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Number 411 16 April 2021



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In recent weeks, the headlines have shown continued focus on collective long-term thinking for the cultural and creative sectors beyond the pandemic.

In Africa, the African Union has held the second session of its Conference of Ministers of Culture, during which members launched a Concept Note and Roadmap for the AU’s 2021 theme - Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want – and adopted the AU Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries which identifies eight key areas for CCI development, in the context of the AU Agenda 2063.

In the Americas, the Canada Council for the Arts has released its Strategy 2021-2026, which confirms its commitment to rebuild the sector ‘on a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable foundation’ and outlines its intention to invest in rebuilding and innovation; amplify the benefits of the arts for society; and nurture and expand collaboration and partnerships. In Colombia, the Ministry of Culture has started work on the National Culture Plan for 2022-2023, which will be based on both sector and citizens’ needs, identified through hundreds of territorial dialogues and a dedicated National Message Bank that has collected citizen responses via a dedicated hotline, online forms and WhatsApp. And in late-April the Inter-American Development Bank will host a virtual summit which will bring together cultural and cross-sector leaders to address the issues of post-pandemic economic recovery and growth in the region.

In Asia, the National Arts Council of Singapore has published Emerging from the Pandemic, which includes highlights from the 2019 Population Survey on the Arts; considers how artists and arts groups might thrive in the post-COVID era; and seeks to spark national conversations on the sector’s future-readiness and how it can help Singaporeans imagine, prepare for, and find their place in the future.

In Europe, Arts Council England has released initial information on how it plans to implement its 10-year strategy – Let’s Create – in the post-pandemic landscape, including Setting the Context and newly introduced Investment Principles, the first of which is ‘Inclusivity & Relevance’ which aims to ‘collectively create a cultural sector that is relevant to more people’. While Arts Council Norway has launched Scenarios for the Future of the Culture Sector, a report that imagines four possible futures for Norway’s cultural life in 2035, based on how different influences – from public funding and economic development to public attitudes – might converge, with a view to encourage public and policy discussions on long-term strategies for the sector.

And in the Pacific, New Zealand’s Ministry for Culture and Heritage has announced Te Urungi: Innovating Aotearoa, a nationwide series of events in which sector representatives will collaborate with cross-sector peers, communities and entrepreneurs to develop innovative ideas that have the potential to increase sustainability, access and participation to future-proof the sector.

For our part, we look forward to sharing in next month’s edition of ACORNS our Strategy 2021-2026, which is likewise informed by a collective commitment to dialogue and exchange, undertaken in a spirit of solidarity, inclusion, reciprocity, and mutual learning.

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


ACORNS Iberoamericano
Le recordamos que continuamos entregando noticias del espacio iberoamericano tanto de los países miembros como artículos en prensa en general de la región.  Al final de cada edición de ACORNS encontrará la sección de ACORNS Iberoamericano.  Asimismo, nuestro sitio web cuenta con una variedad de noticias en español a su disposición.



Mr Simon Brault O.C., O.Q. reappointed as Chair of IFACCA

On 11 March 2021, the IFACCA Board unanimously voted to reappoint Mr Simon Brault O.C., O.Q. (Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts) as Chair of IFACCA for a second two-year term. On his reappointment, Mr Brault said ‘I am honoured to be able to continue work with my fellow Board Members – and the team led by Magdalena Moreno – to ensure that IFACCA can support members and inspire the thought leadership we need to rebuild the arts and culture sector in the wake of the pandemic, across continents.’ On behalf of the Federation, we congratulate Mr Brault on his reappointment and welcome his leadership as we embark on our new phase of work to deliver the IFACCA Strategy 2021-2026, which will be released in May 2021.

National Agency News


Conference to disseminate a new Decree on performing arts activities

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam, 7 April 2021, Viet Nam

On April 7, in Da Nang, the Department of Performing Arts (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) held a conference to disseminate Decree No. 144 of the Government on performing arts activities with the participation of managers and business enterprises, organisations in the Central region. Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ta Quang Dong chaired the conference.

Artist urged to get vaccinated against COVID-19

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, 3 April 2021, Zimbabwe

The Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Mr Nicholas has urged practitioners in the Cultural and Creative sector to be vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 disease to add weight to calls for the reopening of the entertainment sector in the country.

Additional crisis support for the cultural area

Swedish Arts Council, 1 April 2021, Sweden

The proposal for increased crisis and stimulus support for the cultural area consists of an additional SEK 1.3 billion as a result of the financial consequences that have arisen due to the pandemic.

