culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Shortlisted Projects | Creative Encounters and Creative Networks 2014/15http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/shortlisted-projects-creative-encounters-and-creative-networks-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shortlisted-projects-creative-encounters-and-creative-networks-2015 http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/shortlisted-projects-creative-encounters-and-creative-networks-2015/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:44:49 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45263

  Proposals for ASEF’s Creative Networks and Creative Encounters programmes have been shortlisted this month, following a thorough review of the submitted proposals.  For Creative Networks Second Edition, 8...  Read More

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Proposals for ASEF’s Creative Networks and Creative Encounters programmes have been shortlisted this month, following a thorough review of the submitted proposals. 

For Creative Networks Second Edition, 8 proposals have been shortlisted from 39 submissions. For Creative Encounters Fourth Edition, 6 creative proposals have been shortlisted from 117 submissions. The selection of shortlisted projects was conducted in partnership with Arts Network Asia.

The shortlisted applicants have been requested to submit a detailed proposal by Monday, 1 December 2014. Successful applicants will be notified in January 2015.

ASEF Creative Networks 2nd edition (2014-15) – Shortlisted Projects

  1. An International Strategy for culture and the environment
    A two-day symposium on the effects of environmental sustainability for the arts communities in Asia and Europe
    Partners:  Julie’s Bicycle (United Kingdom), IETM – International Network for the Contemporary Performing Arts (Belgium)
  2. Connect Your Future(s)
    A mapping of online cultural platforms and a conference on cultural mobility, creative industries and digitized heritage
    Partners:  Agence Luxembourgeoise d’Action Culturelle (Luxembourg), Planting Rice (Philippines), On the Move (Belgium)
  3. Creative Cities Network
    A series of workshops and seminars to expand the South East Asia Creative Cities Network (SEACCN) and involve European cities
    Partners:  Chiangmai University  Science Technology Park Secretariat of the Creative Chiangmai (Thailand), Bandung Creative City Forum (Indonesia), Creative Cebu Council (Philippines), Penang Think City (Malaysia), George Town Festival (Malaysia)
  4. Culture and Creative Hub Net
    Establishment of a new network of Cultural and Creative Hubs between Asia and Europe
    Partners: ADDICT – Creative Industries Agency Portugal (Portugal), ECBN – European Creative Business Network (Netherlands), CI-USJ – Faculty of Creative Industries, University of Saint Joseph (China)
  5.  Curating Batik
    A series of workshops to develop marketing and brand strategies on batik collections between museum experts in Asia and Europe
    Partners: Weltmuseum Wien (Austria), Museum Tekstil Jakarta (Indonesia), Náprstek Museum  of Asian, African and American Cultures (Czech Republic)
  6. SEAAA Mobility Platform
    A network of mobility funders to support individual grants in Asia and Europe
    Partners: Roberto Cimetta Fund (France), Korea Arts Management Service (Republic of Korea), Australia Council for the Arts (Australia)
  7. The Asia Pacific Screen Lab @ GFS
    A one-year film co-production training laboratory for emerging filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region
    Partners: Griffith Film School (Australia), Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (France), Mediterranean Film Institute (Greece), Australian Directors Guild (Australia), Torino Film Lab (Italy), Asia Pacific Screen Academy
  8. THRIVE Networking Culture Leaders
    Capacity building workshop and report to help enhance the leadership and effectiveness of international culture networks
    Partners: International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (Australia), Arts Network Asia (Singapore), European League of Institute of the Arts (The Netherlands).

See also: http://www.asef.org/index.php/projects/themes/culture/3220-asef-creative-networks-2nd-edition

 

Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe 4th edition (2014-15) – Shortlisted Projects

