culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:59:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 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.

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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War Horse in rehearsal for China debuthttp://culture360.asef.org/news/war-horse-in-rehearsal-for-china-debut/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=war-horse-in-rehearsal-for-china-debut http://culture360.asef.org/news/war-horse-in-rehearsal-for-china-debut/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:45 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43423

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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Winners of 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards announcedhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/winners-of-2014-unesco-asia-pacific-heritage-awards-announced/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=winners-of-2014-unesco-asia-pacific-heritage-awards-announced http://culture360.asef.org/news/winners-of-2014-unesco-asia-pacific-heritage-awards-announced/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:01:13 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44090

A total of 14 projects from 10 countries have been recognized in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.  Awards went to projects as diverse as a...  Read More

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A total of 14 projects from 10 countries have been recognized in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.  Awards went to projects as diverse as a boatshed in New Zealand, a lane in Lahore, a Singapore shophouse, a 19th century timber cottage in suburban Sydney and a Dutch modernist house in Bandung.

A panel of international conservation experts met in June to review 46 entries from across the Asia-Pacific region.

“Although there was no Award of Excellence given this year there was an overall increase in projects awarded which gives hope for a general rise in the standards of heritage conservation by non-state actors within the Asia-Pacific region,”  said Tim Curtis, Chair of the Jury and Chief of the Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok.

The restoration of the Saryazd Citadel, Yazd, Islamic Republic of Iran has been honoured with an Award of Distinction. The award recognized the commitment made by private sector partnerships to protect a unique historic desert complex, while providing significant socio-economic benefits for the local community through renewed employment opportunities.

Other Awardees included:

Awards of Merit: 

  • Exeter Farm, Glenwood, New South Wales, Australia
  • Shri Sakhargad Niwasini Devi Temple Complex, Kinhai Village, Maharashtra, India
  • Frankton Boatshed, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Wak Hai Cheng Bio, Singapore
  • Phraya Si Thammathirat Residence, Bangkok, Thailand

Honourable Mentions:

  • Shahzada Hussain Mausoleum, Karez Village, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
  • Cape Inscription Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia
  • Rottnest Island World War II Coastal Defences, Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia
  • Nanjing Yihe Mansions, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Esplanade House, Mumbai, India
  • De Driekleur, Bandung, Indonesia
  • Gali Surjan Singh, Lahore, Pakistan

Jury Commendation for Innovation:

  • Lucky Shophouse, Singapore

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation programme recognizes the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. By recognizing private efforts to restore and adapt historic properties the awards aim to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking public-private partnerships.

The winners were selected based on how the projects reflected a clear understanding and application of various criteria, such as the articulation of the spirit of place, technical achievement, appropriate use or adaption, and the project’s contribution to the surrounding environment as well as the local community’s cultural and historical continuity.

The Call for Entries for the 2015 UNESCO Heritage Awards shall be made in October 2014, and further details will be available on the awards website.

Image: De Driekleur, Bandung, credit: Tribun Jabar, Photographer: Gani Kurniawan

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The Next Helsinki | international call for ideashttp://culture360.asef.org/news/the-next-helsinki-international-call-for-ideas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-next-helsinki-international-call-for-ideas http://culture360.asef.org/news/the-next-helsinki-international-call-for-ideas/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 21:58:23 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44357

Helsinki is one of the world’s great cities – a beautiful and cultivated place, dancing by the water. The Next Helsinki has been launched as an international call for...  Read More

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Helsinki is one of the world’s great cities – a beautiful and cultivated place, dancing by the water. The Next Helsinki has been launched as an international call for ideas for transforming the city. The initiative, led by a group of independent arts organisations with national and international support, is a counter-contest, in reaction to the Guggenheim Foundation’s plans for a new Helsinki museum. For many, a Helsinki Guggenheim carries cultural and economic costs that do not sit well with Finnish societal values.

Helsinki is a city – like all others – with real needs.  For housing that is abundant and affordable. For an on-going retrofit for sustainability that is such an urgent part of the future of all the world’s cities. For rational transportation. For inventive platforms for experiencing and producing art. And for public spaces and a public culture that can generate decent livelihoods and be accountable to communities.

The Next Helsinki calls upon architects, urbanists, landscape architects, artists, environmentalists, students, activists, poets, politicians, and all others who love cities to suggest ways in which Helsinki and its South Harbor can be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city. We invite submissions that devise this transformation at whatever scale – and whatever medium – contributors consider appropriate: the site itself, the harbor, the city, the country.

