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Number 425 16 June 2022



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Diversity is just as essential for the cultural world as it is for the living world. This is at the heart of the message from UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay shared on 21 May for the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Development. With diversity of cultural expressions around the world shrinking due to several ongoing crises such as climate change, the pandemic, and wars and conflict, Ms Azoulay reiterated the urgent need for policy innovations that acknowledge culture as a public good. 

The value of the arts for human connectivity, social cohesion and mutual understanding was also strongly emphasised at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which brought together over 2,000 representatives from government, business, civil society and media from 22-26 May 2022. The gathering in Davos reaffirmed the philosophy of collective action (including through public-private partnerships) as the starting point for a new era of global responsibility and cooperation. 

Delivering a common future will also be in focus at the upcoming 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda from 20-25 June 2022, which will bring together leaders of its 54 Member States in person for the first time since 2018. At the People’s Forum held alongside this biennial meeting, the importance of diversity for participatory governance and in civic expression will be discussed in two sessions: one debating the most pressing challenges to free speech in the Commonwealth and the other showcasing innovations that give people a voice in shaping their institutions. 

Speaking of artistic freedom, this month we are delighted to present some key updates about the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture including new dates for the event, the video and transcripts of the launch of the Discussion Paper as well as the launch of a new series of Reflections on artistic freedom. Do stay connected with us as we journey to Stockholm 2023!


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New dates announced for 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture

3 – 5 May 2023

Leading policy makers, researchers, managers and practitioners in the arts, culture and related sectors will gather in Stockholm, Sweden from 3 - 5 May 2023 for the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture

Diverse participants representing government, cultural and non-cultural sectors as well as civil society will participate in vital discussions to explore artistic freedom as a fundamental pillar of cultural policy and examine how and why it should be protected. 

The 9th World Summit is co-hosted by the Swedish Arts Council and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), and it is expected that delegates will represent developed and developing nations across all continents. 

Registrations for the Summit will open in September 2022.

A Discussion Paper on Safeguarding Artistic Freedom is available to download in English, Spanish and French at www.artsummit.org/discussionpaper. It brings together eight cultural experts from different world regions who have contributed essays, drawing from their professional journeys and lived experiences as artists, activists, collectives, curators, educators, researchers and policymakers.

Keeping the conversation alive

We continue the important dialogue about the state of artistic freedom in the lead up to the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture 2023 with two new offerings this month.

We are delighted to present the video and transcripts of the launch event for the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture Discussion Paper: Safeguarding Artistic Freedom, held virtually on 10 May 2022. We also take this opportunity to remind you of some of the key takeaways from that event: that artistic freedom carries multiple meanings and cannot be interpreted only through a single lens; that in today’s globalised world, threats to these freedoms - especially political and ideological ones - are imminent everywhere; and further, the socio-economic contexts in which artists work often influence the spaces available for them to create, present, distribute and speak freely, even when their lives may not necessarily be at risk. These realities mean that while policy development to safeguard artistic freedom must necessarily include a wide range of issues from fair pay and decent work to censorship and killings, it could be applied very differently in different contexts. 

Acknowledging these myriad complexities, we are launching a new series of Reflections on artistic freedom from the members of the International Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC). Each IPAC member will consider urgent issues of concern related to artistic freedom through short reflections published on the IFACCA website and on the World Summit website between June and August 2022. Join us as we begin this journey with reflections from IPAC Members Pamela López (Chile) and Farai Mpfunya (Zimbabwe).

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Minister Of Cultural Affairs signs two partnership agreements to support Tunisian writers

Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Tunisia, 15 June 2022, Tunisia

The Minister of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Hayat Qatat Al-Qarmazi, has signed two partnership agreements with the Union of Tunisian Writers and the cultural organisation Abu al-Qasim al-Shabi related to activities to encourage Tunisian writers and the promotion of Tunisian books at national and international levels.


Arts Council Luxembourg launches pilot scholarship for artist managers

Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, 15 June 2022, Luxembourg

Following discussions with the Luxembourg music sector in recent years, Arts Council Luxembourg has launched a new scholarship programme aimed supporting managers who work towards the career development of the artists.