  1. Bread Houses – Community Creation
    A series of community workshops to exchange culinary and cultural practices between Asia and Europe
    Partners: Bread Houses Network (Bulgaria), Seongnam Cultural Foundation (Korea)
  2. Circus On The Edge
    A training of trainers and public performances in circus arts with a strong community engagement in Thailand
    Partners: Makhampom Foundation (Thailand), Circusschule Die Rotznasen e. V (Germany)
  3. Co-Creating Spatial Narratives
    A series of workshops focusing on the process of co-creation in craft design innovation involving artisans, architects and designers, resulting in an exhibition in the Netherlands
    Partners: 
    Design Innovation Craft Resource Center (India), CREARE Foundation (Netherlands), CraftCanvas (India), Studio Makkink & Bey (Netherlands)
  4. Curating – In – Depth
    A series of lectures and workshops on contemporary curatorial practice for emerging artists, critics and curators, with visual arts exhibitions in Slovenia and the Philippines
    Partners:
     SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (Slovenia), Planting Rice (Philippines)
  5. Dance Connect 2015
    Mentoring of emerging choreographers through artists’ residencies and commissioning of new pieces and touring.
    Partners: Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (India), O Espaco Do Tempo (Portugal), Mercat De Les Flors (Spain), European Dancehouse Network (Spain)
  6. Sharing Practices of Art for Common Existence
    Training workshops for visual artists and creation of 3D artistic projections
    Partners: International Initiatives for Cooperation (Bulgaria), Asociacion de Investigacion de la Industria del Juguete, Conexas Y Afines (Spain), NIVRITI (India), ARTILT-D biedriba (Latvia), Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly (Philippines), Solidarites Jeunesses Vietnam(Viet Nam).

 

See also: http://www.asef.org/index.php/projects/themes/culture/3218-creative-encounters–fourth-edition-2014–2015-

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1st Toga Asian Arts Festival staged in Japanese mountain villagehttp://culture360.asef.org/news/1st-toga-asian-arts-festival-staged-in-japanese-mountain-village/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1st-toga-asian-arts-festival-staged-in-japanese-mountain-village http://culture360.asef.org/news/1st-toga-asian-arts-festival-staged-in-japanese-mountain-village/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:13:45 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44396

The village of Toga, in the mountains of Japan’s Toyama Prefecture is becoming a magnet for artists, theatre companies and audiences from Asia. Theatre director Tadashi Suzuki wants to...  Read More

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The village of Toga, in the mountains of Japan’s Toyama Prefecture is becoming a magnet for artists, theatre companies and audiences from Asia. Theatre director Tadashi Suzuki wants to make Toga a true centre for Asian theatre, and organised the first Toga Asian Arts Festival this summer.

The Toga Asian Arts Festival 2014 attracted 150 participants from 18 countries. Chinese and South Koreans accounted for most of the international contingent.

“I would like to expand the event to attract people from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, India and Russia,” Suzuki said. He stressed his desire to “nurture this village as a theatrical center, a gathering place for the young, talented people who will determine the future of theater.”

This is not the first time the 75-year-old Suzuki has sought to make Toga the world’s stage. Suzuki, who began working in theater overseas in his 30s, hosted an international event called the Toga Festival from 1982 to 1999.

After working in the West, he shifted his focus to Asia and has been teaching the “Suzuki method” in China, Taiwan and South Korea. In May of this year, at the request of the Shanghai Theatre Academy, he directed Chinese actors in a production of “Cinderella.” The connections he made proved helpful when he set about organizing the new festival.

On the heels of the arts festival, this year’s Asian Theater Directors’ Festival was held Sept. 1-3 with four troupes from Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan. Suzuki’s philosophy appears to be of great interest to young artists across Asia; after all, he created his own brand of theater in Japan and presented it to the world.

Other efforts to increase the village’s capacity for hosting artists are underway. In summer 2013, a committee was established and tasked with turning Toga into a center for the arts. The panel is led by Tadahiro Yoshida, chairman and CEO of YKK, the zipper and fastener maker. It is working on a plan to build training and accommodation facilities.

Read full article on Nikkei Asian Review

Image: South Korea’s Yohangza Theatre Company, led by Yang Jung-ung, took part in the Toga Asian Arts Festival with an interpretation of ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Preparations for Indonesia’s 2015 Frankfurt Book Fairhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/preparations-for-indonesias-2015-frankfurt-book-fair/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=preparations-for-indonesias-2015-frankfurt-book-fair http://culture360.asef.org/news/preparations-for-indonesias-2015-frankfurt-book-fair/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:21:58 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45080

As the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 closes, reporting a “cool and exciting week” with Guest of Honour Finland, preparations are now underway for next year when Indonesia will be...  Read More

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As the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 closes, reporting a “cool and exciting week” with Guest of Honour Finland, preparations are now underway for next year when Indonesia will be Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 Guest of Honour (October 14 -18).

