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Culture: I'd do anything to be crunched like this

Now that Britain is officially in recession, will people start spending less money on culture? The conventional wisdom is that the arts don't suffer during times of economic hardship because the need for escapism is greater than ever – and this is borne out by the latest statistics. more >

Survival tactics

Local arts companies are cutting costs in a bid to avoid the dramatic downsizing forced upon many of their United States counterparts by the global economic crisis. Will it be enough? more >

Tough Times Call for Shrewd Artists

A look at successful strategies adopted by artists and arts organisations in previous recessions. more >

XVI Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean

After the debate held in this meeting, devoted to the topic “Culture Within the Context of the Current World Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities”, the Latin American and Caribbean States recognize the existence of cultural models in the origin of the crisis and at the same time, underline the potential of culture as a way for drafting solutions. more >

El papel de la cultura en la crisis

En la Reunión de Ministros de Cultura de América latina y el Caribe, que comenzó ayer en Buenos Aires, los más de 30 representantes de la región analizaron el papel de la cultura en el escenario de la crisis mundial. more >

Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Ministers: Culture in Crisis paper

During the meeting of Minsters of Culture of Latin America and the Carribbean, which began yesterday in Buenos Aires, the majority of the 30 representatives of the region analysed the paper on 'culture in a situation of global crisis'. more >

Africa's renowned film festival turns 40

The Pan-African Film and TV Festival opens Saturday in Burkina Faso's capital, Ougadougou. The festival will present hundreds of films from across the continent. The festival began 40 years ago, when a group of Burkinabe journalists attended the first World Festival of Black Arts in Senegal's capital, Dakar. more >

Albania shuts down film school in property row

Police closing the AcademyAlbanian police shut down the country’s only film school, the Marubi Academy, on Tuesday arresting its dean and several students over a property dispute with the Ministry of Culture. more >

Partial reopening of Baghdad museum opposed by Iraqi ministry of culture

Iraq's National Museum has partially reopened nearly six years after it was pillaged as Baghdad fell to US forces. A reinauguration ceremony was attended by prime minister Nuri al-Maliki and senior officials who said they wished to demonstrate that the capital was secure and normal life was returning. more >

16th Forum of Ministers of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

The 16th Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26-27 February. more >

Azerbaijani and cuban ministers of culture sign agreement of cooperation

Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev, who is in Cuba, signed the agreement of cooperation with his Cuban colleague. more >

Head of Greek Liaison office storms out of Skopje conference

The Head of Greece's Liaison Office to Macedonia Alexandra Papadopoulou walked out of a conference on Friday on topic "Culture and Audio-Visual Communications – Vector of Peace and European Future in SEE Countries", thus protesting the use of country's constitutional name. more >

Indonesia, Cambodia ink cultural deal

Indonesian Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on culture with Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Him Chhem at the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Thursday. more >

Ministry of Culture regrets death of four children in carnival

The Ministry of Culture has addressed a condolence message for the death of four children that were run over by a car, during the infants carnival of Calulo village (Libolo District), in the central Kwanza-Sul Province, ANGOP has learnt. more >

One dead, 540 injured during Carnival in Haiti

At least 259 people were reported injured in the concluding hours of Haiti's Carnival 2009,bringing the total casualties in the festivity to one death and 540 injuries, local police said on Thursday. more >

Public funding for cinema in Italy cut by 23% for 2009

Arts funding in Italy for 2009 has been drastically reduced, with cinema hit by a reduction of $26.7m (Euros 20.9m), sparking a move by the arts community to change Italy's laws governing funding for cinema and the arts. more >

A really new deal would stimulate the economy of the future, not the past

The facts are that the locus of economic growth has shifted dramatically and a stimulus that focuses on traditional infrastructure cannot succeed. What drives the economy today is not the old mix of highways and single-family homes but new, idea-driven industries. more >

Cultural Policy Research Award 2009: Applications Open!

