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Number 403 20 August 2020



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The UN International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples fell on 9 August 2020, marking the anniversary of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, which took place in 1982. Recent headlines reflect this focus on Indigenous peoples, highlighting positive developments and persistent issues.

From an international perspective, the International Labour Organization recently published its policy brief COVID-19 and the world of work: A focus on indigenous and tribal peoples, which analyses the vulnerabilities of Indigenous and tribal peoples in the COVID-19 context and identifies urgent and continuing actions to ensure their access to decent work and social protection. While UNESCO has published the first issue of its Indigenous Peoples Bulletin, which includes a focus on recent work done by the UNESCO Intersectoral Working Group on Indigenous Peoples Issues to support cultural diversity and human rights.

In the Americas, the Canada Council for the Arts has announced that it will benefit from the leadership of its first Indigenous Chair, Jesse Wente, Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office and advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art. In Mexico, the National Institute of Indigenous Languages - an agency of the Secretary of Culture - has highlighted the need to listen to the voices of Indigenous peoples in the context of COVID-19, to identify current limitations and shortcomings, and to establish alliances. In El Salvador, the Ministry of Culture has recognised the value and contributions of Indigenous communities; and in Peru, the Ministry of Culture has participated in the government working group on the protection of Indigenous populations, highlighting collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Health to support Indigenous communities in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

In the Pacific, in Australia the Australia Council for the Arts has released new research that explores the perspectives of First Nations artists and creatives working in theatre and dance, and finds there is growing appetite for First Nations work, alongside a continued need to challenge narrow perceptions of what constitutes First Nations theatre and dance; while the Office for the Arts has released the government’s National Indigenous Languages Report, which reinforces the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and the role they play in culture and identity.

Perspectives from Africa have also been highlighted in African Voices, a report from UNESCO in which African Indigenous leaders share their experiences of the onset of the global pandemic and speak of the generosity, solidarity and responsiveness of their communities and organisations.

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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New National Member: Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture (ENCAC)

We are pleased to welcome Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture (ENCAC), as a National Member of the Federation. The ENCAC is an administrative institution under the Ministry of Sports Culture and Youth Affairs, with delegated powers, to preserve, promote and co-ordinate all matters of arts and culture, in the Kingdom of Eswatini, supervised by the Directorate Office under the Ministry. Read more.



New Board Member: Mr Park Jong-Kwan, Chair Person of Arts Council Korea (ARKO)

We are very pleased to welcome to the IFACCA Board Mr Park Jong-Kwan, Chair Person of Arts Council Korea (ARKO). Mr Park joined Arts Council Korea (ARKO) as Chair Person in November 2018 and has more than 30 years’ experience working in the sector, which has been balanced between the arts and policy. Prior to joining ARKO, he was a board member of Chungbuk Cultural Foundation; a director of the Cultural Policy Network of Korea; and was a working member of the Preparation Group for Culture Vision 2020 <New Cultural Policy> with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. From 1989 to 2018, he was an Executive Director of the Performing Art Theatre Dure Art Factory; and from 2005-2008 he served as a Council Member of Arts Council Korea. Mr Park has a distinct interest in the balance of arts practice and support, at both national and international levels.

Find more information about the Board here.


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The Centre for Digital Culture presents a digital detox “bot” and infographics that invite self-care

Secretary of Culture, 17 August 2020, Mexico

The Secretary of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the Centre for Digital Culture (CCD), presents two projects to help the physical and mental health of people who use social networks and electronic devices; these are "Botiquina", a Twitter bot for digital detoxification, which offers digital health recommendations, and "Botiquin de autocuidados" which consists of a series of computer graphics with the purpose of emphasizing care in relation to the technologies we use.

Zero Rate Credits for the Cultural Industries Sector

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Argentina, 15 August 2020, Argentina

With the presence of the Chief of Cabinet of the Nation, Santiago Cafiero, the Minister of Culture of the Nation, Tristán Bauer, the Vice President of the Banco de la Nación Argentina, Matías Tombolini and Luciana Tito, Head of the Cabinet of Advisors Unit of the Chief of Cabinet, the new Zero Rate credit line for the Cultural Industries sector was formally presented.