Statement by National Endowment for the Arts Chair Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson on LGBTQ+ Pride Month

National Endowment for the Arts, 01 June 2022, USA

The Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts has released a statement on LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which is celebrated in the USA each June, acknowledging the critically important voices, talents, innovation and leadership provided by the LGBTQ+ community.


New £150K disabled-led programme to improve digital technology skills for artists

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 30 May 2022, Northern Ireland

A new programme for artists delivered by artists aims to deliver opportunities for d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodiverse artists to pursue new ambitions through the use of digital technology that will support them in their career.


China Focus: Virtual museum tours enrich lives in epidemic

China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC), 26 May 2022, China

China has proposed to promote the free opening and digitalisation of public cultural venues, and develop online digital experience products and new cultural tourism services such as immersive tours, virtual exhibitions and high-definition live broadcasts during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025).


Performing arts through the war prism in Ukraine - results of the meeting with representatives of the sector

Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, 18 May 2022, Ukraine

The Ukrainian Cultural Foundation gathered together representatives of the cultural sector to discuss the state of performing arts in wartime, the impact of war, transformation and adaptation to modern realities and prospects for support and development.


Museums need to change in quantity and quality to promote strength

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam, 17 May 2022, Viet Nam

To mark International Museum Day, the Department of Cultural Heritage (MOET) in collaboration with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) organised a seminar on the power of museums to bring about positive change in the community.


New partnership with MFAT will invest half a million in Pasifika artists

Creative New Zealand - Toi Aotearoa, 16 May 2022, New Zealand

Pasifika artists in Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands will be supported to collaborate and share skills and knowledge in a new initiative, through Creative New Zealand's first partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).


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International News


NEA, NEH to create Chief Diversity Officer roles

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), 15 June 2022, USA

Chairs Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Shelly Lowe of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have announced their intentions to establish Chief Diversity Officer positions within their respective agencies.


UNESCO launches programme to support Ukrainian artists

UNESCO, 14 June 2022, International

UNESCO will provide financial support to Ukrainian artists to support the continuation of artistic creation and access to cultural life, under a pilot programme launched by the organisation in partnership with the Ukrainian NGO Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).


Museums to help deliver anti-racist action plan for Wales

Museums Association, 07 June 2022, United Kingdom

Museums and the culture sector are to play a key role in delivering the new Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan, which has been published by the Welsh Government this week.


Online streaming bill will generate $1B a year for Canadian creative sector: Minister

Times Colonist, 06 June 2022, Canada

The online streaming bill will generate at least $1 billion a year for Canada's creative sector, including Indigenous programs, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez told a committee of MPs on Monday.


The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Partners with Leading International Institute for Heritage Conservation Initiative

Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, 02 June 2022, United Arab Emirates

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) partnered with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), a not for profit research institute dedicated to advancing cultural heritage conservation practice internationally, to host a two-session virtual workshop this month which shared methods to identify and protect Abu Dhabi’s modern heritage.


Dr Asta Vrečko assumes office at the Ministry of Culture

Republic of Slovenia, 02 June 2022, Slovenia

The National Assembly has confirmed the 15th Government of the Republic of Slovenia and appointed Dr Asta Vrečko as the new Minister of Culture, who has outlined her vision for the management of the Ministry of Culture and announced a strategically oriented cultural policy.


New Federal Arts Minister 'to end attacks on the arts' in Australia

ArtsHub, 01 June 2022, Australia

Newly appointed Minister for the Arts Tony Burke MP has announced his support for Australia’s creative sector and his desire to prioritise the development of a new National Cultural Policy.


Mexico should learn from Korean creative industry: Mexico's Culture Minister Alejandra Frausto Guerrero

The Korea Herald, 24 May 2022, Korea, Rep

Mexico’s Culture Minister Alejandra Frausto Guerrero has praised Korea’s cultural and creative small and medium enterprises for mobilising a whole country with the public sector’s technical and financial support.


Ghanaians urged to respect each other’s cultural values to promote national cohesion, unity

News Ghana, 20 May 2022, Ghana

Madam Janet Edna Nyame, Executive Director, National Commission on Culture (NCC), has urged Ghanaians to respect each other’s cultural values to promote national cohesion and unity and called culture the singular driving force of human progress and existence.