Each year, young researchers are invited to propose research projects which could inform policymaking
and benefit practitioners active in the cultural field. more >

Open letter to Obama regarding Convention on Cultural Diversity

Henri Benkoski – a Belgian government expert on cultural diversity – has addressed a judicious open letter to Barack Obama. The letter calls on the US president to subscribe to the Convention and create a Ministry of Cultural Affairs. more >

Germany launches new cultural voluntary service

This international voluntary program enables young people aged between 18 and 26 to get involved with cultural policies abroad. more >

French Ministry of Culture turns 50!

This year France’s Ministry of Culture is celebrating its 50th anniversary. State intervention in the arts and culture domain has a long tradition in France and in 1959 the country is one of the first to set up a central institution in charge of the cultural affairs. more >

Give us creative accounting

Australia is still at the top of the international league table when it comes to support for athletes. But the level of support for the arts is at the bottom. more >

Global cultural forum to be held in north

The northern Italian city of Monza will in late September host a global cultural forum that aims to rival the annual economic forum in the Swiss city of Davos. more >

If I ran the NEA...

As the president prepares to name a new NEA chief, the LA Times asked people from the arts and other fields to share what their priorities would be if they ran the cultural agency. more >

Moving with the changes

Thailand's new Culture Minister talks about preservation, censorship, and youths with dyed hair. more >

Culture : a new pillar for development?

This is a video of the conference 'Culture: a new pillar for development' held in January 2008. It explored the new challenges of integrating culture as a transversal dimension in development policy and actions and supporting cultural expressions in developing countries. more >

Saving the arts

Art critic Oh Kwang-su was inaugurated yesterday as the third chairman of the Arts Council Korea. A myriad of arts-related problems await the new head. more >

A brief window opens into rarely seen Iraq Museum

Iraq Museum director Amira Edan, swamped by a pile of papers on her desk, sighs as she tries to explain the political firestorm swirling around the opening of the Iraq Museum, which became a symbol of the postinvasion looting that devastated Baghdad. more >

Barnett Government asked to rethink Ledger theatre

Shadow Minister for Culture and the Arts Ben Wyatt has hit out at WA Premier Colin Barnett's decision to name Perth's new theatre centre after Heath Ledger. more >

Cambios en las bases de los Fondos Concursables y en la dirección del MNAV

En una entrevista exclusiva concedida a nuestro diario, el Director Nacional de Cultura, profesor Hugo Achugar habló sobre Fondos Concursables y la Dirección del Museo de Artes Visuales, temas relevantes de la actualidad cultural nacional. more >

Changes in Public Funds’ Rules and in the National Museum of Visual Arts’ Direction

The National Director of Culture, professor Hugo Achugar, on Public Funds and the Direction of the National Museum of Visual Arts (NMVA), more >

Culture Ministry proposes government policy program for KBS

Citizen policy suggestions would be presented in a variety show format, but the ministry would have a say in what is put on the air. The lawyer of main opposition Democratic Party Choi Moon-soon commented, “This is both an act that severely infringes upon a broadcasting company’s rights to programming, which is a decision that should be made autonomously, and a measure that effectively views KBS as a government broadcasting station.” more >

Ex-CEO is head of national museum

Bae Soon-hoon, the 67-year-old ex-chairman of Daewoo Electronics and former information minister, has been named the new director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art. He is the first chief of the state-run museum with no background in art. The Ministry of Culture announced its unprecedented decision on Saturday.
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Important meeting of Mayan leaders in Sololá

A National Meeting of Indigenous Authorities was held in Sololá on the 17th of February 2009 with the aim to promote and strengthen the recognition of indigenous authorities. During the event, an important documentary on indigenous authorities was presented to the Mayan leaders. more >

The Budget statement in full

The Ministry of Culture and Social Rehabilitation is a key Ministry in delivering programmes and initiatives that directly benefit families and young people. Accordingly, this Ministry is provided with a budget of $74 million in 2009–2010, an increase of 23 per cent above its 2008-2009 allocation. more >

