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Number 424 12 May 2022



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The prestigious Venice Biennale Arte 2022 was launched in late April, making news for featuring overwhelmingly female artists in its 59th edition. Of the 213 artists in the exhibition, more than 90 percent identify as women or as gender nonconforming. After decades of poor representation of women at the world’s oldest international exhibition, this massive change has led the event to be labelled 'the women’s biennale'. Similarly, at the India Art Fair in New Delhi, which opened on 28 April and is the country’s largest event showcasing Indian artists and galleries, many young artists have used their works to push boundaries around sexuality, gender and queer stories. The 50-foot mural welcoming visitors at the entrance of this year’s fair is a case in point. Titled The Future is Femme, this work is by Aravani Art Project, India’s only trans art collective. 

This is a welcome trend for the cultural and creative sectors (CCSs) where – as confirmed by UNESCO’s 2021 report, Gender & Creativity: Progress on the Precipice – women continue to fare worse than men in terms of visibility, status and relative pay. Equally - as we commemorated World Press Freedom Day on 3 May - they remind us that policies and programmes focusing on gender equality are also crucial for the promotion of freedom of expression. 

Poor access to funding for cultural professionals who identify as female is another gap highlighted in the UNESCO report. This is a challenge exacerbated during moments of crisis as too few initiatives that support artists and creatives use an intersectional gender lens. However, good news has been forthcoming in this regard. Netflix in partnership with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC has announced that five Arab women filmmakers and producers from Lebanon, Tunisia, and Morocco will receive a one-time grant through the Fund for Creative Equity to bring their fiction and non-fiction projects to life. Launched in early 2021, this global fund aims to establish more opportunities for people from underrepresented communities to have their voices heard, and purposefully close skill gaps with training programs where they are needed. Meanwhile, Chile has announced that the bonus for cultural workers under the Chile Apoya inclusive recovery plan will be delivered with a gender focus, prioritising female primary income earners affected by the pandemic.

Alongside these positive developments for gender equality, important new questions are being raised about the broader state of inclusion in the CCSs. These are critical issues for us to consider together as we commemorate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May. To kick start these commemorations, we are thrilled to share with you the release of Discussion Paper for the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture - Safeguarding Artistic Freedom.


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Discussion Paper released: Safeguarding Artistic Freedom

On Tuesday 10 May, the 9th World Summit Discussion Paper was launched at a virtual public event hosted by IFACCA and the Swedish Arts Council and attended by members of the arts and cultural sectors and broader international community from over 60 countries.

The Discussion Paper shares perspectives on artistic freedom from eight cultural experts: lead author Sara Whyatt (United Kingdom) and contributing authors: Roxana Miranda Rupailaf (Chile), Basma El Husseiny (Egypt), Letila Mitchell (Fiji), Katalin Krasznahorkai (Germany), Irene Agrivina for House of Natural Fiber (HONF) [Indonesia], Patrick Sam (Namibia) and Maria Lind (Sweden). They each draw from their professional journeys and lived experiences as artists, activists, collectives, curators, educators, researchers and policymakers.

It is available to download in English, Spanish and French.

Find out more about the 9th World Summit and Discussion Paper launch at www.artsummit.org.

National Agency News


The Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Turkey have signed an agreement on cultural and artistic cooperation

Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage, 11 May 2022, Maldives

The agreement includes, amongst other aspects, the promotion of the cultural sector with special emphasis on arts, customs, library, publishing, archeology and museums, and collaboration on the preservation, promotion and research of material heritage.


Propagating and raising people's awareness about preserving and promoting cultural values

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 11 May 2022, Viet Nam

Member of the Party Central Committee and Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Le Duc Tho gave a speech at the national conference on the implementation of Resolution No. 13 - NQ/TW which includes a vision to preserve and promote the value of natural and cultural heritages and the culture of the nation.


National Voluntary Campaign To Clean Up Historical Monuments And Archaeological Sites Begins

Ministry of Cultural Affairs, 09 May 2022, Tunisia

A national voluntary campaign to clean up historic monuments and archaeological sites in Tunisia was launched on Sunday, 8 May 2022 by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, represented by the General Department of Heritage, the National Heritage Institute, the Heritage Revival Agency and all regional cultural delegates.


