) World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which promotes culture – including diversity of cultural expressions – and its role in socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development. As part of its activities, tomorrow the UN General Assembly will partner with UNESCO to convene a high-level event that will address the theme Building back better: towards a more resilient and impactful culture sector throughout COVID-19 and The Decade of Action. The event will highlight the role of culture in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the challenges to the cultural ecosystem exposed by the pandemic. We are very pleased that the Federation will be represented in these discussions by Executive Director Magdalena Moreno Mujica, who will participate in a panel session on Achieving Culture’s Transformative Potential to Accelerate the Decade of Action. The event will be live broadcast and you can follow proceedings via UN Web TV.

Building back better and addressing cultural ecosystem challenges have also been central to recent headlines, with a notable focus on working conditions and social protections for artists and cultural workers. In Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage has launched an economic survey of Canadian artists and content creators to better understand their circumstances – including in relation to employment and income, and creation in the context of COVID-19 – and to inform policy making for the cultural and creative sectors. In Estonia, the government has approved a state budget strategy for 2022–2025 that includes an additional €2 million allocation for the salary fund of cultural workers – for whom the national minimum wage is currently €1,300 per month – which will be distributed by the Ministry of Culture, in agreement with the Central Organisation of Employees’ Trade Unions. And in New Zealand, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has shared a new economic forecast that predicts an increase in cultural sector employment through to 2026 – revising a previous forecast of an 11.7 percent decline due to the pandemic – and highlights the impact of the government’s investment in the sector through its NZ$374 million recovery programme.

In Peru, the Ministry of Culture is developing a new Artist Law to address structural problems and recognise the employment and social rights of artists, working in partnership with citizens through a series of public dialogues that will consider cultural rights, freedom of creation, health, social security and union rights. In Singapore, in the context of renewed measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth has announced that it will provide further support for arts and culture self-employed persons. In Spain, Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, has committed to develop legislation on the Status of the Artist, as a charter of rights to provide cultural practitioners and workers with ‘visibility, recognition and legal certainty’, including in relation to remuneration, tax, pensions and unemployment protection measures. And in Zimbabwe, the National Arts Council is working with partners on a dedicated medical facility initiative to provide artists and media practitioners with access to discounted medical services and products.

And for our part in building back better, this month we are pleased to release IFACCA’s new Strategy 2021-2026, which outlines how we aspire to work with our members to adapt to post-COVID conditions, through crisis management, recovery and long-term strategy; to rebuild, redefine and reform public support for arts and culture, towards a more sustainable and secure future; to demonstrate the international leadership and innovation potential of our sector; to embed arts and culture in wider social conversations and collaborate with other sectors; and welcome new members to stand with us, unified in global commitment to arts and culture. You can find the Strategy online in English, Spanish and French (with German and Portuguese translations available upon request).

As always, if you have news, publications or updates that you would like us to share, please contact us at news@ifacca.org.


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Our Strategy 2021-2026

As a Federation, our shared vision is a world in which arts and culture thrive and are recognised by governments and peoples for their manifold contribution to society. The purpose of the Secretariat is to support and engage members; to forge platforms for collaboration and exchange; to be a trusted source of intelligence; and to lead global thought for arts and culture in public life. Our new Strategy 2021-2026 outlines our plans for the years ahead, informed by direct input from National Members who continue to be at the centre of our work, and considers immediate and longer-term needs identified by them. 

Read the new Strategy 2021-2026.


National Agency News


Webinar - Artist mobility from the UK to the EU – country focus Belgium and the Netherlands

Cygnor Celfyddydau Cymru - Arts Council of Wales, 18 May 2021, Wales

Join Arts Infopoint UK, Cultuurloket and DutchCulture for a free online webinar session to learn about temporary mobility of artists and culture professionals from the UK to Belgium and the Netherlands.

Viet Nam-EU cooperation on culture, sports and tourism towards sustainable development, inclusive growth, gender equality and environmental protection

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam, 14 May 2021, Viet Nam

On May 13, 2021, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ms. Nguyen Phuong Hoa - Director General, International Cooperation Department, worked with Mr. Jesus Lavina - Deputy Head of the Development Cooperation Department, The EU Delegation to Viet Nam and discussed the European Union's (EU) Multi-Year Cooperation Program for the 2021-2027 period and Viet Nam-EU bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, sports and tourism.

