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Number 415 26 August 2021



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In recent weeks, the headlines have highlighted the role of arts and culture in communities and shown how national and local governments are working to support community-based plans and policies.

At an international level, next month the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) will host its fourth UCLG Culture Summit in Izmir, Turkey with a programme that will highlight culture as an integral part of sustainable cities and communities and encourage mayors and local leaders – along with academics, activists and civil society organisations – to share experiences, innovations and policies from cities and territories across the world.

The role of culture in communities has also been an area of focus for regional collaborations. In Africa, the African Union, UNESCO and ICESCO held a virtual platform that highlighted the role of young people and creativity in changing local communities, in relation to the Intergenerational Dialogue of the Biennale of Luanda - Pan African Forum for the Culture of Peace, which will take place in October with the theme Cultural and Heritage Diversity of Africa and its Diasporas: Fireside of Conflicts or Ground of Peace? In Ibero-America, earlier this month the IberCultura Viva Network of Cities and Local Governments drew up its Statute of Constitution to promote the implementation of community-based cultural policies during a meeting, held in Jalisco chaired by the Secretary of Culture, Mexico. While the Canada Council for the Arts has announced details of the next Arctic Arts Summit 2022, which it will co-host with the Government of Yukon to bring together representatives of the Indigenous nations and Arctic countries in the circumpolar region and has among its focus areas ‘improving understanding, engagement and support for northern artists, organisations, and communities.’

It has also been highlighted in countries around the world, including in England where Arts Council England has published A High Street Renaissance: How arts and culture bring people and pride back to our high streets, which demonstrates the role that culture and creativity play in civic pride and placemaking. In Malaysia, the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN), is considering new strategies to ensure arts and culture are close to communities, despite the challenges of the pandemic. And in New Zealand, Creative New Zealand has shared insights on creativity as a driver for wellbeing, and how councils can work with local arts communities, in the context of an independent national review of local government that will focus on the country’s system of local democracy and how it needs to evolve over the next 30 years.

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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Call for EOIs: Director of Policy and Engagement

We seek a Director of Policy and Engagement with experience in government or international work in the field of cultural policy, ideally, to oversee IFACCA’s policy knowledge and engagement strategies to meet member needs and contribute to its thought leadership mandate. This is a leadership position within the Secretariat and the postholder reports to the Executive Director. The deadline to submit an EOI is Monday 13 September.

Please read the full position description for further details and instructions on how to apply.

National Agency News


MEC Anroux Marais on the importance of vaccinations in hosting live events again

South African Government, 19 August 2021, South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to the performing arts and live sport environments. Our artists, theatres and sporting franchises have been heavily hit as they cannot generate income from audiences at live events.

The Government announced measures for more than 5 billion pesos to reactivate the culture sector

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Argentina, 10 August 2021, Argentina

The measures will be implemented throughout the second half of the year and are aimed at various sectors of culture, such as festivals, crafts, publishing, performing arts, audiovisual, heritage, music and community culture, among others.

Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek on the contribution of culture to Croatian tourism

Ministry of Culture and Media, Croatia, 10 August 2021, Croatia

Minister of Culture and Media dr. Sc. Nina Obuljen Koržinek participated in the meeting of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković and ministers, prefects of coastal counties, businessmen and representatives of the tourism sector in Opatija.

Arts Council’s report highlights implications for NI arts sector following UK withdrawal from EU

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 9 August 2021, Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (9th August 2021) published a report setting out the key changes in legislation affecting creative workers and arts organisations travelling or trading with EU counterparts.

The global task of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation is to shape the demand for Ukrainian cultural products around the world

Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, 6 August 2021, Ukraine

Speech by Vladyslav Berkovskii at the All-Ukrainian Forum Ukraine 30. I am pleased to welcome everyone who is with us online and who is with us physically – offline. Probably, it is culture that has suffered the most from the inability to work offline, from the transition and unpreparedness for remote, online mode.

Zimbabwe and Uganda in Film Collaboration

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, 5 August 2021, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean company, Gesh23 Productions has teamed up with Uganda’s King Paul Media Entertainment (KPM) to produce a short film titled “Find Me”. The film, a product of the inaugural NACZ/PIFF Africa 2021 Film Festival, was penned by Ugandan Paul Ssebata and is to be directed by comedian Madlela Sikhobokhobo.

$35 million additional support for arts workers and companies

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, 1 August 2021, Australia

The Morrison Government is providing extra funding to two proven COVID-19 support measures for arts workers and arts companies, with an additional $20 million to go to Support Act and an additional $15 million to go to the Sustainability Fund.

