Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa

A. News from OCPA
Activities of the Executive Director in April 2018
A.1 OCPA at the World Summit of Culture (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 8 - 12 April 2018)
A.2 Postponement of the First International Conference on Oral History of Mozambique to May 2019
A.3 AUC Seminar on the implementation of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance
A.4 Mission to Zimbabwe for the launch the Internet Portal of the RICADIA Network
A.5 Participation of the OCPA at the 3rd Regional Youth Seminar for Heritage
A.6 Publications de l’OCPA/OCPA Publications
B. News, events and projects in Africa
B.1 The B-Faso Creative Pilot Program
B.2 Meeting of Cultural Actors from North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa – Summary Report
B.3 Second edition of CultureSummit Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, 8-12 April 2018)
B.4 Start of the 'Culture at Work Africa' project
B.5 Sauti za Busara 2019: Call for Artists (Zanzibar, 7 - 10 February 2019)
C. News about cultural policies, institutions and resources in Africa
C.1 Africa Music Institute (AMI) on track to improve music education in Africa
C.2 ArtMap of Morocco
C.3 Senegal: Report Highlights "Significant Progress" in the Culture Sector
C.4 Ethiopia: Ministry of Culture and Tourism
C.5 Burkina Faso: Statements of the Minister of Culture at the National Week of Culture in Bobo
Dioulasso
C.6 Senegal: Policy Letter for the Sector of Culture – Workshop: Annual Review of the Ministry of
Culture
D. News, institutions, resources and events in other regions
D.1 UNESCO Platform of Monitoring Policies for Cultural Diversity
D.2 Fair Cooperation: New Paradigm for Cultural Diplomacy and Arts Management - Annika Hampel
D.3 The African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier celebrates 15 years
D.4 Publication on Cultural Policies for Sustainable Development
D.5 Cannes Film Festival 2018: Africa and the Middle East well represented in the Official Selection
D.6 Recent reports of the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
E. Cultural Agenda in the African Press
E.1 Links to portals
E.2 Selected information from Allafrica
• South Africa: Minister Nathi Mthethwa Pays Tribute to Living Legends
• Mauritius: World Heritage Day Observed amidst Fears for Local Heritage (18 April)
• Ethiopia: Cultural Heritages Management Digitalization for Better Accesses
• Gambia: Good News for Gambian Artists
F. Info from newsletters and information services
F.1 News from the web site of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector
World Book and Copyright Day 2018
F.2 News from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies
• The 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture (Kuala Lumpur, 11 – 14 March 2019)
• IFACCA’s Revised Strategic Plan for 2018 - 2020
F.3 Africultures
• Africans from India (Series of articles)
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F.4 Newsletter Casa África
• The Programme Letras Africanas (African Literature)
F.5 C-NEWS - Culturelink Newsletter
• Croatia: International Round Table on Digital Single Market and its Impact on Culture and Media
• Cultural Sustainability, Performance and Sustainable Development Goals in a Time of Crisis
• Capacity Building in Impact Evaluation: Counterfactual and Theory-Based Approaches
F.6 Agenda 21 Culture Circular
• Protection of Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: Cities Sign the Geneva Declaration
F.7 ICCROM eNews
• FAC-Africa 2018 (Bamako, Mali, 12 – 28 November
• African Regional Course on People Centred Approaches to Conservation of Nature and Culture
F.8 Arts Management Newsletter
• Book on Art and Gender. On the Importance of Gender for Leadership in the Art Field
• CfP: STP&A 2018 - Culture, Democracy and the Arts: Rights Here, Right Now
F.9 Cyberkaris - the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation
• Introduction to Cultural Law
F.10 Commonwealth Foundation
• The Inaugural Festival of Commonwealth Film (British Museum in London on 14-15 April 2018)

A. News from OCPA
Activities of the Executive Director - April 2018
A.1 OCPA at the World Summit of Culture (Abu Dhabi, 8 - 12 April 2018)
Having been unable to travel to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the OCPA Secretariat could count
on the testimony of Dr. Ribio Nzeza of the OCPA Antenna in the Democratic Republic of
Congo, who took part at the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Summit.
This edition, which had a strong participation of 450 experts from 80 countries, was aimed at
mobilizing synergies for the capacity building of cultural actors and artists and at strengthening
their advocacy force to create platforms for action for enabling them to respond adequately to
current development challenges.
See below the detailed report by Prof. Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Nozzle in point B.3.