Reforms and investments of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan of the Ministry of Culture and Media were presented

Ministry of Culture and Media, Croatia, 14 May 2021, Croatia

As part of the presentation of individual segments of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the Minister of Culture and Media, Ph.D. Nina Obuljen Koržinek and the Minister of Physical Planning, Construction and State Property Darko Horvat presented certain reform to the media today.

The Diversity of Performing Arts Audiences: Weighing Organizational Factors and Business Decisions

National Endowment for the Arts, 6 May 2021, USA

A year ago this month, Zannie Voss and Jill Robinson produced one of the first action-oriented research reports about COVID-19’s impact on arts organizations. In the report, titled In it for the Long Haul, Voss and Robinson—who head, respectively, the academic think tank SMU DataArts and its industry partner, TRG Arts—predicted that “the communal nature of arts participation will be a strength to communities hungry to come together again and affirm existential meaning after prolonged isolation.”

Strengthening of public reading and cultural activities: the government creates the national center for reading and cultural activities (CENALAC)

Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Togo, 6 May 2021, Togo

On March 24, 2015, 15 years after the start in Togo of the CLAC program, reading and cultural activities centers, the then Minister of Culture, Ms. Kouméalo Anaté, requested the support of the OIF for the creation of a national center for reading and cultural activities...

This is how Arts Council Norway works with diversity

Kulturrådet – Arts Council Norway, 5 May 2021, Norway

The Art Council's social mission is to stimulate contemporary diverse art and cultural expressions and to contribute to art and culture being created, preserved, documented and made available to as many people as possible. Diversity is a prerequisite for a cultural life of high quality and relevance for the entire population.

He waiata reo rua - arts agencies come together to support bilingual music

Creative New Zealand - Toi Aotearoa, 4 May 2021, New Zealand

APRA AMCOS NZ, Creative New Zealand and the Māori Language Commission - Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori have combined to support the development of a bilingual music industry. This initiative aims to enrich our cultural identity and change the way New Zealanders create and consume music performed in te reo Māori.


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International News


Windhoek+30 Declaration calls for affirming information is a public good

UNESCO, 6 May 2021, International

Participants of the 2021 World Press Freedom Day Global Conference adopted the “Windhoek + 30 Declaration”, thirty years after the landmark meeting that brought forth the 1991 Windhoek Declaration on Free, Independent, and Pluralistic Press, which triggered the proclamation of 3 May as World Press Freedom Day. The conference was held from 29th April to 3rd May, same dates of the 1991 Seminar, and in a hybrid format.

Italian Museums Open Again: The Big Plan To Restart The Cultural Sector

Forbes, 6 May 2021, International

With the beginning of this week, and after months of closure, Italian museums, theaters and cinemas have reopened their doors in most of the country’s regions. And with a €6.7 billion ($8 billion) plan, Italy’s Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini is now intending to relaunch the entire sector. “Culture will give a great contribution to the country’s recovery,” he announced.

Culture ministers: Nordic co-operation more important than ever

Nordic Co-operation, 5 May 2021, International

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the culture and media sector was high on the agenda at the first meeting in 2021 of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture. The ministers also agreed on budget priorities for the future.

Cultural workshop for tour guides hailed a success

Cook Islands News, 3 May 2021, Cook Islands

Tauranga Vananga - the Ministry of Cultural Development, and the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation joined forces last week to run their first cultural tour guide workshop. The workshop is the result of their joint commitments outlined in a five-year memorandum of understanding.

Over 110 Chambers of Commerce Deliver Letter to Congress Supporting $18 Billion in Recovery Support for Creative Economy

Americans for the Arts, 30 April 2021, USA

Building on two previous letters of support (May 2020, August 2020) for relief and recovery efforts to help the arts, culture, and the creative sector, a coalition of 113 chambers of commerce in 46 states delivered a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership on April 26, 2021 asking that $18 billion be allocated within the forthcoming infrastructure recovery bills specifically to support creative economic recovery.

China builds nearly 600,000 cultural centers in villages

ChinaCulture.org, 25 April 2021, China

China had built 575,384 cultural centers in its rural areas as of December 2020, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a statement.

