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Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. It was preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. It focussed the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities. The overarching theme of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships". more >

Save America's Treasures restores key artifacts of 9-11

After almost 13 years since the events of September 11, 2001, the 9-11 Memorial Museum opens to the public.  more >

"eBiblio" pone a disposición de los usuarios de bibliotecas 1.500 títulos de libros electrónicos a través de la red de bibliotecas públicas

El secretario de Estado de Cultura, , ha presentado hoy la puesta en marcha de la plataforma eBiblio, una iniciativa pionera en España que ofrece un servicio de préstamo online gratuito de libros electrónicos para los usuarios de la red de Bibliotecas Públicas de las Comunidades Autónomas. El coste del proyecto, que en esta primera fase ha asumido el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte en su totalidad, ha sido de 1.604.700 euros. more >

"Preparing curriculums and programs to teach Islamic studies and strengthen the role of the Arabic language

HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, said that the United Arab Emirates has become one of the world's most interested countries in the dialogue of cultures. more >

Launch of "Chin Swee Caves Mid-Autumn Festival 2014"

The Chin Swee Caves Temple works very closely with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in particular MyCeb to promote the temple, not only for meditation and prayers but also as a holiday destination where visitors can enjoy the surroundings of Chin Swee Caves Temple.  The temple has recently added in a brand new meditation hall that is well equipped with seminar and conference facilities.  It has also two meeting rooms and 110 rooms hostel, making this temple the choice of many meditation groups from overseas and locally. more >

Plovdiv to be 2019 European Capital of Culture in Bulgaria

The independent selection panel responsible for assessing the Bulgarian cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2019 has recommended that Plovdiv should be awarded the title.  more >

Crossroads for Culture – Enhancing EU member states transnational and international cooperation.

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC Global) was awarded EU funding from the European Commission Creative Europe Support to Networks Programme for the project EUNIC – Crossroads for Culture – Enhancing EU member states transnational and international cooperation. The project, which is expected to last 3 years, will be launched in December 2014 in Brussels.  more >

Recruitment begins for new Creative Scotland Chair

Following the decision earlier this year by Sir Sandy Crombie not to seek a full second term as Chair, the Scottish Government is seeking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Creative Scotland. more >

Preserving Aboriginal Cultural Identity

“The Government of Canada is committed to helping Aboriginal people build healthy communities, improve the lives of Aboriginal women in Canada, and preserve and revitalize Aboriginal cultures and languages. By encouraging women to share their knowledge and skills, we empower them to shape and preserve the cultural identity of their communities.”   —The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages more >

June Monitoring Round 2014/15 Statement - Implications for the arts

Following the Finance Minister’s recent announcement of an immediate in-year cut to all government departments (exempting Health and Education), the Arts Council met with clients in receipt of exchequer annual funding to discuss the possible implications. more >

Young Scots to Help Shape the Future of Arts in Scotland

Youth arts advisors selected from communities across the country have been appointed to guide the delivery of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine. The new National Youth Arts Advisory Group will play a crucial role in shaping the future of arts for young people in Scotland. more >

IMLS Awards Grant to OCLC to Help Libraries Continue to Support Community Health Initiatives

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded OCLC a grant to continue work helping libraries support health information initiatives in their communities. more >

Informe de gestión 2010-2014

Se realizó la presentación del informe de gestión 2010-2014 de la Dirección Nacional de Cultura. more >

Minister leads new partnership approach for the creative industries

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has convened the inaugural meeting of a new Ministerial Advisory Forum to support industry led approaches and partnerships in support of the creative industries. This includes areas such as film and television as well as craft, music, design, theatre, animation and the many different forms of digital content technologies. more >

Winners of 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards

A total of 14 projects from 10 countries, including Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, New Zealand and Thailand, have been recognized in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. more >