For more information visit https://www.culturesummitabudhabi.com/
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A.2 Postponement of the First International Conference on Oral History of Mozambique
to May 2019
Following the two meetings organized in April by the Minister of Culture and Tourism of
Mozambique, His Excellency Silva Dunduro, and attended by representatives of OCPA,
Mozambican Universities and the Science Research Center (ARPAC), the holding of the first
international conference on the oral history of Mozambique is postponed for 6 months to May
2019. This postponement took into account the busy calendar of cultural events in the country
for the present year.
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A.3 AUC Seminar on the implementation of the Charter for African Cultural
Renaissance
Among the upcoming events is the Regional Seminar of the African Union Commission, to be
hosted in Maputo from 5 to 7 June 2018, as announced by the Government of Mozambique, in
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preparation for the 3rd African Union STC Conference which is expected to produce an Action
Plan for the implementation of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance.
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A.4 Mission to Zimbabwe for the launch the Internet Portal of the RICADIA Network
Ms. Philippa Sewera, OCPA Documentalist, traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe in early April to
meet Mrs. Florence Mukanga from Arterial Zimbabwe. With her interlocutor, Ms. Sewera
discussed the upcoming creation of a Portal planned

to launch the activities of RICADIA

(Network of Cultural Institutions and Associations in Africa and the Diaspora) whose
Coordination Unit is hosted within the OCPA Secretariat.
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A.5 Participation of the OCPA at the 3rd Regional Youth Seminar for Heritage
Finally, at the invitation of the National Directorate of Heritage, Miss Maria Manjate, OCPA
Program Officer will take part at the 3rd regional seminar held from April 30 to May 5 in the
Mozambique Island. The seminar program includes presentations, practical activities and
sightseeing tours. This activity is supported by the African World Heritage Fund, UNESCO
and the Portuguese Embassy.
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A.6 OCPA Publications
In relation with its research activities OCPA has produced some 25 books and publications
such as a strategy document (2004) and a research programme (2007 and 2010) on the cultural
indicators of human development in Africa, a book on “African Musics – New Stakes and New
Challenges” (with UNESCO, 2005), the Observatory’s 1st and 2nd Medium Term Strategy and
Plan of Action (2006 and 2011), the Compendium of basic reference texts for cultural policies
in Africa (E/F/S, 2006 and 2009), the Guidelines for the Design and Evaluation of National
Cultural Policies in Africa (2008 an 2009). The Proceedings of the International Symposium on
Policies, Strategies and Experiences in Financing Culture in Africa was published in 2010, the
Manual for Training Specialist of Cultural Policy and Management in Africa and the book on
the Contribution of Culture to Poverty reduction in Africa were produced in 2013.
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Most of the Reports of some 25 meetings and training sessions organized by OCPA are
published at http://ocpa.irmo.hr/activities/meetings/index-en.html.
Some 25 articles published in books and reviews of the OCPA Partners (Culturelink,
AFRICOM, Interarts - Barcelona, África e Mediterraneo, Wale keru, Arts Management, Itau
Cultural – Sao Paolo, Brazil, University of Pécs – Hungary, University of Gerona – Spain,
Catalonia, Institute for African Culture and International Understanding - IACIU, Abeokuta,
Nigeria, African Institute of the United Nations for Economic Development and Planning -
IDEP, Dakar, etc.
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For previous news and OCPA activities click on
http://www.ocpanet.org/activities/news/index-en.html

B. News, events and projects in Africa
B.1 The B-Faso Creative Pilot Program
Africalia and the Royal Danish Embassy in Burkina Faso, convinced of the enormous potential
that the creative industries in Burkina Faso represent in terms of creation, employment and
economic growth, launched in October 2017 a pilot program, B- FASO CREATIVE. Through
a dense training program, this program aimed to strengthen the skills of Burkina Faso’s cultural
and creative industries entrepreneurs in cultural entrepreneurship.
Read the brochure: www.africalia.be
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B.2 Meeting of Cultural Actors from North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa – Summary
As part of the 10th edition of the Abidjan Performing Arts Market (MASA), was held on
March 14, 2018, which brought together cultural actors from North Africa and sub-Saharan
Africa. This meeting follows those held in Yaounde at the Kolatier, in Rabat at Visa for music
and recently in Ségou during the "Festival sur le Niger" in February 2018.
Convened at the initiative of the Network of Professionals and Artists from Central Africa
(REPAC), this meeting was chaired by Executive Director of OCPA who, in his opening
speech outlined the main purpose of the meeting. Thereafter, LucYatchokeu, President of
REPAC, recalled that the launch of the initiative started from the observation that cultural
actors in North Africa were more interested in Europe and Asia than in the South of the
continent, but they are getting increasingly ready to cooperate with the southern part of Africa.
This trend led the previous meeting in Yaounde and Rabat that brought together cultural actors
from all regions of the continent.
