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Number 407 10 December 2020



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Thursday 10 December marks UN Human Rights Day which this year has the theme Recover Better, focussing on the essential role of human rights to recovery efforts that can tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination. Access to, participation in and enjoyment of culture are central to those rights, and recent headlines have confirmed the ongoing commitment of our international community to their defence.

At a global level, last week Executive Director of IFACCA Magdalena Moreno Mujica participated as a speaker in a Round Table session in the Safe Havens open access webinar on artistic freedom and cultural rights. The meeting was introduced and moderated by Karima Bennoune, current UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, and Farida Shaheed, the former UN post holder; and brought together 24 representatives from international NGOs, policy makers and funders involved in protecting and defending free artistic expression. While today, UNESCO hosts its fourth Art-Lab event, an initiative to mainstream the arts and culture in humanitarian and development programmes for the advancement of human rights and dignity. During the event, practitioners, experts on cultural rights and intercultural dialogue, former refugees, artists and humanitarian workers will present the recommendations of a 2020 review that includes consideration of charters that focus on people deprived of their rights and policies on social inclusion via arts practice (among other things).

At a regional level, in Africa the Secretary-General of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, Ms Boemo Sekgoma, has called for collective efforts between state actors and civil society to promote observance of human rights. In the Americas the Directing Council of the Organization of IberoAmerican States (OEI) has approved a regional roadmap that considers human rights and cultural diversity, which will guide education, science and culture across its 23 Member State countries over the next two years. In Europe, the Ministers of Culture and Media of Croatia, Germany and Portugal – who have held the presidency of the Council of the European Union in succession – have placed gender equality and the need to strengthen diversity in the framework of European cultural policy for the first time, with a view to cooperate across the continent to develop innovative ideas and measures for culture. And in the Pacific, the Regional Cultural Strategy Working Group of SPC and the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture has highlighted the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on cultural rights, holistic health and wellbeing in the region.

In recent weeks, several national agencies have also demonstrated commitment to cultural rights. In Ireland, on 23 November the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, published Ireland’s first ever national cultural policy frameworkCulture 2025 – A National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025 – which outlines an all-of-government approach to a policy that has as a governing principle ‘that everyone has the right to participate in the cultural and creative life of the nation’. In Scotland, on 8 December Creative Scotland issued an open call for members to join a new Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group that will inform, support and develop its delivery against its current and future Equalities Outcomes. And in Norway, on 3 December Arts Council Norway outlined plans related to its new role as national coordinator for diversity in the sector, with a view to address the underrepresentation of people with disability and people with ethnic and cultural minority backgrounds, and their ability to access culture.

As the year draws to a close, we wish you all a safe and rejuvenating holiday season. We will be back with more news and insights from the world of arts and cultural policy in 2021, when we look forward to celebrating 19 years of ACORNS and 20 years of IFACCA.


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The 2021 wage agreement for cultural workers was signed

Estonian Ministry of Culture, 8 December 2020, Estonia

The Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas and the Chairman of the Board of the Central Organization of Employees' Trade Unions (TALO) Ago Tuuling signed an agreement of common intentions today, 8 December. It reaffirms the need to keep the minimum wage for cultural workers at least at the current level and to introduce a wage subsidy for conductors of choirs, folk dance groups and orchestras.

In Conversation With The Australia Council - Session 1

Australia Council for the Arts, 7 December 2020, Australia

Topic: Economic value of the arts and creative industries. Research repeatedly identifies creative skills as essential to workforces of the future. Creativity is essential to the 21st century professional skillset, enabling adaptability, experimentation and innovative thinking. In an ever more uncertain world, challenges will become increasingly complex.

Training and fostering professional knowledge in the field of tourism culture

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam, 2 December 2020, Viet Nam

In order to improve the quality of training management of cultural arts and sports training institutions, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism organised a training course to foster specialised knowledge.

Launch of the Restart Support Plan 2021 for the creative and cultural sector: more than €6M in direct investment

Arts Council Malta, 1 December 2020, Malta

The Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Jose Herrera announced his Ministry's plan for 2021 for the creative and cultural sectors, RESTART2021.

Culture is consolidated as the axis for the development and transformation of the country

Secretary of Culture, 1 December 2020, Mexico

Various actions have been carried out to safeguard and restore the nation's heritage, generate new spaces for the enjoyment of the arts, and help the population to exercise its right to culture.

