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Assessing the potential of cultural and creative industries in Zagreb to ensure effective policy interventions

“Creative cities are made of creative people. There’s no successful city without creativity”. It is by using these direct, truthful words that Ivo Josipović, President of Croatia and a gifted composer himself, expresses the way he feels about the importance of cultural and creative industries to the full and sustainable development of a city. more >

Collecting cultural statistics in Mongolia to ignite evidence-based policy making processes

Professor Bayaraa Baasandorj, Head of the Department of International Collaboration of the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture (MSUAC), believes that investing in cultural industries represents one of the best ways to help promote this much needed economic diversification. But she also explains why culture hasn’t just yet been considered a top priority on the Mongolian development agenda. more >

New culture minister in Romania

Ms Hegedüs Csilla, from the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), is the new Minister of Culture. more >

Is the Cultural Sector Ready to Move Beyond Data for Data’s Sake?

A recent report challenges arts administrators to use data to make more thoughtful decisions. Are we up to it? more >

Thomas King wins Governor-General’s Award for fiction

In February, King won the British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. On Tuesday, he won the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction for The Back of the Turtle, his first novel in 15 years. more >

Cultural mapping begins

The dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Kashi has started taking shape as the exercise for 'mapping the intangible cultural heritage of Varanasi' under the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojna (HRIDAY) and National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spatial Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) has begun.  more >

Newly-appointed Culture Minister sworn in

Newly-appointed Minister of Culture Arwa Abdu Othman was sworn in on Tuesday before President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. more >

Films generate understanding between cultures, says minister

HE the Minister of Culture Arts and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari addressed the guests and said that film is a very powerful medium for generating understanding between cultures and between generations.  more >

UNESCO accepting entries for Bamiyan Cultural Centre in Afghanistan

UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan (with the financial support of the Republic of Korea) will collaborate to implement the project. The Centre will be located near the boundary of the World Heritage property, the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. Submissions are being accepted now until January 22, 2015, 11:59 P.M. GMT. more >

Observatorio de Políticas Culturales afirma que el gasto público en cultura sigue en sólo un 0,4

A pesar de aumentar un significativo 18,3% la inversión pública en cultura en el presupuesto 2015, el rubro sigue siendo marginal en el gasto del Estado. more >

Gracias a Ley de espectáculos, industria pagó menos impuestos

El Ministerio de Cultura presentó su balance sobre la entrada en vigencia de la norma. Aún con los avances del sector, los colombianos siguen prefiriendo que los eventos sean gratuitos. more >

Peter Bazalgette: Reflections on 20 years of National Lottery funding in the arts

Cast your mind back to 1994, before Noel Edmonds set the balls rolling for the first draw, and just imagine what our cultural landscape would look like now without the National Lottery. more >

Blog: 'The Smartest Kids in the World'

Art education is taken very seriously in Finland's schools, and in every grade there are provisions to teach music, art, dance, visual arts and crafts as part of the basic education in all the schools. more >

Can the Book World Build Its Own Art Basel?

The Miami Book Fair International, the country’s largest and one of the oldestbook fairs. Under the new leadership of Tom Healy — poet, gallerist, fund-raiser — it enters its 31st year with a growing budget and a plan to expand into a year-round institution that would make Miami as indispensable to the book business as it’s become to art collectors on the make. more >

Culture minister insists on timely spending of funds

Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma Wednesday said a weekly monitoring system will be introduced soon for the various organisations under the ministry and insisted on timely spending of funds. more >