This intervention was followed by a reminder by Lupwishi Mbuyamba of some historical
benchmarks of cooperation between North and South Africa and a debate on the its problems.
Luc Yatchokeu presented the orientations from the Ségou workshop concerning the creation of
an information platform on the Arterial Site and the launching of an artistic action program
including the establishment of a pan-African project of various activities (exhibition,
publications, formats, creations, etc.)
The participants of the meeting also proposed
• integrate North-South dynamics in the celebration of the 35th anniversary of CICIBA;
• Transform existing art markets into itinerant events that promote the mobility of people
and the pooling of resources for the organization of different events.
• combine artistic and gastronomic festivals.
In conclusion, Lupwishi Mbuyamba emphasized the importance of breaking the gap between
North and South and the need for a gradual change of mentality.
Web site: http://lekolatier-market.org/
Contact: [email protected]
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B.3 Second edition of CultureSummit (Abu Dhabi, 8-12 April 2018)
(By Prof. Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse, Catholic University of Congo / University Senghor –
Saint-Louis Campus) - Strengthening the capacities of cultural actors and artists and their
advocacy force through the creation of a cooperation platform, emerges as one of the main
resolutions of this 2nd edition of the Summit organized on the theme "Unexpected

collaborations forging new connections between heritage and innovation, near and far,
creativity and purpose".
Launched in 2017 by the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture and Tourism, considered as the Davos
of Culture, the event brought together nearly 450 leaders in the fields of culture, media and
technology from 80 countries to discuss the role of culture in solving current challenges:

education and preservation of cultural heritage, economic development, gender equality, the
fight against extremism, support to vulnerable

communities, etc. This, through a varied
programming including panels with high level speakers, workshops, musical, theatrical,
photographic performances, as well as guided tours like the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum.
The presentation of the Cultural Diplomacy Awards was one of the highlights. The winners are
Karim Wasfi (Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra), the Prince Claus Foundation for Culture
and Development, the EU Youth Orchestra and Emirati artist Hassan Sharif.
Website: https://www.culturesummitabudhabi.com/
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B.4 Start of the 'Culture at Work Africa' project
The aim of the new project, which was launched in February by a consortium of eight African,
European and international partners, is to promote the public value of intercultural dialogue for
social cohesion in urban Africa. Together with the European Union they are endeavouring to
contribute to creating new opportunities and mobilising stakeholders to promote intercultural
dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas of Africa as drivers of social
inclusion and sustainable human development.
Culture at Work Africa' has two calls for applications to select around 50 innovative on-theground
projects to receive financial support. The projects selected will be presented by public
and private cultural operators, local governments, networks and associations that represent
marginalised groups from 15 African countries.
More at http://www.interarts.net/newsletter/index.php?p=134&idioma=3
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B.5 Sauti za Busara 2019: Call for Artists (Zanzibar, 7 - 10 February 2019)
The next edition of East Africa's top music festival is planned to shake the walls of Zanzibar
during 7 - 10 February 2019. Sauti za Busara 2019 will showcase a diverse programme of
live performances by original musicians from the African Continent and diaspora. Artists from
the Arab World and Indian Ocean are also welcome to apply. The Call is open only until 31st
July 2018. For more information and application form, see
www.africalia.be

www.busaramusic.org/callforartists
NB. During 8 -11 February 2018, in Stone Town Zanzibar people once again joined in
celebration, united in music. The audience included 10,000 people of different backgrounds,
ages and nationalities. 56% were from Zanzibar and Tanzania, the rest from across the world.
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C. News about cultural policies, institutions and resources in Africa
C.1 Africa Music Institute (AMI) on track to improve music education in Africa
The lack of facilities and access to education in Africa are some of the main stumbling blocks
in the continent-wide task to professionalise talented individuals in the music sector. Whether
it’s the absence of knowledgeable teachers to impart essential skills on students, outdated
technology or a shortfall in musical instruments, the issues are many and almost impossible to
solve without major investment.
The new Institute in Gabon’s capital Libreville is trying to renew music education by offering
ultra-modern syllabuses and production facilities for bachelor’s and master students. The AMI
partnered with the world-famous Berklee College of Music with the aim to design innovative
coursework that takes into account Africa-specific musical knowledge and culture.
The project is the result of a meeting between Gabon's desire to develop the pan-African
educational and cultural sector and the desire of Berklee College of Music to develop a project
on the African continent.
The African Music Institute aims to improve the quality of musical education, to develop
teacher skills and to promote the economic and social development of the region.
