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Number 437 15 June 2023



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This June, we say goodbye and thank you to the current Chair of the IFACCA Board, Simon Brault O.C, O.Q, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr Brault has served on the Board since October 2016 and was elected Chair in March 2019. His expertise, vision and leadership have been vital to the Federation’s work to lead global thought and action on arts and culture in public life, and ultimately to realise our members’ shared vision of a world in which arts and culture thrive and are recognised by governments and peoples for their contribution to society. Here is Mr Brault’s farewell reflection piece.

Day Three of the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture. Photo: Susanne Kronholm

Dear colleagues and friends,

As I prepare to step down as the Chair, having had the honour and pleasure of serving for the past four years, I would like to share a few thoughts about IFACCA’s key role in advancing the sustainable development of arts and culture.

The world is an immense, complex, unequal, divided, distressed and beleaguered place, primarily due to the climate crisis and far too many armed conflicts. Yet, the world is also home to irresistible forces that are changing it for the better. These forces are to be found, first and foremost, in communities and individuals of every origin, background, circumstance and ambition who are daily striving for inclusion, justice, dignity, decolonization, emancipation, peace and beauty, and who aspire to live in harmony with nature and their fellow humans. Life-affirming forces will always be more powerful than interests that seek to degrade, impoverish, control or erase life. Artistic creation is just as inextinguishable as life itself, and humanity’s cultural heritage, whether tangible or intangible, is ample proof of this.

Most of my term as Chair unfolded during the global COVID-19 pandemic that drastically disrupted the lives of hundreds of millions of people and bereaved far too many families and communities. However, IFACCA’s response to this tragic moment on behalf of its members was a magnificent expression of solidarity and reinvention—for the federation and for each and every one of us. After being compelled to stop travelling and to communicate virtually instead, we succeeded in reducing the world to a more accessible scale for us all. We heard more from people whose means and freedom to travel for face-to-face meetings before the pandemic were limited—much as they remain today. We held more meetings, exchanged more ideas and experiences, and shared more resources and knowledge among our members on every continent. And with the pandemic starkly exposing systemic issues and the vulnerabilities of policies and cultural systems in every country, IFACCA was able to address the major issues affecting the vast majority of its members in spite of their disparate contexts. In fact, because of the pandemic, ties were strengthened, discussions expanded, and response times shortened. IFACCA made a significant contribution to overcoming the isolation experienced by the heads of arts and culture funding organizations and to bolstering the arguments that each of us needed in our respective countries to convince governments to do more and do better.

The pandemic transformed the IFACCA network into a true community of thought and action, which is exactly what I observed and deeply experienced at the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Stockholm in May. The hundreds of delegates from the four corners of the planet were much more at ease with each other than before and interacted at strategic, intellectual and emotional levels that I had not witnessed at previous summits. Not only in workshops and at talks but also in corridors, during breaks and in elevators, there was a spirit of congeniality and a genuine sense of belonging that is very promising for IFACCA’s immediate future and its growing impact.

Although our common cause and daily workloads are demanding, our strenuous efforts are highly commendable as we strive to continue captivating a world that needs delight and wonderment now more than ever. 

My final words of appreciation are for my wonderful colleagues who have served as Board members over the last four years, for Magdalena Moreno Mujica, who directs the IFACCA Secretariat’s brilliant team in such a caring and intelligent way, and for our dear Kristin Danielsen to whom I confidently and proudly hand over the reins.     


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Mexico City, Mexico, 2022

IFACCA Board Meeting, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, 2022

Stockholm, Sweden, 2019

The actionable ideas of Simon Brault

We are not alone, nor should we resolve systemic problems on our own or through abstract solutions.  They must be stimulating, inspiring, grounded, inclusive – at times challenging – and above all actionable; and we must start with our own actions. This is at the heart of what Simon Brault has brought to the Federation and to our shared leadership of IFACCA: to lead by example.

I thank you profoundly for all your incredible dedication over these years.  It has been an amazing partnership and complicity to make the world a better place for all with concrete actions.  Little did we know that we would confront a pandemic together, having to rethink almost everything to be tangible and purposeful.  Your wisdom, kindness, boldness, intelligence, and determination as an agent of positive change has been a beacon of light for us all. You have instilled an ethos that is rigorous, yet playful and open, and most importantly actionable. This will remain embedded in IFACCA.

