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Number 421 17 February 2022



Hello  ACORNS subscriber

On behalf of the Chair of IFACCA, Mr Simon Brault, and the Director General of the Swedish Arts Council, Ms Kajsa Ravin, I would like to share an important update regarding the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture scheduled to take place from 31 May to 3 June 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Due to the current travel restrictions related to the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant impacting most of the regions across the world, the Swedish Arts Council has reached the difficult conclusion to postpone the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture to 2023. The IFACCA Board and Secretariat fully support this decision and are committed to working with the Swedish Arts Council and partners to ensure safe and equitable global participation at the World Summit in Stockholm.

While we are disappointed that we must wait a little longer to meet in person, we hope that this date change will ensure we have the best chance of guaranteeing the presence of delegates from all regions of the world. Since its inception, the World Summit has always been designed to be a highly participatory platform that fosters exchange between policy makers and representatives from government, cultural and non-cultural sectors. Consequently, the knowledge, enthusiasm and physical presence of our diverse membership and the international arts community are crucial for us to ensure a successful World Summit.

The postponement of the World Summit does not mean important dialogue about the state of artistic freedom has to wait. With a new summit date planned for May 2023, we will use the lead-in time to start the conversation with online discussions. This will commence with the launch of the World Summit Discussion Paper in early May 2022, which includes contributions from eight key thought leaders from across the globe.

We will be providing regular updates through our ACORNS news bulletins and the World Summit website in the coming months to confirm the exact dates for the World Summit in May 2023, and the series of online conversations to be had in the lead up to the in-person gathering. We look forward to staying engaged with all of you in the international arts community and are excited to share these important conversations with you.

We look forward to meeting you in Stockholm in May 2023, and until then, let’s keep talking!

With best wishes,

Magdalena Moreno Mujica
Executive Director

ACORNS Iberoamericano
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IFACCA Reflections


UNESCO Global Report 2022: A policy vision for sustainable futures

On 8 February 2022, UNESCO launched its Global Report, Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity – Addressing culture as a global public good, the third edition in a series designed to monitor the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which has now been ratified by 150 countries and the European Union. This important global overview of trends and gaps comes at a crucial juncture for the cultural and creative sectors (CCSs), which were facing testing times even before the challenges brought on by global COVID-19 crisis. The Report reminds us that - except in a few cases - public investment in culture had, in fact, been steadily decreasing over the last decade. The CCSs are now among the hardest hit by the pandemic, with over 10 million jobs lost in 2020 alone.

To address the growing challenges of the CCSs and reaffirm their key role in the resilience and regeneration of economies and societies, the Report seeks to establish culture as a global public good which needs to be fully protected and promoted for the benefit of humanity as a whole. At IFACCA, this belief that arts and culture are a public good - with the potential to further inclusive social transformation - to be shaped and accessed equitably by all peoples, has always been central to our guiding principles. 

In championing culture as a public good, the Report contributes to a much-needed wider understanding that policies to support culture and creativity may be made not only in the form of cultural policies but in other fields that drive societal transformations (such as policies for sustainable and inclusive economic growth, decent employment opportunities, gender equality, social inclusion and mitigating climate change). In this context, the Report strongly recommends the whole-of-government approach to cultural policy, which appears to be only progressing slowly, mainly due to limited cross-portfolio and cross-agency collaboration.

Two findings of the Global Report particularly stand out for us at IFACCA as they dovetail with our Strategy 2021-2026 - written in the post-COVID-19 context - that outlines how we aspire to work with our members to adapt to post-COVID conditions, through crisis management, recovery and long-term strategy; rebuild, redefine and reform public support for arts and culture, towards a more sustainable and secure future, while also demonstrating the international leadership and innovation potential of the CCSs and embedding arts and culture in wider social conversations and collaborating with other sectors. Read more.

National Agency News


The Resolution of the 13th National Congress of the Party determined that culture must be placed on a par with the economy and politics.

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam, 
16 February 2022, Viet Nam

The Resolution of the 13th National Congress of the Party determined that culture must be placed on a par with the economy and politics. Therefore, it is right to shape the cultural ecosystem, build a healthy cultural environment, build a comprehensive development of Vietnamese people. Linking cultural development with tourism development, making tourism a key economic sector, while protecting and preserving cultural resources for future generations.

The Secretary of Culture and National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) create the first Key Indicators for the culture sector

Secretary of Culture, 03 February 2022, Mexico

In an unprecedented event for the Secretary of Culture of the Government of Mexico, the Governing Board of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), chaired by Dr. Graciela Márquez Colín, approved the first two Key Indicators of the culture sector to form part of the National Catalogue of Indicators. 