More information at the AMI official website at http://www.africanmusicinstitute.org/?lang=en
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C.2 ArtMap of Morocco
Established by the Roots Association, Association for Culture, Development, Promotion of
Cultural and Creative Industries and Cooperation in Africa), cartography artmap.ma is an
inventory listing the structures, infrastructures, artists, operators, professionals of the cultural
life in Morocco and the diaspora.
This database aims to
• have a regularly updated inventory, as a tool for cultural spatial planning, accessible to
decision makers, for the development of local cultural policies.
• network cultural actors and artists operating in national and international cooperation
projects.
• have a statistical tool for setting up and / or evaluating cultural policies.
• support the professionalisation of the artistic and cultural sector.
Artmap.ma is a database gathering professionals from 18 artistic disciplines in 12 regions of
Morocco, plus the diaspora. It makes it possible to carry out searches by different criteria (e.g.
structure, venue, etc.)
Website http://www.artmap.ma/en/presentation-artmap
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C.3 Senegal: Report Highlights "Significant Progress" in the Culture Sector
Dakar - The Ministry of Culture has recorded "significant progress", "notorious results"
compared to the 2017 exercise, said Thursday in Dakar, in its report, its study and planning
unit. The report was presented at the joint 2018 annual review of the Ministry of Culture.
The document shows that the financial volume of literary and artistic property rights collected
by the Collective Management Company (SODAV) has increased by 103 million FCFA
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compared to the previous year. Regarding copyright "the progression of protected works in
2017 is 1306 compared to 2016".
Performances are also noted in the training of cultural actors with 200 people trained by the
director of cinematography (DCI) as part of the training policy in the film industry initiated by
the DCI and thirty trained by the management Arts in the regions.
The enhancement of the cultural and religious heritage has had "performances", according to
the document of the annual review which notes that "the heritage management has carried out
24 rehabilitation and development works". "This increase is the result of the policy of the
Ministry of Culture to work for the preservation and promotion of material heritage", we learn.
The report stresses "the complexity of the contribution of culture to economic and social
development.The cultural product has a dual connotation with economic and symbolic value".
It recommends to envisage of consultations and partnerships with other ministerial
departments.
Source: http://en.allafrica.com/stories/201804130567.htm
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C.4 Ethiopia: Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism is the ministry of the Government of Ethiopia
responsible for researching, preserving, developing and promoting the culture and tourist
attractions of Ethiopia and its peoples, both inside the country and internationally. In doing so
the Ministry closely works together with different national and international stakeholders.
It supervises also the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Ethiopian
Wildlife Conservation Authority, National Archives and Library Agency, and National
Theatre.
The Minister, Dr Hirut Woldemariam (Ms) stresses in her message on the Ministry’s website
that Ethiopia is a country of natural tourist attractions, with nine World Heritage Sites, but the
country does not have any coherent tourism development strategy.
The country was the cradle of humankind where humans first began to walk upright, including
our ancestors - Lucy (3.4 million years old), Salam (3.5 million years old) and Ardi (4.4
million years old) that are among Ethiopia’s rich prehistoric heritage. Ethiopia is also a land of
ethnic diversity with more than 80 nations with their languages, cultures and traditions.
See the Cultural Policy of Ethiopia at http://www.moct.gov.et/policy
Web site: http://www.moct.gov.et
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C.5 Burkina Faso: Statements of the Minister of Culture, Abdoul Karim Sango at the
National Week of Culture in Bobo Dioulasso 2018
At the opening of the 19th National Cultural Week (SNC), under the theme "Safeguarding
cultural values: stakes and challenges", Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Minister of Culture, Arts
and Tourism, Abdoul Karim Sango, installed in his new position since February 2018, recalled
that this biennale attracts more than 1200 competitors in all five categories and disciplines of
the National Grand Prix of Arts and Letters (GPNAL), and nearly 300 000 festival-goers.
He also reminded that outside the competitions the festival includes a varied program:
conferences, panel discussions, community village, museum exhibition, arts market, children's
initiation, fair, etc.
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The mayor of Bobo Dioulasso said that his city, in addition to supporting the biennale by
accompanying the artists of the town, made the commitment to make culture, the lever of
development of the city.
The success of this cultural week which aims, he said, "to preserve not only the different facets
of cultural heritage, but also to support artistic creativity in all regions of Burkina Faso".
The opening of the Biennale of Culture of the Land of the Humankind, according to Minister
Sango, to foreign communities living in Burkina Faso, the Burkinabe diaspora and friendly
countries, reinforces subregional, regional and international cooperation.