Statement by National Endowment for the Arts Chair on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

National Endowment for the Arts, 02 May 2022, USA

NEA Chair Dr Maria Rosario Jackson released a statement for Asian America, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage month highlighting the impact made by these communities on American life and culture.


Arts Council: For arts and culture, one per cent of total government expenditure

Arts Promotion Centre Finland, 22 April 2022, Finland

In its new government programme targets, the Arts Council proposes that the share of art and culture be increased to 1% of the state's total government expenditure by 2027.


Creative Scotland's new Climate Emergency commitments

Creative Scotland, 21 April 2022, Scotland

Creative Scotland has published a new Climate Emergency and Sustainability Plan that sets out a range of actions the institution will take to achieve net zero in its operations by 2030.


Creative Wellbeing series launched

Creative New Zealand - Toi Aotearoa, 21 April 2022, New Zealand

Creative New Zealand has today launched an 8-week long storytelling series, focusing on the hauora/wellbeing and intrinsic benefits that the arts, culture and creativity provide.


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International News


Chair of African Literature & Arts activities to launch at the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco

North Africa Post, 09 May 2022, International

The Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco will proceed to the inauguration of the recently established Chair of African Literature and Arts, which aims to decompartmentalise, promote and circulate African cultural heritage in Africa.


Recovery of the arts sector: rebuilding, but better

The Canadian, 04 May 2022, Canada

The National Culture Summit was primarily intended to help the arts and culture sectors recover from the pandemic. Several leaders offered possible solutions, starting with Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).


Zimbabwe's Culture Week turned into Culture Month

News Day, 27 April 2022, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's traditional Culture Week commemorations have been upgraded to National Culture Month scheduled to run throughout May across the country’s 10 provinces.


Estonian culture ministry to study effect of artist and writer's pay

ERR, 26 April 2022, Estonia

The Ministry of Culture has declared a tender with a view to evaluating principles for funding creative work in the future and understanding what additional government intervention would be needed for cultural versatility and sustainability.


New Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra to debut at BBC Proms

The Strad, 26 April 2022, United Kingdom

The new Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, consisting of recently refugeed Ukrainian musicians, Ukrainian members of European orchestras and top Ukrainian musicians, will participate in a concert demonstrating the power of art over adversity on 31 July.


Italy’s 'monuments men' sign deal with UNESCO to help protect world's heritage

Art Newspaper, 25 April 2022, United Kingdom

Italy has signed a decree enabling its heritage protection taskforce to operate overseas on direct request from UNESCO.


Festivals From India: New platform aims at promoting art, cultural diversity, and community building

News Nine, 24 April 2022, India

Festivals From India, an India-UK arts and culture project, was launched in April as the first digital portal to exhibit hundreds of Indian arts and cultural festivals for global audiences.


Ford Foundation funds Native Arts & Culture Councils project

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, 19 April 2022, USA

The USA's Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) will work with existing tribal cultural institutions in six communities to develop cultural plans and establish dedicated Native Arts and Culture Councils.


Mosul revives cultural scene with traditional music festival

Arab News, 15 April 2022, Iraq

Five years since the battle to dislodge Daesh from Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, a four-day festival of traditional music has taken place with the aim of salvaging the region’s shattered arts scene and promoting cultural coexistence.

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Cultural Mobility Yearbook 2022

On the Move, 04 May 2022, International

On the Move's new annual publication, the 2022 Cultural Mobility Yearbook provides a reference framework of data with a focus is on digital mobility.


El Alto: Bringing together disability arts from across the Americas

Disability Arts International, 04 May 2022, International

El Alto is the British Council’s review of arts and culture in the Americas. For its second edition, the focus was on the d/Deaf and disability arts movement and ‘crip’ culture.


The Illustrated Freelancer's Guide

Creative Scotland, 04 May 2022, Scotland

A practical resource for artists, makers, writers and other creatives working freelance to understand their rights and best practices in avoiding and addressing difficult situations.


Report: How culture can come back stronger

Kultur Norge - Culture Norway, 25 April 2022, Norway

A report on the reconstruction of the cultural sector in Norway, whcih reflects the crisis that cultural life has been through as a consequence of the pandemic and makes concrete suggestions on how to rebuild.


2022 - 2026 Equity Action Plan

National Endowment for the Arts, 16 April 2022, USA

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released its Equity Action Plan in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.

