culture360.asef.org http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:05:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Discover Karachi’s hidden architectural heritage with The Karachi Wallahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/visit-karachi-heritage-online-with-the-karachi-walla/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-karachi-heritage-online-with-the-karachi-walla http://culture360.asef.org/news/visit-karachi-heritage-online-with-the-karachi-walla/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:05:31 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43531

Farooq Soomro, through his blog as The Karachi Walla, has built a cult following with his tours of the city’s hidden architectural gems. Stories, photos and tours give residents...  Read More

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Farooq Soomro, through his blog as The Karachi Walla, has built a cult following with his tours of the city’s hidden architectural gems. Stories, photos and tours give residents and those further afield a chance to explore the heritage of this vibrant Pakistan city.

Link to Farook Soomro video on The Guardian

Muggings and carjackings are perils of daily life, while many of the architectural gems of the city of Karachi in southern Pakistan are hidden in the roughest parts of town, far away from the suburban sprawl where most well-heeled city dwellers live.

However, one enthusiastic amateur is encouraging his fellow Karachiites to ignore the dangers and explore a city full of once handsome 19th-century buildings, many in a state of advanced decay. “Karachiites are completely unaware of the heritage they have,” said Farooq Soomro, a young office worker who spends his spare time leading intrepid explorers on tours of the metropolis. “When visitors used to ask me what to visit, I realised I didn’t know my own city.”

And, for those who do not live there, The Karachi Walla provides an online doorway to explore some of the hidden jewels of Karachi’s architectural heritage.

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On the website, you can read about Karachi’s secret Polish connection, Karachi’s Goan Portuguese landmarks, visit book stalls, churchyards, cafes, temples, kite sellers, hospitals and city monuments.

Here is how Farooq Soomro introduces his city:

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in*. Karachi fits the bill for many.

Vibrant and Colourful. Karachi is the darling of poor and rich alike. Unpredictable and Violent. Karachi is the nightmare for poor and rich alike.

Home to the most diverse of populations. Muslims, Parsis, Jews, Christians, British, Shia, Sunni, Balochi, Sindhi, Pakhtun, Kashmiri and others. Many of them like Karachi. Many of them hate Karachi. Karachi, like a gracious mother, has embraced them all. It has given them freedom to be themselves. Some dream during the day. Some work during the night. Some quote Shah-jo-Risalo. Some sing Bulley Shah. Some read Jane Austen. Some recite Faiz Ahmed. Some find comfort in extreme interpretations. Some walk barefoot in its shrines. Some destroy sanctity of its shrines. Some try to make it proud. Some try to slaughter this goose to steal all its golden eggs. All at once.

The diversity makes Karachi beautiful. The diversity makes Karachi painful.

Long live Karachi.

Read more in this article in The Guardian

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Contemporary Dialogues Yangonhttp://culture360.asef.org/event/contemporary-dialogues-yangon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=contemporary-dialogues-yangon http://culture360.asef.org/event/contemporary-dialogues-yangon/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:00:25 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=44332

Contemporary Dialogues Yangon is an international interdisciplinary festival (25 September – 4 October) built around conversations, roundtables, performances and exhibitions about contemporary art and contemporary cultures in Myanmar. Contemporary...  Read More

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Contemporary Dialogues Yangon is an international interdisciplinary festival (25 September – 4 October) built around conversations, roundtables, performances and exhibitions about contemporary art and contemporary cultures in Myanmar. Contemporary Dialogues Yangon is bringing together in Myanmar local and international professionals involved in different cultural fields: contemporary art, film-making, publishing, contemporary philosophy.

The project is developed, curated and organized by Ilaria Benini and Thomas Nadal Poletto (Flux Kit), in partnership with TS1 Gallery. It is made possible thanks to the support of Institut Français de BirmanieGoethe Institut and Asia Center/Japan Foundation. Under military rule, arts and artists resisted, but outside Myanmar there is still very little knowledge about that artistic period and its evolution today. At the same time, the isolation of the country prevented its artists and culture professionals from being involved in a creative international environment.

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This festival is intended as a free and open platform where audiences can gather information, share their opinions and define what elements are determining the future of culture in Myanmar.

THEME: Now and Memory. Who we are? Where do we go?

The debates aim to involve all culture professionals interested in recognising each other and building a network within Myanmar. Artists, curators, art critics, translators, publishers, film-makers and culture professionals will meet in Yangon to discuss the future of contemporary arts and cultures in the country.
The programs also aim to give international resonance to Myanmar’s contemporary art scene and to sustain the development of art spaces and networks of art professionals, within the country and abroad.