Ministry extends relief support

Daily News, Botswana, 21 April 2021, Botswana

Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development principal programmes officer, Mr Omphitlhetse Tshukudu says ministry will hold arts presentations next month to stimulate the creative industry.

Using the arts to improve health: WHO pioneers large-scale, arts-based health interventions

WHO Regional Office for Europe, 21 April 2021, International

A new partnership project initiated by WHO/Europe and the Nordic Culture Fund sets out to explore effective and sustainable strategies for integrating arts and culture into the wider health-care sector. Led by WHO/Europe’s flagship unit on behavioural and cultural insights for health, it will bring together academics, artists, cultural institutions, health-care practitioners and policy-makers from different countries.

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Freelancers in the Creative Industries

Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre, 14 May 2021, United Kingdom

One of the defining features of the creative industries is a high reliance on freelancers whether that is in film, design, tech or the arts. 32% of the creative industries workforce as a whole is self-employed (including freelancers), compared with 16% of the UK workforce (Oct 2019 - Sept 2020, DCMS, 2021).

New Zealanders’ Cultural Participation in 2020 and Future Participation in a Post-COVID Environment (May 2021)

Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture & Heritage, New Zealand, 12 May 2021, New Zealand

This report, New Zealanders’ Cultural Participation in 2020 and Future Participation in a Post-COVID Environment [PDF 3.1MB] outlines findings from a national survey of participation in a range of cultural activities in New Zealand and the impact of COVID-19. It identifies current cultural participation levels in late 2020 and anticipated future participation at COVID Alert Level 1.

An exploration of possibilities and challenges of fair international cultural cooperation

DutchCulture, 10 May 2021, Netherlands

In this publication DutchCulture looks back at an important subject over the past three years, fair international cultural cooperation, specifically focussing on the themes Funding, Climate Change and Language and formulating answers to fundamental questions. What lessons can we learn for cooperating in the present moment, and in the future? How do we ensure that cultural cooperation becomes more sustainable, equal and inclusive? The imbalance of international cultural cooperation seems to be growing as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the cultural sector in the Nordic countries

Kulturanalys, 28 April 2021, Sweden

This report describes the effects of the pandemic on the Nordic cultural sector and how the measures taken by the Nordic governments to mitigate this impact have worked. The report, prepared by Kulturanalys Norden on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers, is one of two analyses launched by the Nordic Ministers of Culture in 2020 to better understand and manage the challenges of the culture and media sector during the pandemic. The report is written in Scandinavian with a summary in English.

Situational Analysis of the Zimbabwe Music Sector

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, 28 April 2021, Zimbabwe

The situational analysis undertakes a rapid diagnostic of the current situation of the music sector to identify existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It was carried out under the framework of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility for the Governance of Culture in Developing Countries and is part of the Zimbabwe project “Strategy for the sustainable development of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in Zimbabwe – focuses on the Music sector” piloted by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.



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Call for applications as mandate holder - United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

United Nations Human Rights Council, 5 May 2021, International

A new mandate holder will be appointed at the end of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, scheduled to take place from 13 September to 1 October 2021. Individual applications, including a motivation letter, must be submitted and received by 11 June 2021 at 12 noon Geneva time through the on-line application procedure, which consists of (1) an online survey and (2) an application form in Word format.



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El viernes 21 de mayo se celebra el Día Mundial de la Diversidad Cultural para el Diálogo y el Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas que promueve la cultura —incluida la diversidad de expresiones culturales— y su papel en el desarrollo social, medioambiental y económicamente sostenible. Dentro del programa de actividades, la Asamblea General de la ONU colaborará con la UNESCO para celebrar un evento de alto nivel con el lema Por una mejor reconstrucción: avances hacia un sector cultural más resiliente y efectivo a lo largo del COVID-19 y de la Década de la Acción. El evento destacará el papel de la cultura en la implementación de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible y los problemas del ecosistema cultural que la pandemia ha puesto de relieve. Nos alegra comunicar que la directora ejecutiva de IFACCA, Magdalena Moreno Mujica, representará a la Federación en este diálogo, quien participará en la mesa redonda Ejercer el potencial transformador de la cultura para acelerar la Década de Acción. El evento se transmitirá en directo y se podrá seguir por la Web TV de la ONU.