Source: http://en.allafrica.com/stories/201803260512.html
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C.6 Senegal: Policy Letter for the Culture Sector - Validation of the Annual Review of the
Ministry of Culture
The Minister of Culture chaired in the Grand National Theater in Dakar the validation
workshop of the Policy Letter and the Joint Annual Review 2018 of his Department, announces
a statement which underlines that the ministry undertook in 2016 the elaboration of a Letter of
sectoral policy and development (LPSD) which allows to readjust its cultural policy to the
orientations of the Senegal Emerging Plan.
According to the press release, the Lpsd translates the theory into operational action plans, with
human and financial resources commensurate with the importance of the challenges that,
among other issues, fit into the frame. major projects of the Head of State.
Source: http://en.allafrica.com/stories/201804120428.html
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D. News, institutions, resources and events in other regions
D.1 UNESCO Platform of Monitoring Policies for Cultural Diversity
Through quadrennial periodic reports, Parties to the 2005 Convention systematically collect
and share information on policies and measures promoting the diversity of cultural expressions.
Periodic reports offer a unique wealth of data on how public authorities and civil society
organizations are working towards the achievement of the Convention’s goals around the
world.
The purpose of this policy platform is to render this wealth of information transparent and
accessible to the general public. A complete set of research categories and filters is available to
allow for comparison and support informed policies.
Innovative practices extracted from periodic reports support evidence-based policy making for
the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, also highlighting the role of culture in
the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda.
The platform supports information sharing and reinforces synergies between national and
international monitoring, featuring policy practices drawn from the periodic reports organized
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by key geographic and thematic criteria. With such a tool, stakeholders will be able to better
chart progress, identify effective policies and improve existing policy instruments.
https://en.unesco.org/creativity/activities/policy-monitoring-platform
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D.2 Fair Cooperation: New Paradigm for Cultural Diplomacy and Arts Management -
Annika Hampel
European cultural policy is based on the exchange of artists. It has devoted decades to the
objective of encouraging dialogue and enabling cooperative production; especially between the
countries of the so-called ‘Global North’ and ‘Global South’. Cultural policy makers and
agents in Europe, such as those working in cultural institutions and at the ministries responsible
for cultural relations, constantly stress their claims of a ‘dialogue of equals’. However, if and
how cultural cooperations really are in practice brought to life on equal terms is an open
question.
Annika Hampel analyzes the working conditions of partnerships to understand how current
artistic collaborations function. She uses five case studies, which offer insights across the
spectrum of artistic cooperation, to display the wide range of Indo-German collaborations in
the arts and to show how to minimize power relations, promote cultural diversity, and use the
potential of cooperative work.
Order online at: www.peterlang.com or send your order directly to: [email protected].
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D.3 The African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier celebrates 15 years
In 2018, the African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier (FCAT) celebrates its 15th
anniversary. These years have served to make the FCAT a real platform for the diffusion of
African cinema in the Spanish-speaking world.
The 15th edition will take place from April 27 to May 5, 2018 in Tarifa (Spain) and Tangier
(Morocco), so the festival bring us closer to each other, on either side of the Strait [Gibraltar].
According to Mane Cisneros, "the Festival has become a school for experts in African cinema
in Spain." Spanish Afro-descendant films will be debated during the "Palaver Tree", one of the
festival's side events, offering journalists, the public and festival guests a moment to chat and
ask questions. The purpose of this meeting is to create networks that can lead to joint projects
between the two continents.
Web site: www.fcat.es
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D.4 Publication on Cultural Policies for Sustainable Development
The concept of sustainable development is commonly divided into environmental, economic,
social and cultural dimensions. While international actors have declared the importance of
culture in sustainable development, the role of cultural policy has remained unclear.
Edited by Anita Kangas, Nancy Duxbury, Christiaan De Beukelaer (Routledge, 2018), this
book contributes to a better understanding of the role of culture in achieving sustainability,
focusing on the particular roles for cultural policy in this context. Cultural sustainability is
conceptualized as the sustainability of cultural and artistic practices and patterns, and to the
role of cultural traits and actions to inform and compose part of the pathways towards more
sustainable societies. The links between culture and sustainable development are analysed in
ways that articulate and contemplate different roles for cultural policy.
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D.5 Cannes Film Festival 2018: Africa and the Middle East well represented in the
Official Selection
The official selection of films selected for the 71st edition of the Festival (Cannes, 8 - 19 May
2018) is now known. For once, it makes a good place for newcomers, both for the competition
and the other selections.
As most often since the beginning of this century, no film from these regions will unfortunately
be able to compete for the gold medal.
But, unlike in previous years, there will be an Egyptian feature film in the competition for the
first films and several films made by Africans (from Morocco, Kenya, Uganda and South
Africa) in the Un Certain competition. Regard.
