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January 2010

La ministra de Cultura presenta en Bruselas la agenda cultural de la Presidencia Española de la Unión Europea

La ministra de Cultura, Ángeles González-Sinde, ha presentado hoy en la sede del Consejo Europeo en Bruselas la amplia agenda cultural que se desarrollará durante los seis meses de la Presidencia Española de la Unión Europea. El objetivo es mostrar la valiosa y plural herencia cultural de España y conectarla con la modernidad y la innovación.  more >

The Culture Minister presented in Brussels the cultural agenda of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union

The Minister of Culture, Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde, presented today at the headquarters of the European Council in Brussels a broad cultural agenda to be developed during the six months of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union. The aim is to show the valuable and diverse cultural heritage of Spain, connected with modernity and innovation. more >

Arts Council invests in building arts infrastructure

Every person living in Northern Ireland now has access to a dedicated arts facility in their region thanks to an investment of £33 million by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. more >

LIVE! Singapore, a new global performing arts exchange

LIVE! Singapore will be held from 8 to 11 June 2010 alongside the Singapore Arts Festival and is expected to draw over 1500 international delegates. more >

Arts and technology Co-Create new ideas for learning

Ten arts organisations have been offered up to £30,000 each to develop innovative approaches to learning through Glow, thanks to a dynamic partnership project between Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) and the Scottish Arts Council. more >

NEA Jazz Masters Award ceremony and concert to be heard worldwide

This year's NEA Jazz Masters award ceremony and concert will have unprecedented reach--the program will be heard on terrestrial and satellite radio as well as online. more >

The search is on to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects

TV favourite, Sally Lindsay, is calling on the people of Wales to nominate their favourite Lottery-funded project in The National Lottery Awards 2010. more >

Arts Council England announces final member of new national leadership team

Arts Council England has announced the appointment of Jim Tough as Area Executive Director, North. more >

Six new faces

The Swiss Federal Council has appointed six new members to Pro Helvetia’s Board of Trustees. more >

State of the Arts - The Conference for the Arts

Over 500 leading artists, entrepreneurs, cultural leaders and policy makers will meet today (14 January 2010) to discuss the future of the arts in England. more >

Creative Scotland event

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop hosted the third Creative Scotland dialogue event in Dumfries today. These quarterly events are intended to update members of the artistic and creative community on ongoing progress towards the establishment of Creative Scotland and to hear their views on the new organisation. more >

Provisional 2010/11 arts budget announced

Following the proposed budget announcement made on Monday 11th January by the Finance Minister of a £367 million budget cut across the government departments in April 2010, the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Nelson McCausland, has indicated that the Arts Council should plan for a budget cut of approximately £1.1 million in 2010/11. more >

JUMP into a new mentoring program for young artists

JUMP is the first program of its kind to support young artists anywhere in Australia to work with industry leaders across a wide range of artforms. more >

Philippines: 2010 ASEAN Cultural Capital

The Philippines has been recognized as the ‘cultural capital’ of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2010 and 2011. It is the first country to be given this distinction in the 10-member association of countries in the region. more >

Confidence in Scottish Culture

Scotland's cultural scene would see positive benefit if Holyrood was given increased responsibilities, a discussion event at the Celtic Connections festival has been told. more >

Diagnostic workshop course on the need for teaching resources in museums

The Ministry of Culture, together with the Centro León and the Instituto Latinoamericano de Museos (ILAM), began on Tuesday a workshop course, Diagnostics on the need for teaching resources in museums, which will train participants to identify needs in implementation of teaching resources in museums and also to select which ones should receive priority for users. more >

Imparten curso-taller Diagnóstico sobre las necesidades de recursos didácticos en los museos

La Secretaría de Estado de Cultura, conjuntamente con el Centro León y el Instituto Latinoamericano de Museos (ILAM), inició este martes el curso taller, Diagnostico sobre la necesidades de recursos didácticos en los museos, que capacitará a los participantes para detectar las necesidades en la implementación de recursos didácticos en sus museos y poder seleccionar además cuales de ellos deben tener prioridad para una oportuna atención de los usuarios. more >

Review launched into protocols for artists working with children

One year after releasing protocols for artists working with children, the Australia Council for the Arts is now reviewing their effectiveness in protecting the rights of children and their impact on the creation, exhibition and distribution of art work involving children. more >

Breaking of ground ceremony marks exciting step in new £17.56M MAC Centre

An official breaking of ground ceremony took place today (Thursday 21 January 2010) to mark the start of construction work on Belfast’s new £17.56 million MAC arts centre. more >