NAC Emerging Stronger Conversations with the Arts Community

National Arts Council of Singapore,1 December 2020, Singapore

In June 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat launched the Singapore Together movement, signaling a shift towards a Public Service that works together with citizens on goals and aspirations for Singapore. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the arts industry in Singapore greatly. With the Singapore Together movement, there is added impetus for the arts community to have conversations to learn from each other, and re-think how we can move forward.

The Acting Minister Of Cultural Affairs meets with the Secretary General of the General University of Culture and representatives of the basic syndicate of musical professions

Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Tunisia, 23 November 2020, Tunisia

On Monday November 23, 2020, the Acting Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mr. Habib Ammar, supervised a meeting in the presence of the Secretary General of the General University of Culture of the Tunisian General Labor Union, Mr. Moftah Nassi, and representatives of the main union of the musical professions in the states of Sidi Bouzid, Kairouan, Sfax and Gabes, on the negative social and economic repercussions that the Corona pandemic has left on workers in the cultural field.

Launch of the register of professional artists and other professionals in culture

Slovak Arts Council, 20 November 2020, Slovak Republic

Today, on November 20, 2020, the Slovak Arts Council is launching a register of professional artists and other professionals in culture in the FPU Registration System.


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International News


Dubai Future Foundation Partners with UNESCO to Promote Futures Literacy

UNESCO, 7 December 2020, International

Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and UNESCO today signed a partnership agreement to establish DFF-UNESCO Futures Hub, a global platform aimed at promoting futures literacy. The partnership will contribute to UNESCO’s role as a laboratory of ideas by promoting futures literacy at global scale, and position Dubai as a hotspot for futures literacy practitioners, researchers and key stakeholders.

China establishes national archaeological research center

ChinaCulture.org, 1 December 2020, China

China on Monday announced the setting up of a national archaeological research center under the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA), which is expected to become a professional archaeological research institute of global significance.

In a Year of Unprecedented Financial Strain, Germany Has Approved a €2.1 Billion Culture Budget—Its Largest Ever

artnet, 30 November 2020, International

Germany has announced a substantial increase to its funding for culture in 2021 as its seeks to resuscitate its cultural sector after what will soon be a year marred by cancellations, lockdowns, and reduced visitor numbers.

Pacific Data Hub to make data accessible for all

Pacific Community (SPC), 30 November 2020, International

Pacific Governments, agencies, donors and civil society now have a central source of reliable and current data to help them to make decisions that affect Pacific Islanders. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has backed The Pacific Community (SPC) to create and launch the Pacific Data Hub, which will fill data gaps in the Pacific and provide trusted and evidence-based information to decision-makers.

New arts curriculum to train talented youths to create jobs

Nation, 29 November 2020, Kenya

The Kenya School of Government in collaboration with the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) are working on a unique creative arts development curriculum which aims to support youth innovation centres across the country to become sources of jobs and wealth creation.

Morocco’s Ministry of Culture to Boost Investment Budget in 2021

Morocco World News, 28 November 2020, Morocco

Morocco’s Ministry of Culture has allocated a budget of MAD 480 million ($52.87 million) for investments in cultural projects for the year 2021. The figure is 45.45% larger than the investment budget allocated for 2020, which stood at MAD 330 million ($36.35 million).


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Review of the Cultural Compacts Initiative

Arts Council England, 2 December 2020, England

In 2019 , the Arts Council and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) supported the creation of 20 Cultural Compacts.

Scottish Audience Intentions

Creative Scotland, 26 November 2020, Scotland

As part of ongoing partnership working Creative Scotland asked The Audience Agency to design, analyse and report on a survey intended to inform on audience behaviours during, and beyond, the Covid-19 pandemic. This was intended to assess the status around the interruptions to programme, the implications around that, and the propensity for audiences to return/begin attending again, various artforms and venues across Scotland.

Policy Brief on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry

International Labour Organization (ILO), 25 November 2020, International

The Violence and Harassment Recommendation, 2019 (No. 206) includes entertainment among sectors and occupations which may be particularly exposed to violence and harassment. Against this background, this brief analyses trends and patterns of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, and it provides a picture of relevant laws and other means to protect workers in the industry.

As Leaving Certificate and leaving school looms, teenagers' participation in cultural activities declines

Arts Council of Ireland - An Chomhairle Ealaíon, 24 November 2020, Ireland

New research published today (24/11/20), conducted by the ESRI and funded by the Arts Council, shows that young people become less involved in cultural activities as they prepare for the Leaving Certificate and leave school. Using data from the Growing Up in Ireland study, the report charts a decline in reading for pleasure and taking music/drama/dance lessons between 13 and 17 years of age.