Every city on earth, it seems, dreams of the salvation of the Bilbao effect. What if one very special building, designed by one very special architect, and sponsored by one very special private museum, could land in its midst and transform a moribund economy and under-cultured citizenry at a stroke into a teeming nexus of tourism and world class art?

Now, the Guggenheim Foundation has launched a design competition on one of Helsinki’s most valuable and compelling physical sites for a new Guggenheim building, in hopes of a transformation akin to the “miracle” in Spain. The City of Helsinki is tempted to spend hundreds of millions of municipal euros in return for the benefits of the branding of the city with someone else’s mark. – Is this really the best use for the site and tax money?

What if there was an alternative call for ideas – open to all – to rise to the challenge of imagining a richer future for the whole city? A ‘competition’ that takes as its starting points the existing structures and needs of the city itself? What if it could help Helsinki evolve as a more accessible, equitable, sustainable, and beautiful place?  What if it could help develop beneficial cultural strategies that grow from the specifics of the local scene and from the needs of contemporary art practices? What if there were realizable alternatives to the trends of luxury branding, mono-culturization, top-down decision-making processes and privatization of common goods?

”The city is the greatest collective work of art ever conceived and Helsinki is one of the most exquisite.  

We are seeking projects that infuse urban life with meanings that attach artistry to every aspect of the everyday.

Emanating from this spectacular waterside site, we hope to find new ideas about dissemination, participation, and collaboration, not simply the anachronism of another conventional containment vessel for yet more of the too familiar media of traditional art production.”

(Michael Sorkin, Chair of the Jury)

Help us seize this opportunity to highlight the city’s singularity, and its residents’ appetite for social, environmental and cultural justice. We challenge you to send us your realistic, visionary and well researched ideas for the Next Helsinki!

Submission deadline: March 2 2015

See The Next Helsinki website for all application details

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ASEF culture360 media partner of the Borak Art Series | Malaysiahttp://culture360.asef.org/event/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-borak-art-series-malaysia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-borak-art-series-malaysia http://culture360.asef.org/event/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-borak-art-series-malaysia/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 03:58:43 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=44767

ASEF culture360 will be the official media partner of the upcoming BORAK ARTS SERIES 2014, Malaysia’s primary arts conference for creative practitioners and business leaders from around the world.   Read More

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ASEF culture360 will be the official media partner of the upcoming BORAK ARTS SERIES 2014, Malaysia’s primary arts conference for creative practitioners and business leaders from around the world. The conference will be held on 22-23 November 2014 at MAP KL, Publika, Kuala Lumpur. The event is organised by My Performing Arts Agency (MyPAA) in collaboration with the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN)

Building from 2013’s Borak Arts Series of Building Sustainability in the Arts, we take the discussions forward to break boundaries across sectors and build knowledge in funding and mobility.  The conference will bring together artists, presenters/producers, intermediaries, funders and will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, round robin sessions, networking platforms and performances.

 

The 2014 edition will feature critical topics such as What Is The Value of CultureGetting to Know Our International Funder PartnersInvesting Time in NetworksArts and Cultural Support For A Creative and Vibrant Society and Cultural Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  To create a dynamic exchange of expertise in collaboration locally and internationally, Country Updates, Info Cell Sessions and Round Table Sessions have also been created.

 

For more information on the programme and registration, please visit www.mypaa.com.my.

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Malta | A Silent Pathway Towards a Cultural Boom?http://culture360.asef.org/news/malta-a-silent-pathway-towards-a-cultural-boom/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=malta-a-silent-pathway-towards-a-cultural-boom http://culture360.asef.org/news/malta-a-silent-pathway-towards-a-cultural-boom/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:23:12 +0000 Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44636

Rich in history, tradition, and archaeology, renowned as an intercultural passage of different populations in the heart of the Mediterranean, the small island of Malta is truly astonishing for its variety of faces, lineages, languages and architecture.  Read More

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Rich in history, tradition, and archaeology, renowned as an intercultural passage of different populations in the heart of the Mediterranean, the small island of Malta is truly astonishing for its variety of faces, lineages, languages and architecture. Many words and stories have been written about the history and culture of Malta, but little is known, at an international level, about its contemporary culture.

After 7000 years of cultural and historical heritage that has shaped the Maltese local identity, the country is now facing a dawning era of new geopolitical mechanisms and balances, entailing new global connections and stimulating challenges.