New arts jobs for young people

Over 200 theatre and performing arts apprenticeships across London and Essex were announced by Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw today. more >

Traditional Korean music DVDs for overseas audiences

Institutions or organizations overseas dedicated to Korean studies can order a free DVD-set on Korean traditional music from the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. more >

UK to put forward ‘fewer and fitter’ places for future UNESCO World Heritage Site designation

A competition to find more cultural and natural heritage places of global importance , which are fit to become future UK World Heritage Sites, was launched today by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge.  more >

Bilateral discussions were held between the South African Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana and the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Mr Frédéric Mitterand in Cannes, France

The meeting took place during the annual three-day international music market, MIDEM, where South Africa participated as country of honour, with special recognition given to South African music and artists. more >

Culture Minister sets out the cultural objectives of the EU Presidency in order to position culture as a factor for European social and economic development

The Minister of Culture, Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde, appeared today before the Committee on Culture of the European Parliament to present the main lines of action of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union in the cultural sphere, which focuses primarily on three priority areas: nurturing cultural potential in order to build local and regional areas, culture as a factor strengthening economic growth and social cohesion, and develop and disseminate digital cultural content.
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La ministra de Cultura fija el objetivo cultural de la Presidencia Europea en potenciar la cultura como factor de desarrollo europeo, social y económico

La ministra de Cultura, Ángeles González-Sinde, ha comparecido hoy ante la Comisión de Cultura del Parlamento Europeo para presentar las principales líneas de actuación de la Presidencia Española de la Unión Europea en el ámbito cultural y que se centran, fundamentalmente, en tres ejes prioritarios: aprovechar el potencial cultural con vistas al desarrollo local y regional; consolidar la cultura como factor de crecimiento economico y de cohesión social; y desarrollar y difundir los contenidos culturales de carácter digital. more >

Yugar takes up her post as Minister of Culture

The newly appointed cultural authority took part in an ancestral Andean ceremony carried out by amautas orureños who wished her success in this new enterprise, when taking up her post as Minister of Culture. more >

Yugar toma posesión de su despacho

La nueva autoridad cultural durante la posesión de su Despacho fue parte de una Ceremonia Ancestral Andina a cargo de amautas orureños que le auguran éxito en sus funciones. more >

The European Commission gives green light to the Spanish system of aid to the movies

The European Commission today adopted at the regular meeting of the College held in Brussels, File 587/2009, concerning aid to cinematographic and audiovisual sector in Spain.
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La Comisión Europea da luz verde al sistema español de ayudas al cine

La Comisión Europea ha aprobado hoy en la reunión ordinaria del Colegio de Comisarios celebrada en Bruselas, el Expediente 587/2009, relativo a las Ayudas a la actividad cinematográfica y audiovisual en España. more >

Historic Places Trust review announced

Preliminary findings of the 2009 review of the New Zealand Historic Places Act will help to focus the Historic Places Trust on its significant regulatory responsibilities while providing opportunities for more effective advocacy in local communities, Arts Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today. more >

Wales Arts International host Wales Reception at Showcase Scotland 2010

Showcase Scotland is hosting its 11th annual event during Celtic Connections 2010. Wales Arts International is hosting the Wales Reception at Showcase Scotland 2010, which will include performances from Lleuwen Steffan and Gwenan Gibbard. more >

£1 million Amb:IT:ous start for Arts Organisations

Fifty-five Arts organisation have been accepted onto the Scottish Arts Council’s £1million Ambition Scotland programme. more >

Overseas interest in New Zealand literature continues to grow

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Report on the traditional arts

Young Scots seeking to improve their skills in traditional music or dance may get the opportunity to be mentored by a master exponent of the art. That is one of the recommendations of the Traditional Arts Working Group report, published today (Sunday), that explores the cultural legacy of Scotland's past as reflected in traditional art forms. more >

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February 2010

President requests $161,315,000 for Humanities Endowment in 2011

President Barack Obama today asked Congress for $161,315,000 to fund the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY  2011. more >

NEA statement on the President's FY2011 budget request to congress

Today, the President released the details for his FY2011 budget request to Congress. This included a $161.3 million request for the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the same level the President requested last year. more >

Public attitudes to broadcasting

As new research is published on public attitudes to broadcasting, the Scottish Government has announced a summit to explore the direction of Scottish broadcasting. more >