New recommendation on culture, cultural heritage and landscape

Council of Europe, 20 May 2022, International

During its annual session held in Turin, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers adopted a Recommendation on the role of culture, cultural heritage and landscape in helping to address global challenges.


Policy for creative industries being developed for Jamaica

Jamaica Gleaner, 17 May 2022, Jamaica

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange announced a series of activities from 16 - 20 May to develop a comprehensive policy and legal framework for the Entertainment, Cultural and Creative Industries (ECCI) in Jamaica.

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Report: Culture in Pandemic Restrictions

Latvian Academy of Culture, 02 June 2022, Latvia

The Latvian Academy of Culture has prepared a report on the experience of 25 Latvian cultural institutions to making culture available during the COVID-19 pandemic, including detailing their most effective solutions and takeaways from successes and failures.


Report: Mapping and examining the determinants of England’s rural creative microclusters

Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre, 26 May 2022, United Kingdom

New research published by the AHRC-supported Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) and National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) finds that microclusters are spread widely across England, which suggests there is a benefit to creative businesses clustering in rural settings and has important policy implications.


Mental Health and Wellbeing in Music and Live Performing Arts Survey results

Support Act, 25 May 2022, Australia

The findings of Support Act's first Mental Health and Wellbeing in Music and Live Performing Arts survey have highlighted the urgent need for continued support for the artist and cultural workers'' mental health and wellbeing through psychological services, as well as evidence-based prevention, education and training programs.


Welsh national plan for music education

Welsh Government, 17 May 2022, Wales

A plan to set up the National Music Service to support children and young people across Wales to access opportunities to play, sing, take part in and create music.


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Opportunities and Events


'Stop. Look Back. Look Ahead. Proceed.' A virtual Asia-Europe residency on arts and climate change

Asia-Europe Foundation, 16 June 2022, Singapore

ASEF through culture360.ASEF.org and Casa Asia have launched a new open call for Stop. Look Back. Look Ahead. Proceed. a virtual residency on arts & climate change for emerging artists from the music, new media, film, comics, visual arts and photography sectors. Applications are open until 15 July 2022.


Creative Well-being Tokyo: International Conference on Open Access to Culture 2022

Arts Council Tokyo, 16 June 2022, Japan

The International Conference on Open Access to Culture 2022 will run from 28 June to 7 July and is a 'platform from which to learn to realise a symbiotic, complementary society through the arts and culture.'


Call for Contributions: Connective Symposium 2022

IETM - International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, 06 June 2022, International

The Connective Symposium will take place from 17-19 November 2022 at Fontys University of the Arts Tilburg, The Netherlands and address the notion of artistic connectivity as an approach to artistic research in relation to society. Proposals must be submitted no later than 30 June 2022.


The Nordic Culture Fund launches a major Globus Call

The Nordic Culture Fund, 06 June 2022, Denmark

The Nordic Culture Fund’s new programme Globus aims to encourage artists, institutions and other cultural actors to engage in wide transnational collaborations and long-term networks that extend beyond the Nordic region. Applicants from all parts of the world can apply and the first call is running from the 6 June - 3 October 2022.


Call for Papers: Ecologies of the Arts - Sustainable Futures, New Creative Economies and the Management of Arts and Culture

Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research ANCER, 27 May 2022, International

The Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research (ANCER) has opened the Call for Papers for it's 5th conference, which will take place from 2 - 4 December 2022 in Singapore. The event will be centred on the theme 'Ecologies of the Arts: Sustainable Futures, New Creative Economies and the Management of Arts and Culture' and submissions close on 1 August 2022.


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La diversidad es tan esencial para el mundo cultural como lo es para el mundo en general. Ese es el núcleo del mensaje que la directora general de la UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, compartió el 21 de mayo con motivo del Día Mundial de la Diversidad Cultural para el Diálogo y el Desarrollo. Con la diversidad de las expresiones culturales reduciendo en todo el mundo debido a largas crisis como el cambio climático, la pandemia, guerras y conflictos, la Sra. Azoulay reiteró la necesidad urgente de políticas innovadoras que reconozcan la cultura como un bien público.

El valor de las artes para la conectividad humana, la cohesión social y el entendimiento mutuo también se destacó con fuerza en la reunión anual del Foro Económico Mundial, que reunió a más de 2000 representantes de gobiernos, empresas, la sociedad civil y los medios de comunicación los días 22 a 26 de mayo de 2022. La reunión de Davos reafirmó la filosofía de la acción colectiva, incluida la colaboración público-privada, como un punto de partida para una nueva era de responsabilidad y cooperación global.