Anneli Ott: An additional budget of € 42 million will allow the sector to survive

Estonian Ministry of Culture, 1 April 2021, Estonia

The supplementary budget of 641 million euros, which is being urgently processed in the Riigikogu, will also bring a large aid package to the field of culture and sports.

Arts Council Korea conducts human rights impact assessment in two major projects

Arts Council Korea, 30 March 2021, Korea, Rep

The Arts Council of Korea has published a report on the results of the 2020 Human Rights Impact Assessment on the website (arko.or.kr).

Australia Council welcomes additional support for creative sector

Australia Council for the Arts, 25 March 2021, Australia

The Australia Council for the Arts has warmly welcomed today’s announcement of an additional $135 million support for the creative sector.

Creating perspectives: Pro Helvetia is adjusting its funding measures

Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, 16 March 2021, Switzerland

One year ago today, the Federal Council implemented the first lockdown, since when the cultural sector has been in crisis. The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is observing the situation with great concern and has therefore developed a special package of funding measures: «Bridges to the Future».


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International News


Intergovernmental Meeting related to the draft Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

UNESCO, 11 April 2021, International

The Intergovernmental special committee meeting of technical and legal experts will be convened in April and June 2021 to examine the draft text of the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Culture is in focus as Italy gears up for next G20

UNESCO, 9 April 2021, International

On 9 April 2021, under the G20 Presidency by Italy, will kickstart around 3 international webinars reflecting on culture’s contribution in forging sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies and strengthening culture-focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nation’s Arts & Culture Industry was Thriving Pre-Pandemic, New Research Show

Americans for the Arts, 1 April 2021, USA

On March 30, 2021 the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released their annual Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) report—an expansive set of measures of arts and culture in the U.S. economy, including its share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Saudi Arabia’s cultural sector ‘flourished’ in 2020 despite pandemic

Arab News, 31 March 2021, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s resilient cultural sector had “flourished” and proved to be a “unifying force” during the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a government report has revealed. Despite the many challenges brought about by the global health crisis, the country’s Ministry of Culture recorded a successful year.

Exporting Our Culture- Exploring International Markets for the CCIs

South African Cultural Observatory, 30 March 2021, South Africa

The creative industries are growing — and will continue to play an important role in the economy. The cultural and creative industries (CCIs) are one of the world’s most rapidly growing and increasingly important economic sectors. The sector employs over 29 million people globally and is responsible for about USD 2,250 trillion in revenues (EY 2015). It accounts for between 2% and 7% of GDP for most countries around the world.

S. Korea, Belgium to hold cultural fest celebrating 120th anniversary of ties

Yonhap News Agency, 23 March 2021, Korea, Rep

A yearlong cultural festival celebrating the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Belgium will begin Tuesday, the culture ministry said. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it has designated Belgium as this year's counterpart for its cultural diplomacy project.

‘Mirror pandemic’: art’s vital role in tackling the mental health crisis

Art Newspaper, 22 March 2021, England

A multi-agency $15m initiative backed by the WHO and funded through a series of charity auctions at Christie’s will support artist-led projects to improve mental, social and environmental health.

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New Report Examines the Role of Arts and Culture in Fostering Social Cohesion and Community Well-Being

National Endowment for the Arts, 15 April 2021, USA

Social cohesion is a basic requirement of healthy communities, especially now since the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted trauma and exposed social, racial, and health inequities across the country. A new report published today, WE-Making: How Arts & Culture Unite People to Work Toward Community Well-Being, shows that place-based arts and cultural practices, or creative placemaking, can help grow social cohesion to encourage community well-being.

Exploring the post-pandemic landscape of Scottish Literary Festivals

Creative Scotland, 6 April 2021, Scotland

Scotland’s Book & Literature Festivals have an international reputation for excellence and provide year-round opportunities for readers to meet their favourite authors and discover new voices. They also play a key role in networking authors, publishers, literary agents and programmer, run specialised programmes for schools and other partners, and are the starting point for our next generations of writers to be inspired, connected and welcomed. When the COVID-19 crisis hit in 2020, these festivals had to pivot to digital and adapt their ways of working at speed, finding new ways to reach audiences, support authors and retain sponsors.

Graphic Storytellers at Work

Australia Council for the Arts, 17 March 2021, Australia

Graphic storytellers make complex ideas easy to understand. Their technical and interpretive skills help to illustrate abstract concepts and transcend language barriers. So, we’ve commissioned Graphic Storytellers at Work: Cross-industry opportunities for cartoonists, illustrators and comics-makers, a new report which explores how the skills of cartoonists, illustrators and comics-makers are being applied. This happens across a diverse range of industries such as health and education.