One regret: no African short film was selected for the 2018 competition.
More information at http://www.jeuneafrique.com/551137/culture/cannes-2018-lafrique-et-lemoyen-orient-bien-representes-dans-la-selectionofficielle/?utm_source=Newsletter_JA_Actu&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Newslett
er_JA_Actu_13_04_18
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D.6 Recent reports of the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
The annual report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights,
Karima Bennoune, is now available and focuses on the contribution of artistic and cultural
initiatives to creating and developing right-respecting societies. Another report by Ms
Bennoune about her visit to Serbia and Kosovo was also recently published. The Special
Rapporteur presented the latter on 1 March to the Human Rights Council of the United
Nations. The videos of the debates on the report are also available (in English and the speakers'
original language).
Read the report at https://daccess-ods.un.org/tmp/1006111.20462418.html
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E. Cultural Agenda in the African Press
E.1 Links to portals
http://fr.allafrica.com/arts/bydate/?n=1
http://www.africaonline.com/site/africa/arts.jsp
http://www.apanews.net/news/fr/rubrique.php?id=65
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/646/culture.htm
http://english.alarabonline.org/display.asp?code=zculturez***
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E.2 Selected information from Allafrica
South Africa: Minister Nathi Mthethwa Pays Tribute to Living Legends
Minister of Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa will honour the enormous contribution
of South Africa's Living Legends to the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector and towards the
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development of Arts and Culture Industry in a one-night special performance on Monday 23
April 2018. The special tribute will be presented by the Department of Arts &Culture in
partnership with the Market Theatre Foundation. The programme was launched on 25 August
2015, the Living Legends have participated in more than 100 public programmes ranging from
Master classes, colloquiums, guest lectures and incubator workshops at community art centres
across the country. http://allafrica.com/stories/201804200827.html
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Mauritius: World Heritage Day Observed amidst Fears for Local Heritage (18 April)
The international day for sites and monuments - the World Heritage Day - was observed on
Wednesday. Marked every year since 1983, World Heritage Day aims, according to the
ICOMOS, "to encourage local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider
the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities, and to promote
awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it".
The 2018 theme is 'Heritage for generations'. Locally, concerns have been expressed about the
quasi-systematic destruction of and lack of regards for sites and monuments over the recent
past. http://allafrica.com/stories/201804200776.html
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Ethiopia: Cultural Heritages Management Digitalization for Better Accesses
In this era of globalization, the world is becoming one village through the consistent
technological innovations and utilization. Every piece of information is becoming at hand
everywhere by internet accesses. Until now the manual or traditional system of the cultural
heritages data management was very poor. The data handling was mess and took much time to
access them and availing them to the researchers was very difficult. To improve these, they
developed a software, the Ethiopian Cultural Heritage Inventory Management System or
Exceed IT System. http://allafrica.com/stories/201804130258.html
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Gambia: Good News for Gambian Artists
The Ministry of Justice and that of Tourism and Culture deserve commendation for having
worked hard to have the Copyright Regulations, 2018 promulgated last week. The Copyright
Act which is designed for the protection of copyright in The Gambia and matters connected
therewith was passed by the National Assembly in 2004. The Act places the administration of
copyright in the National Centre Arts Culture and goes further to mandate the setting up of two
outfits for the implementation of an effective copyright regime. One is the Copyright Office or
Bureau under the NCAC charged specifically with the registration of works, sensitization of
rights holders and users, and enforcement of compliance with the law, especially against piracy
and the misuse of protected works. http://allafrica.com/stories/201804040702.html
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F. Info from newsletters and information services F. Nouvelles d’autres
bulletins et services d’information
F.1 News from the web site of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector
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World Book and Copyright Day 2018
The 2018 edition is entitled “READING, it's my right!”, and it will be an opportunity to
commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This festive
and participative event is an opportunity to raise public awareness of books and reading and
pay tribute to authors in the book industry, professionals or volunteers. On this occasion,
UNESCO opens its door and invites professionals and the public to exchange and share their
ideas in literature. Planning of this Day: spaces dedicated to discussions and reading, fun and
educational workshops for children, literacy meetings and cultural events. Read more at
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/allevents/?tx_browser_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=44403&cHash=cfe0f60806
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F.2 News from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies
The 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture (Kuala Lumpur, 11 – 14 March 2019)
In view of the Summit of Kuala Lumpur, the organizers are seeking participants for the
programme for exploring the theme Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change. In
keeping with IFACCA’s Revised Strategic Plan things are organized in a slightly differently
way than before: with a view to encourage interaction between delegates. Therefore the
organizers are looking for participants for different roles: panellists and provocateurs,
presenters and facilitators. Proposals are expected from policy makers, academics, government
representatives, cultural and community leaders, practitioners, and professionals working in the
fields of arts, culture, creative and cultural industries, as well as other sectors. Thes can be
made by 20 May.