The indicators were formulated in close collaboration between both institutions and aim to show, in synthesis, part of the economic and social dynamism of the country's culture sector, thus supporting and promoting the defence and guarantee of cultural rights. 

Fair Work Innovation for Caregivers

Creative Scotland, 31 January 2022, Scotland

Six creative organisations and businesses across the country are piloting new initiatives to improve working conditions for people with caregiving responsibilities in the arts, screen and creative industries. Projects are receiving grants of up to £15,000 from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Radical Care action research programme.

Stats and Stories 2020-21: Canada Council Funding Overview

Canada Council for the Arts, 25 January 2022, Canada

Stats and Stories presents a breadth of information about the Canada Council’s funding: detailed breakdowns of funding, five-year trends, open data tables and stories about what artists, groups and arts organizations did with their grants.

Minister Catherine Martin and Minister Darragh O’Brien announce €6.6 million in 2022 for Creative Ireland local authority projects

Culture Ireland, 23 January 2022, Ireland

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, and the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, today announced funding of €6.6 million for the 2022 Creative Ireland Programme Creative Communities initiative. This partnership between the departments and all 31 local authorities is being enabled through the Creative Ireland Programme. It will offer thousands of opportunities across Ireland for people of all ages to engage with creative projects in their local area.

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International News


Jamaica is on track for a Creative Economy Act to protect and support its Cultural and Creative Industries

UNESCO, 08 February 2022, Jamaica

On 15 December 2021, UNESCO, the EU Representation to Jamaica and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES) Jamaica, held a first virtual National Team Meeting with institutions and members of Jamaica’s Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI's) to advance the process of formulating a Cultural and Creative Industries Act for Jamaica.

Singapore’s Libraries Adopt Data Analytics, AI, Robots for Improving Visitor Experience

OpenGov Asia, 08 February 2022, Singapore

Singapore’s public libraries have been adopting data analytics and AI to develop more immersive and personalised visitor experiences. They have also introduced robots and automation to simplify and shrink the workload of librarians. The traditional storytelling experience has been given a twist with new technology. Some libraries are now equipped with a special room to offer a more immersive experience through videos and sensors.

Culture Ministry administers ‘Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to artistes’ to improve financial and socio-economic status of artistes and scholars in the field of arts

Press Information Bureau, Government of India, 08 February 2022, India

The Ministry of Culture administers a Scheme by the name of ‘Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to artistes’.  The objective of the Scheme is to improve financial and socio-economic status of the old aged artistes and scholars who have contributed significantly in their specialized fields of arts, letters etc. but are in penury condition.

Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme

Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture & Heritage, 04 February 2022, New Zealand

In February 2022 the Government announced an extension of the Scheme, providing an $70.7 million to the Scheme to give arts and cultural sector event organisers the confidence to plan and deliver events right through to the end of January 2023. Key eligibility criteria have also been extended.

Government unveils levelling up plan that will transform UK

UK Government, 04 February 2022, United Kingdom

Today (2 February 2022) the Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove will unveil the government’s flagship Levelling Up White Paper. This document will set out a plan to transform the UK by spreading opportunity and prosperity to all parts of it.

Nearly USD 90 million pledged in Paris for ALIPH and the protection of heritage in conflict areas

Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, 02 February 2022, France

Five years after the establishment of the International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH), Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, and Thomas S. Kaplan, Chair of the Foundation, hosted the second ALIPH Donors’ Conference on 31 January at the musée du Louvre in Paris. During this second conference, nearly USD 90 million was pledged, supersceding the USD 77.5 million that was committed during the first Donors’ Conference in March 2017.

2022 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of the Creative Europe Programme

European Commission, 02 February 2022, International

This Work Programme outlines the policy framework, the priorities and the actions implementing "Creative Europe Programme" in 2022.

UAE to head ALECSO's Permanent Committee for Arab Culture

ALECSO - Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation, 24 January 2022

The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) member countries have unanimously chosen the UAE to head the Permanent Committee for Arab Culture. Salma Al Darmaki, Secretary-General of the UAE National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, has been appointed to chair the Permanent Committee.


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Time to Act: final full report published

British Council, 17 February 2022, England

A research report authored by On The Move, and commissioned by the British Council in the context of Europe Beyond Access. Spanning 42 countries, Time To Act provides the first transnational evidence that lack of knowledge in the mainstream cultural sector is a key barrier preventing disabled artists and arts professionals participating equally in European culture. 