Cómo alumbrar un futuro común también será el tema central de la 26ª Reunión de los jefes de Gobierno de la Commonwealth (CHOGM), que se celebrará en Ruanda del 20 al 25 de junio de 2022 y reunirá a los líderes de sus 54 Estados miembros en persona por primera vez desde 2018. En dos sesiones del Foro de la Sociedad Civil que se celebra durante esta reunión bianual se analizará la importancia de la diversidad para la gobernanza participativa y en la expresión cívica: una debatirá los desafíos más acuciantes a la libertad de expresión en la Commonwealth y otra mostrará innovadoras maneras de dar voz a las personas en las instituciones.

Hablando de la libertad artística, este mes nos alegra poder presentar novedades importantes sobre la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura, como las nuevas fechas del evento, el vídeo y las transcripciones del lanzamiento del Documento de discusión, y la publicación de una nueva serie de Reflexiones sobre la libertad artística. No deje de seguir en contacto durante este viaje de preparación a Estocolmo 2023.

Noticias de IFACCA


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Anunciamos las nuevas fechas de la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura: 3 a 5 de mayo de 2023

Destacados(as) responsables de políticas públicas, investigadores(as), gestores(as) y profesionales de las artes, la cultura y demás sectores relacionados se reunirán en Estocolmo, Suecia, del 3 al 5 de mayo de 2023 con ocasión de la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura.

Una diversa representación del sector público y de los sectores cultural, de otros sectores y de la sociedad civil participará en importantes discusiones para explorar el papel de la libertad artística como pilar fundamental de la política cultural y analizar cómo y por qué debe protegerse.

La 9ª Cumbre Mundial está organizada conjuntamente por el Consejo de las Artes de Suecia y la Federación Internacional de Consejos de Artes y Agencias Culturales (IFACCA), y se prevé que los delegados y delegadas representen a países desarrollados y en desarrollo de todos los continentes.

El período de inscripción para la Cumbre se abrirá en septiembre de 2022.

El Documento de discusión de la 9a Cumbre Mundial sobre la salvaguarda de la libertad artística está disponible para su descarga en inglés, español y francés en www.artsummit.org/discussionpaper-esp. El documento reúne ensayos de ocho expertos y expertas culturales de distintas regiones del mundo a partir de sus carreras profesionales y su experiencia como artistas, activistas, colectivos, comisarios(as), educadores(as), investigadores(as) y responsables de políticas públicas.

Mantener viva la conversación

Continuamos el importante diálogo sobre el estado de la libertad artística en el camino hacia la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura con dos nuevas aportaciones este mes.

Nos complace presentar el vídeo y las transcripciones  del acto de presentación del documento de discusión de la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura: Salvaguardar la libertad artística, celebrado virtualmente el 10 de mayo de 2022. También aprovechamos esta oportunidad para recordarles algunas de las conclusiones clave de dicho evento: que la libertad artística tiene múltiples significados y no puede interpretarse únicamente a través de una única lente; que en el mundo globalizado de hoy, las amenazas a estas libertades -especialmente las políticas e ideológicas- son inminentes en todas partes; y que, además, los contextos socioeconómicos en los que trabajan los y las artistas a menudo influyen en los espacios disponibles para que puedan crear, presentar, distribuir y hablar libremente, incluso cuando sus vidas no estén necesariamente en peligro. Estas realidades significan que, si bien el desarrollo de políticas para salvaguardar la libertad artística debe incluir necesariamente una amplia gama de temas, desde la remuneración justa y el trabajo decente hasta la censura y los asesinatos, podría aplicarse de manera muy diferente en distintos contextos. 

Teniendo en cuenta estas múltiples complejidades, lanzamos una nueva serie de Reflexiones sobre la libertad artística de las y los miembros del Comité Asesor Internacional del Programa (IPAC). Cada miembros del Comité considerará materias urgentes relacionadas con la libertad artística a través de breves reflexiones que se publicarán en el sitio web de la IFACCA y en el de la Cumbre Mundial entre junio y agosto de 2022. Acompáñenos en el inicio de este viaje con las reflexiones de las y los miembros del IPAC Pamela López (Chile) y Farai Mpfunya (Zimbabwe).



