Inge Ruigrok

Unesco Convention on Cultural Diversity in the Making

March 2005 -

Is the protection of cultural diversity in a globalising world still a viable option? Unesco puts this to the test with the Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions. But the run-up to the international convention has not been smooth at all.

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Namibia

February 2005 -

For many decades in Namibia, discrimination based on race or culture was rampant. Despite this, when it became independent from apartheid South Africa in 1991, cultural policy was given an important role to play, as it was felt that art and culture lay at the heart of the creation, development and democratisation of a nation.

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Latin-American artistic network aids social development

February 2005 -

Thirteen artistic organisations in five countries have joined forces in the Arte y Transformación Social network that presented itself during the World Social Forum held from 26 to 31 January 2005 in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.

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Brazilian melodrama raises issues that are ‘social minefields’

January 2005 -

The Brazilian television series Senhora do Destino (‘Woman of Destiny’) does not shy away from controversial issues. For months now, Brazil’s newest soap has kept millions of Brazilians enthralled.

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Tangencya investigates African modernity in Durban

January 2005 -

The artistic project Tangencya wants to look at the importance of African modernity. To do this, it installed works by ten artists in the South African port of Durban at the end of December 2004.

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Canada

December 2004 -

Canada views the world as a cultural mosaic. The country strives to promote not only its own cultural diversity, but also its ideas about this. It is not without cause that the word multi-culturalism was thought up in Canada: collectively Canadians speak more than one hundred languages.

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Montajes Coreográficos stimulates Colombian dance

December 2004 -

Never before has the Columbian government organised a dance project as large as Montajes Coreográficos. For three months, international artists worked with 52 young dancers on three choreographies to stimulate Columbian dance.

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Mozambican artists' collective aims to rejuvenate the local art scene

November 2004 -

Nowadays, Núcleo de Arte's old villa serves as a meeting-place for painters and sculptors. The artists' collective has been responsible for an artistic revival in Mozambique since the end of the war

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Partnerships between art and the business world in South Africa

October 2004 -

In the post-apartheid world of South Africa, little money has been available for the arts. Business and Arts South Africa is now trying to bring together the business world and the art world.

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Italy

October 2004 -

Italian cultural policy revolves around the preservation of the 'beni culturali', the cultural heritage. This is not so surprising, as Italy is an expert in this field: it is a country that houses the legacy of its rich artistic past. The extensive involvement of private organisations in the arts is typically Italian too.

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