Indonesia Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 website presents the ’17,000 Islands of Imagination’ theme that inspires the programme:

Indonesia has an extraordinary opportunity to showcase its rich literary and intellectual talent on the world stage as Indonesia has agreed to be country Guest of Honour (GOH) at the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) in 2015. Indonesia will showcase its rich and diverse literary and cultural heritage – traditional and contemporary – to Germany, Europe, and the world. And moreover, Indonesia will have a chance in this “cultural diplomacy” outreach to widen the world’s perception of Indonesia beyond being a “tropical island paradise” by expanding an appreciation of its rich literary and intellectual talent

As part of the preparations, an Indonesian Literary Translation Grant Program has been launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Grants are available to translators, authors and publishers through the program with target languages for the first year of English and German. Applications information (for 2015 program) here.

indonesia-literatureIn an article for the Asia Pacific Writers & Translators ( ‘Preparations for Indonesia’s 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair’), John H. McGlynn asks questions about whether enough translations will be ready for Indonesia’s week in the international publishing spotlight at FFB 2015.  John McGlynn is the founder and director of the Lontar Foundation, the only organization in the world whose primary focus of activity is the promotion of Indonesia through the translation of Indonesian.

Indonesian Literature in Translation (I-Lit) is an independent, non-profit website published by the Lontar Foundation. I-Lit’s primary aim is to make Indonesian literature in (English) translation accessible to an international audience.

Read about the Indonesian literary translation workshop which was supported by ASEF Creative Encounters in 2013.

And if you’d like to know more about Finnish literature and publishing: read more about the programme for Finland Cool at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

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EUNIC launches a mobile ‘app’ on European Heritage in Thailandhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/eunic-launches-a-mobile-app-on-european-heritage-in-thailand/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eunic-launches-a-mobile-app-on-european-heritage-in-thailand http://culture360.asef.org/news/eunic-launches-a-mobile-app-on-european-heritage-in-thailand/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:18 +0000 culture360.org http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45129

The European Union National Institutes for Culture in Thailand (EUNIC Thailand) is launching a mobile application that explores the rich history of Thai-European heritage. The ‘European Heritage Map and Cultural Calendar of Thailand’...  Read More

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The European Union National Institutes for Culture in Thailand (EUNIC Thailand) is launching a mobile application that explores the rich history of Thai-European heritage. The ‘European Heritage Map and Cultural Calendar of Thailand’ app includes over 250 sites illustrating the common heritage resulting from centuries of Thai-European interactions. The easy-to-use toolkit provides unique insights in the long and diverse history of Euro-Thai relations sites in Thailand.

The new ‘app’ represents a follow-up project that started with the presentation, in September 2013, of the printed ‘European Heritage Map of Bangkok and Ayutthaya’, which highlighted 65 sites of shared Thai-European heritage.

This one-stop resource aims to create awareness and appreciation of the long and rich history of Euro-Thai relations – as well as to promote our vibrant cultural exchanges of the present. The free-to-download app is available in English and Thai for iOS and Android and includes also an up-to-date overview of all sort of cultural events supported by the EU’s member states (and their cultural institutes) in Thailand.

This ‘app’ is a project of the European Union National Institutes for Culture in Thailand (EUNIC Thailand). The project was funded by the Delegation of the European Union in Thailand and the EUNIC Cluster Fund; as well as the Embassies of Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands; and Alliance Française, Goethe Institut, Instituto Camoes and British Council.

EUNIC Thailand is a network of National Institutes for Culture from the member states of the European Union in Thailand, which aims to contribute to cultural diversity inside and outside of the EU and to strengthen cultural dialogue and exchange.

EUNIC Thailand is part of a global network of over 90 EUNIC clusters present on all continents.

 

For more information:

http://thailand.eunic-online.eu/
Download it now for your iPhone or Android device

Photo captions: Chantaburi Cathedral, Chiang Mai 137 Pillars House, Hat Yai Niphat Uthit 1 – Art Deco, Nakhon Phanom Former City Hall Library, Petchaburi Phra Kiri National Park.