Arts-loving public wants assurances before going back to performances

Arts Council of Ireland - An Chomhairle Ealaíon, 10 August 2020, Ireland

People in Ireland love to go out to arts events of every kind, but most have serious concerns about Covid-19 and will need extensive reassurances before going back, new research from the Arts Council shows.

Wang Yi urges making win-win cooperation a model for China-Italy ties

China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC), 7 August 2020, China

China stands ready to discuss policy interlinks with Italy, further tap cooperation potential on major projects in order to make mutual benefit and win-win cooperation a shining example for Sino-Italy relations, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

We support medical staff dedicated to overcoming COVID-19 with culture and art

Arts Council Korea, 5 August 2020, Korea, Rep

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister Park Yang-Woo) and the Arts Council of Korea (Chairman Park Jong-Kwan) are working on the forefront of COVID-19 to provide medical staff with opportunities for healing and relaxation through culture and arts.

Welsh Government announce Cultural Recovery Fund of £53 million

Cygnor Celfyddydau Cymru - Arts Council of Wales, 30 July 2020, Wales

Today the Welsh Government announced it is investing £53 million to help Wales’ diverse culture sector deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism promulgates the Plan to develop the Film Law project (amended)

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam, 28 July 2020, Viet Nam

On July 28, 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued Decision No. 2096 / QD-BVHTTDL on promulgating the Plan to develop the Film Law project (amended).

Supporting the whole cultural ecology

Arts Council England, 28 July 2020, England

As we await details of the Government’s £1.57 billion recovery package for the UK’s cultural sector, our CEO Darren Henley sets out how we'll use our remaining resources to support individual artists and creative practitioners.


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International News


Culture sector at-large on heightened alert again over virus resurgence

Yonhap News Agency, 18 August 2020, Korea, Rep

As South Korea grapples with a resurgence of new COVID-19 clusters especially in the greater Seoul area, the country's culture sector has been placed on heightened alert again, with events being suspended and refunds being handed out in response to renewed fears of virus transmission.

Digital platforms give lifeline to Kenya’s creatives amid COVID-19

UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, 18 August 2020, International

With live shows on pause due to the pandemic, creative industries in Kenya are tapping into new revenue streams on digital platforms and outlets to build resilience.

UNDP-SPC partnership set to make immediate impact on quality and accessibility of Pacific data

Pacific Community (SPC), 18 August 2020, International

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Pacific Community (SPC) today launched a new partnership which will strengthen regional efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support the national development priorities of Pacific nations across a wide variety of sectors.

Czech Government to Provide CZK 900 Million to Support Organizers of Arts and Cultural Events

Prague Morning, 13 August 2020, Czech Republic

The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade has allocated CZK 900 million to support entrepreneurs involved in organizing cultural events (theaters, cinema, concerts, festivals, musical clubs, independent artists, museums, galleries, etc.).

Statement of solidarity with Lebanon and support to recover the damaged cultural heritage in Beirut

ICOM - International Council of Museums, 11 August 2020, International

The International Council of Museums, together with 26 other institutions of the international heritage community, has signed a declaration of solidarity with Lebanon, committing itself to supporting recovery efforts.

IP Policy implementation process underway

The Point, 29 July 2020, The Gambia

The implementation process of The Gambia Intellectual Property (IP) Policy and Strategy 2018-2023, under the Office of Registrar General at the Ministry of Justice is currently underway.

Nearly BGN 12 Million Will Go to 3000 Independent Artists in Bulgaria

novinite, 30 July 2020, Bulgaria

2 million BGN of the anti-crisis funds, worth a total of BGN 15 million, will be given for the independent artists, responsible for the creation of projects of all genres with the requirement for them to be related to Bulgaria and to be available online. This was said at a briefing by the Minister of Culture Boil Banov.

Artists Committee Leads National COVID-19 Relief Advocacy Letter to Congressional Leadership

Americans for the Arts, 30 July 2020, USA

Just as negotiations began on a final COVID-19 relief package, Americans for the Arts’ Artists Committee led an effort to urgently advocate ​for the arts to congressional leaders.