À bientôt, hasta pronto, and see you soon not goodbye

Magdalena Moreno Mujica
Executive Director


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Continuing the conversation on artistic freedom

For those of you who were unable to join us at the Summit and for those delegates would like to refresh your memory, you can access the video recordings of the plenary sessions from all three days of the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture here. These include In Conversation sessions between pairs of invited speakers in a lively discussion about each day’s theme; Provocation and Response Panels on the many dimensions of the complexity of artistic freedom and on bridging the gaps between rights and responsibilities; the Final Plenary: Pathways, Tools and Resources to Advance Artistic Freedom as well as Reflections from the Summit Rapporteurs. Please feel free to pass these along to colleagues who may be interested. We look forward to continuing these important conversations on artistic freedom alive.

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Strong boost needed to make the cultural sector more sustainable

Council for Culture, 14 June 2023, Netherlands

Sustainability and culture can reinforce each other, but a strong impulse is needed to accelerate the sustainability of the cultural sector. This is stated in the advice 'Culture Natural' of the Council for Culture. The advice is addressed to the cultural sector, as well as to municipalities, provinces, the national culture funds and the departments most involved. The Council calls for more cooperation on this issue.


New National Agency for the Performing Arts, bringing together KorMalta, TeatruMalta and ZfinMalta, unveiled

Arts Council Malta, 14 June 2023, Malta

Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici has launched the newly formed National Agency for the Performing Arts (NAPA), which will provide a joint legal, administrative, and organisational framework for KorMalta, TeatruMalta and ŻfinMalta, with the aim to keep pushing the boundaries for further development in these key areas.


Sri Lanka signs MoUs with Maldives to expand cooperation

China.org.cn, 8 June 2023, Maldives

Sri Lanka and the Maldives signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) in the fields of cultural exchange and health cooperation, and the establishment of the Maldives Cultural Center in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.


Ministry announces 11 new national intangible cultural heritages

VietnamPlus, 02 June 2023, Viet Nam

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced 11 new national intangible cultural heritages, all of which are in the northern mountainous provinces of Tuyen Quang, Dien Bien, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, and Yen Bai.


All set for Botswana’s first National Music Industry Summit

Music in Africa, 30 May 2023, Botswana

Organised by the Botswana-EU Policy Dialogue Facility in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture and the National Arts Council of Botswana, the summit aims to “guide Botswana’s cultural and creative industry (CCI) sector towards commercialisation, piloting with the music industry.”


Australian Government’s National Cultural Policy: Revive, a transformational step in the evolution of the Australia Council

Australia Council for the Arts, 25 May 2023, Australia

The Government has introduced legislation to establish new functions within Creative Australia. The Australia Council Amendment (Creative Australia) Act 2023, amends the Australia Council Act 2013, to transfer the functions of Creative Partnerships Australia, including staff, into the Australia Council from 1 July 2023.


Ministry of Culture restarts state aid scheme to support film industry

Ministry of Culture, 24 May 2023, Romania

The Romanian Government adopted today, in a government meeting, the Emergency Ordinance on the establishment of the Film and Cultural Investment Office, as well as for the establishment of some institutional measures related to the management of the state aid scheme for the support of film culture and film production in Romania.


Creative professionals are still earning considerably less than other New Zealand wage earners

Creative New Zealand - Toi Aotearoa, 23 May 2023, New Zealand

Research just released shows that New Zealand’s creative professionals’ median income is $37,000, compared to the median of $61,800 for salary and wage earners. Forty four percent of creative professionals supplement their creative income with other work; the median income from creative pursuits alone is $19,500 a year.


Indonesian Culture Minister Launches $13 Million Annual Film Grant

Yahoo, 18 May 2023, Indonesia

Nadiem Makarim, Indonesia’s minister of education, culture, research and technology, is set to launch an annual $13 million film grant at the Cannes Film Festival. This is the first government-funded film grant from Indonesia.


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The United States of America announces its intention to rejoin UNESCO in July

UNESCO, 12 June 2023, USA

Today, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, gathered representatives of the Organization’s 193 Member States to inform them that the United States of America had officially notified her of its decision to rejoin UNESCO in July 2023, on the basis of a concrete financing plan.


New and emerging technologies need urgent oversight and robust transparency: UN experts

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,
02 June 2023, Costa Rica

UN experts today called for greater transparency, oversight, and regulation to address the negative impacts of new and emerging digital tools and online spaces on human rights.