The Bottom Line Report

SMU National Center for Arts research, 18 March 2021, USA

The report examines organizational bottom lines using data collected from over 2,500 different cultural organizations between 2016 and 2019, broken down by sector, size, and location. Overall, findings reveal that bottom lines were higher in 2019 than in 2016 despite the annual diminishing of surpluses since their 2017 peak, all during a period of economic growth in the U.S.

The impact of Covid-19 on jobs in the cultural sector – part 3

Centre for Cultural Value, University of Leeds, 17 March 2021, United Kingdom

In part 3 of our 'impact of Covid-19 on jobs in the cultural sector' series, this article written in March 2021 analyses data from the Labour Force Survey from the Office for National Statistics. It looks at the impact of the pandemic on freelancers specifically, and how the effects have been felt unevenly across different demographic groups and different sub-sectors of the cultural and creative industries.

Canadians’ Arts Participation, Health, and Well-Being

Canada Council for the Arts, 15 March 2021, Canada

This report examines the relationships between participation in different arts and cultural activities and aspects of health and well-being, including; Overall health, mental health, satisfaction with life and satisfaction with feeling part of the community (i.e., sense of belonging).



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Request for Proposals: Professional Research Services and Expertise

Canada Council for the Arts, 15 April 2021, Canada

The Canada Council for the Arts has called for proposals from international and Canadian public corporations, small businesses and independent professionals or consortia of researchers with specialised expertise, upon whom it can call to support the work of the Council’s Research, Measurement and Data Analytics (RMDA) Section. The RMDA Section undertakes evidence-based research, programme evaluation and performance measurement activities related to the Council’s priorities and commitments, as well as sector-wide trends in the arts, to support decision-making and promote the value of the Council’s investment in the arts. The deadline for proposals is Friday 30 April and international proposals are welcomed.

Call for Applications: 2021 ENCATC Research Award

ENCATC - European Network on Cultural Management and Policy, 8 April 2021, International

On 8 April 2021, The European network on cultural management and policy, ENCATC and The Cultural Management Fund from the University of Antwerp launch the call for applications for the 2021 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management. Deadline: 28 May 2021 at midnight (CEST time).

Job Vacancy: Director Designate

Cayman National Cultural Foundation, 6 April 2021, Cayman Islands

Working closely with the Managing Director and the Artistic Director, the postholder will be responsible for the financial stability and management excellence the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF). He/she will contribute to the long-term stability, sustainability and impact of CNCF and its programmes, and share responsibility for strategic financial management of the organisation’s overall budget, as well as for day-to-day operations. He/she will deputise for the Managing Director when required. Applications close 23 April.



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En las últimas semanas, los titulares de los sectores cultural y creativo se han centrado en el pensamiento colectivo a largo plazo, más allá de la pandemia.

En África, la Unión Africana ha celebrado la segunda sesión de su Conferencia de ministras y ministros de Cultura. Durante la Conferencia, los miembros publicaron una nota conceptual y hoja de ruta del tema de la Unión Africana en 2021, “Artes, Cultura y Patrimonio, las herramientas para construir el África que queremos”, y adoptaron el Plan de Acción de la UA en las Industrias Culturales y Creativas, que señala ocho áreas clave de desarrollo de las industrias culturales y creativas en el contexto de la Agenda 2063 de la UA.

En las Américas, el Consejo de las Artes de Canadá ha publicado su Estrategia 2021-2026, que confirma su compromiso de reconstruir el sector "sobre una base más inclusiva, equitativa y sostenible" y expone su intención de invertir en la reconstrucción y la innovación; amplificar los beneficios de las artes para la ciudadanía; y alimentar y ampliar la colaboración y la asociatividad. En Colombia, el Ministerio de Cultura ha iniciado las labores de actualización del Plan Nacional de Cultura para 2022-2023, que se basará en las respuestas de las y los agentes culturales y en la participación ciudadana, plasmada en cientos de diálogos territoriales y en un Buzón de Voz que ha recogido las respuestas ciudadanas a través del teléfono, formularios virtuales y mensajes de whatsapp. A finales de abril, el Banco de Desarrollo Interamericano celebrará una cumbre virtual que reunirá a líderes culturales y de sectores diversos para abordar los temas de recuperación económica y crecimiento en la era pospandémica en la región.