UAE celebrates 50 years of archaeological work

Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development will next month celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of the UAE's excavation works and archaeological discoveries. more >

Keeping art alive in hard times

Will White, Visiting Arts' new head of communications and development, considers the case for arts funding during the global economic slump. more >

Millions for arts offset funding cuts elsewhere

Victoria Hutter, a spokeswoman for the National Endowment for the Arts, which is responsible for distributing the $50 million, said the agency hopes to post funding guidelines in early or mid-March. more >

Resist the cultural vandalism - don't let them close our precious libraries

Mega-libraries appeal to eager councils, but such ego trips misunderstand the value of books. more >

2009 Heritage awards programme

Entries are now being accepted for the 2009 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. The awards programme, in its tenth year, recognizes the achievement of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region.  The deadline for receipt of materials is 31 March 2009. more >

Arts funding agreed

Liverpool city council's Executive Board has today approved an £8.45m arts budget which will maintain capital of culture funding levels in the city for the next two years. A total of 67 arts organisations are to benefit after they successfully applied through a new bidding process which has radically altered the council's approach to the arts. more >

China presents musical instruments to south Sudan gov't

Chinese Ministry of Culture presented on Monday dozens of musical instruments to the Government of South Sudan (GOSS) to enhance the cultural cause in south Sudan. more >

Culture ministry looks to register chapei and khol

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts plans to submit applications to register chapei, a form of sung storytelling, as well as khol, a type of theatrical performance, under UNESCO's Intangible Heritage of Humanity program. The process of registering both art forms with UNESCO, seen as crucial to preserving them, could take up to one year. more >

Major government reshuffle

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday reshuffled the Kingdom’s Cabinet, changing four ministers and appointing — for the first time — a woman deputy minister. Abdul Aziz bin Muhiyuddin Khoja has been appointed the new minister of culture and information, replacing Iyad Madani. more >

Michelle Bachelet and Raúl Castro inaugurate the 2009 Havana Book Fair

Confident that "we will become a little closer" and be able "to construct a better future", the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet yesterday represented her country as Guest of Honor at the 18th International Book Fair of Cuba 2009 (also known as the Havana Book Fair) during the inaugural event at the La Cabaña Fortress. She was accompanied by Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz. more >

Militant threats chill Pakistani entertainers

As Taliban militants gain a stronger hold in this region of Pakistan, they are imposing their view that music, singing and other such arts are un-Islamic. Several entertainers have been kidnapped or killed, while many others have fled, quit or watched their work opportunities dwindle. more >

MTA director pushes to quadruple jazz festival attendance

The organisation of the Malta Jazz Festival will go back into the hands of government, a director on the main board of the MTA has been holding meetings with Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Mario de Marco in a bid to launch an idea that would augment the event’s attendance by tourists. more >

Adriatic Region in focus Part II - out now!

The concluding part of the Adriatic Region in focus brings our attention to Albania, Italy and Montenegro. The new feature examines the historical and cultural conditions of collaborative working across the region from three viewpoints: an in-depth conversation, a photographic collection and a comprehensive mapping of artistic organisations. more >

Arts Organizations on the Brink Are Turning to Him for Advice

Within 24 hours of announcing a free consulting program for any troubled arts organizations in the country, Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, received 110 emailed pleas from 31 states.   more >

Culture minister Russell pledges to put artists at the centre of Scottish arts policy

Creative Scotland will still go ahead and creatives will be at the heart of government arts policy, according to Scotland’s recently appointed culture minister Mike Russell. more >

Culture to unite people for overcoming economic slump

Yu In-chon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism in a published address notes that "There may seem to be no relation between culture and the economic crisis, but the fundamental way to cope with it comes from culture because it heals people's painful hearts. During these economically difficult times, our lives would be much harsher without culture and art". more >

Iraq museum row shows turf wars as violence fades

A standoff over when to reopen Iraq's National Museum, plundered after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, offers a glimpse into the political turf wars that are replacing sectarian violence. Iraq's Culture Ministry and the Ministry of State for Tourism and Antiquities have each claimed the authority to decide when the museum, closed since looters robbed it of 15,000 artefacts after the invasion, will be back in business. more >

