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China, Arab culture ministers gather in Beijing

Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu and 19 heads of government cultural delegations and representatives of the Arab League attended the event, where they reached consensus on further expanding Sino-Arab cultural exchanges and cooperation and passed the Beijing Declaration of Sino-Arab Culture Ministers Forum. The forum also witnessed China's signing of state cultural cooperation plans with five countries such as Jordan and Tunisia. more >

Segmenting a cultural audience

This year the Museum of London recorded its millionth visitor, following the adoption of a bolder and more publicly-facing strategic approach. more >

Lola Greeno - Living Treasure

The first Indigenous artist/craftsman has been recognised as a Living Treasure – Master of Australian Craft. Tasmania's Lola Greeno joins a distinguished list of Treasures which includes potters Les Blakebrough and Jeff Minchin, glass artist Klaus Moje, and jeweller Marian Hosking. Part of the honour includes a four-year national tour exhibiting her work and a tribute catalogue. more >

OAS Inter-American Council for Integral Development

The OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Sherry Tross, noted activities carried out over the past two months, including the Sixth Meeting of Ministers and High-level Authorities of Culture, held in Haiti from August 12 to 13, in which countries agreed to the “exchanges of experiences to support public policies that encourage cultural entrepreneurship,” and to encourage “the design of cultural programs that contribute to the development of local communities with social inclusion and innovation”. more >

Ministry of Culture provides for ASEAN Cultural Center

Mr. Aphinant Posayanont, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, reports that the Ministry has established an ASEAN Cultural Center to be a learning source and to encourage preservation of cultural heritage in order to accommodate the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. more >

Culture Ministry: Armenia’s cultural legacy to be digitalized and put into single electronic database

On Thursday, Armenia’s government, at its regular session, approved the procedure of creation of electronic database of Armenia’s movable cultural values in the country’s territory and outside it.   more >

Painting festival brings women together in Trabzon

Sponsored by Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the seventh International Painting Festival is displaying the works of female artists from 26 different countries in Trabzon. The exhibition organized by Femin&Art, an international association of female artists, takes place in a shopping mall this week. more >

Commission Moves to Preserve Cultural Heritage

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Nigeria has scheduled a five-day "Train the Trainer" workshop on "Capacity-Building Programme for the Protection of Cultural Heritages in the Conflict Afflicted Zones of Nigeria" to hold from September 8 to 12, 2014 at the Public Service Institute, Abuja. more >

Iran ministry accused of targeting conservative news sites

Iran’s Culture Ministry, which had announced that it planned to shut down news websites operating without a license, is now accused of targeting only conservative sites critical of the Hassan Rouhani administration while allowing Reformist news sites and those supportive of the administration to continue to operate without a license.Al-Monitor's Iran Pulse more >

UNAOC and BMW Group announce 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award Winners

First prize of $40,000 went to the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) – Bosnia and Herzegovina for its “Ordinary Heroes” retrospective recalling individual acts of moral courage responsible for saving lives during times of ethnic violence and genocide worldwide as an inspiration for dialogue leading to understanding and individual acceptance of differences.     more >

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Meet to Discuss Importance of Culture and Heritage

As Canadians mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for culture and heritage met in Charlottetown to discuss the economic benefits and current state of the cultural landscape and heritage in Canada. The meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture for Prince Edward Island. At today's meeting, new economic data for 2010 were presented that indicate the arts, culture and heritage contribute close to $50 billion to the Canadian economy and represent almost 647,000 jobs throughout the country. The meeting took place the day after the first-ever joint meeting with ministers responsible for tourism. more >

Arts and Culture Experts meet in Alexandria

On 27 and 28 August 2014, the Anna Lindh Foundation organized a meeting with a number of experts from different Arab countries in the fields of; Arts and Culture, Communication and Civil Society Development at the Swedish Institute of Alexandria. - See more at: more >

Culture Minister highlights development projects

Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa announced her Ministry's plan to implement new projects, including "Bab Al-Bahrain" lagoon. more >

Hungary´s Navracsics to be Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship in new EU executive body

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Tibor Navracsics will be EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship, contrary to earlier press reports that he will be responsible either for trade or for customs.  more >

UK culture minister plays to the art trade at London conference

Ed Vaizey, the UK’s Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, said all the right things to the 200-plus art trade delegates at the inaugural Art Business Conference in London on 4 September (organised by Louise Hamlin, The Art Newspaper’s head of sales). He addressed three areas close to the heart of the UK’s dealers: the Artists Resale Right, the potential restrictions surrounding ivory sales and the redevelopment of London’s Cork Street and surrounding areas. more >