Enhanced National Support Measures due to Reversion to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) – 22 July to 18 August 2021

National Arts Council of Singapore, 23 July 2021, Singapore

As announced by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on 23 July 2021, in view of the further tightened safe management measures with the reversion to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 22 July to 18 August 2021, the Government will provide the following enhanced support measures for the arts and culture sector.


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International News


This week, nearly 70 politicians will participate in museum internships in 21 locations

Finnish Museums Association, 23 August 2021, Finland

The Politician's Museum Training campaign, coordinated by the Finnish Museum Association, will be held from 23 to 27 August 2021. During the week, nearly 70 politicians will get acquainted with museum work in 30 museums in a practical way.

Uganda: 20 African Countries Meet in Uganda Over IPR Promotion, Protection

allAfrica, 22 August 2021, Uganda

Copyright experts from at least 20 African nations, including Uganda are currently negotiating possible ways through which member countries can collectively consolidate creative works and innovation for the benefits of the brains behind the ingenuity--creativity

New Bipartisan Federal Bill to Put Creative Workers to Work for Community Recovery Introduced

Americans for the Arts, 19 August 2021, USA

CERA, a bipartisan bill, was introduced with over 175 endorsements from interest groups including the arts-related unions within the AFL-CIO, the American Planning Association, Transportation for America/SmartGrowth America, the National Alliance of Community and Economic Development Associations, the Freelancers Union, the Creative Economy Coalition, the Get Creative Workers Working Coalition, and Americans for the Arts.

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Launches New CulturAll Artists Platform to Showcase Local Talent

Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, 17 August 2021, United Arab Emirates

Following the success of its CulturAll initiative established last year, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the launch of CulturAll Artists, a platform which will further enrich the homegrown cultural scene by serving as a creative directory that identifies and promotes the community of artists in the UAE. The platform will also act as an important gateway for artists to connect and engage with art practitioners and institutions worldwide.

The G20 on Culture adopts the Rome Declaration

G20, 31 July 2021, International

The first meeting devoted to Culture in the history of the G20 was held on 29-30 July in Rome and led to the unanimous adoption of the “Rome Declaration of the G20 Culture Ministers”, a 32-point document which inserts the cultural sector within the G20 process, also recognizing its economic value. The G20 also shared the commitment to create special forces to protect cultural heritage at risk in crisis areas.

Proposal for a European Interoperability Framework for Smart Cities and Communities (EIF4SCC)

European Commission, 27 July 2021, International

The aim of the EIF4SCC is to provide leaders of EU local administrations with definitions, principles, recommendations, practical use cases drawn from cities and communities from around Europe and beyond, and a common model to facilitate delivery of services to the public across domains, cities, regions and borders.

Cities leaving no one behind: COVID-19 responses for persons with disabilities, from policy to practice

UNESCO, 26 July 2021, International

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in asymmetric impacts to persons with disabilities, whose vulnerabilities are compounded due to gaps in basic health services and social protection systems. Their access to information and health care is further challenged because public health systems oftentimes do not have the adequate resources to provide to all sectors of the population.

Culture Ministry to inject W291.8b toward COVID-19 relief

The Korea Herald, 25 July 2021, Korea, Rep

Some 291.8 billion won ($253.3 million) has been set aside for the second round of COVID-19 supplementary budget this year for the culture, sports and tourism sectors.

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Creativity at Work: Interdisciplinary learning in industry and community settings

Australia Council for the Arts, 25 August 2021, Australia

Creative practitioners are increasingly working and applying creative skills in non-creative sectors. Creativity is also key to the kinds of interdisciplinary approaches that will be required for future work environments. Together, these trends point to potential alternative career pathways for creative practitioners, and the need to prepare creative graduates for future interdisciplinary work.

Mind the Understanding Gap: The Value of Creative Freelancers

Creative United, 25 August 2021, United Kingdom

New report calls attention to the range and contribution of creative freelancers in the UK, based on the economic, cultural and social value they generate.

Report on the contribution of civil society to the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions in Asia-Pacific

IFCCD - International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, 17 August 2021, International

The IFCCD has conducted research over the past few months on civil society organisations in the cultural and creative industries in Asia-Pacific. This report focuses on the main challenges facing the cultural sectors in the region such as artistic freedom, dialogue with governments, gender equality, cultural policies and the treatment of culture in trade agreements.

Arts Council Publishes New Report on the Impact of the Covid Crisis & Budget Submission for 2022

Arts Council of Ireland - An Chomhairle Ealaíon, 29 July 2021, Ireland

The Arts Council has published a new report which shows the outcomes and impacts of its response to the Covid-19 crisis since March 2020.