Ministério da Cultura activa Conselho Nacional de Cultura

O Conselho Nacional de Cultura (CNC), criado pela Lei Orgânica do Ministério da Cultura, mas que ainda não tinha sido activado, é o órgão consultivo deste Ministério e dos seus organismos e serviços. more >

Ministry of Culture activates the National Culture Council

The Conselho Nacional de Cultura (CNC), created by the organic Law of the Ministry of Culture,is the consultative organ of the Ministry and its institutions and departments. more >

Designado Francisco Sesto

Presidente Chávez anunció designación de "Farruco" Sesto al frente del ente rector de la Cultura. more >

Francisco Sesto has been appointed

President Chávez announced the appointment of “Farruco” Sesto as head of the governing body for culture. more >

3rd African Arts and Crafts Expo 2010 set to grow the rural economy

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) of Nigeria announce the 3rd African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo 2010.  The theme for the event is "Growing the rural economy through craft industry". more >

Cultura intensificará apoyo a expresiones populares en 2010

La Secretaría de Estado de Cultura intensificará este año su respaldo a tradicionales manifestaciones del folklore popular. Cerca de una veintena de festivales y fiestas patronales, ligadas a expresiones de la identidad nacional, recibirán financiamiento y apoyo de la institución, según informó el Secretario de Estado de Cultura, José Rafael Lantigua. more >

The Culture department will intensify support to popular expressions in 2010

The Ministry of Culture this year will intensify its support for traditional forms of popular folklore.
About a dozen festivals and fiestas, linked to expressions of national identity, will receive funding and support from the institution, according to the Secretary of State for Culture, José Rafael Lantigua.
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Launch of moshtix

Paperless-ticketing company moshtix today officially launched into the New Zealand ticketing market - offering consumers a better, cheaper, and more eco-friendly way to buy tickets to their favourite events. more >

Project demonstrations announced for 2010 WebWise Conference

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the projects that will be demonstrated at the 2010 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. Each year, IMLS selects a variety of its cutting-edge, grant-funded projects to highlight at WebWise. more >

The Services Sector approves the Council of Musical and Drama Professions Bill, 2010

The Bill aims at importance of supporting and developing musical and drama professions, maintaining the rights of its professionals, protecting and preserving musical and drama heritage from foreign cultural occupation as well as protecting intellectual properties of musicians and dramatists in Sudan. more >

More funding for Arts & Business

Funding of £50,000 is to be made available to increase the number of businesses engaging with the arts. more >

El Ministerio de Cultura crea en su web un simulador para emprendedores culturales

El Ministerio de Cultura, a través de su página web, ha presentado el simulador Crea tu plan de negocio, una aplicación cuya objetivo es dotar al colectivo de emprendedores culturales de un apoyo teórico y práctico para desarrollar su idea de negocio. more >

The Ministry of Culture created a simulator on its website for cultural entrepreneurs

The Ministry of Culture, through its website, has introduced a simulator to create your own business plan; an application whose goal is to provide cultural entrepreneurs both theoretical and practical support to develop their business idea. more >

Film Minister launches Pinewood apprenticeship scheme

A new apprenticeship scheme designed to give young people a start in the UK’s thriving film industry was launched at Pinewood Studios by film Minister Siôn Simon today. more >

Launch of Cultural Policy

Malta’s draft Cultural Policy 2010 has just been published as a consultation document. more >

Creation of the National Institute of Arts and Crafts

Frederic Mitterrand and Hervé Novelli announced, Sunday, February 7, 2010, the creation of the National Institute of Arts and Crafts and the measures unveiled an ambitious plan for crafts. more >

La création de l’Institut National des Métiers d’Art

Frédéric MITTERRAND et Hervé NOVELLI ont annoncé, dimanche 7 février 2010, la création de l’Institut National des Métiers d’Art et dévoilé les mesures d’un plan ambitieux en faveur des métiers d’Art. more >

Arts newcomers urged to 'test draive' online scheme

A major new online initiative designed to entice thousands of people to ‘test drive’ the best of Northern Ireland’s thriving theatre and performing arts scene has just been launched in Belfast. more >

[Photo News] World Natural Heritage center on Jeju Island

Jeju-do Provincial Government announced that it will build a World Natural Heritage Center in Jocheon-eup, Jeju island. more >

Culture Minister puts emphasis on great architecture

We must strive for high standards in our architecture, even in the face of a recession, Culture Minister Nelson McCausland has said. more >