For more information visit https://www.artsummit.org/call-for-participants.
Contact [email protected]
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IFACCA’s Revised Strategic Plan for 2018 - 2020
In 2015, IFACCA released its Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which outlined how the Secretariat
would provide high-quality services. In 2017, the Secretariat has reviewed its progress to date
and consulted the membershio for identifying opportunities for improvement. In response to
the members’ feedback, the Secretariat will further focus its services in three areas of work:
Networking, Knowledge and Data, and Capacity Development. Advocacy will no longer be a
distinct area of work for the Secretariat. As champions for arts and culture in public life we will
continue to sustain international dialogue, contribute to debates on global priorities, and
exchange and partner with key international bodies where collective action is needed. Read the
full Revised Strategic Plan at https://ifacca.org/media/filer_public/84/f7/84f7d71e-07fb-4c8fbf04-8230f8cd1394/ifacca_stratplan_8pp_screen_singles_for_web.pdf
Web site: www.ifacca.org
Contact: [email protected]
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F.3 Africultures
Africans from India (Series of articles)
Sidi: it is the name carried by the 70 000 Indians of African origin, a diaspora little known and
very diverse. A diversity rooted in the very name of Sidi, whose etymological origin is
uncertain. It could come from the Arabic sayyidi meaning lord, or saydi prisoners of war. Two
opposite senses, like the Sidis Indians whose current communities are the result of different
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historical processes, with only link this common African origin. In this series Africultures
chooses to focus on four of them, the most significant in terms of the number of people who
claim it. http://africultures.com/zoom/africains-dinde-67/
Website: http://africultures.com/
Contact: http://africultures.com/contact/
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F.4 Newsletter Casa África
The Programme Letras Africanas (African Literature)
Letras Africanas is a program of Casa África that was born in 2009 with the aim of bringing
the main voices of contemporary African literature to the Spanish public. Literature is
undoubtedly one of the essential ways to approach the social, political and cultural reality of
Africa. The access of the Spanish reader to this literary production is very limited. With this
project, Casa África wants to contribute to remedy that lack, facilitating the presence in several
Spanish cities of the most outstanding writers of the continent, special priority given to the
authors published in the Casa África Collection of Literature. Web site:
http://www.casafrica.es/en/letras-africanas.jsp.html
Web site: http://www.casafrica.es/
E-mail: [email protected]
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F.5 C-NEWS - Culturelink Newsletter
Croatia: International Round Table on Digital Single Market and its Impact on Culture
and Media
IRMO's Department for Culture and Communication (focal point of the Culturelink Network)
is organising this international round table in Zagreb, Croatia on 19 - 20 April 2018 in the
framework of the Jean Monnet project EU Competences and National Cultural Policies:
Critical Dialogues (2016-2018). The round table discussions will focus on the extent of the
influence that the national political governance, and particularly cultural and media policies,
have on regulating the digital infrastructure and content underpinning cultural activities.
Although the Strategy was adopted two years ago, so far its implications for culture and the
media have not been discussed adequately in Croatia. More at culpol.irmo.hr. Contact
[email protected]
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Cultural Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals in a Time of Crisis
The Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri,
Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria is organising an international conference on sustainable
development, to be held from 14 to 17 November 2018. The conference strives to explore the
relationship and the state of culture and development particularly in times of crisis.
http://www.culturelink.org/conf/diary/2018.html#crisis
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Capacity Building in Impact Evaluation: Counterfactual and Theory-Based Approaches
The European Institute of Public Administration is offering a training course on Capacity
Building in Impact Evaluation: Counterfactual and Theory-Based Approaches, to be held in
Barcelona, from 28 to 29 May 2018. It aims to enhance the participants' understanding of how
to commission, manage and monitor evaluations. Deadline: 14 May 2018.
http://www.culturelink.org/news/network/2018/news2018-015.html
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Web site: http://www.culturelink.org/news/c-news/index.html
Contact: [email protected]
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F.6 Agenda 21 Culture Circular
Protection of Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: Cities Sign the Geneva Declaration
This Declaration was adopted and signed on May 26, 2018 by the Mayors of Geneva,
Strasbourg, Timbuktu, Mosul, Diyarbakir, Lund, Vienna, Erbil - and mayors directly affected
by the destruction of their cultural heritage, which reaffirm the importance of heritage. cultural
heritage for human rights. The Geneva Declaration aims to clarify cities' obligations in
rehabilitation processes and to put forward implementation proposals, particularly on
participatory and inclusive mechanisms in identifying what represents cultural heritage, in the
development of cities and towns. a network of solidarity cities that can be refuges for mobile
cultural heritage and in the evaluation of rehabilitation processes, including their impact on the
population. Geneva has a vital role in reaffirming the importance of cultural heritage for human
rights. More at http://www.ville-geneve.ch/actualites/detail/article/1521812824-protectionhuman-rights-cultural-heritage-cities-sign-geneve-report/.