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Opportunities & Events


Cultural Mobility Forum 2022

On the Move, 04 May 2022, International

On 25 May 2022, On the Move will host its first Cultural Mobility Forum to collectively investigate international artistic and cultural mobility trends.


Webinar: Envisioning the Future of the Artist

Fast45, 04 May 2022, International

On 18 May, Fast45, together with a panel of arts professionals and creative thinkers, will explore what a desirable future could look like for artists.


Call for Applications: 2022 ICH Associate Expert Program

ICHCAP - International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, 14 April 2022, International

The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP) welcomes applications for the 2022 ICH Associate Expert Program by 10 June 2022.


Call for Applications: UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity

UNESCO, 16 March 2022, International

Applications for UNESCO's International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) close on 15 June 2022. This multi donor fund was established under the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and aims to supporting the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries.


Call for Ideas: New European Spaces of Culture

EUNIC - European Union National Institutes for Culture, 16 March 2022, International

European Spaces of Culture is seeking innovative and inspiring cultural relations projects co-created by EUNIC members, EU Delegations and local partners in countries outside the EU. Project ideas can be submitted until 19 June 2022.


Call for Entries: Talents Tokyo 2022

Arts Council Tokyo, 28 April 2022, Japan

'Talents Tokyo', the talent development and networking program that bring together in Tokyo up to 15 upcoming filmmakers and producers from East Asia and Southeast Asia is accepting applications until 31 May 2022.

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Supporting Culture in the Digital Age

8th World Summit Report

8th World Summit Discussion Paper

Artists, Displacement and Belonging


La Bienal de Arte de Venecia 2022 se inauguró a finales de abril y acaparó los titulares por la dominante representación de mujeres artistas en su 59ª edición. De las y los 213 artistas de la muestra, más del 90% se identificaron como mujeres o de género no binario, con lo que, tras décadas de una pobre representación de las mujeres en la muestra internacional más antigua del mundo, este cambio radical ha hecho que se etiquete el evento como
la bienal de las mujeres”. De manera parecida, el 28 de abril se inauguró la Feria de Arte de la India en Nueva Delhi, la mayor muestra del país y punto de encuentro de las y los artistas y galerías de la India, y muchos y muchas artistas jóvenes cuestionaron las barreras de sexualidad, género e historias queer a través de sus obras. Por ejemplo, el mural de 15 metros de la entrada que daba la bienvenida a las y los visitantes, titulado El futuro es mujer, lo firmó Aravani Art Project, el único colectivo indio de arte trans.

Este cambio de tendencia en los sectores culturales y creativos es de agradecer, ya que las mujeres continúan gozando de menor visibilidad, estatus e ingresos relativos que los hombres, como confirma el informe de la UNESCO en 2021 Género & creatividad: Progresos al borde del precipicio. El Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa el 3 de mayo también nos recuerda que las políticas y programas centrados en la igualdad de género son fundamentales para la promoción de la libertad de expresión.

La falta de acceso a financiamientos para las profesionales de la cultura que se identifican como mujeres es una carencia destacada en el informe de la UNESCO. Este problema se agrava en momentos de crisis, ya que poquísimas iniciativas de apoyo a las y los artistas emplean una perspectiva interseccional de género. Sin embargo, existen buenas noticias en este ámbito. Netflix, en colaboración con el Fondo Árabe de las Artes y la Cultura (AFAC), acaba de anunciar que cinco cineastas y productoras del Líbano, Túnez y Marruecos recibirán una beca a través del Fondo para la Igualdad Creativa para dar vida a sus proyectos de ficción y no ficción. Este fondo global, inaugurado a principios de 2021, ofrece más oportunidades para que personas de comunidades subrepresentadas puedan hacer oír su voz y aspira a cubrir carencias en capacitación con programas de formación donde sea necesario. Mientras tanto, Chile ha anunciado que el bono para trabajadores y trabajadoras culturales en el programa de recuperación inclusiva “Chile apoya” se distribuirá con un enfoque de género, dando prioridad a las trabajadoras afectadas por la pandemia con hijos(as) o personas dependientes.

Además de estas favorables noticias para la igualdad de género, se plantean nuevas preguntas sobre temas más generales de inclusión en los sectores culturales y creativos, que consideramos fundamental analizar conjuntamente en el marco del Día Mundial de la Diversidad Cultural para el Diálogo y el Desarrollo el 21 de mayo. Para impulsar esta conmemoración, nos entusiasma compartir con usted la publicación del Documento de discusión de la 9ª Cumbre de las Artes y la Cultura – Salvaguardar la libertad artística.