ICOM Follow-up report: Museums, Museum professionals and COVID-19

ICOM - International Council of Museums, 23 November 2020, International

The COVID-19 pandemic is still seriously affecting cultural institutions around the world. While some museums have reopened with major limitations, others institutions are still facing the consequences of the health crisis behind closed doors.

SA Cultural Observatory releases report on the impact of COVID-19 Live Music sector

South African Cultural Observatory, 19 November 2020, South Africa

While many sectors of the economy have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the live music sector has been the most severely impacted by the restrictions associated with the pandemic. This is according to the findings of the latest study, titled ‘Impact Analysis: Live Music and its Venues and the South African economy during COVID-19’ commissioned by the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO).


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El jueves 10 de diciembre se celebra el Día de los Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas, que este año tiene por tema Una mejor recuperación y se centra en el papel de los derechos humanos para hacer frente a las desigualdades, la exclusión y la discriminación arraigadas, sistemáticas e intergeneracionales. El acceso, participación y disfrute de la cultura son parte central de estos derechos y los titulares recientes han confirmado el compromiso de nuestra comunidad internacional en su defensa.

A nivel global, la directora ejecutiva de IFACCA, Magdalena Moreno Mujica, participó la semana pasada como ponente en una mesa redonda el webinario Safe Havens (Refugios seguros) sobre la libertad artística y los derechos culturales. Presentaron y moderaron la reunión Karima Bennoune, actual Relatora especial de la ONU en la esfera de los derechos culturales, y Farida Shaheed, la anterior Relatora, y reunieron a 24 representantes de ONG internacionales, responsables de políticas públicas y donantes comprometidos con la protección y la defensa de la libertad de expresión artística. La UNESCO también celebra hoy su cuarto evento Art-Lab, una iniciativa para consolidar las artes y la cultura en los programas de desarrollo que promocionan los derechos humanos y la dignidad. Durante la sesión, profesionales, expertas y expertos en derechos culturales y diálogo intercultural, personas refugiadas, artistas y trabajadores humanitarios presentarán las recomendaciones de un estudio de 2020 que incluye, entre otros temas, la consideración de los estatutos existentes sobre personas desposeídas de sus derechos, y las políticas de inclusión social a través de las prácticas artísticas.

A nivel regional, la secretaria general del Foro Parlamentario de la SADC (Comunidad de Desarrollo África Austral), Boemo Sekgoma, ha llamado a los esfuerzos colectivos conjuntos de los agentes públicos y la sociedad civil para promover la observancia de los derechos humanos en la región. En las Américas, el Consejo Directivo de la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI), ha aprobado una hoja de ruta que guiará la educación, la ciencia y la cultura de sus 23 Estados miembros en los próximos dos años y toma en consideración los derechos humanos y la diversidad cultural. En Europa, los ministros de Cultura y Medios de Croacia, Alemania y Portugal, los tres últimos países que han ocupado la presidencia del Consejo de la Unión Europea, han situado la igualdad de género y la necesidad de reforzar la diversidad en el marco de la política cultural europea por primera vez, con vistas a cooperar a través del continente para desarrollar ideas innovadoras y mediciones de la cultura. Y en el Pacífico, el Grupo de Trabajo de la Estrategia Cultural Regional de la Comunidad del Pacífico (SPC) y el Consejo de las Artes y Cultura del Pacífico han destacado los efectos de las restricciones del COVID-19 en los derechos culturales, salud general y bienestar en la región.

En las últimas semanas, diversas agencias nacionales también han mostrado su compromiso con los derechos culturales. En Irlanda, la ministra de Cultura, Patrimonio y el Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, publicó el 23 de noviembre el primer marco de política cultural nacional de la historia de Irlanda, Cultura 2025 – Un Marco de Política Cultural Nacional hasta 2025, que presenta un enfoque pan-gubernamental a una política que tiene como principio rector “todas y todos tienen derecho a participar en la vida cultural y creativa de la nación”. En Escocia, Creative Scotland publicó el 8 de diciembre una convocatoria a participar como miembros en un nuevo Grupo Asesor de Igualdades, Diversidad e Inclusión (EDI), que informará, dará apoyo y desarrollará los objetivos actuales y futuros en Igualdades. Finalmente, el Consejo de las Artes de Noruega presentó el 3 de diciembre los planes relativos a sus nuevas funciones como coordinador nacional para la diversidad en el sector, con el objetivo de abordar la infrarrepresentación de personas con discapacidades y/o pertenecientes a minorías culturales o étnicas y su capacidad de acceder a la cultura.

