Policy

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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European Cultural Foundation focuses on cultural integration

February 2005 -

In 2005 the grants programme of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) will focus on various aspects of cultural integration. One of the key aspects is 'intercultural competence and collaboration across borders'. The ECF is looking for strategies that bring about mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.

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New culture fund for non-Western culture

January 2005 -

Hivos and NCDO are jointly supporting initiatives in the Netherlands that offer scope for the expression of visions and artistic works from non-Western cultures. To this end, on 20 December 2004 they signed a covenant that runs until 2006.

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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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World Trade agreements threaten cultural diversity

December 2004 -

The trade agreements made by the World Trade Organisation, including the GATS are oriented toward liberalisation of the global market. These agreements also apply to the cultural sector. This makes it increasingly difficult for countries to support their own artists and cultural institutions with subsidy funding or other measures.

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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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'Immigrants are here to stay'

October 2004 -

In recent years, the debate about immigrants has become increasingly negative in tone, with a focus on crime, unemployment and ethnic conflict. However, there are positive aspects to migration and asylum too, as discussed by three academics and 'hands-on' experts who gave a lecture on this subject recently. Their conclusion: 'Immigrants are here to stay.'

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The first year of collaboration between the ECF and Hivos

October 2004 -

Vanessa Reed, Grants Manager at the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), reviews the first year of collaboration between Hivos and ECF in Sharing Interests, Pooling Funds, Making things happen...

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Brazilian law designed to promote its national film and TV industry

October 2004 -

In Brazil, the talk is of a new legislative proposal designed to promote the national audio-visual industry.

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