En Asia, el Consejo Nacional de las Artes de Singapur ha publicado Saliendo de la pandemia, que incluye los principales resultados de su Encuesta demográfica sobre las artes 2019, reflexiona sobre cómo pueden prosperar artistas individuales y colectivos artísticos en la era post-COVID, e impulsa el diálogo nacional sobre la preparación del sector para abordar el futuro y cómo el sector puede ayudar a los singapurenses a imaginar, prepararse y hallar su lugar en él.

En Europa, el Consejo de las Artes de Inglaterra ha publicado información sobre sus planes de implementación de su estrategia para los próximos diez años, Vamos a crear, en el paisaje de la pospandemia. Esta información incluye las partes Situando el contexto y los nuevos Principios para la Inversión, el primero de los cuales es “inclusividad y relevancia”, entendido como “la creación colectiva de un sector cultural relevante para más gente”.  Mientras tanto, el Consejo de las Artes de Noruega ha publicado Escenarios para el futuro del sector cultural, un informe pensado para fomentar el diálogo sobre las estrategias a largo plazo del sector que imagina cuatro futuros posibles para la vida cultural noruega en 2035, a partir de cómo distintos factores de influencia —de la inversión pública y el desarrollo económico a las actitudes del público— pueden llegar a convergir.

Finalmente, en el Pacífico, el Ministerio de Cultura y Patrimonio de Nueva Zelanda ha anunciado la convocatoria de Te Urungi: innovando en Aotearoa, una serie de eventos en todo el país en el que los representantes del sector colaborarán con colegas de otros sectores, comunidades y emprendedores para desarrollar ideas innovadoras con el potencial de incrementar la sostenibilidad, el acceso y la participación para garantizar el futuro del sector.

Por nuestra parte, esperamos poder compartir en la próxima edición mensual de ACORNS nuestra Estrategia 2021-2026, que se basa igualmente en el compromiso colectivo con el diálogo y el intercambio en un espíritu de solidaridad, inclusión, reciprocidad y aprendizaje mutuo.

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.

Noticias de IFACCA


Sr Simon Brault, reelecto Presidente de IFACCA 

El 11 de marzo de 2021, la Junta de IFACCA votó unánimemente reelegir a Simon Brault (director general del Consejo de las Artes de Canadá) para un segundo mandato de dos años. Simon Brault se declaró “honrado de poder continuar trabajando con mis compañeros en la Junta Directiva y con el equipo dirigido por Magdalena Moreno para garantizar que IFACCA pueda apoyar a los miembros e inspirar el liderazgo de pensamiento necesario para reconstruir el sector de las artes y la cultura en todo el mundo tras la pandemia”. En nombre de la Federación, felicitamos a Simon Brault por su reeleción y agradecemos su liderazgo en esta nueva fase de nuestro trabajo, en la que estamos preparando la Estrategia de IFACCA para el período 2021-2026. La publicación de la Estrategia está prevista para mayo de 2021.



Ministerio de Cultura crea el Registro Nacional de Trabajadores y Organizaciones de la Cultura y las Artes – RENTOCA

Ministerio de Cultura, Peru, 10 April 2021, Peru

El Ministerio de Cultura anuncia la creación del “Registro Nacional de Trabajadores y Organizaciones de la Cultura y las Artes– RENTOCA”, así como la aprobación de las disposiciones para su implementación. La medida fue tomada a través del Decreto Supremo N° 008-2021-MC.

Rodríguez Uribes: “Una correcta protección de los derechos de los creadores es una garantía fundamental para poder continuar disfrutando de un ecosistema cultural rico e innovador”

Ministry of Culture and Sport, Spain, 8 April 2021, Spain

El ministro de Cultura y Deporte, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, ha presidido esta mañana la firma de un protocolo para reforzar la protección de los derechos de propiedad intelectual, acto que ha tenido lugar en el Museo Nacional del Prado. El texto ha sido impulsado por el Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte a través de la Dirección General de Industrias Culturales, Propiedad Intelectual y Cooperación.

En 2021 se movilizarán $6,5 billones para reactivar el sector cultural y creativo

Ministry of Culture, Colombia, 8 April 2021, Colombia

Tras un nuevo Consejo Nacional de Economía Naranja, liderado este jueves en Bogotá por el presidente Iván Duque, sus miembros destacaron que en el marco del Compromiso ReactivARTE, el Plan de Reactivación del sector cultural y creativo movilizará cerca de 6,5 billones de pesos durante el 2021.