UNESCO announces US$ 100,000 financing towards the development of the creative industries in Lebanon

UNESCO, 29 May 2023, Lebanon

On a mission to Beirut almost 3 years after the deadly port explosions, UNESCO Director of Culture and Emergencies Krista Pikkat announced the financing of US$ 100,000 in support of the cultural and creative industries outside the Lebanese Capital. 


Rabat declaration agree to promote culture in Africa

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), 25 May 2023, Morocco

Ministers of culture and heads of delegations from African countries, unanimously agreed to establish frameworks for enhancing cultural cooperation among African states and to deliberate on the necessary mechanisms for the development of common cultural efforts which will benefit, both present and future.


Tourism minister signs regulation on National Endowment Fund for Arts and Culture

The Point, 24 May 2023, The Gambia

The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat N.K. Bah, last Friday signed the Regulation on the National Endowment Fund for Art and Culture for the first time in The Gambia. The signing came on the heels of a report on a survey conducted on the condition of female artistes in The Gambia with a series of training which led to one hundred artistes being certified at the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC).


Greece Will Recover 351 Looted Antiquities After 17-Year Legal Battle With British Art Dealer Robin Symes

ARTnews, 23 May 2023, Greece

Hundreds of items are being repatriated to Greece after a 17-year legal battle with the liquidated company that belonged to disgraced British art dealer Robin Symes.


Tunisia, India sign three-year cultural agreement

ZAWYA, 18 May 2023, Tunisia

A three-year bilateral cultural agreement (2023-2026) was signed Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs between Tunisia and India. This agreement concerns the strengthening of bilateral partnership in various sectors, such as music, dance, performing arts, cinema, heritage and creative industries.


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Artificial Intelligence: UNESCO publishes Policy Paper on AI Foundation Models

UNESCO, 9 June 2023, International

In response to growing political, public and industry concern over the rapid proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) foundation models and calls for regulation, UNESCO is publishing a policy paper demonstrating how the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of AI can help identify and clarify key ethical concerns related to AI systems, guiding policy responses. The paper suggests a procedural framework to address and mitigate risks that may arise with their use across the AI project life cycle.


New Report Reveals Welsh Film Diversity Data and Box Office Performance

Cygnor Celfyddydau Cymru - Arts Council of Wales, 6 June 2023, Wales

Film Hub Wales has released a report examining the performance of 14 key films with Welsh connections released in cinemas between March 2021 and March 2022.


New report shows the impact of arts, creative and cultural activities on the lives of older people

Trinity College Dublin, 1 June 2023, Ireland

New research from TILDA and the Creative Ireland program confirms that participating in arts, creative and cultural activities is associated with higher quality of life and lower levels of depression, stress, worry and loneliness.


Report on cultural rights and migration

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,17 May 2023, International

In this report, the Special Rapporteur underlines the rights of migrants to have access to and effectively participate in all aspects of cultural lives, both of the host State and their own cultures. The Special Rapporteur recalls that international human rights law provisions protect those rights, regardless of the legal status of migrants and notes the need to ensure substantial equality in protecting cultural rights. The Special Rapporteur reflects on overcoming the obstacles that migrant artists face and highlights the need for intercultural exchange and interaction to ensure dynamic, diverse and democratic societies.


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2023 ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy

ENCATC - European Network on Cultural Management and Policy,
10 June 2023, Finland

The 2023 edition of the ENCATC flagship event will be focused on the impact, opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence in the cultural management and policy fields.



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Nuestro papel es el de seguir cautivando al mundo

Este mes de junio nos despedimos del presidente de la Junta Directiva de IFACCA, Simon Brault, Oficial de la Orden de Canadá y de la Orden Nacional de Quebec, y director y CEO del Consejo de las Artes de Canadá. El Sr. Brault ha formado parte de la Junta desde 2016 y fue elegido presidente en marzo de 2019. Su experticia, visión y liderazgo han sido fundamentales en la labor de la Federación por liderar el pensamiento y la acción globales sobre las artes y la cultura en la vida pública y, en última instancia, para hacer realidad la visión compartida de nuestros miembros de un mundo en que las artes y la cultura prosperen y gocen del reconocimiento de gobiernos y personas por su contribución a la sociedad. Les presentamos una reflexión del Sr. Brault a modo de despedida.