Hence our overarching question: how can Myanmar work best internationally and within the country in creating an active cultural environment?

You can find further programme details for Contemporary Dialogues Yangon here

Following the festival, Flux Kit will produce a book with essays and creative pieces discussing the state of culture in Yangon in 2014 in relation to the debate developed during the programmes.

Flux Kit is an independent organization based in Yangon (Myanmar). Flux Kit is designed to create intercultural encounters and to record contemporary culture through a variety of curatorial projects, researches and artistic production. Its mission is to promote debate between people with different cultural backgrounds and life experiences, setting up activities in Europe and Asia, and expanding worldwide networks among creative professionals and thinkers. Flux Kit develops projects that intend to establish a permanent research through the programming.

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Park in Progress – European Night of Young Creation | Nicosia, Cyprushttp://culture360.asef.org/event/park-in-progress-european-night-of-young-creation-nicosia-cyprus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=park-in-progress-european-night-of-young-creation-nicosia-cyprus http://culture360.asef.org/event/park-in-progress-european-night-of-young-creation-nicosia-cyprus/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:40:09 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=43603

On the 29 September – 5 October 2014, ARTos Foundation will host the next edition of Park in Progress in the Municipal Gardens of Nicosia, in the heart of...  Read More

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On the 29 September – 5 October 2014, ARTos Foundation will host the next edition of Park in Progress in the Municipal Gardens of Nicosia, in the heart of the city, with about 20 international and Cypriot artists who will be given the opportunity to explore this place through a transdisciplinary and site-specific approach.

Park in progress is a nomadic mobility programme initiated by Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, supported by the European Commission (Culture programme), which gathers young artists and professionals from the creative and cultural world who work on the different steps of creation, production and diffusion of a project. Park in progress connects 8 different places in 7 different countries (Saint-Cloud and Montreuil in France, Pannonhalma in Hungary, Nottingham in the United Kingdom, Mons in Belgium, Huesca in Spain and Nicosia in Cyprus.

The program consists of two sections: a short 7-day artists residency (29 September – 5 October 2014) where the participants meet and develop common proposals following the programme’s concept “encounter and joint creation”, and the European Night of Young Creation, on the 5 October at 20:00, which will take place in the Nicosia Municipal Gardens and where participants will share their proposals with a broad audience in a perambulation.

For this particular stage of the programme, a hint of circus will be colouring the transdisciplinary landscape of the artistic proposals, connecting them in an interactive and most lively way. The actions for European Night of Young Creation will begin from early on in the afternoon and will carry on until later in the evening, showcasing a multitude of performances, sound and video installations, contemporary dance and music.

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Eksperimenta! international youth contemporary art triennial | Estoniahttp://culture360.asef.org/event/eksperimenta-international-youth-contemporary-art-triennial-estonia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eksperimenta-international-youth-contemporary-art-triennial-estonia http://culture360.asef.org/event/eksperimenta-international-youth-contemporary-art-triennial-estonia/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:10:03 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=43646

Eksperimenta! is the biggest international youth contemporary art event, taking place in Tallinn, Estonia 23 October – 23 November 2014. It gives young people the opportunity to present their...  Read More

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Eksperimenta! is the biggest international youth contemporary art event, taking place in Tallinn, Estonia 23 October – 23 November 2014. It gives young people the opportunity to present their artwork at an international triennial.

E! 2014 will exhibit art work by 14 – 19 year old artists from 11 countries: Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Russian Federation, Germany, Slovenia, Portugal, Turkey, South Korea, Canada, Brazil.

Eksperimenta! 2014 will take place from 23rd of October until 23rd of November 2014 in Tallinn Creative Hub. The topic of E! 2014 “Art & Science” invites to integrate contemporary art, art education and different fields of sciences. E! triennial offers a cooperation platform for young people, art educators, artists, curators, and scientists, being a kind of creative laboratory where new innovative knowledge is born.

The main aim of Eksperimenta! is bringing art and art education closer to each other and thus initiate sustainable changes in art education.  Eksperimenta! consists of three parts:

1) a triennial exhibition consisting of national expositions curated by professional curators;

2) IDEAlaboratory – an education and exchange programme;

3) a network of art schools and art centres.

E! 2014 will take place on topic “Art & Science”.

In the frames of The Contemporary Art Triennial Eksperimenta! Eduko IDEAlaboratory will take place on 24th and 25th of October 2014. Two days conference will focus on integrating contemporary art and science and will bring together education experts, teachers, scientists, artists and students.