BID lanza cumbre para resaltar el papel del arte y la cultura en el mundo pospandémico

Inter-American Development Bank, 8 April 2021, International

El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) lanzó “Cómo sanar un mundo herido ”, una cumbre virtual que tendrá lugar el 22 y 23 de abril en el marco del Día Mundial de la Creatividad y la Innovación. La cumbre reunirá a reconocidos líderes culturales, artistas, economistas, urbanistas, arquitectos y tecnólogos de la región abordar los temas de recuperación económica y crecimiento en la era pospandémica. Una conferencia magistral, tres paneles de discusión y cinco performances comisionadas para la ocasión tendrán lugar durante esta cumbre de dos días.

Lineamientos de la cooperación internacional en el Uruguay

Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, 6 April 2021, Uruguay

La Dirección de Cooperación Internacional y Proyectos, del Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, participó junto con los responsables del Sistema de Nexos de Cooperación Internacional (SNCI) de todo el país, en un encuentro virtual con el fin de visualizar los lineamientos de la cooperación internacional (CI) en nuestro país.

Subsidio para artistas ofrece Gobierno con BANDESAL

Ministry of Culture of El Salvador, 5 April 2021, El Salvador

Los artistas salvadoreños podrán contar con un subsidio que será otorgado por BANDESAL, como parte del proyecto de reactivación económica de El Salvador con el Fideicomiso para la Recuperación Económica de las Empresas Salvadoreñas (FIREMPRESA).

Iberoamérica ve amenazados 2,6 millones de puestos de trabajo de la cultura

La Vanguardia, 30 March 2021, Spain

La pandemia de covid-19 ha comprometido más de 2,6 millones de puestos de trabajo del sector cultural en los países iberoamericanos, según un estudio regional sin precedentes elaborado de manera conjunta por Mercosur, Unesco, BD, Segib y OEI que ve "herida de gravedad" esta área.

SNC habilita los Fondos de Cultura para Proyectos Ciudadanos-Concursable 2021 como medida de reactivación para el sector artístico y cultural ante la Covid-19

National Secretary of Culture, Presidency of the Republic, Paraguay, 26 March 2021, Paraguay

El sábado 27 de marzo inicia el periodo de postulación de proyectos culturales en el marco del programa Fondos de Cultura para Proyectos Ciudadanos-Concursable 2021, iniciativa impulsada por la Secretaría Nacional de Cultura (SNC) como medida de reactivación del sector artístico y cultural ante la Covid-19.

Se instala primer Comité de Seguimiento a la Declaración de Principios para la Diversidad Cultural y Lingüística en Medios de Comunicación

Secretary of Culture, 25 March 2021, Mexico

Este 26 de marzo se instalará el Primer Comité de Seguimiento a la Declaración de Principios para la Diversidad Cultural y Lingüística en Medios de Comunicación, que promueve el reconocimiento a la creación indígena, comunitaria y afrodescendiente; la participación de las personas indígenas y afrodescendientes en las estructuras de los medios; la presencia de la diversidad lingüística, de conocimientos y saberes de los pueblos y comunidades en éstos,  y el establecimiento de relaciones de colaboración y enriquecimiento mutuo.

Ministerio de las Culturas lanza plataforma de participación con consulta ciudadana sobre el rol de las culturas en la nueva Constitución

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, Chile, 24 March 2021, Chile

“Hablemos del futuro de las Culturas” es una plataforma de participación ciudadana, elaborada por decisión del Consejo Nacional de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, dentro del contexto de un proceso participativo previo a la reunión anual que define la hoja de ruta de esta cartera sobre políticas públicas culturales para el año, que se realizará en mayo.

Creando que es gerundio - Una guía sobre Propiedad Intelectual - 23/03/21

RTVE, 23 March 2021, Spain

Ayudar a las empresas a integrar el respeto a la cultura como un valor corporativo es el objetivo de la «Guía sobre propiedad intelectual para profesionales de la comunicación». Adriana Moscoso del Prado, directora general de Industrias Culturales, Propiedad Intelectual y Cooperación del Ministerio de Cultura, nos explica todo sobre esta guía.

Ampliación de fondos para que más PyMEs culturales se financien a tasa cero

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Argentina, 19 March 2021, Argentina

Con esta medida, el monto total de la línea para financiar capital de trabajo de uno de los sectores más perjudicados por la pandemia asciende a $1.000 millones. El anuncio estuvo a cargo de los ministros de Cultura y de Desarrollo Productivo junto al Banco Nación.


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