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AEA Releases the 2019 Cultural Infrastructure Index

AEA Consulting, 13 August 2020, USA

AEA Consulting is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Cultural Infrastructure Index. Now in its fourth edition, the Index seeks to measure investment in capital projects in the global cultural sector, identifying projects with a budget of US$10 million or more that were publicly announced or completed within a calendar year.

Arts in lockdown research

Arts Council of Ireland - An Chomhairle Ealaíon, 12 August 2020, Ireland

On 7 August 2020, John O'Mahony from Behaviour and Attitudes presented findings from research commissioned by the Arts Council in June on the impact of COVID-19 and the arts.

Creative New Zealand releases guidance for local authorities on supporting local arts communities

Creative New Zealand - Toi Aotearoa, 29 July 2020, New Zealand

Creative New Zealand has released a best practice guide for local councils: ‘Supporting your arts community through COVID-19: He Waka Eke Noa’. The guide offers ways to support local artists, creative workers, arts groups and organisations through COVID-19 and into the future.

7 in 10 Singaporeans engaged in physical and digital arts events in the latest population survey on the arts

National Arts Council of Singapore, 27 July 2020, Singapore

The key findings from the biennial Population Survey on the Arts of Singaporeans’ perception of the arts in 2019 were released today by the National Arts Council (NAC). Compared with the last survey in 2017, the 2019 results showed positive trends across all key indicators for appreciation and consumption of the arts.


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Position Vacant: Executive Director Mass Cultural Council

Arts Consulting Group, 4 August 2020, USA

As the most senior state cultural official, the Executive Director will serve as an external advocate for the arts, humanities, and sciences, leading the ideation and development of policies and programs that advance the priorities of the Mass Cultural Council.

Help us reimagine the arts | Provide your input to our 5-year strategic plan

Canada Council for the Arts, 14 July 2020, Canada

As Canada’s public arts funder, the Canada Council for the Arts is proud to support the creation and sharing of the arts through our investments in Canadian artists and arts organizations. As we embark on a new 5-year strategic plan we want to hear from you, to shape a plan that reflects the arts sector’s current reality and looks ahead to how the Council can continue its support and also help to reimagine the arts for the benefit of all Canadians. We invite all Canadians to participate and share their ideas. The ChoicebookTM survey will close on August 21, 2020.


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What's On


PACE Entangled

Pan-African Creative Exchange, 25 - 29 August 2020, South Africa

The Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), an initiative of the Vrystaat Arts Festival, is a four day, biennial arts market/ provocation for the interdisciplinary arts in Africa. PACE is a platform to showcase the highest quality productions from Africa to national and international presenters, producers, buyers, artists and the general public.

Edinburgh Culture Conversations

University of Edinburgh, 13 July - 14 September 2020, Scotland

The University of Edinburgh Culture Conversations is an online event series bringing together members of the public, artists, academics and cultural leaders to debate how the arts and creative sectors can help society recover from the effects of Covid-19. The 10-week series – hosted by the University of Edinburgh – takes place against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s Festivals not being able to ahead in 2020 in the usual way.


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El Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas se celebró el pasado 9 de agosto y conmemora el aniversario de la primera reunión, en 1982, del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Poblaciones Indígenas de la Subcomisión de Prevención de Discriminaciones y Protección a las Minorías de la ONU. Los titulares más recientes reflejan esa centralidad de los pueblos indígenas y destacan recientes progresos y problemas persistentes.

Desde una perspectiva internacional, la Organización Internacional del Trabajo publicó recientemente su nota informativa COVID-19 y el mundo del trabajo: un enfoque en los pueblos indígenas y tribales, que analiza la vulnerabilidad de los pueblos y tribus indígenas en el contexto del COVID-19 y señala acciones urgentes y a medio plazo para garantizar su acceso a un trabajo digno y a la protección social. Mientras tanto, la UNESCO ha publicado el primer número de su Boletín de los pueblos indígenas, que incluye una pieza sobre el trabajo del Grupo de Trabajo Intersectorial de la UNESCO sobre Problemas de los Pueblos Indígenas en apoyo de la diversidad cultural y los derechos humanos.