Una mejor reconstrucción del sector y el reto de encarar los problemas del ecosistema cultural han sido temas de actualidad en los titulares, especialmente en cuanto a las condiciones de trabajo y la protección social de las y los artistas y trabajadores culturales. En Canadá, el Departamento del Patrimonio Canadiense ha lanzado una encuesta económica de artistas y creadores de contenidos canadienses para entender sus condiciones tanto de empleo e ingresos como de creación en el contexto del COVID-19 y para orientar las políticas en los sectores cultural y creativo. En Estonia, el gobierno ha aprobado una estrategia para los Presupuestos del Estado 2022-2025 que incluye una asignación complementaria de 2 millones de euros para el fondo salarial de trabajadores culturales, cuyo salario mínimo a nivel nacional es de 1.300 euros al mes, y que distribuirá el Ministerio de Cultura, de acuerdo con la Federación Central de Sindicatos. Y por último, en Nueva Zelanda, el Ministerio de Cultura y Patrimonio ha publicado una proyección económica que predice un aumento de empleo en el sector cultural hasta 2026, corrigiendo una proyección anterior que estimaba en un 11,7% el descenso de empleo por la pandemia. El anuncio destaca también el impacto de la inversión pública en el sector a través del programa de recuperación, dotado con 374 millones de dólares neozelandeses.

En Perú, el Ministerio de Cultura está desarrollando una nueva Ley del Artista para afrontar problemas estructurales y reconocer el empleo y los derechos sociales de las y los artistas, trabajando en colaboración con la ciudadanía a través de una serie de mesas de diálogo sobre los derechos culturales, la libertad creativa, los derechos de salud y seguridad social, y los derechos sindicales y gremiales. En Singapur, en el contexto de las medidas para frenar la expansión del COVID-19, el Ministerio de Cultura, Comunidad y Juventud ha anunciado que continuará el apoyo a las y los profesionales autónomos en las artes y la cultura. En España, el ministro de Cultura y Deporte, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, se ha comprometido a desarrollar el Estatuto del Artista, a modo de carta de derechos que dará a las y los trabajadores del sector “visibilidad, reconocimiento y seguridad jurídica” en ámbitos como el fiscal, el de las pensiones y en materia de ayudas por desempleo. En Zimbabue, el Consejo Nacional de las Artes está trabajando con colaboradores en una instalación médica para ofrecer a las y los artistas y profesionales de medios acceso a productos y servicios médicos con descuentos.

Nuestra contribución a una reconstrucción mejor este mes es la publicación de la nueva Estrategia 2021-2026 de IFACCA, que presenta cómo aspiramos a  trabajar con los miembros para adaptarnos a las condiciones tras la pandemia del COVID a través de la gestión de crisis, la recuperación y la estrategia a largo plazo; reconstruir, redefinir y reformar el apoyo público a las artes y la cultura, hacia un futuro más sostenible y seguro; demostrar el liderazgo internacional y el potencial de innovación del sector; integrar las artes y la cultura en el diálogo social y colaborar con otros sectores; e invitar a nuevos miembros a unirse a nosotros en el compromiso global por las artes y la cultura. La Estrategia está disponible virtualmente en inglés, español y francés, y disponemos de traducciones en alemán y portugués para quien las solicite.

Como siempre, si tiene noticias, publicaciones o novedades que le gustaría que difundiésemos, por favor póngase en contacto con el Secretariado en news@ifacca.org.

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Nuestra Estrategia 2021-2026

Como Federación, nuestra visión es un mundo en el que prosperen las artes y la cultura, y en el que sus múltiples contribuciones a la sociedad sean reconocidas por los gobiernos y los pueblos. El propósito del Secretariado de la Federación es apoyar y facilitar la participación de los miembros, forjar plataformas para la colaboración y el intercambio, ser fuente confiable de información y liderar el pensamiento global para las artes y la cultura en la vida pública. Esta estrategia emerge de las consultas directas a los miembros nacionales, que continúan siendo el núcleo de nuestro trabajo, y toma en consideración las necesidades a largo plazo que han indicado. 

Lea nuestra Estrategia 2021-2026.