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Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum opens in Parishttp://culture360.asef.org/news/fondation-louis-vuitton-art-museum-opens-in-paris/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fondation-louis-vuitton-art-museum-opens-in-paris http://culture360.asef.org/news/fondation-louis-vuitton-art-museum-opens-in-paris/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:08:14 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45114

The Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum, a massive structure just outside Paris of billowing sails and glass designed by Frank Gehry, has been inaugurated by President François Hollande. The...  Read More

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum, a massive structure just outside Paris of billowing sails and glass designed by Frank Gehry, has been inaugurated by President François Hollande. The privately owned museum opens to the public on October 27, and will be donated to the city of Paris in 50 years.

For the pre-opening weekend (24-26 October) the Fondation Louis Vuitton invites the public to visit with free entry.

For the inaugural phase of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the artistic programme will unfold in three successive stages between October 2014 and July 2015, each stage will include a temporary exhibition, a partial presentation of the collection and a series of events.

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The first stageOctober to December 2014 – invites the public to a ‘voyage of creation’ essentially devoted to the discovery of the architecture of the building with:

- An exhibition on the architecture of Frank Gehry for the Fondation Louis Vuitton. This exhibition will be presented in dialogue with the first major European retrospective of the work of Frank Gehry, organised simultaneously at the Centre Pompidou.

- The presentation of several emblematic works from the permanent collection.

- A group of special commissions related to the architecture of the building including a work by Olafur Eliasson.

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- The auditorium of the Fondation will present several performances most particularly two musical events:

A recital by the pianist Lang Lang on 28 October 2014.

A series of 8 retrospective concerts by Kraftwerk, the pioneering electro-acoustic group, from 6 to 14 November 2014.

The two following stages, opening in December 2014 and July 2015 will be announced shortly.

Thirteen years in the making, the museum is the brainchild of France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault, the chief executive and founder of LVMH.

The eleven galleries provide 3,850 square metres of exhibition space to house temporary shows and a permanent collection, which will include works borrowed from Arnault’s personal collection.

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The site is next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, a 19th-century children’s park and zoo at the north edge of the Romantically landscaped Bois de Boulogne. The architect had to build within the square footage and two-story volume of a bowling alley that previously stood here; anything higher had to be glass. Mr. Arnault’s program for the Foundation, whose stated mission is to stimulate artistic creation, called for a museum with galleries for permanent and temporary exhibitions, and a concert hall.

Read more about the project on France 24

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[interior commission] Olafur Eliasson’s work is like a giant kaleidoscope, composed of forty-three prism-shaped columns of varying widths, which are placed along the walkway in the Grotto around the pool. The columns are illuminated from the inside. Two of the sides are covered with mirrors and the third is covered in a yellow blown glass mosaic. Visitors are invited to circulate amongst them, activating an endless interplay of reflections. © Iwan Baan, 2014

[at night] The Louis Vuitton Foundation, a private cultural center and contemporary-art museum designed by Frank Gehry, opens to the public next week. Credit Benoit Tessier/Reuters

[carousel and aerial view] The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, designed by Frank Gehry. Photograph: Justin Lorget/Corbis

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Denmark launches Cultural Season in Chinahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/denmark-launches-cultural-season-in-china/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=denmark-launches-cultural-season-in-china http://culture360.asef.org/news/denmark-launches-cultural-season-in-china/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:00:31 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44987

Cultural exchange between Denmark and China will be intensified from the autumn of 2014 with a substantial cultural programme involving a number of major cultural stakeholders in both countries....  Read More

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Cultural exchange between Denmark and China will be intensified from the autumn of 2014 with a substantial cultural programme involving a number of major cultural stakeholders in both countries.  The cultural season includes exhibitions, concerts, film festivals, literary events, performing arts and theatre, design and architecture as well as special events dedicated to children and young people.

The Danish cultural season will kick off in China in September 2014, and the programme will run until July 2015. It will offer a great opportunity to strengthen the artistic and cultural ties between the two nations.

“Together, we can build long-term relationships for our cultural institutions and artists”, explains Danish Minister for Culture Marianne Jelved.

A wide range of Danish cultural institutions and stakeholders are actively participating in the cultural initiative including the National Gallery of Denmark, the Museums of South West Jutland, the National Museum of Denmark, the Viking Ship Museum, HEART, the Danish Dance Theatre, Granhøj Dance troupe and the Danish Film Institute. In addition, a list of Danish children and youth theatres and music groups will perform in China.