The Relationship between the Informal Economy and the Cultural Economy in the Global South

British Council, 14 July 2021, International

COVID has highlighted the importance of cultural activity in sustaining communities and individual livelihoods outside the structures of formal finance and the formal economy.

Build Better with Innovation | Relaunch Policy Initiatives for the Cultural and Creative Sectors

Creative FLIP, 1 July 2021, International

The disruptive power of the 2020-21 pandemic requires bold innovation support initiatives to fully relaunch the cultural and creative sectors. In this Creative FLIP report, we look into good practice innovation support programmes to support relaunch. What are key features of good innovation support programmes? Which policy practices can we already observe across Europe? What can we learn from them for future policy making?



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Los titulares de las últimas semanas han destacado el papel de las artes y la cultura en las comunidades y cómo los gobiernos nacionales y locales trabajan para apoyar planes y políticas de base comunitaria.

En el plano internacional, Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales Unidos (CGLU) organizará el mes próximo su cuarta Cumbre de Cultura de CGLU en Izmir, 
cuyo programa subrayará que la cultura es parte integrante de las ciudades y las comunidades sostenibles y promoverá que alcaldes y dirigentes locales puedan intercambiar experiencias, innovaciones y políticas de ciudades y territorios de todo el mundo.

El papel de la cultura para las comunidades locales también ha estado en el foco de la cooperación regional. En África, la Unión Africana, la UNESCO e ICESCO (Organización Islámica para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura), organizaron una plataforma virtual que destacó el papel de los jóvenes y de la creatividad en la transformación de las comunidades locales, vinculado al Diálogo Intergeneracional de la Bienal de Luanda – Foro Panafricano por la Cultura de Paz que se celebrará en octubre con el tema Diversidad cultural y patrimonial de África y sus diásporas: ¿terreno de conflictos o fundamentos para la paz? En Iberoamérica, la Red de Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales IberCultura Viva presentó la propuesta de su Estatuto de Constitución para promover el desarrollo de políticas públicas de base comunitaria durante una reunión celebrada en Jalisco y presidida por la Secretaría de Cultura de México. Mientras tanto, el Consejo de las Artes de Canadá ha anunciado los detalles de su próxima Cumbre Ártica de las Artes 2022, que coorganizará con el gobierno de Yukón y reunirá a representantes de los pueblos indígenas y de los países de la región ártica y que tiene como objetivos “mejorar el conocimiento, el apoyo y las relaciones con los artistas, instituciones y comunidades septentrionales”.

El tema también se ha destacado en países de todo el mundo, como en Inglaterra, donde el Consejo de las Artes ha publicado El renacimiento de la calle Mayor: cómo las artes y la cultura devuelven el orgullo cívico a nuestras calles principales, que demuestra el papel de la cultura y la creatividad en la formación de lugares y orgullo cívico. En Malasia, el Departamento Nacional de Cultura y las Artes (JKKN), está evaluando nuevas estrategias para garantizar que las artes y la cultura están cerca de las comunidades, a pesar de los desafíos de la pandemia. En Nueva Zelanda, Creative New Zealand ha ofrecido experiencias sobre cómo la creatividad funciona como motor de bienestar y cómo los municipios pueden colaborar con las comunidades artísticas locales, todo dentro del marco de una evaluación nacional independiente de los gobiernos locales que se centrará en analizar cómo el sistema de democracia local del país debe evolucionar en los próximos 30 años.

Como siempre, si tiene noticias, publicaciones o actualizaciones que le gustaría que compartiéramos, póngase en contacto con nosotros en news@ifacca.org.


Noticias de IFACCA


Convocatoria de expresiones de interés: director/a de políticas y participación

Estamos buscando un/a profesional para asumir el puesto de director/a de Políticas y Participación de IFACCA con experiencia en puestos públicos o trabajo internacional en el campo de la política cultural. La función principal del puesto será dirigir la política de conocimiento e intercambio de IFACCA y las estrategias de participación de los miembros, de cara a satisfacer sus necesidades y contribuir a nuestro mandato de liderar el pensamiento global. Este es un puesto directivo en el Secretariado que reporta a la directora ejecutiva. El plazo de presentación de expresiones de interés finaliza el lunes 13 de septiembre.

Por favor, lea aquí la descripción de las funciones y las instrucciones para presentar la solicitud en inglés.