Eksperimenta! 2011 took place as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and in Maarjamäe Palace from April 27 – June 14 2011 and presented contemporary art on the topic “Space” by young artists from 13 countries. The triennial exhibited more than 400 artworks by 14-19 year old artists from Canada, Portugal, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Russia, South Korea, Iceland and Ireland. A video overview to remind Eksperimenta! 2011:

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7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015 | open callhttp://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/7th-international-artists-book-triennial-vilnius-2015-open-call/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=7th-international-artists-book-triennial-vilnius-2015-open-call http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/7th-international-artists-book-triennial-vilnius-2015-open-call/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:28:01 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=opportunity&p=43489

A call for entries is announced for the 7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015. Promoting artist’s books from around the world, the Triennal opens in Lithuania and will...  Read More

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A call for entries is announced for the 7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015. Promoting artist’s books from around the world, the Triennal opens in Lithuania and will travel to Germany, Australia, France, Latvia and Italy in 2015-16.

Exhibition theme: “Error” {mistake}

The “7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015″ is organized in order to promote artist’s books all over the world and to make an exchanges between artists. With the great support of the Artists we hope to keep the highest artistic level of the 7th Artist’s Book Triennial as it was in previous our Triennials. With your participation we hope to make a remarkable Exhibition of artist’s books, and to open a window for people to discover a wonderful world of artist’s books.

We kindly invite all artists to participate in the “7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015″.

Circle “Bokartas” in cooperation with the “Artist’s Book Creators Community” organize the “7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015″. We are non-profit organization holding the International Artist’s Book Exhibitions for the last 19 years. Since 1994 twelve artists books exhibitions and six International Artist‘s Book Triennials were organized where 715 artists from 63 countries were selected for the Triennials by the jury. Triennials took place not only in Lithuania, but also in Salzburg (Austria), Lille (France), Frankfurt on Main, Leipzig, Bentlage (Germany), Halmstad (Sweden), Silkeborg (Denmark), Venice (Italy) and Seoul (South Korea).

The purpose of the “7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015″ is to incite artists to create conceptual works which correspond to the offered theme. We want to provoke artists to think and to create an artist’s books on this strange theme of the 7th Triennial – “Error”. Errors {mistakes} plays important role not only in our life, but also in creative process. Many scientific discoveries have been made by mistake, by error. The same are in art. We are looking for artist’s books made with errors, artist’s books with typographical, printing or binding errors. Artist’s books created about “errors” in our life and art, errors in science and engineering, errors in languages or errors on the road, and etc.

Time & Location:
2015 Spring,  Gallery “Titanikas”, Vilnius, Lithuania
2015, March 12–15, Leipzig Book Fair, Germany
2015 Australia
2015 France
2015 Latvia
2016 Italy

Deadline: 15th of November 2014

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DOK Leipzig Lake Festival: Asia-Europe confluence through Documentary | Indiahttp://culture360.asef.org/magazine/dok-leipzig-lake-festival-asia-europe-confluence-through-documentary-india/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dok-leipzig-lake-festival-asia-europe-confluence-through-documentary-india http://culture360.asef.org/magazine/dok-leipzig-lake-festival-asia-europe-confluence-through-documentary-india/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:44:27 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44276

The second edition of the DOK Leipzig Lake Festival of documentaries was held between April 17 to 21, 2014 at The Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand, India.  Read More

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The second edition of the DOK Leipzig Lake Festival of documentaries was held between April 17 to 21, 2014 at The Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand, India. It was a non-competitive festival, essentially dedicated to an abandoned intellectual and cultural space in a stress-free environment .The highlight was to initiate conversations around documentary, more on the form than the content. On the struggles and choices documentarians make and the why of it. On the issues of ethics and confidentiality and how it affects the form – and can lead to even greater creativity if a film-maker strives for it. Based on the idea of ‘Documentarian’, the festival had great evenings of informal debates around the constraints in documentary film-making as it was, is and may be.

Several documentary filmmakers, critics and programmers attended the festival. Parul Wadhwa had the opportunity to interview a few of them regarding their impressions of the Festival.

The interviews were conducted with:

  • Claas Danielsen-Festival, Director of DOK Leipzig, Germany;
  • Aruna Vasudev-film historian and founder of NETPAC (the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema);
  • Deepti DCunha-Film programmer, India;
  • Fernand Melgar-documentary filmmaker (Special Flight), Switzerland. 