It is the largest single exposition to date of Danish art and culture in China – with a long-term strategy for establishing Danish-Chinese partnerships and collaboration that will leave a mark and have an impact on the future. The Danish Minister for Culture, Marianne Jelved, will visit China in the autumn of 2014.

More information:

http://www.culturedenmark.com/zh-hans
http://www.kulturstyrelsen.dk/english/international-focus/projects/danish-cultural-season-in-china/

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ASEF supports the 2nd Conference of the Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education & Research | Singaporehttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-supports-the-2nd-conference-of-asia-pacific-network-for-cultural-education-research-singapore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-supports-the-2nd-conference-of-asia-pacific-network-for-cultural-education-research-singapore http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-supports-the-2nd-conference-of-asia-pacific-network-for-cultural-education-research-singapore/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:54:49 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44962

As part of the new network Network As Learning Experience, supported by ASEF through the ASEF Creative Networks programme, the Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research (ANCER)is organising the conference New Voices, Current Perspectives: Arts Management, Policy and Development in Asia on 13-15 November 2014 at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore.  Read More

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As part of the new network Network As Learning Experience, supported by ASEF through the ASEF Creative Networks programme, the Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research (ANCER) in partnership with the European Network of Cultural Administration Training  Centers (ENCATC) is organising the conference New Voices, Current Perspectives: Arts Management, Policy and Development in Asia – 2nd Conference of Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education & Research on 13-15 November 2014 at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore.

The 2nd ANCER Conference aims to discuss the larger cultural identity frameworks connected with the Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia region and challenges, visions, strategies, and decision-making in the field. Speakers and panels will involve interesting and intellectually provocative academics, public intellectuals and artists from Southeast Asia and beyond.

The conference will host a special session on Saturday 15 November on cultural collaborations and exchanges between Asia and Europe, organized in partnership with ASEF and ENCATC.

The event is supported by the programme ASEF Creative Networks.

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For more information on the programme and registration:

http://www.lasalle.edu.sg/events/new-voices-current-perspectives-arts-management-policy-and-development-in-asia-2nd-conference-of-asia-pacific-network-for-cultural-education-research/  

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EUNIC Global to launch Crossroads for Culture projecthttp://culture360.asef.org/news/eunic-global-to-launch-crossroads-for-culture-project/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eunic-global-to-launch-crossroads-for-culture-project http://culture360.asef.org/news/eunic-global-to-launch-crossroads-for-culture-project/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:21:28 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44023

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC Global) has been awarded EU funding from the European Commission Creative Europe Support to Networks Programme for the project EUNIC –...  Read More

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eunic-logo-110x150The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC Global) has been awarded EU funding from the European Commission Creative Europe Support to Networks Programme for the project EUNIC – Crossroads for Culture – Enhancing EU member states transnational and international cooperation.

The project is expected to last 3 years and will be launched in December 2014 in Brussels.

The Crossroads for Culture project aims to strengthen EUNIC’s capacity to become a partner of choice for the European Union in the field of European cultural relations. The overall purpose of strengthening the EUNIC network and building capacity of EUNIC members and external cultural players is to enhance European influence and attraction in Europe itself and in the rest of the world.

Within the framework of the project, EUNIC will engage in cultural policy research and analysis at both European and international levels and will actively participate in raising awareness of EU cultural policy developments and debates. The aim is to lay the foundations for a new approach to countries’ promotional activities, moving from traditional flag-waving to a more holistic approach that embraces interdependence. EUNIC will explore concrete ways in which countries can work more effectively for the global public interest, such as stimulating innovation, framing an agenda for multilateral cooperation, building a platform of practitioners and thinkers and improving efficiency through resource pooling.

EUNIC will also launch an internal EUNIC Academy with the purpose of improving skills and knowledge among network members through a series of training and EU Culture Management Fellowship directed towards external cultural operators both within Europe and outside. The Fellowship will provide participants with hands-on training and knowledge in European Cultural Relations Management and will help them to become agents of social change and development.

Thanks to the professionalisation of EUNIC Clusters based in over 90 locations on all continents EUNIC will contribute to the deepening of mutual dialogue and the cultural exchange with local civil society actors and cultural operators. EUNIC will facilitate EU external cultural relations and establish itself as an operational downstream body with wide expertise and access to local civil societies.