En las Américas, el Consejo de Canadá para las Artes ha anunciado que disfrutará del liderazgo de su primer presidente indígena, Jesse Wente, actual director ejecutivo de la Oficina del Audiovisual y Digital y activista por los derechos indígenas y por el arte de los Pueblos originarios, metis e inuit. En México, el Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas (INALI) -organismo sectorizado de la Secretaría de Cultura- ha resaltado la necesidad de escuchar las voces de los pueblos indígenas en el contexto del COVID-19, identificar limitaciones y carencias y a establecer alianzas. En El Salvador, el Ministerio de Cultura ha reconocido el valor y las contribuciones de las comunidades indígenas, y en Perú, el Ministerio de Cultura ha participado en el grupo de trabajo gubernamental sobre la protección de las poblaciones indígenas, destacando la colaboración entre el Ministerio de Cultura y el Ministerio de Salud para apoyar a las comunidades indígenas en el contexto de la crisis del COVID-19.

En el Pacífico, en Australia en Consejo de Australia para las Artes ha publicado un nuevo estudio que explora las perspectivas de artistas y creativos de los Pueblos Originarios en el teatro y la música, y que afirma que aumenta la demanda por la obra de los Pueblos Originarios, junto con la necesidad constante de cuestionar los estereotipos respecto al teatro y la danza de los Pueblos Originarios. La Oficina para las Artes de Australia también ha publicado el informe gubernamental Informe Nacional sobre las Lenguas Indígenas, que refuerza el valor de las lenguas aborígenes y del Estrecho de Torres y su papel en la cultura y la identidad.

Las perspectivas africanas también se han puesto de relieve en Voces africanas, un informe de la UNESCO en que líderes indígenas africanos comparten sus experiencias al inicio de la pandemia global y hablan de la generosidad, solidaridad y capacidad de respuesta de sus comunidades e instituciones.

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


Nuevo Miembro Nacional: Consejo Nacional de las Artes y la Cultura de Eswatini (ENCAC)

Nos alegra dar la bienvenida el Consejo Nacional de las Artes y la Cultura de Eswatini (ENCAC) como miembro nacional de la Federación. ENCAC es una institución administrativa encuadrada en el Ministerio de Deportes, Cultura y Asuntos de la Juventud, con poderes delegados para preservar, promover y coordinar todos los asuntos artísticos y culturales en el Reino de Eswatini, bajo la supervisión de la Oficina del Directorado del Ministerio. Leer más.



Nuevo Miembro de la Junta: Sr. Park Jong-Kwan, presidente del Consejo de las Artes de Corea (ARKO)

Nos alegra mucho dar la bienvenida a la Junta Directiva de IFACCA al Sr. Park Jong-Kwan, presidente del Consejo de las Artes de Corea (ARKO). El Sr. Park es presidente de ARKO desde noviembre de 2018 y tiene más de 30 años de experiencia en el sector, a caballo entre las artes y las políticas públicas. Antes de incorporarse a ARKO era miembro de la junta directiva de la Fundación Cultural Chungbuk, director de la Red de Políticas Culturales de Corea y miembro activo del Grupo de Preparatorio de Visión Cultura 2020 <Nueva política Cultural> con el Ministerio de Cultura, Deporte y Turismo. De 1989 a 2018 fue director ejecutivo de la Fábrica Artística y Teatro de Artes Escénicas Dure y de 2005 a 2008 fue miembro de la junta directiva del Consejo de las Artes de Corea. El Sr. Park siente un especial interés por la relación entre la práctica de las artes y su apoyo tanto a nivel nacional como internacional.

Más información sobre la Junta aquí.


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El Centro de Cultura Digital presenta un “bot” de desintoxicación digital e infografías que invitan al autocuidado

Secretary of Culture, 17 August 2020, Mexico

La Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de México, a través del Centro de Cultura Digital (CCD), presenta dos proyectos para ayudar a la salud física y mental de personas usuarias de redes sociales y dispositivos electrónicos; se trata de “Botiquina”, un bot para Twitter de desintoxicación digital, que ofrece recomendaciones de salud digital, y un “Botiquín de autocuidado” que consiste en una serie de infografías con el propósito de poner énfasis en los cuidados en relación con las tecnologías que utilizamos.