Jamaica to receive recommendations to clean up music industry

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has called for a set of recommendations on the action and the direction to be taken to clean up the music that is broadcast or projected in public spaces and through the electronic media. more >

Massive cutbacks in arts funding by US companies, governments

The combined impact of declining corporate sponsorship and drastic government budget cuts is producing a genuine calamity for arts organizations in the US. more >

Matthew Jocelyn named artistic and general director of Canadian Stage Company

Matthew Jocelyn, an internationally acclaimed theatre director and arts administrator, has been named Artistic and General Director of The Canadian Stage Company, the Board of Directors announced today. more >

Minister calls for efforts to protect language, culture

A raging ‘conflict’ among languages in the world has led to the destruction of cultures and national identities, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage HE Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari said.
Speaking at the opening session of the three-day “Language and Identity” forum launched yesterday, al-Kuwari said a language cannot be separated from a nation’s culture and identity.
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Minister gives an art attack

The puritanical approach of Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda towards modern art resulted in an unpleasant situation at the inaugural of the National Gallery of Modern Art. Gowda said a few artists, in the name of modern art, were insulting Indian culture and tradition. more >

New culture minister calls for unity on his return to the arts

Scotland has had nine ministers with responsibility for cultural matters in the 10 years since devolution. If the new minister for culture, Michael Russell, wanted to get his tenure off to a positive start - engaging with the artistic community and answering pertinent questions - he did so in assured style. more >

New Scottish Culture Minister holds open forum

Michael Russell, the Scottish Government's new Minister for Culture, met with around 100 representatives from Scotland's arts and culture industry. At an event held at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scots artists, architects and creatives were given the chance to share their views on issues affecting the sector. more >

Obama signs recovery and reinvestment act with reinstated support for the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Smithsonian Institution have secured a small allotment of federal funding as part of the $787bn American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama on 17 February, following fears that arts groups would be completely excluded from the stimulus package. more >

Online photo archive of Asian cultures launched

The UNESCO Asia Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Office for Hub City of Asian Culture have worked together to launch the Photo Archive of Asian Cultures. more >

Project nation's development strides, Khoja tells officials

Minister of Culture and Information Abdul Aziz Khoja yesterday inspected the ministry’s facilities in Makkah province, including the television and radio stations in Jeddah, and urged officials to double their efforts by making use of technological developments in the media industry.“Achieving reasonable media openness is my priority,” said Khoja. more >

Rush for cultural capital legacy

Liverpool Council’s legacy Capital of Culture arts funding is over subscribed by more than twice. Overall, the city is investing £2m more in culture than before it established the Liverpool Culture Company in 2005 to run the Capital of Culture year. more >

Saudi Arabia appoints Nour Fayez as first female Minister of the country

Nour Fayez of Saudi Arabia has been appointed as the first female cabinet minister of the country as part of major reshuffling. Nour Fayez became the deputy minister for women's education in Saudi Arabia thereby achieving a big milestone in a country where women only started to vote five years ago. more >

The Arts Need Better Arguments

Fifty million dollars, in a hastily assembled $800 billion stimulus, is just a bubble on a wave. It's a rounding error, a random fluctuation. It doesn't mean that arts support runs deep and strong. more >

Arts Council to reassess downturn

Arts Council England is re-examining the effects of the recession on the companies it funds, just months after it completed its first research into the economic downturn. more >

Garrett's group set to meet

The committee hopes to paint a picture of Australia's cultural future. more >

Making the literary life a little less precarious

Even famed Canadian writers can end up impoverished. A new benefits program seeks to change that. more >

Saving Federal Arts Funds: Selling Culture as an Economic Force

Arts-friendly members of the House and Senate struggled to preserve $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts in the final version of the recovery package, approved by both houses on Friday. more >

