Policy

Workshop on new cultural policy for the Balkans

November 2006 -

The workshop Cultural Politics as Crisis Management took place September 21 -23, 2006 in the Kosova capital Pristina.

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Surinam

October 2006 -

The Surinam government completed its draft cultural policy in August 2006. The agenda for the next ten months will be filled with intensive consultation with cultural partners and artists. The premise for the definite policy to be distilled from the discussions is the wide cultural diversity.

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Co-funding: culture suffers hard blows in the Netherlands

October 2006 -

Dozens of organizations in the Netherlands participate in development cooperation. Their work varies from health care to home construction, and a number are involved in cultural activities. They are primarily financed by the government. This year, all of the subsidy schemes were placed under the rule of the MSF: the co-funding system.

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CER conference: culture as a basic need

October 2006 -

"Ponder not only the consequences disasters have on culture, but also the impact culture has on humanitarian disasters," Jan Pronk urged the participants at the CER conference 'Culture is a basic need'.

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Chile

September 2006 -

The Pinochet dictatorship oppressed the right to free speech and every type of collective action for a long period of time. Today culture plays a major part in re-establishing unity and solidarity among the Chilean population. Creative Diversity is a key concept in this respect.

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DOEN's 15th anniversary

September 2006 -

DOEN Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. The fund is working for a better world to live in by supporting initiatives in the field of sustainable development, culture and public interest.

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Colombia

August 2006 -

Despite the relentless war, significant attention is devoted to the arts in Colombia. The government is utilising culture as a weapon against ‘fear, forgetfulness and violence’. The population is invited to embrace ‘democratic, cultural citizenship’.

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Brazil

July 2006 -

Development policy based on stimulating creative thinking and on cultural networks is the key to success in the current era of globalisation. This policy philosophy, as exemplified by the Brazilian Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, determines both the national and international approach to culture in his country.

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Influence of the WTO and the Unesco Treaty on world trade in culture is unclear

July 2006 -

For some time there have been warnings that national art subsidies are under pressure from agreements that countries make in the framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Because of free trade and the related consumer preferences, indigenous cultural products ultimately end up getting the short end of the stick.

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Cuba

June 2006 -

The objectives of the Communist revolution of 1959 were utopian, in response to the decadence, corruption and violence that preceded it. One of the first measures taken by the new government was the definition of a cultural policy that strongly influenced the island state’s artistic climate.

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