Contact: [email protected]
Website: http://www.agenda21culture.net/
Contact: [email protected]
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F.7 ICCROM eNews
FAC-Africa 2018 (Bamako, Mali, 12 – 28 November)
Culture is a vital resource. How to protect it in crisi situations? Where does one start? Who can
help affected communities in recovering their heritage? First Aid for Cultural Heritage in
Times of Crisis (FAC) emphasizes coordinated emergency preparedness and response for
tangible and intangible cultural heritage. It is based on a field-tested three-step framework for
providing first aid to cultural heritage which can be adapted to any emergency context, whether
conflict or disaster. It is especially useful in planning at-scale responses for securing and
stabilizing different types of cultural heritage during complex emergency situations. More at
https://www.iccrom.org/courses/fac-africa-2018
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African Regional Course on People Centred Approaches to Conservation of Nature and
Culture (Victoria Falls, Zambia, 14 – 24 August, 2018)
Organized by the Intenational Union of Conservation of Nature and the Norwegian Ministry
of Climate and Environment in cooperation with other parners, this course aimes at developing
the capacities of African professionals working in this area. Participants should be able to
demonstrate their involvement in ongoing activities within the context of management
activities at a heritage place with natural and cultural values. The course goal is to promote
knowledge acquisition and exchange. Framed as a forum for participants from both the cultural
and natural heritage sectors to share their experiences, the course will facilitate participants’
learning from each other as well as from others working with communities and. Interactive
sessions for sharing experiences will be balanced with lectures, case study visits and practical
exercises based on case studies in the field. The working language of the course will be
English. Participants will be responsible for their round-trip travel costs to and from Zambia
(accommodation and living costs will be provided). Those interested are encouraged to send
the duly filled ICCROM application form and send it together with a full professional
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curriculum vitae (in English, max. 3 pages) by 18 May to the following e-mail:
[email protected]
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F.8 Arts Management Newsletter
Book on Art and Gender. On the Importance of Gender for Leadership in the Art Field
In the course of #metoo, the debate about gender equality in the cultural field has increased.
Katrin Hassler's book (in German) explores the status quo of female leadership in the
international art field. and provides figures on the significance of gender for filling leading
positions. http://artsmanagement.net/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=1856
CfP: STP&A 2018 - Culture, Democracy and the Arts: Rights Here, Right Now
The International Conference of Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) aims to foster a
cross-cultural dialogue on contemporary issues in arts and culture. Its 2018 edition will take
place in Manchester, England, November 1-3. It will deal with the hyper-mediated, globalized
contemporary society, and reflect the possibilities of and for cultural democracy in the 21st
century. http://artsmanagement.net/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=1854
More at http://newsletter.artsmanagement.net
Email: [email protected]
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F.9 Cyberkaris - the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation
Introduction to Cultural Law
The book Introducción al Derecho Cultural ('Introduction to Cultural Law') was recently
published as part of the 'Cultural Law Lessons Collection' edited by Atelier Libros Jurídicos de
Barcelona and the International Institute of Cultural Law and Sustainable Development-IDC
Cultura. Written by Erika Flores Déleon, a Law PhD student at the National Autonomous
University of Mexico and the chair of IDC Cultura, the book addresses the principles and
obligations inherent to cultural law, the state of international art and systematization in this
topic, among other aspects. The work is the outcome of her doctoral thesis research and can be
bought at https://www.atelierlibros.es/libros/introduccion-al-derecho-cultural/9788416652938/
Web site: www.interarts.net
Contact: [email protected]
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F.10 Commonwealth Foundation
The Inaugural Festival of Commonwealth Film (British Museum, London on 14-15 April)
This first-ever Festival of Commonwealth Film was dedicated to sharing cinema from across
the Commonwealth. The inaugural edition included feature films with a human rights focus
from the Bahamas, India, Malta, Pakistan, Tonga, the United Kingdom and a BAFTA-winning
film from Zambia. The goal of the festival wass to represent the cultural diversity and richness
of the Commonwealth, demonstrate the change-making power of cinema, and initiate dialogue
on the issues the films raise.
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