CCA pushes for law allowing tax deductions for cultural expenses

The Cabinet-level Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA) is pushing for legislation that would stipulate tax deductions for cultural expenses. more >

Inquiry proposes major culture policy overhaul

The Committee of Inquiry on Cultural Policy has proposed a major overhaul of Swedish culture policy in a new report presented to the Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. more >

Kids' lit seeks its laureate

A children's laureate to champion reading among kids will be appointed from next year under a program established by an alliance of authors, teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers and arts administrators. more >

Premier announces creation of cultural and creative body

Following complaints that the government was not paying enough attention to the nation’s cultural sector, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan has announced the creation of a taskforce to bolster the cultural and creative industry. more >

The downfall of a Culture Minister

In one quick reshuffle yesterday morning, Linda Fabiani was gone - the eighth minister with responsibility for culture in the 10 years of devolution dropped through the stage's trap door once again. more >

Cinema, TV artists gather under one roof

Turkish cinema and TVartists join forces under the roof of an organization named the United Artists Occupational Group. The goal is to protect rights and demand royalties for films and TV series they work on. more >

Heritage minister defends arts funding plan

Canada's culture minister got a rough ride Monday over arts spending in an appearance before the parliamentary heritage committee. more >

Obama's rescue package for the arts comes a cropper in the Senate

Barack Obama is bucking the trend of recent US presidents in one small but significant way: as well as having the support of musicians from Bruce Springsteen to Beyoncé, he actually has an arts policy. Obama has promised to champion arts education; to increase the funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, currently standing at £125m; and to create an "artist corps" of young creatives trained to work in low-income communities. more >

Director general de la Unesco inició segunda visita a Chile

Ayer, Koichiro Matsuura, director general de la Unesco, inició su segunda visita oficial a Chile (la primera fue en 2003). more >

French Government Decorates the Secretary Minister of Culture

The Secretary Minister of Culture, Ticio Escobar, will receive today the Gentleman insignia of the French Order of the Arts and Literature from France’s ambassador in Paraguay, Gilles Bienvenu. more >

Gobierno francés condecora al Secretario Ministro de Cultura

El secretario ministro de Cultura, Ticio Escobar, recibirá hoy las insignias de caballero en la orden francesa de las Artes y las Letras de manos del embajador de Francia en nuestro país, Gilles Bienvenu. more >

Gonzalo Carámbula: 'Nadie tiene dudas sobre la importancia social de la cultura'

'A pesar de que han pasado muchos años, el sector cultural todavía no ha podido ubicar la discusión sobre la política cultural en el centro del debate público.' more >

Gonzalo Carámbula: 'No one doubts the social importance of culture'

'After so many years, the cultural sector has still failed to place the discussion on culture policy in the spotlight of public debate.' more >

Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Development Program. Call for Proposals 2009

The Cultural Development Program seeks to support small cultural projects that have a social impact in the Bank’s member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. more >

Perú establece Ministerio de Cultura

El proceso de gran escala que busca desembocar en una nueva política cultural así como en el establecimiento de un Ministerio de Cultura todavía no ha llegado a tu término en Perú. more >

Peru Establishes Ministry of Culture

The large-scale process intended to result in a new culture policy as well as the establishment of a Ministry for Culture has not yet been completed in Peru. more >

Programa de Desarrollo Cultural del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. Convocatoria 2009

El Programa de Desarrollo Cultural está destinado a apoyar pequeños proyectos culturales con impacto social en los países de América Latina y el Caribe, miembros del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. more >

UNESCO’s Director-General makes his second visit to Chile

Koichiro Matsuura, Unesco’s Director-General, has begun his second official visit to Chile (the first one was in 2003). more >

VI Campus Euroamericano de Cooperación Cultural: se buscan buenas prácticas

Las entidades organizadoras buscan buenas prácticas en temas relacionados con la cultura y la ciencia, la cultura y el medio ambiente, el progreso tecnológico, el patrimonio o las industrias culturales. more >

VI Euroamerican Campus of Cultural Cooperation: call for examples of good practice