Noticias de IFACCA


Publicación del Documento de discusión: Salvaguardar la libertad artística

El martes 10 de mayo, el Documento de discusión de la 9ª Cumbre Mundial se presentó en un evento virtual público organizado por IFACCA y el Consejo de las Artes de Suecia, en el que participaron personas de más de 60 países de todos los sectores de las artes y la cultura y de la comunidad internacional.

El Documento de discusión comparte perspectivas sobre la libertad artística de ocho expertas(os)culturales: la autora principal, Sara Whyatt (Reino Unido) y las(os) colaboradoras(es) Roxana Miranda Rupailaf (Chile), Basma El Husseiny (Egipto), Letila Mitchell (Fiji), Katalin Krasznahorkai (Alemania), Irene Agrivina por la Casa de la Fibra Natural (HONF en inglés, Indonesia), Patrick Sam (Namibia) y Maria Lind (Suecia). Cada una(o) de ellas(os) aporta su carrera profesional y su experiencia como artistas, activistas, en colectivos, comisarias(os), educadoras(es), investigadoras(es) y responsables de políticas públicas. 

El documento está disponible para descargar en inglés, español y francés. 

Más información sobre la 9ª Cumbre Mundial y la presentación del Documento de discusión en www.artsummit.org/introduction-esp.



Ministra Julieta Brodsky lanza el Día de los Patrimonios con énfasis en la diversidad cultural y el formato presencial

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, Chile, 06 May 2022, Chile

Desde el extremo norte del país y acompañada de cultores, cultoras y representantes de las diversas comunidades de la Región de Arica y Parinacota, la ministra de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, Julieta Brodsky Hernández, invitó a la comunidad a ser parte de una nueva edición del Día de los Patrimonios, celebración ciudadana que se realizará el próximo 28 y 29 de mayo con cambio de nombre y énfasis en el formato presencial.


SNC y la Federación de Industrias Creativas fortalecerán vínculos con miras a desarrollar actividades en conjunto

National Secretary of Culture, Presidency of the Republic, 05 May 2022, Paraguay

La Federación de Industrias Creativas del Paraguay (FIC), ocasión en la que presentaron al Ministro los detalles de la segunda edición del Mercado de Industrias Creativas del Paraguay – CREA+PY 2022, con la participación de artistas y emprendedores del sector arquitectura, artes escénicas y espectáculos, artes visuales, audiovisual, comunicación, diseño, editorial, fintechs, fotográfico, gastronomía, inventos, música, publicidad, software, turismo, patrimonio cultural material e inmaterial y videojuegos.


El ministro de Cultura y Deporte, Miquel Iceta, mantiene una reunión bilateral telemática con su homólogo ucraniano, Oleksandr Tkachenko

Ministry of Culture and Sport, 03 May 2022, Spain

El ministro de Cultura y Deporte, Miquel Iceta, ha mantenido esta tarde una reunión, por vía telemática, con el ministro de Cultura de Ucrania, Oleksandr Tkachenko, para fomentar la cooperación cultural entre ambos países.


Lanzan sistema informativo de la Cooperación Internacional

Secretary of Culture, 29 April 2022, Mexico

El Ministerio de Cultura acompañó el lanzamiento del Sistema Integrado de Información de la Cooperación Internacional (SIICI), que se llevó a cabo en el auditorio del Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzmán.


Bauer defendió las asignaciones específicas para la cultura en la inauguración de la Feria del Libro

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, 29 April 2022, Argentina

Con la presencia del ministro de Cultura de la Nación, Tristán Bauer, su par de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Enrique Avogadro, el presidente de la Fundación El Libro, Ariel Granica, el escritor Guillermo Saccomanno, la coordinadora de objetivos y programas de La Habana, Tatiana Viera Hernández, escritoras, escritores, y editores quedó inaugura la 46ª edición de la tradicional Feria.


Construir diálogos en la cooperación regional: el rol de la OEI en las Cumbres Iberoamericanas

OEI - Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, 20 April 2022, International

Se ha presentado en la Casa de América de Madrid el informe "La Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura y las Cumbres Iberoamericanas de jefes y jefas de Estado y de Gobierno".

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