Tercera jornada de la 9ª Cumbre Mundial sobre las Artes y la Cultura. Foto: Susanne Kronholm

Estimados/as colegas y amigos/as:

Antes de despedirme como presidente, cargo que ha sido un honor y placer ostentar en los últimos cuatro años, me gustaría compartir algunos pensamientos sobre el papel clave de IFACCA en el desarrollo sostenible de las artes y la cultura.

El mundo es un lugar inmenso, complejo, desigual, dividido, ansioso y atribulado, debido sobre todo a la crisis climática y al exagerado número de conflictos armados. Sin embargo, el mundo también alberga fuerzas irresistibles que lo están transformando a mejor. Estas fuerzas se encuentran, en primer lugar, en las comunidades e individuos de todos los orígenes, circunstancias y ambición que luchan diariamente por la inclusión, la justicia, la dignidad, la descolonización, la emancipación, la paz y la belleza, y que aspiran a vivir en armonía con la naturaleza y con los demás seres humanos. Las fuerzas que apuestan por la vida siempre serán más poderosas que los intereses que buscan degradar, empobrecer, controlar o borrar la vida. La creación artística es tan inextinguible como la vida misma, y buena prueba es de ello el patrimonio cultural de la humanidad, tanto tangible como intangible.

La mayor parte de mi mandato como presidente se ha desarrollado durante la pandemia global del COVID-19 que alteró drásticamente las vidas de cientos de millones de personas y dejó a tantas familias y comunidades sin sus seres queridos. La respuesta de IFACCA, en nombre de sus miembros, a este trágico momento fue una magnífica expresión de solidaridad y reinvención, tanto para la Federación como para todos/as y cada uno/a de nosotros/as. Tras habernos visto obligados/as a dejar de viajar y comunicarnos virtualmente, conseguimos reducir el mundo a una escala más accesible para todos/as. Pudimos escuchar a personas que antes de la pandemia tenían medios y una libertad restringidos para viajar a reuniones en persona, como continúa siendo el caso. Nos reunimos más, intercambiamos más ideas y experiencias, y compartimos más recursos y conocimientos con nuestros miembros en cada continente. Cuando la pandemia puso al descubierto problemas sistémicos y la vulnerabilidad de las políticas y los sistemas culturales en cada país, IFACCA fue capaz de abordar los problemas comunes a la gran mayoría de sus instituciones miembros a pesar de la disparidad de los respectivos contextos. De hecho, gracias a la pandemia se reforzaron los lazos de contacto entre los miembros, se ampliaron los debates y se acortó el tiempo de respuesta. IFACCA contribuyó sustantivamente a superar el aislamiento de los/as líderes de las organizaciones de financiamiento de la cultura y a impulsar los argumentos que necesitábamos en nuestros países respectivos para convencer a nuestros gobiernos de obrar más y mejor.

La pandemia transformó la red IFACCA en una verdadera comunidad de pensamiento y acción, que es exactamente lo que pude observar y sentir con fuerza en la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura en Estocolmo en mayo. Los cientos de delegados/as de las cuatro esquinas del planeta se sentían más cómodos/as que antes e interaccionaron a niveles estratégicos, intelectuales y emocionales que yo no había visto en cumbres anteriores. No solamente en los talleres y charlas, sino también en los pasillos, en los descansos y en los ascensores, estaba presente un espíritu de colegialidad y un sentido auténtico de pertenencia muy prometedor para el futuro inmediato de IFACCA y su creciente impacto.

Aunque nuestra causa común y nuestra carga de trabajo diaria son exigentes, nuestro arduo esfuerzo por cautivar un mundo que necesita del deleite y el asombro ahora más que nunca es muy digno de elogio.

Mis palabras finales de aprecio son para mis maravillosos/as compañeros en la Junta Directiva en los últimos cuatro años, para Magdalena Moreno Mujica, que dirige el fantástico equipo del Secretariado de IFACCA de manera tan afectuosa e inteligente, y para nuestra querida Kristin Danielsen a quien, con orgullo y plena confianza, cedo las riendas.


*Disponible en inglés, francés y español

Ciudad de México, México, 2022

Reunión de la Junta Directiva de IFACCA, Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de México, 2022

Estocolmo, Suecia, 2019

Las ideas accionables de Simon Brault

Ni estamos solos/as, ni deberíamos resolver problemas sistémicos por nuestra cuenta o mediante soluciones abstractas. Las soluciones deben ser estimulantes, inspiradoras, sólidas, inclusivas, desafiantes en algunas circunstancias y, sobre todo, accionables, y debemos empezar con nuestras propias acciones. Este es el núcleo de lo que Simon Brault ha aportado a la Federación y a nuestro liderazgo compartido de IFACCA: liderar con el ejemplo.