COVID-19 and Internet Accessibility in the MENA Region: Maximizing digital skills and connectivity for economic recovery

Wilson Centre, 08 February 2022, International

Alexander Farley and Manuel Langendorf assess the readiness of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to shift employment and education online, both in terms of Internet availability and digital literacy among the populace. 

Innovation and resilience in the arts, culture, and heritage in Canada

Hill Strategies Research Inc, 04 February 2022, Canada

Many artists and organizations in the arts, culture, and heritage have responded and adapted to pandemic-induced challenges by doing new things or doing things in new ways. Innovation and resilience in the arts, culture, and heritage in Canada offers 29 stories of artists and organizations using innovation to find resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innovation and resilience in the arts, culture, and heritage is a multi-year project of The Creative City Network of Canada in partnership with the Cultural Human Resources Council, Les Arts et la Ville, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

The Role of Culture in Climate Resilient Development

Agenda 21 Culture, 02 February 2022, International

The report “Culture in Climate Resilient Development” is an attempt to document the initiatives of cities and local or regional governments from all continents on cultural policies, sustainable cities and climate resilient development.

Road to Recovery? Cultural Freelancers Wales Report 2022

Cultural Freelancers Wales, 31 January 2022, Wales

16 months after the publication of our 2020 study, Rebalancing and Reimagining, this report analyses the changes to freelancers’ lives, looks at the current situation and future outlook for freelancers, and asks what - if any - progress has been made to rebalance the cultural sector as we progress on the road to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In search of equal partners: On being a SWANA artist and cultural worker in the EU

Culture Action Europe, 25 January 2022, International

Culture Action Europe published new research on being a SWANA artist and cultural worker in the EU. Entitled “In Search of Equal Partners”, the paper was developed in the framework of the “Engaging with SWANA/MENA cultural agents in the EU” project, supported by the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

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Artists, Displacement and Belonging


En nombre del presidente de la Junta Directiva de IFACCA, Simon Brault, y de la directora general del Consejo de las Artes de Suecia, Kajsa Ravin, comparto un importante anuncio relativo a la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura, cuya celebración está prevista del 31 de mayo al 3 de junio en Estocolmo, Suecia.

Debido a las actuales restricciones a la movilidad causadas por la expansión de la variante Omicron del COVID-19, el Consejo de las Artes de Suecia ha llegado a una difícil conclusión: posponer la celebración de la 9ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura a 2023. La Junta Directiva y el Secretariado de IFACCA respaldan completamente esta decisión y se comprometen a trabajar con el Consejo de las Artes de Suecia para garantizar una participación globalmente segura y equitativa en la Cumbre Mundial en Estocolmo.

A pesar de la desilusión que nos supone tener que esperar a encontrarnos en persona, esperamos que el cambio de fechas nos permita garantizar la presencia de delegados y delegadas de todas las regiones del mundo. Desde su creación, la Cumbre Mundial ha estado siempre diseñada como una plataforma participativa que promueve el intercambio entre los responsables de las políticas públicas y los(as) representantes del sector público, los sectores cultural y no cultural. Por lo tanto, el conocimiento, el entusiasmo y la presencia física de nuestra diversa membresía y de la comunidad internacional de las artes y la cultura son fundamentales para garantizar el éxito de la Cumbre Mundial.

Posponer la Cumbre no quiere decir que el importante diálogo sobre el estado de la libertad artística tenga que esperar. Con la nueva fecha de la Cumbre en mayo de 2023, usaremos el tiempo hasta entonces para iniciar la conversación virtualmente, empezando con la publicación del Documento de Discusión a principios de mayo de 2022. El Documento contiene ocho artículos de líderes mundiales en el pensamiento global.

Continuaremos ofreciendo noticias regulares en nuestros boletines ACORNS y en la página web de la Cumbre Mundial durante los próximos meses, y confirmaremos las fechas concretas en el mes de mayo de 2023 de la Cumbre, así como el programa de diálogos virtuales antes del encuentro presencial. Nos alegrará continuar en contacto la comunidad internacional de mundo las políticas culturales y nos alegrará compartir estos importantes diálogos con usted.

Esperamos verle en Estocolmo en mayo de 2023 y hasta entonces, ¡vamos hablando!