Internationalisation, mobility, cooperation, networking and creative exchange are some of the keywords that are currently transforming the cultural policies and artistic practices at an international level.

How is Malta responding to these global demands? How is it positioning itself in the international cultural landscape? What are the opportunities and the challenges of a new cultural strategy and development?

From the Past to the Future

A few years ago, in 2009, while in Malta for an international project, I took the chance to visit some cultural institutions and search for contemporary art spaces. The power of the historical heritage combined with the beauty of the Mediterranean landscape was dense and enveloping. The fortress city of Valletta, Fort St. Elmo, the Grand Harbour, the peaceful and mysterious town of Mdina, medieval walls, castles, astonishing cathedrals, Baroque pomp, Caravaggio, and so on, are just some of the cultural magnificence that delight the eyes and leaves one breathless.

But what about contemporary art? Where is the contemporary art museum? Where are the spaces for visual arts?

Beyond the all-encompassing St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity and some independent and alternative initiatives – notably, the MCA (Malta Contemporary Art), founded by artist and curator Mark Mangion – the contemporary scene of Malta proved to be quite disappointing. Nevertheless, in recent years, the growing interest in contemporary arts, the opening up to the international arena, and the strong determination and efforts of several Maltese cultural professionals have contributed in transforming the panorama and are paving the way for a new cultural moment.

In 2011, an important official document – the National Cultural Policy – was discussed and released. A new vision concerning needs, strategies, methods and tools to improve the cultural sector is about to begin.

The National Cultural Policy focuses on the cultural development needs in Malta. These include:

  • improved cultural governance structures
  • international cultural cooperation
  • strengthening the professional status of the artist
  • articulating the specific needs of the arts, heritage and audiovisuals
  • development of the cultural and creative industries
  • recognition of cultural rights, cultural socialisation and cultural inclusion
  • ensuring the long-term sustainability of the cultural sector

A change in national policies; a clear commitment in order to discuss and develop measures in favour of the cultural sector; the establishment of new principles, strategies and actions to ensure a public and participative cultural debate, were some of the key points stressed in the document.

Among the different points analysed, it is interesting to observe the importance of international cooperation. 

International Cooperation. Building international cultural bridges helps in the promotion of diversity, dialogue and cooperation in cultural activities and in enhancing the professionalism of the sector. Bilateral and multilateral cultural agreements need to be backed up with the necessary material resources in order to transform cultural diplomacy into an effective tool in support of cultural development. The mobility of cultural collections, works of art, artists and cultural professionals are key areas in which public and private investment in international cultural cooperation should be encouraged.

A year later, in 2012, the National Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries – drawn up by the Creative Economy Working Group – began exploring the links between economy and creativity. Among the different proposals, the Strategy aims

“to position Malta as an attractive, contemporary and stimulating creative hub within the Mediterranean region, with strong emphasis on exchange and access to international markets”.

The path towards a new cultural era was opened and Malta’s cultural sector was to reap the fruits of its own labour. Heritage Malta and the Malta Council for Culture & the Arts (currently changing its name to ACM, Arts Council Malta) – the main cultural institutions, both founded in 2002 – began widening its influence and multiplying its activities.


The future is now and it’s already very busy in Malta.

In October 2016, Valletta, the capital city, will host the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture. As announced by the MCCA, “Co-hosted with the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the World Summit will welcome around 500 delegates from 80 countries to discuss the major issues impacting the arts”. A few months after the Summit, in the first semester of 2017, Malta will run the EU Presidency. In 2018, Valletta will be European Capital of Culture. This last achievement, officially declared in May 2013, was received as a great triumph and sparked a powerful wave of hope and enthusiasm.

This crescendo of international events is positively shaking the whole cultural field in Malta and is already generating a highly interesting series of activities.

The VIVA Festival (Valletta International Visual Arts), the very first event entirely devoted to contemporary visual arts in Malta; the series of conferences titled Dialogue in the Med: exploring identity through networks; and Science in the City, a festival where science meets art, are just some of the very recent events that are taking place these days in Malta.

Compared to other European countries, which are suffering drastic cuts in the cultural sector, Malta seems to be walking towards a more serene and stimulating scenario.

General cultural funding is improving, though there are still many challenges to face. The construction of a new museum dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Art (a highly controversial issue); the need to design a clear mobility funding framework, which takes into account both incoming and outgoing mobility projects; the establishment of new cultural bridges and long-term cooperation projects both within the cultural reality of Malta and at an international level – in the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia and worldwide – are key objectives that require serious commitment and firm responsibility. Many are the risks in this complex pathway, but still there are more opportunities ahead that numerous cultural professionals hope will benefit the entire Maltese society.