 

Q. What is the historical importance of DOK Leipzig? And in that framework, how do you see the value of holding an Indian edition of DOK Leipzig?

A. Claas Danielsen: DOK Leipzig was founded in 1955. When we celebrated the 50th edition I did some research and to my great surprise found out that our festival seems to be the oldest documentary festival in the world. In the 1960s and 1970s the festival was a meeting place for the greatest international “documentarians” of their time while the 1980s became a darker chapter in the festival history with pressure and censorship by the East German authorities. Nowadays, after the unification of Germany, DOK Leipzig has become the second biggest European documentary film festival and one of the leading events of its kind in the world.

For us it is a great honour to have been invited by Neelima Mathur to curate a programme of the finest documentaries we have shown in Leipzig for the Lake Festival in India. The Lake Festival offers documentary professionals as well as a general audience of cinephiles the opportunity to discover outstanding international documentaries. We hope to get into good contact with Indian filmmakers and to make our festival better known in the Indian documentary community.

 

Q. What are the main gaps/needs in the documentary filmmaking sector when it comes to Asia-Europe collaborations?

A. Aruna Vasudev: The DOK Leipzig Lake Festival is a wonderful initiative to take deeply meaningful documentaries to young and older people outside the metro centres. All these decades, everything has always been designed for the urban audience but the large majority of people live outside the urban centres. There are definitely gaps and needs in this sector with little enough information and networking available. The Lake Festival can form a bridge by bringing more European documentary filmmakers to the festival to hold discussions and talks with both aspiring filmmakers and also with educational and cultural institutions around the area. Perhaps the Lake Festival could hold one or two workshops on documentary filmmaking in Naukuchiatal itself, where information on funding within India and in Europe, could also be disseminated.

A. Deepti DCunha: Lack of funding is a constant struggle with documentary filmmakers but there is also a definite and urgent need for information to be available to all aspiring documentary filmmakers about sources of funding. In terms of networking platforms there are some initiatives but not enough. In my opinion, the most important step for documentary filmmaking in India( I can’t speak for Asia) is audience development. As long as people in India are not interested in documentary as a form of film and are unwilling to engage with this form as audiences, most initiatives are bound to fail. Hence documentaries, which are right now post college viewing experiences, have to be introduced to a much larger section of people at a much younger age.
In this aspect DOKLeipzig Lake festival at Naukuchiatal can be instrumental by having workshops for selected projects of filmmakers where they can be creatively mentored with the expertise of people associated with the festival, either from DOKLeipzig, Germany or any other partners. The session with Fernand Melger this year at the lake festival, for example, was extremely enriching. Such exchange of ideas should continue by inviting interesting documentary filmmakers to share their experience and approach to their craft.

 

Q. As a filmmaker from Europe, what is your impression of the Lake Festival? Any special features that interest you as a filmmaker?

A. Fernand Melger: The Lake Festival is a very interesting festival. First of all because it makes you discover an unknown Indian Region. As we primarily always think about the hub of Delhi or Mumbai, we cannot imagine that in the region of the festival are so many people passionate for documentaries. The festival allowed me to discover an Indian filmography and to create links with Indian directors, producers and journalists, which is quiet rare.

Q. Could you describe the process of curation used in the Dok Leipzig festival? Could you also elaborate on the larger vision of the Dok Leipzig festival to start a Lake edition?

A. Claas Danielsen: The above mentioned description of what a good documentary is to me defines important aspects of what kind of films we as festival programmers look for. We try to show the best new documentaries from all over the world at DOK Leipzig which we choose out of approximately 3,000 films that we screen every year. New trends and tendencies in international documentary filmmaking are reflected in our curation which tries to assemble the finest works of their kind in the festival. The programme of the DOK Leipzig Lake Festival is much smaller than the one of our festival. Therefore we select the best of the best of what we have previously shown in Leipzig for this fine festival in India. These films should stand for the diversity and high quality of contemporary documentary which we bring to the small and very niche audience of the Lake Festival.

 

A detailed photo-essay on the festival can be found at:
http://www.formedia.org.in/lake-festival-2014/share-the-experience.html

 

These interviews were conducted as part of a media partnership between the ASia-Europe Foundation online portal culture360 and Formedia (India), arranged and designed by Parul Wadhwa, an independent documentarian (India/USA). We thank for the additional support Anupama Sekhar, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Neelima Mathur, Formedia(India).