Avanza el Marco Estratégico de Cooperación de Naciones Unidas

Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay, 17 August 2020, Uruguay

El jueves 13 de agosto se realizó la tercera de cuatro reuniones de trabajo, con la consigna de abordar la temática “Políticas públicas que aseguran educación, protección social y salud de calidad a todas las personas”. Por el Ministerio de Educación y Cultura participaron el director de Educación, Gonzalo Baroni y el asesor del ministro, Alberto Majó.

Paraguay y México delinean acciones para fortalecer la cooperación cultural

National Secretary of Culture, Presidency of the Republic, Paraguay, 17 August 2020, Paraguay

El ministro de Cultura, Rubén Capdevila, recibió en audiencia al embajador de México en Paraguay, Juan Manuel Nungaray, con quien conversó sobre la agenda bilateral y la cooperación en materia cultural.

Créditos a Tasa Cero para el sector de las Industrias Culturales

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Argentina, 15 August 2020, Argentina

Con la presencia del Jefe de Gabinete de la Nación, Santiago Cafiero, el Ministro de Cultura de la Nación, Tristán Bauer, el Vicepresidente del Banco de la Nación Argentina, Matías Tombolini y Luciana Tito, titular de la Unidad del gabinete de Asesores de la Jefatura de Gabinete, se presentó formalmente la nueva línea de crédito a Tasa Cero destinada al sector de las Industrias Culturales.

Ministerio de las Culturas capacita a artesanos y artesanas en el uso del comercio electrónico

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, Chile, 13 August 2020, Chile

A cargo de expertos nacionales e internacionales, 35 organizaciones de artesanos y artesanas de Chile comenzaron hoy su participación en la primera “Aceleradora de Comercio Electrónico para el Sector de la Artesanía”, proyecto implementado por el Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio que durante cuatro meses buscará potenciar capacidades de comercialización online en los creadores y creadores participantes.

Ministra de Cultura confirma apertura de Teatros Nacionales y Parques Arqueológicos en octubre

Ministry of Culture of El Salvador, 13 August 2020, El Salvador

La ministra de Cultura, Suecy Callejas, anunció este día que los Teatros Nacionales y Parques Arqueológicos se abrirán al público hasta en octubre próximo, cumpliendo con los protocolos de bioseguridad establecidos por el Ministerio de Salud ante la pandemia de COVID-19.

El BOE publica las ayudas a los cines para paliar los efectos de la Covid-19

La Vanguardia, 12 August 2020, Spain

El Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) publica este miércoles la convocatoria de ayudas directas por valor de 13.252.000 euros para sufragar las medidas sanitarias que hayan adoptado las salas de exhibición cinematográfica para frenar la Covid-19, así como las destinadas a hacer visible la reapertura de los cines.

La OEI se une a la celebración del Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas

OEI - Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, 7 August 2020, International

El 9 de agosto se conmemora el Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas, una oportunidad para recordar la riqueza de sus culturas, su patrimonio, tradiciones y costumbres, concienciar acerca de su precaria situación y vulnerabilidad y transmitir sus valores y saberes ancestrales a las próximas generaciones.

Aprueban la primera Política Nacional de Cultura del Perú

Ministerio de Cultura, Peru, 21 July 2020, Peru

El Poder Ejecutivo aprobó la primera Política Nacional de Cultura en la historia del Perú, que orientará e integrará durante los próximos diez años la intervención del Estado en materia cultural, con el propósito de generar las condiciones para el adecuado ejercicio de los derechos culturales de los peruanos y peruanas, así lo dio a conocer el ministro de Cultura, Alejandro Neyra.

La UNESCO reafirma la necesidad de la universalidad de Internet, en medio de la intensificación de las amenazas

UNESCO, 17 July 2020, International

La Hoja de Ruta para la Cooperación Digital del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, lanzada en junio de 2020, subraya el papel crucial que la tecnología digital desempeña en el mundo del COVID-19 y en el mundo posterior al COVID-19, al igual que nuestra responsabilidad colectiva de conectar a los que no están conectados, proteger a los vulnerables y marginados, y respetar los derechos humanos en la era digital.


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