 

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Victoria-Asia Cultural Engagement Research Report publishedhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/victoria-asia-cultural-engagement-research-report-published/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=victoria-asia-cultural-engagement-research-report-published http://culture360.asef.org/news/victoria-asia-cultural-engagement-research-report-published/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:38:21 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44361

‘On the Ground & In the Know‘ has been published in Australia by Asialink Arts in partnership with Arts Victoria. The Victoria-Asia Engagement Research Report is planned as the...  Read More

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On the Ground & In the Know has been published in Australia by Asialink Arts in partnership with Arts Victoria. The Victoria-Asia Engagement Research Report is planned as the first steps towards a better understanding of best practice for international cultural engagement.

“We’ve recognised that we need a much more long-term view of how we build our relationships around multi-art form in our approach to performing arts, how we build stronger and deeper connections to companies and artists in the Asia Pacific region, and how we then link that to a much longer term audience development strategy.”

Roundtable participant, 2013

For over 20 years Asialink has been at the forefront of leadership, research, advocacy and program delivery in Australia-Asia engagement. In order to embrace the exciting possibilities of the rapidly developing region, Asialink has identified the need for Australia to develop deeper and more sustained modes of engagement, and enhance the Asia-capability of people and organisations across all sectors.

To do this effectively requires good quality information and data. This is available for many industries, but lacking in the cultural sector. To redress this ‘data deficit’, Asialink Arts, with the support of Arts Victoria, developed The Victoria-Asia Cultural Engagement Research Report. The objective was to gather data, evidence of best practice strategies and identify the needs of key stakeholders, artists and arts organisations. The wealth of resulting information may be used to guide the development of policies and strategies to further develop Asia engagement and capability of the next five years.

The Research Report is informed by a Victoria-Asia Cultural Engagement Survey. This was developed to better understand Victorian arts organisations reasons for engaging with Asia, and their priority countries and regions. It asked respondents to outline their organisational investment and earned income from cultural engagement; past, current and future cultural activities with Asia; key outcomes; challenges and barriers to working with Asia; and suggested interventions to assist Asia-capability.

This research and report has proved useful to many artists and organisations to develop strategies for future cultural exchange programs with Asia.

On the ground & in the know: THE VICTORIA-ASIA CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT RESEARCH REPORT 2013 is published as a free download. The material is particularly well organised for online browsing and you can consult different chapter summaries.

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Illuminating cities – light art festivals in Europe and Asiahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/illuminating-cities-light-art-festivals-in-europe-and-asia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=illuminating-cities-light-art-festivals-in-europe-and-asia http://culture360.asef.org/news/illuminating-cities-light-art-festivals-in-europe-and-asia/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:37:57 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44223

As autumn arrives in Europe and the nights are drawing in … it's the perfect time to see some of Europe’s cities lit up as works of art. This round up of Europe's leading light art festivals will make you see old buildings in a new light.  Read More

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As autumn arrives in Europe and the nights are drawing in … it’s the perfect time to see some of Europe’s cities lit up as works of art. This round up of Europe’s leading light art festivals will make you see old buildings in a new light.

Read full article on The Guardian, which picks its top 10 light art festivals in Europe as:

Amsterdam Light Festival, the Netherlands: 27 November-18 January 2015

Signal, Prague, Czech Republic: 16-19 October 2014

Licht festival, Ghent, Belgium: 29 January-1 February 2015

Glow, Eindhoven, Netherlands: 8-15 November 2014

Berlin Festival of Lights, Germany: 10-19 October 2014

Fête des Lumières, Lyon, France: 5-8 December 2014

Illuminating York, UK: 29 October-1 November 2014

Lumina, Cascais, Portugal: 12-14 September 2014

Lights in Alingsås, Sweden: 26 September-2 November 2014

Lux, Helsinki, Finland: 4-8 January 2015

For some more contenders – read this article on Arch Daily: Light Matters: Europe’s Leading Light Festivals which also identifies several light art festivals in Asia and elsewhere:

Vivid Sydney, Sydney, Australia: 22 May – 8 June 2015

Light Marina Bay, Singapore: 7-30 March 2014

Hikari Renaissance – Festival of the Light in Osaka, Osaka, Japan: 1 December 2014 – 18 January 2015

Switch on Light, Beijing, China

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