Le agradezco profundamente su increíble dedicación estos años. Ha sido una colaboración fantástica y llena de complicidad para hacer del mundo un espacio mejor para todos/as mediante acciones concretas. No teníamos idea de que nos enfrentaríamos juntos a una pandemia, de que tendríamos que repensarlo casi todo para hacerlo tangible y lleno de sentido. Su sabiduría, su amabilidad, su osadía, inteligencia y determinación como agente para un cambio positivo ha sido un faro de luz para todos/as nosotros/as. Ha inspirado una ética rigurosa y lúdica a la vez, abierta y, lo más importante, accionable, que continuará formando parte de IFACCA.

À bientôt, see you soon y hasta pronto, que no adiós,

Magdalena Moreno Mujica
Directora Ejecutiva



Seguimos el diálogo sobre la libertad artística

Para todos/as los/as que no pudieron acompañarnos en la Cumbre y para los/as delegados/as que quieran refrescar la memoria, pueden acceder aquí a los vídeos de las sesiones plenarias de los tres días de la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura. Los vídeos incluyen las sesiones En conversación, entre pares de ponentes analizando con brío el tema del día; Paneles de provocación y respuesta, sobre las muchas dimensiones de complejidad de la libertad artística y sobre cómo cerrar la brecha entre derechos y responsabilidades; el Plenario final: caminos, herramientas y recursos para promover la libertad artística, así como las Reflexiones de los relatores de la Cumbre. Le invitamos a compartirlos con sus colegas profesionales que puedan estar interesados y esperamos continuar en vivo estas importantes conversaciones sobre la libertad artística.



El 2022 fue un año de gran vitalidad para la producción del cine mexicano

Ministry of Culture, 09 June 2023, Mexico

La Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de México, a través del Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (Imcine), realizó la presentación del Anuario Estadístico de Cine Mexicano 2022, en el marco del Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM (FICUNAM).


El Departament de Cultura i el Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts posen en marxa un nou cens per a professionals d'oficis connexos als artistes

Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (CoNCA), 7 June 2023, Spain

El Departament de Cultura i el Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (CoNCA) han posat en marxa un nou cens obert a tots els oficis vinculats a l’artista i la creació que inclou totes les altres professions del sector cultural com ara l’edició de so, la producció, la comunicació, les finances, la distribució, la maquetació, la confecció de vestuari o les persones tècniques d’il·luminació, entre molts altres.


Con especialistas nacionales e internacionales comienza la tercera edición de la Escuela de Desarrollo de Públicos

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, 6 June 2023, Chile

Con el propósito de contribuir a la reactivación del sector cultural, junto al fortalecimiento de la participación e involucramiento activo de los públicos a las actividades y organizaciones culturales, el Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, a través de la Unidad de Públicos y Territorios, organiza la tercera edición de la Escuela de Desarrollo de Públicos, que se llevará a cabo de manera virtual entre el 6 de junio y el 27 de julio.


Se presentaron los primeros resultados de la Encuesta Nacional de Consumos Culturales

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, 26 May 2023, Argentina

El Ministerio de Cultura, a través de la Dirección de Planificación y Seguimiento de Gestión, presentó los primeros resultados de la Encuesta Nacional de Consumos Culturales.


España presidirá el comité ejecutivo del Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe

Ministry of Culture and Sport,18 May 2023, Spain

España, a través del Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte, presidirá, hasta el mes de mayo de 2024 el comité ejecutivo del Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe (CERLALC). Así lo decidieron ayer por unanimidad los seis estados que lo componen. El CERLALC es un organismo intergubernamental, con sede en Colombia, creado en 1971 bajo los auspicios de la UNESCO, cuyo objetivo es la creación de condiciones para el desarrollo de sociedades lectoras.


Unesco inscribe elementos de Cuba en Memoria del Mundo

Ministry of Culture, Republic of Cuba,18 May 2023, Cuba

La Unesco aprobó hoy por su valor patrimonial la inscripción en el Registro Internacional de la Memoria del Mundo La colección de carteles de cine cubano y Las actas capitulares del Ayuntamiento de La Habana.


Presentación de datos y estadísticas oficiales en la Feria del Libro

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, 18 May 2023, Argentina

El Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación presentó los datos que genera sobre el sector del libro: producción, consumo y alcance de políticas culturales.


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