EUNIC Global is the international network of the European Union National Institutes for Culture. It creates effective partnerships between EU National Institutes for Culture and other cultural organisations aiming to improve dialogue and to strengthen cultural cooperation with civil societies in Europe and worldwide. More information on EUNIC

EUNIC members: Austria Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Flemish department of Foreign Affairs, Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, Foundation Croatian House, Ministry of Education and Culture Cyprus, Czech Centres, The Danish Cultural Institute, Estonian Institute, The Finish Cultural and Academic Institutes, Foundation Alliance Française, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institut Français, Goethe-Institut, ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Foundation for Culture, Balassi Institute, Culture Ireland, Società Dante Alighieri, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Italy, Latvian Institute, International Cultural Program Center, Lithuania, Dutch Culture, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Instituo Camões, Romanian Cultural Institute, Slovakian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Instituto Cervantes, Swedish Institute, British Council

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Richard Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker Prizehttp://culture360.asef.org/news/richard-flanagan-wins-2014-man-booker-prize/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=richard-flanagan-wins-2014-man-booker-prize http://culture360.asef.org/news/richard-flanagan-wins-2014-man-booker-prize/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:59:45 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44899

Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.  The Tasmanian-born author is the third Australian to win the...  Read More

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Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.  The Tasmanian-born author is the third Australian to win the coveted prize which, for the first time in its 46-year history, is now expanded to include entries from writers of all nationalities, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

Flanagan joins an impressive literary canon of former winners including fellow Australians Thomas Kenneally (Schindler’s Ark, 1982) and Peter Carey (Oscar & Lucinda, 1988 and The True History of the Kelly Gang, 2001).

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the sixth novel from Richard Flanagan, who is considered by many to be one of Australia’s finest novelists. It centres upon the experiences of surgeon Dorrigo Evans in a Japanese POW camp on the now infamous Thailand-Burma railway. The Financial Times calls it ‘elegantly wrought, measured and without an ounce of melodrama… nothing short of a masterpiece.’

Named after a famous Japanese book by the haiku poet Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is described by the 2014 judges as ‘a harrowing account of the cost of war to all who are caught up in it’. Questioning the meaning of heroism, the book explores what motivates acts of extreme cruelty and shows that perpetrators may be as much victims as those they abuse. Flanagan’s father, who died the day he finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North, was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway.

Richard Flanagan was announced as the 2014 winner by AC Grayling, Chair of judges, at an awards dinner at London’s Guildhall, which was broadcast live on the BBC News Channel. Flanagan was presented with a trophy from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and a £50,000 cheque from Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive of Man Group. The investment management firm has sponsored the prize since 2002.

AC Grayling comments:

“The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war. Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism.”

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The UK National Theatre’s epic production of War Horse has been seen by nearly six million people in theatres around the world but has now signed a collaboration agreement to...  Read More

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The UK National Theatre’s epic production of War Horse has been seen by nearly six million people in theatres around the world but has now signed a collaboration agreement to take it to China. In other news, a major grant to the Royal Shakespeare Company has been announced to fund translation of theatrical works, aiming to boost cultural links between Britain and China.

The BBC reports that War Horse rehearsals are underway in Beijing where a team of 15 puppeteers have been recruited who are learning to work with the life-sized puppets.

Although the show will not open in China for another 13 months, the production is already in preparation. Rehearsals for the puppeteers began with two weeks at a local stables to gain an intuitive understanding of the movements and temperament of horses.

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War Horse is based on the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo. Actors, working with magnificent, life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company, lead us on a gripping journey through history.  The stage play is based on the children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo. It tells the story of a horse, Joey, purchased by the army for service in World War One.

In separate news, a £1.5m grant from the UK’s Department for Culture Media and sport will fund translation of significant theatrical works in both the UK and China. Fourteen seminal Chinese plays will be translated into English and the full works of Shakespeare will be translated into Mandarin, as part of plans to boost business and cultural links between Britain and China. The project will be led by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which receives a further £300k for a tour to China.

Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, said:

“This funding means Western and Eastern cultures can learn from and be enriched by one another and what better way than using the works of Shakespeare. The package marks a really important step for both China and the UK to grow a strong and progressive relationship.”

A recent article for Guardian Culture Professionals Network ‘Building a closer relationship between British and Chinese theatre‘ looks at the potential and challenges for such projects.

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