Deadline for applications to participate in the 2nd World Conference on Arts and Education Korea 2010 has been extended

The call to participate in the 2nd World Conference on Arts and Education which will take place at Convention and Exhibition Centre COEX in Korea, on May 25-28, within the frame of reference of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures –as was declared by UNESCO - will be open until February 28. more >

Se amplía convocatoria para 2da. Conferencia Mundial de Educación Artística Corea 2010

Hasta el próximo 28 de febrero estará abierta la convocatoria para participar en la 2da Conferencia Mundial de Educación Artística, que se realizará en el Centro de Convenciones y Exposiciones COEX de Corea, del 25 al 28 de mayo, en el marco del Año Internacional del Acercamiento de las Culturas –declarado por la UNESCO-. more >

Vietnam to take part in Asia-Europe exchange exhibition

Vietnam will participate in the sponsoring committee for the “2,500 years of Asia-Europe exchange” exhibition in Belgium to promote its image internationally. more >

Appointments to Arts Council of Wales

Alun Ffred Jones, the Heritage Minister, has announced the appointments of six new members; John Geraint, Osi Rhys Osmond, Richard Turner, Alan Watkin, Gerwyn Williams, John Carey Williams, to the Arts Council of Wales (ACW). Their terms of appointment will begin on 1 April 2010 and will last for three years. more >

Brazil Contemporary Art Program: The Minister of Culture appoints members of the committee

Juca Ferreira, Minister of Culture, signed the document appointing, for a two-year period, the representatives of the Brazilian Committee for Contemporary Arts Internationalization and Economy (CBIEAC), past Thursday, February 11, published in the official gazette. more >

Programa Brasil Arte Contemporânea: Ministro da Cultura designa os membros do Comitê que irá elaborar políticas públicas para o setor

A Portaria nº 7, assinada pelo ministro da Cultura, Juca Ferreira, nomeando os representantes do Comitê Brasileiro de Internacionalização e Economia da Arte Contemporânea (CBIEAC), para um mandato de dois anos, foi publicada nesta quinta-feira, 11 de fevereiro, no Diário Oficial da União (Seção 2, página 11). more >

Australia’s publishers take on the digital revolution

With escalating demand for e-books, over 400 members of the Australian publishing industry are gathering for a landmark two-city symposium to address the impact and opportunities of digital publishing. more >

Culture ministers of Spain and France discussed the digitization of European cultural heritage

The Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, and his French counterpart, Frederic Mitterand, have held a meeting today to discuss overlapping issues of cultural policy in both countries, particularly those that are among the priority objectives of the Spanish Presidency European Union. more >

Final awards for inspiring communities

Communities across Scotland are celebrating a share of almost £800,000 to connect people through the arts and encourage long-lasting links between people, places and ideas. more >

Los ministros de Cultura de España y Francia analizan la situación de la digitalización del patrimonio cultural europeo

La ministra de Cultura, Ángeles González-Sinde, y su homólogo francés, Frédéric Mitterand, han mantenido hoy una reunión para tratar sobre asuntos coincidentes de la política cultural de ambos países y que al mismo tiempo forman parte de los objetivos prioritarios de la Presidencia Española de la Unión Europea. more >

Report into future of Scottish literature

A strong future for Scottish literature has been mapped out in a report published today. more >

Creative Scotland announces its Chief Executive

Creative Scotland 2009 Ltd is delighted to announce that the Chief Executive of Scotland’s national arts and culture body, Creative Scotland, will be Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative for the last five years.  more >

Creative NZ governance streamlined

Creative New Zealand's four governing bodies will be streamlined into a single board to improve its effectiveness and to free up resources that would be better directed to artists, under a proposal announced today by Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson. more >

New Governance model for Creative new Zealand welcomed

Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Alastair Carruthers today welcomed the new governance structure proposed for Creative New Zealand. more >

New Chief Executive for Film New Zealand

Gisella Carr has been appointed Chief Executive of Film New Zealand, the national film office based in Wellington. more >

Minister Xingwana to launch a language awareness campaign

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana invites members of the media to a launch of a language awareness campaign. more >

Tremendous budget cut leads to one funding session

The Council of the NAC notes with concern the impact of the reduction on their budget allocation from DAC for the 2010/2011 financial year. These cuts, coming shortly as they do after DAC’s termination of the Task Team established to advise on cultural programme for the World Cup celebrations, are a sad indictment of a lack of serious resource commitment to arts and culture. more >