Rumbo a Mondiacult 2022, la Secretaría de Cultura construye políticas culturales de la mano de América Latina y El Caribe

Secretary of Culture, 09 June 2022, Mexico

Titulares de cultura de América Latina y el Caribe se reunieron de forma virtual el día de ayer, como parte del Proceso consultivo regional, donde se trabajó sobre el documento Proyecto Cero de Declaración Final, que se presentará ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (Unesco), en el marco de la Conferencia Mundial sobre las Políticas Culturales (Mondiacult) 2022, evento que se llevará a cabo en México del 28 al 30 de septiembre próximos.


Las rutas e itinerarios culturales crean relaciones históricas y bienes culturales: Alberto Martorell

OEI - Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, 09 June 2022, International

La Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI) en alianza con la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (UAZ) y el Instituto Europeo de Itinerarios culturales (EICR) llevaron a cabo la cuarta conferencia perteneciente al Ciclo para el Fortalecimiento de las Rutas e Itinerarios Culturales Euro-Iberoamericanos, titulada “Itinerarios y Rutas Culturales: Proyectos de Patrimonio Cultural”.


El ministro de Cultura abrió el Encuentro de Patrimonio Integral del NEA

Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Argentina, 03 June 2022, Argentina

Del 2 al 4 de junio se desarrolla en el Museo Aníbal Cambas (provincia de Misiones) el Encuentro de Patrimonio Integral del NEA, con la presencia del ministro de Cultura, Tristán Bauer; la secretaria de Patrimonio Cultural del Ministerio, Valeria González; el secretario de Gestión Cultural, Federico Prieto; el ministro de Cultura del Paraguay, Rubén Capdevilla, junto con miembros de su gabinete y las máximas autoridades de cultura de las diez provincias del Norte Grande.


Ministra Julieta Brodsky valora anuncios en materia de Cultura de la primera Cuenta Pública del Presidente Gabriel Boric

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, Chile, 01 June 2022, Chile

Como una Cuenta Pública contundente y con respuestas a demandas históricas. Así calificó la ministra de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, Julieta Brodsky Hernández, el primer discurso del Presidente Gabriel Boric Font ante el Congreso pleno esta mañana.


Miquel Iceta: “La cultura ha de impactar positivamente en todos los territorios”

Ministry of Culture and Sport, Spain, 01 June 2022, Spain

El ministro de Cultura y Deporte, Miquel Iceta, ha inaugurado esta mañana el V Foro Cultura y Ruralidades, que bajo el lema ‘Claves para un ecosistema cultural en el territorio’ se celebra hasta el próximo viernes en Navia (Asturias). El ministro ha destacado el papel de la cultura como vertebrador del territorio. “La cultura ha de impactar positivamente en toda la ciudadanía, en todos los territorios”.


Concluye celebración de la XXXIII Semana Cultural del Bibliotecario Salvadoreño

Ministry of Culture of El Salvador, 30 May 2022, El Salvador

Con una jornada de webinarios, cine, conversatorios y talleres concluyó la XXXIII Semana Cultural del Bibliotecario Salvadoreño, celebrada por el Ministerio de Cultura y la Asociación de Bibliotecarios Salvadoreños.


Que la cultura encante y forme mejores ciudadanos

Ministry of Culture, Republic of Cuba, 30 May 2022, Cuba

Es lo que decía recientemente el Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista y Presidente de la República, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, durante un encuentro sostenido por él, desde el Palacio de la Revolución, con un grupo de creadores destacados y directivos del sector de la Cultura.


Se crea la Red Iberoamericana de Orquestas Sinfónicas

National Secretary of Culture, Presidency of the Republic, Paraguay, 30 May 2022, Paraguay

Con apoyo de la SNC y la participación de la Orquesta Sinfónica del Paraguay (OSN) y la Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional del Paraguay (OSIC), en el marco del 10° aniversario del programa Ibermúsicas, se crea la Red Iberoamericana  de Orquestas Sinfónicas – RIOS, un nuevo espacio de encuentro institucional para las orquestas profesionales de la región.

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