La SNC y el MEC avanzan en el proceso de fortalecimiento de la educación y la cultura

National Secretary of Culture, Presidency of the Republic, Paraguay, 19 August 2021, Paraguay

El ministro de la Secretaría Nacional de Cultura (SNC), Rubén Capdevila, recibió esta mañana en audiencia al titular del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencias (MEC), Juan Manuel Brunetti, quien estuvo acompañado del viceministro de Culto, Fernando Griffith, para conversar sobre el fortalecimiento del trabajo conjunto que ambas instituciones llevan adelante, en el marco del proceso de Transformación Educativa. De la reunión participó además la directora general de Patrimonio Cultural de la SNC, la arquitecta Ángela Fatecha.

El IMPI y el FONART firman convenio para proteger las creaciones de artistas populares de México

Secretary of Culture, 18 August 2021, Mexico

Con el objetivo de difundir la cultura de la protección de los derechos de propiedad industrial entre la comunidad artesanal de nuestro país, el Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI) y el Fondo Nacional para el Fomento de las Artesanías (FONART), entidad de la Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de México, firmaron un convenio de colaboración para trabajar en conjunto y así impulsar los derechos que en la materia tienen las comunidades de creadoras y creadores tradicionales del país.

Ministerio de las Culturas invita a ser parte de la 5ª versión del Encuentro de las Economías Creativas de Chile

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, Chile, 16 August 2021, Chile

El Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, lanzará la quinta versión del Encuentro de las Economías Creativas de Chile (CHEC) que se llevará a cabo de manera online los días 26 y 27 de agosto. Este año, el CHEC se da en el marco del Año Internacional de la Economía Creativa para el Desarrollo Sostenible declarado por las Naciones Unidas, que busca reconocer, promover y acelerar el aporte económico y social de la economía creativa, especialmente en un contexto de crisis climática y en medio de una pandemia.

El Gobierno anunció medidas por más de 5 mil millones de pesos para reactivar el sector de la cultura

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Argentina, 10 August 2021, Argentina

Las medidas se implementarán a lo largo del segundo semestre y están dirigidas a diversos sectores de la cultura, como festivales, artesanías, editorial, artes escénicas, audiovisual, patrimonio, música y cultura comunitaria, entre otros.

La Alianza del Pacífico, con apoyo del Cerlalc, avanza en el fortalecimiento del capital humano del sector cultural

CERLALC, 12 August 2021, International

En el marco de la Presidencia Pro Tempore de Colombia en la Alianza del Pacífico (AP), durante tres días, se realizó el ‘Encuentro para el fortalecimiento del capital humano en el sector cultural’, que contó con la participación de expertos de los Ministerios de Cultura de Colombia, Chile, Perú y México, así como de representantes de entidades encargadas de trabajo, educación y estadística de los cuatro países.

OEI participa en el Taller Internacional Turismo sostenible y patrimonio mundial

OEI - Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, 12 August 2021, International

Con el objetivo de conocer y analizar lo retos y posibilidades del turismo en sitios Patrimonio Mundial en la subregión de América Central, el Caribe y México, a través del intercambio de metodologías, análisis de casos y experiencias en el área y otras regiones, para fortalecer la capacidad de los actores involucrados en este ámbito y promover una mayor sensibilización en todas las comunidades, el  2 y 3 de agosto, se desarrolló el Taller Internacional Turismo sostenible y patrimonio mundial.

Ciclo de conversatorios "Pueblos indígenas, interculturalidad y nueva Constitución en Chile"

UNESCO, 6 August 2021, International

El proceso constituyente en Chile representa la elaboración de una hoja de ruta para el desarrollo del país y una oportunidad para promover transformaciones en línea con la Agenda 2030 de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS), aprobada en 2015 por las Naciones Unidas. En ella, se aboga por un mundo de respeto universal por los derechos humanos y la dignidad humana, el estado de derecho, la justicia, la igualdad y la no discriminación; de respeto por la raza, etnia y diversidad cultural; y de igualdad de oportunidades que permita la plena realización del potencial humano.

El Gobierno crea la Comisión Interministerial para el desarrollo del Estatuto del Artista

Ministry of Culture and Sport, Spain, 27 July 2021, Spain

El Consejo de Ministras y Ministros, a propuesta del ministro de Cultura y Deporte, Miquel Iceta, ha aprobado este martes la creación de la Comisión Interministerial para el desarrollo del Estatuto del Artista, que dotará a este colectivo de un marco jurídico estable adaptado a las particularidades del desempeño artístico.

Ministerio de Cultura aprueba lineamientos para la implementación del Plan de recuperación de las industrias culturales y las artes al 2030

Ministerio de Cultura, Peru, 27 July 2021, Peru

Este martes 27 de julio se publicó la Resolución Ministerial 190-2021-DM/MC, que aprueba los lineamientos para la implementación del Plan de recuperación de las industrias culturales y las artes al 2030.


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