Ministerio de Cultura lanza segunda convocatoria de Fondos de Emergencia

Ministry of Culture of El Salvador, 12 May 2021, El Salvador

El Gobierno de El Salvador a través del Ministerio de Cultura lanzó este día la segunda edición del proyecto Fondos de Emergencia al Sector Cultural por Pandemia COVID-19, que este año pone a disposición $204 100 para dinamizar al sector artístico y cultural del país.

Red de fibra óptica del Ministerio de las Culturas permitirá conectar a 100 centros culturales del país

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, Chile, 12 May 2021, Chile

Llegar a aquellos territorios donde el acceso a internet no es aún una realidad extendida, y que espectadores del Centro Cultural de Alto Hospicio, del Teatro Municipal de Temuco y del Centro Cultural de Coyhaique puedan disfrutar -al mismo tiempo- de un espectáculo presentado en el Teatro Municipal de La Pintana, será una realidad gracias a la red cultural digital que durante este año conectará por fibra óptica a 100 centros culturales de todo el país.

La Declaración de Windhoek + 30 pide afirmar que la información es un bien público

UNESCO, 6 May 2021, International

Windhoek, 4 de mayo: Los participantes de la Conferencia 2021 por el Día Mundial de Libertad de Prensa adoptaron la "Declaración de Windhoek + 30", treinta años después de la histórica reunión que dio lugar a la Declaración de Windhoek en 1991 sobre una Prensa libre, independiente y pluralista, la cual dio lugar a la proclamación del 3 de mayo como el Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa. La conferencia se llevó a cabo del 29 de abril al 3 de mayo, mismas fechas del Seminario de 1991, en un formato híbrido.

Paraguay y Qatar afianzan lazos de cooperación en materia cultural

National Secretary of Culture, Presidency of the Republic, Paraguay, 5 May 2021, Paraguay

El ministro de Cultura, Rubén Capdevila, recibió este miércoles en audiencia al Ministro Plenipotenciario Encargado de Negocios de la Embajada del Estado de Qatar en Paraguay, Saeed Bin Hamad Al-Marri, con quien conversó sobre el intercambio cultural entre Paraguay y Catar, con miras a fortalecer las relaciones.

Nuevas medidas para el sector de las industrias culturales y sus trabajadores y trabajadoras

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Argentina, 3 May 2021, Argentina

Entre las medidas que anunció el Ministerio de Cultura se destaca el pago de la primera cuota de Cultura Solidaria para más de 50.000 beneficiarios de todo el país, la extensión del Plan Podestá para el teatro independiente, un apoyo económico de emergencia para la Comarca Andina y un subsidio para el sostenimiento del espectáculo en vivo en AMBA.

Colombia anuncia contribución para la reactivación del sector cultural de los países de la Alianza del Pacífico

CERLALC, 28 April 2021, Colombia

El anuncio de la contribución financiera de USD 278.329, para impulsar la implementación del plan de trabajo del Grupo de Técnico de Cultura, durante la vigencia 2021, fue hecho por la directora de Oferta de Cooperación Internacional de APC-Colombia, Catalina Quintero, durante el conversatorio virtual ‘Alianza estratégica para el fortalecimiento de la cultura en la Alianza del Pacífico’, realizado este 27 de abril y con la participación del ministro de Cultura de Colombia, Felipe Buitrago; el director del Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe (Cerlac), Andrés Ossa y representantes de Chile, México y Perú.

La Secretaría de Cultura y el Imcine se suman al Parlamento Abierto para crear una Ley de Cinematografía y el Audiovisual

Secretary of Culture, 26 April 2021, Mexico

La Secretaría de Cultura federal y las instituciones dedicadas a atender el quehacer cinematográfico y audiovisual que la conforman celebran que desde el Senado se abra el diálogo para que tanto las instituciones de gobierno como la comunidad participen de manera activa en el Parlamento Abierto.

Promover los derechos de autor en las industrias culturales y creativas digitales: una apuesta iberoamericana

OEI - Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, 26 April 2021, International

La OEI se suma a la celebración internacional del Día de la Propiedad Intelectual, un elemento fundamental dentro de la «Cultura Digital», ámbito que la OEI trabaja y promueve en toda la región desde su Dirección General de Cultura.


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