The organizers are searching for good practices in subjects related to culture and science, culture and the natural environment, technological progress, heritage or cultural industries. more >

Access to Culture Platform – 2nd meeting of the board

The Access to Culture Platform was launched by the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission in June 2008. The Board of the Platform met in Brussels on 20 January for its second meeting, to discuss ongoing work of its three working groups - “Learning and access to culture”, “Participation and audience” and “Creativity and creation”. more >

ALESCO honors Madani

Iyad Bin Amin Madani, Minister of Culture and Information, was on Thursday awarded the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALESCO) medal. more >

Anime, Manga vie for spotlight at Japan Media-Arts Exhibition

The Japan Media Arts Festival, a 11-day event starts tomorrow and will display the 170 winning entries chosen from a record 2,146 submissions, a quarter from 44 other countries. Backed by the Ministry of Culture, the organizers awarded prizes for media-based works in four categories: art, manga, entertainment and animation. more >

Beijing to host biggest intangible cultural heritage exhibit

China will stage the largest exhibition of intangible cultural heritage items in its history here from Feb. 9 to 23, according to the Ministry of Culture. more >

Blog: Arts stimulate more than the senses

Let’s stop all this nonsense about arts grants being non-productive. Instead, let’s ask our legislative geniuses to make the executives at Citibank as accountable to the public as your local arts administrator. more >

City arts funding oversubscribed

Liverpool's Council chiefs want to build on the legacy of 2008. However, more than 150 arts organisations in Liverpool have applied for a slice of £4.1m in culture funding. Council leaders say the bidding process was "heavily oversubscribed", leaving more than half of the applicants without authority funding. more >

Controversy surrounds UNESCO’s would-be chief

Controversy continues to follow Egypt’s minister of culture Farouk Hosny as he attempts to build a global consensus for his candidacy as the next chief of the United Nations cultural organization, UNESCO, with Israel and the United States the most outspoken critics of his election. more >

Debating Scottish media's future

In the wake of recent controversy about the funding of the BBC and Channel 4, a one-day conference will see Linda Fabiani, Minister for Culture, join a host of experts to debate the findings of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission and their potential impact. more >

European Commission – new Media Mundus programme (2011-13)

On 9 January, the European Commission adopted a new Media Mundus programme, a broad international cooperation programme for the audiovisual industry to strengthen cultural and commercial relations between Europe's film industry and film-makers of third countries. more >

Fall of the small after unkindest cuts of all

Three well-established, but smaller, theatre companies have had their Arts Council funds entirely withdrawn, a decision resulting in the demise of at least two of them. In a crisis that is likely to lead to more cuts, does a new council strategy mean the end of the theatre company as we know it, asks Peter Crawley. more >

Fertile minds need feeding

Are schools stifling creativity? Ken Robinson on why learning should be good for the soul. more >

Groups worry about state cuts

News that Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to eliminate the state Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL) has arts organizations and libraries worried whether state dollars will continue flowing their way. more >

Kennedy Center to help struggling arts groups

With the nation's nonprofit arts organizations suffering in the dismal economy, the stalwart John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is offering crisis consulting to see them through. more >

Macedonian artist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Macedonian artist and humanitarian Zivko Popovski-Cvetin received a nomination for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Popovski-Cvetin won the honour for his "Peace Flower" project, for which he drew and donated flower-motif paintings for over 30 years. So far, he has donated about 30,000 paintings. more >

Notre Dame, Louis XIV Chateau reap bonanza out of French crisis

For Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, the economic crisis is turning into manna from heaven. The cathedral is among 252 heritage sites in France that were earmarked for state largesse on Feb. 2 in President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 26 billion-euro stimulus package. more >

Senate majority in excluding arts from stimulus package

Maybe the arts just aren't that stimulating. A wide majority passed an amendment 'to ensure that taxpayer money is not lost on wasteful and non-stimulative projects' such as funding museums, theaters and art centers. more >