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BIO 50 | 24th Biennial of Design | Ljubljanahttp://culture360.asef.org/event/bio-50-24th-biennial-of-design-ljubljana/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bio-50-24th-biennial-of-design-ljubljana http://culture360.asef.org/event/bio-50-24th-biennial-of-design-ljubljana/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:11:32 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=43556

Since its founding in 1964, the Biennial of Design (BIO) in Ljubljana, Slovenia has surveyed the state of contemporary design from the heart of Central Europe. For its 50th...  Read More

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Since its founding in 1964, the Biennial of Design (BIO) in Ljubljana, Slovenia has surveyed the state of contemporary design from the heart of Central Europe. For its 50th anniversary, BIO 50 (18 September – 7 December 2014) engages designers and multidisciplinary agents from Slovenia and abroad, creating 11 teams to work on a wide and comprehensive range of topics that resonate with local and global demands.

On 18 September 2014, the results of an unprecedented collaborative effort will take the stage at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as the Biennial of Design opens its doors to the public unveiling of the results of an ambitious six-month work process by more than 100 international participants from 20 counties under the guidance of interdisciplinary mentors and partners, engaging in the themes of Affordable Living, Knowing Food, Public Water Public Space, Walking the City, Hidden Crafts, The Fashion System, Hacking Households, Nanotourism, Engine Blocks, Observing Space and Designing Life.

In the year of its 50th anniversary, the main show will be accompanied by historical exhibition The Biennial of (Industrial) Design over Fifty Years, the first such review of the history of biennial, shedding light on the transformation and shifts in the discipline of design, our society, and ultimately everyday life.

BIo50SaveTheDate_2A steady course of events will mark the opening of the Biennial, including the presentation of award, the opening of two major exhibitions and a rich network of events in the city. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Biennial of Design, which seeks to redefine what a design event can be!

See what is happening in the Opening Week

If you are planning a visit, why not stay at the BIO50 } Hotel – a temporary hotel in the Museum of Architecture and Design of Ljubljana – nanotourists will be hosted free of charge by the museum. As a guest you are invited to choose the space of your accommodation and set it up, you are welcome to use items exhibited in BIO50 and you are invited to document your accommodation, events and activities and publish them on BIO50 } hotel blog/

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Science in the City | Maltahttp://culture360.asef.org/event/science-in-the-city-malta/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=science-in-the-city-malta http://culture360.asef.org/event/science-in-the-city-malta/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:04:22 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=43473

Get to meet researchers, see new technologies and experience their fusion with art at the Science in the City festival – Malta’s Science and Art Festival. Science in the...  Read More

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Get to meet researchers, see new technologies and experience their fusion with art at the Science in the City festival – Malta’s Science and Art Festival. Science in the City is on the evening of 26th September when Valletta will be filled with art and entertainment all linked to science.

Do you want to know about some unusual and bizarre medical practices? Do you want to know what fantastical technologies dreamt by science fiction writers and inventors are becoming part of today’s world? Do you want to try your hands dirty with some experiments?

Festival highlights include:

  •  an exceptional theatrical piece played by The Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Tim Hardy in The Trials of Galileo, and presented by Icarus Theatre Collective. After a successful tour of the US, a sold out run at the Brighton Fringe Festival and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, and just recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Trials of Galileo will be performed at The Palace Courtyard with the support of the British Council (Malta).
  • Planes and mazes will be coming to Palace Square. Lufthansa Technik will be showing various parts of an aircraft, together with a model aircraft. Enter Amaze2 and experience the particle accelerator at CERN, X-Ray Crystallography, making your own music with plants, the weather and much more. The installation has been designed by Logix Creative and Daaa Haus for Science in the City, Valletta 2018 Foundation and Notte Bianca.
  •  Along Republic Street, STEM unplugged with the participation of all science-related student organisations at University are bringing health checks, experiments and activities. Creative Island street performers, supported by Malta Arts Fund, will hold a travelling medicine show, staging vintage style entertainment.

The aims of the event are:

  • to run a yearly science and art festival in Malta
  • to bring science to everyone in a fun, entertaining and creative way
  • to provide a yearly focus for creatives and scientists to collaborate on projects
  • to encourage the next generation of scientists and artists
  • to show how science and art can benefit each other.

Check Science in the City on Facebook for the latest programme details

The science and art festival will take place on Friday 26September from 6pm onwards until midnight. It is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions of the Horizon 2020 Program of the EU, and a number of corporate sponsors.

