Inge Ruigrok

'Sharing cultures' in a larger Europe

May 2004 -

One week before the European Union welcomed ten new member states, the European Cultural Foundation celebrated its fiftieth birthday under the title 'Fifty years of sharing cultures'.

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Fórum Cultural Mundial: super debate on art and culture

April 2004 -

What part does art play in society and in the interests of the world's artists? Has globalisation destroyed or strengthened cultural diversity?

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South Africa's Freedom Day: an international festivity

April 2004 -

Exactly one decade ago, South Africa elected Nelson Mandela as its first black president, liberating itself from apartheid for all time. In these months, cultural events throughout the world are highlighting South Africa's ten years of democracy.

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Aga Khan Trust for Central Asia's musical heritage

April 2004 -

The fourth edition of Strictly Mundial will be in Istanbul, Turkey on 21 April. The four-day world music fair is an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, partner of various Dutch organisations.

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Cultural Diversity during Forum Barcelona 2004

March 2004 -

For 141 days, Barcelona will form the backdrop for a giant event in which cultural diversity, sustainable development and prerequisites for peace will have central focus. The Forum Barcelona 2004, which commences on 9 May and continues through 26 September, offers entertainment with a serious message.

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Culture topic of Stockholm conference

Mach 2004 -

During a two-day conference organised late in February in the Swedish capitol Stockholm, policy makers from various European countries exchange their experiences with supporting culture in developing countries. The objective was to better attune the various activities.

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Working together to retain cultural heritage

March 2004 -

Collectively working to sustainably retain cultural heritage has high priority in international cultural policy. The Netherlands and South Africa recently agreed upon a collective policy framework. The treaty will be signed soon. The formal cooperation between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands celebrates its first birthday in April

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OCPA aims to encourage cultural policy making in Africa

February 2004 -

Comprehensive cultural policies are virtually non-existent in Africa. In Mozambique, a pan-African independent organisation is being set up to enhance the development of national cultural policies, and their integration into human development strategies.

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Mozambique journalists advocate more art in the media

February 2004 -

Newspapers in Mozambique scarcely print news about art. Culture is also sporadic on the radio. A group of journalists therefore decided to promote art in the media.

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Tapping into musical heritage to create a livelihood for rural Angola

February 2004 -

The function of music as a message vehicle is ancient in Africa. Tsikaya, a cultural project taking place in Angola, draws on this notion by recording the musical works of composers living in rural areas.

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