Con un cordial saludo,

Magdalena Moreno Mujica
Directora ejecutiva

Reflexiones de IFACCA


Informe Mundial de la UNESCO 2022: una visión para futuros sostenibles

El 8 de febrero de 2022, la UNESCO publicó su informe mundial Re|pensar las políticas para la creatividad – Plantear la cultura como un bien público global, la tercera edición de una serie concebida para hacer un seguimiento de la aplicación de la Convención de 2005 sobre la Protección y Promoción de la Diversidad de las Expresiones Culturales, ya ratificada por 150 países y la Unión Europea. Esta importante visión integral de las tendencias globales se presenta en un momento crucial para los sectores culturales y creativos, que ya vivían momentos difíciles antes de la crisis del COVID-19. El informe nos recuerda que, excepto en unos pocos casos, la inversión pública en la cultura había disminuido globalmente de forma continua durante toda la década pasada. Los sectores culturales y creativos se encuentran entre los más afectados por la pandemia, con pérdidas de más de 10 millones de empleos en todo el mundo sólo en 2020.

El informe busca establecer la cultura como un bien público global digno de protección y promoción integral en beneficio de toda la Humanidad, de cara a solucionar los problemas planteados a los sectores culturales y creativos y reafirmar su papel clave en la resiliencia y regeneración de las economías y las sociedades. En IFACCA, la convicción que las artes y la cultura son un bien público, capaz de promover la transformación hacia sociedades inclusivas y necesariamente formado mediante la participación de todas las personas, siempre ha sido parte nuclear de nuestros principios rectores.

Al abogar por la concepción de la cultura como bien común, el informe contribuye a una mayor comprensión de que las políticas de apoyo a la cultura y la creatividad no corresponden exclusivamente a las políticas culturales, sino que comprenden otros ámbitos motor de transformaciones sociales, como las políticas por el crecimiento sostenible e inclusivo, las oportunidades de empleo digno, la igualdad de género, la inclusión social y la mitigación del cambio climático. En este contexto, el informe recomienda encarecidamente enfoques de conjunto a la política cultural, cuyo avance es todavía lento, a causa mayormente de la limitada colaboración interministerial y transversal. 

Para IFACCA, dos resultados del informe destacan particularmente en relación con nuestra Estrategia 2021-2026, escrita en el contexto posterior al COVID-19. La Estrategia detalla cómo queremos trabajar con nuestros miembros para adaptarnos a las condiciones tras el COVID-19, mediante la gestión de crisis, la recuperación y la estrategia a largo plazo; cómo reconstruir, redefinir y reformar el apoyo y la inversión pública a las artes y la cultura hacia un futuro más sostenible y seguro, a la vez que demostramos el liderazgo internacional y el potencial de los sectores creativos y culturales, integramos las artes y la cultura en amplios diálogos sociales, y colaboramos con otros sectores. Leer más.



La Secretaría de Cultura y el INEGI crean los primeros Indicadores Clave del sector cultura

Secretary of Culture, 03 February 2022, Mexico

Estos datos permitirán conocer de manera sintética, parte de la dinámica económica y social del sector; serán adicionales a la Cuenta Satélite de la Cultura de México.

El Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte pone en marcha la aplicación informática del Registro de la Propiedad Intelectual (RePI)

Ministry of Culture and Sport, 01 February 2022, Spain

El Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte, a través de la Dirección General de Industrias Culturales, Propiedad Intelectual y Cooperación, ha puesto en marcha la aplicación informática del Registro de la Propiedad Intelectual (RePI), con el objetivo de que los autores y creadores dispongan también de una herramienta telemática que permita la presentación de las solicitudes de inscripción de sus obras en el Registro oficial y público.

Anteproyecto de Ley General de Protección del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural

Ministry of Culture, Republic of Cuba, 31 January 2022, Cuba

El anteproyecto responde a la implementación de la Política para la protección y salvaguarda del Patrimonio Cultural, material e inmaterial de la Nación,  su finalidad es ordenar, actualizar, perfeccionar y compatibilizar la protección de las diferentes manifestaciones del Patrimonio Cultural y el Patrimonio Natural.

Ministerio de las Culturas destina $550 millones de pesos para financiar proyectos artísticos escolares

Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, 31 January 2022, Chile

Este miércoles, el Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio anunció oficialmente que el Fondo de Fomento al Arte en la Educación (FAE), en su convocatoria 2022, financiará con $550 millones un total de 73 proyectos de instituciones y organismos que imparten formación artística y cultural en los sistemas formales y no formales de educación del país. 

La UNESCO pone en marcha la plataforma "Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial Transmedia para el Desarrollo Sostenible en los Países Andinos"

UNESCO, 31 January 2022

En abril de 2020, la Entidad del Patrimonio Vivo puso en marcha una encuesta en línea para comprender la repercusión de la pandemia de COVID-19 en todo el mundo. El informe “Living Heritage in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic” resume los resultados de la encuesta y los desafíos y oportunidades para el patrimonio vivo durante la crisis.





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