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Finnish cultural exports seeking foothold in Chinese markethttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/finnish-cultural-exports-seeking-foothold-in-chinese-market/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=finnish-cultural-exports-seeking-foothold-in-chinese-market http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/finnish-cultural-exports-seeking-foothold-in-chinese-market/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:21:55 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44081

Niclas Bergstrom reports for Xinhua on the conclusions of EARS on Helsinki, the Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions for creative industries which was supported by the ASEF Creative Encounters Programme. A...  Read More

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Niclas Bergstrom reports for Xinhua on the conclusions of EARS on Helsinki, the Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions for creative industries which was supported by the ASEF Creative Encounters Programme. A crowd of over 300 creative industry professionals gathered at the Europe-Asia roundtable sessions (EARS) of 2014, a four-day event that wrapped up in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on Sunday 7 September.

One of the crucial talking points highlighted during the event was the emergence of China as a target market by western creative industry entrepreneurs, as well as means to break into the Chinese market.

Zhang Yan, a former Chinese Ambassador to India and the current executive director of the non-governmental organization Asia-Europe Foundation, believed that creative industries have a great future and will continue to soar in the years to come.

Creative industries have played a key role in the economic life of Finland, and the question is how to turn its edge into an export success, some experts noted. “One of the main goals of this event is to help Finnish businesses tackle some of the obstacles they may encounter on a Chinese market,” said Ossi Luoto, executive producer of EARS.

“Cultural differences are always present and a willingness to learn and adapt is a huge component in the formula for success. What is important though is that we avoid thinking of China as a single market,” he elaborated. “There are distinct nuances to the appeal of different products in different parts of China. Getting to know the right people locally and finding the right demographic becomes essential. This is something that takes time.”

Quite a few Finnish creative industry professionals made appearances during the event, sharing their own experiences and understanding of the various markets that exist within China. A particular streetwise skill in regard to doing business with the Chinese is acquired mainly through firsthand experience by living abroad and interacting with local partners.

These sentiments were shared by notable workers in the Finnish fashion industry, such as Martta Louekari and Miia Koski of “Pre Helsinki“, a platform created a few years ago to help promote Finnish fashion abroad and help designers gain international contacts. Pre-Helsinki has worked together with emerging Finnish fashion designers such as “Ensamble”, “Lepokorpi” and “Sasu Kauppi”. Last November they traveled to Shanghai and Hong Kong to help organize small events and pop up shows in the two cities.

“I would dare say Finnish design is one of the cultural exports that has done very well for itself, not only in China but worldwide,” Luoto commented.  The gaming industry in Finland has experienced significant growth through international success stories such as Angry Birds, he said, adding, “One of our major drawbacks however is that Finland, being a small country, doesn’t always have the adequate resources for promotional practices.”

Luoto seemed optimistic regarding future endeavors. “Finland has a good business relationship with China and the Finnish entrepreneurs are very inventive. What they need is to acquire the stamina to succeed in this environment.”

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The People’s Weather Report is seeking 300 ‘weather reporters’ from around the world – reflect on your individual connection to the weather and climate on a short audio report,...  Read More

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GoingNowhereThe People’s Weather Report is seeking 300 ‘weather reporters’ from around the world – reflect on your individual connection to the weather and climate on a short audio report, whether poetically, personally or scientifically. Melbourne’s Arts House hosts the project, part of Going Nowhere, an arts and environment event happening simultaneously in Melbourne, Australia and Cambridge, UK.

In an installation created by eco designer Tanja Beer, using recycled materials and showcased during Going Nowhere, audiences are invited to experience a 24 hour sound work of original ‘weather reports’, collected from participants located around the world.

Taking the temperature of our collective response to climate change, our partner ABC RN will also produce two one-hour packages for radio broadcast selected from the submitted reports.

We are looking for participants to take part in this global project

If you’d like to make a contribution and respond personally, politically, poetically or scientifically, reflecting on your individual connection to weather and the climate, please email going.nowhere@melbourne.vic.gov.au. We’ll send you full technical instructions on how to create and submit your three-five minute audio weather report.

Your weather report should connect with your concerns, beliefs and ideologies within your local context. Once submitted, these weather reports will be edited together to create the sound work for the installation.

Weather report submissions close on 13 October

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Going Nowhere is one event happening on two sides of the globe simultaneously—in Melbourne and in Cambridge, UK—exploring how artists, communities and audiences can sustainably generate international creative experiences without getting on a plane.

Through four local and international arts collaborations and a program of interactive forums and workshops to be announced soon, Going Nowhere rehearses possible futures and embraces the shared delights of staying put and reaching out.

Going Nowhere takes place at:

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