A medida que el año se acerca a su fin, le deseamos buena salud y unas rejuvenecedoras festividades. Volveremos con más noticias sobre las políticas artísticas y culturales de todo el mundo en 2021, cuando esperamos celebrar los 19 años de ACORNS y los 20 años de IFACCA.



Pesquisa feita em todo o território nacional apresenta os impactos da pandemia nos setores cultural e criativo

UNESCO, 7 December 2020, International

O setor cultural e criativo, que responde por cerca de 2,64% do PIB de acordo com a Firjan, foi um dos mais afetados pela crise global decorrente da COVID-19. Shows, eventos e convenções foram cancelados e adiados por tempo indeterminado. Artistas, produtores e empreendedores perderam suas receitas, o que levou a um alto índice de demissões no mercado.

Reiteran disposición de fomentar intercambio cultural entre Quebec y Cuba

Ministry of Culture, Republic of Cuba, 5 December 2020, Cuba

La disposición de fomentar el intercambio cultural entre la región canadiense de Quebec y Cuba se reiteró en el encuentro virtual sostenido entre autoridades de esa región canadiense y el Ministerio de Cultura cubano.

El Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación y el Banco de la Nación Argentina firmaron un convenio marco de cooperación y colaboración

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Argentina, 5 December 2020, Argentina

Esta tarde, en el Centro Cultural Kirchner, el ministro de Cultura de la Nación, Tristán Bauer, y el presidente del Banco Nación, Eduardo Hecker, firmaron un convenio marco de cooperación y colaboración para articular trabajo en conjunto y fortalecer al sector de las industrias culturales argentinas.

Discapacidad e inclusión: así es el trabajo de la intérprete de lengua de señas de la Ciudad

Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, 4 December 2020, Argentina

Cuando Jazmín Nicastro se recibió de intérprete de lengua de señas argentina (ILSA), no tenía en mente que iba a cumplir un rol clave en la comunicación de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires durante la pandemia más importante de los últimos 100 años.

Desde este lunes, artistas, trabajadores y gestores culturales reciben subsidio por emergencia sanitaria

National Secretary of Culture, Presidency of the Republic, Paraguay, 1 December 2020, Paraguay

El Ministerio de Hacienda inició este lunes el pago de subsidio a artistas, gestores y trabajadores culturales, en cumplimiento de la Ley N° 6584/2020, que establece la asistencia económica al sector cultural y al que los beneficiarios ya pueden acceder, a través del sistema de tarjeta cédula, habilitado para el efecto.

Reabren salas de cine comercial en Colombia

Xinhuanet, 27 November 2020, International

Cuatro de las cinco grandes empresas de exhibiciones de películas en salas de cine que operan en Colombia, reabrieron hoy las puertas de sus teatros después de ocho meses de cierre debido a la pandemia del nuevo coronavirus.

Un tercio de los museos de todo el mundo despedirá a parte de su personal por la crisis del coronavirus

El País, 24 November 2020, Spain

Una encuesta del Consejo Internacional de Museos (ICOM) asegura que las instituciones más dañadas por la crisis económica causada por la covid-19 son las sustentadas por fondos privados.

El nuevo Estudio Global de Copia privada refleja el potencial de mayor remuneración para los titulares de derechos

CISAC, 23 November 2020, International

Los derechos de copia privada son una fuente esencial de ingresos para los autores y derechohabientes en todo el mundo. Pero hay muchas más posibilidades de éxito si se acompaña de leyes adecuadas, debidamente aplicadas, junto con mecanismos eficaces de recaudación.

Ministerio de las Culturas lanza Plataforma Nacional de Economías Creativas

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, Chile, 21 November 2020, Chile

Artes de la visualidad, diseño, artesanía, música, artes escénicas, literatura, audiovisual y arquitectura. Todas estas disciplinas, oficios, e industrias podrán reunirse, compartir recursos e interactuar en Plataforma EC, la nueva Plataforma digital de Economías Creativas desarrollada por el Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio a través de su Secretaría de Economías Creativas y apoyada por el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID).

Rodríguez Uribes: “La consideración de la cultura como derecho, como industria y como valor es fundamental para dar impulso a las industrias culturales”

Ministry of Culture and Sport, Spain, 20 November 2020, Spain

El ministro de Cultura y Deporte, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, ha reflexionado sobre la consideración de la cultura “como derecho, como industria y como valor” para analizar los efectos de la pandemia y exponer las medidas adoptadas desde el Gobierno de España para combatirlos, en el XII Foro de Industrias Culturales, organizado por la Fundación Alternativas.


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