The First Fajr International Visual Art Festival opens in Tehran

The First Fajr International Visual Art Festival opened on Saturday with a ceremony at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. more >

The Norwegian Year of Cultural Heritage 2009

The Norwegian government has designated 2009 as being the cultural heritage year in its White Paper entitled “Living with our Cultural Heritage”. The official opening took place at Marienborg in Trondheim on Feb. 3, 2009 by Minister of the Environment, Erik Solheim and Minister of Culture, Trond Giske. more >

Tunisia's ancient Kairouan holds "Islamic 2009 Culture Capital" celebrations

Celebrations kicked off in Tunisia's ancient city of Kairouan for the "Islamic 2009 Culture Capital" event, to reach its climax March 10. The event hosts more than 100 religious and cultural activities, art exhibitions, Sufist choir practices and folkloric lyric presentations, the minister told a press conference. more >

Vilnius and Linz open their year as European Capitals of Culture 2009

The cities of Vilnius (Lithuania) and Linz (Austria) have held the opening events of their annual programme as European Capitals of Culture. The two cities share the title in 2009 although support very distinct programmes of activities. more >

What kind of cultural leader will Obama be?

Unlike most American presidents, he writes his own books. He is said to enjoy music, especially blues and jazz. His chief of staff was a ballet dancer. His appointees have enough PhDs to fill a faculty club. But what will his arts policy be like? And what will it mean for the visual arts? more >

Why arts funding should be in stimulus

It is time for the American arts community to confront its stunning political ineptitude. It has arrived at a place where there seems to be no one to make its case; no one, at least, free from the taint of self-interest. more >

Another scandal knocks Government’s door

The Government has resorted again to granting deals and projects over-the-counter agreement, rather than setting them to bid, on the occasion of preparations to the Pan African Cultural Festival to be held in Algeria next July. more >

Critical mass: hard questions for indigenous arts

A provocative essay raises questions about Aboriginal cultural policy. more >

Economic crisis hits mountain film festival

The annual Mountain Film Festival, which features films themed around mountains, mountain culture, the environment and nature, is hit by the economic crisis this year. Because of a lack of sponsors, some sections of the festival have been canceled. more >

Garrett dismisses calls to delay resale royalty scheme

During two days in Canberra last week, the visual arts sector and arts bureaucrats presented their views on the federal Government's proposed art resale royalty scheme. more >

Georgia’s Parliament approves new government at extraordinary meeting

At its extraordinary meeting, the Parliament of Georgia approved the composition of the new government and Prime Minister Nika Gilauri. In the new government, Nika Rurua retains his position as the Minister of Culture and Sport. more >

IU ballet Professor Violette Verdy will receive France's Legion of Honor

IU professor to receive highest honor bestowed by her native France. more >

National camp on cartoon-caricature begins

A national camp on cartoon-caricature organized by the Kerala Laithakala Akademy began at Durbar Hall Art Centre in Ernakulam on Friday.  more >

Seeking a forward-looking culture policy

The Ghana Association of Phonographic Industries (GAPI) is working in collaboration with the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) to seek a revision of the 2004 Ghana Cultural Policy into a forward-looking policy, particularly for the music industry. more >

Tourism sector to promote culture

Solomon Islands Culture of Division will soon build a new National Art Gallery funded by the Solomon Islands Government through its Tourism sector.  more >

Tune in to hard times, orchestras warned

After receiving a federal government rescue package of $25.4million less than four years ago, the nation's six state orchestras have been warned not to ask for further bailouts. more >

Kennedy Center initiative to help arts groups

Executives of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday announced a plan to provide free, confidential advice to struggling nonprofit arts groups throughout the United States. more >

No longer taken for granted

The value of the arts and culture has become a pressing topic that people want to hear about and talk about. more >

As EPA ink dries

What’s next for our creative sectors in the Caribbean? more >

Out with the bureaucrats, in with the artists

The welcome banner that goes up for Dame Liz Forgan, new chairman of the Arts Council of England (Ace), should be emblazoned with the words: 'Take courage.' more >

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