North East family learns the value of art

A north east family have endured a week without art as part of the Arts Council's efforts to demonstrate that people take part in lots of art throughout their daily lives, sometimes without realising it - and just how important art is to a full life. more >

300 archiveros asisten en el Ministerio de Cultura a unas jornadas sobre Los archivos ante el reto de la Administración Electrónica

300 profesionales de  archivos de la Administración General del Estado, de las Comunidades Autónomas y de diversas instituciones han participado en unas jornadas técnicas organizadas por el Ministerio de Cultura, a través de la Dirección General del Libro, Archivos y Bibliotecas, bajo el título Los Archivos ante el reto de la Administración Electrónica. more >

300 archivists attend the Ministry of Culture at a conference on Archives facing the challenge of digitalisation.

300 professionals working in the archives of the State General Administration of the Autonomous Communities and various institutions have participated in a technical meeting organized by the Ministry of Culture, through the General Directorate of Books, Archives and Libraries, entitled Archives facing the challenge of digitalisation.more >

A new one-stop cultural philanthropy portal,, has been set up to provide members of the public with a convenient and easy way to make donations and to volunteer their time to support the arts and culture in Singapore. more >

National Endowment for the Arts announces Ralph Remington as the new Director of Theater and Musical Theater

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that Ralph Remington will join the NEA as the director of theater and musical theater as of March 15, 2010. more >

Are you UpNext?

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites users to help invent the future of museums and libraries through your participation in UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki. more >

Race to become the UK’s first City of Culture hots up as Final Fourteen become Fantastic Four

Culture Minister Margaret Hodge today announced the final four cities vying to become the UK’s first City of Culture in 2013.  They are Birmingham, Derry/Londonderry, Norwich and Sheffield.  more >

Arts Council invites young people to share their views about cultural life and the arts

Art-Youth-Culture: FYI will bring together 60 young delegates between the ages of 15 and 23 to discuss young people's participation in cultural life and the arts with their peers and key policy-makers. more >

Jobs in culture and sport pass the 6000 mark, Bradshaw announces

Progress towards the creation of 10,000 new jobs for young people in the cultural and sports sectors is now well past the half way mark, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Ben Bradshaw announced today. more >

White House announces 2009 National Medal of Arts recipients

President Barack Obama today presented the National Medal of Arts to ten recipients for their outstanding achievements and support of the arts. more >

Creative potential of the nation at the service of the Motherland and people

The issues relating to fulfilling the specific tasks set by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to workers of culture and art were put on the agenda of the meeting at the Palace of Mukams of the National Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan. more >

Arts Council announces 2010 funding decisions

The Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts, has made its major grant allocations for 2010, distributing in excess of €49m to more than 350 arts organisations. more >

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March 2010

Arts Council announces 2010/11 funding for arts organisations

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Australian 15-24 year olds are the new creative generation

An Australia Council for the Arts survey of over 3000 Australians has revealed that 15-24 year olds are vastly more creative than any other age group. more >

Cross-border scheme promotes creative writing

A new scheme launched today (1 March 2010) to promote reading and writing is offering schools North and South of the border the opportunity to meet and work with some of Ireland’s best-known writers and storytellers. more >

More than 'bums on seats' – Australians are participating in the arts

Over 16 million Australians are actively participating in the arts, according to new research released today by the Australia Council for the Arts. more >

Arts and Older People strategy screening

The arts and older people strategy has been prepared in recognition of the priorities set out in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s (ACNI) five year strategy, Creative Connections for the period from 2007-2012. The purpose of screening is to identify those policies that are likely to have a significant impact on equality of opportunity so that greatest resources can be devoted to these. more >

La Unión Europea pide a los Estados miembros que elaboren estrategias nacionales contra la vulneración de derechos de propiedad intelectual en el mercado interior

El Consejo de Ministros de la Unión Europea, reunido en Bruselas en su formación Competitividad, ha aprobado por unanimidad una Resolución sobre el respeto de los derechos de Propiedad Intelectual en el mercado interior. more >

The European Union calls on Member States to develop national strategies against the infringement of intellectual property rights in internal markets.

The Council of European Union ministers meeting in Brussels in the section on Competitiveness, unanimously adopted a resolution regarding intellectual property rights in the market. more >

Singapore Arts Festival 2010 - Making Connections

The Singapore Arts Festival 2010 is back with new channels to engage audience and art makers as a Creation and People’s Festival. Organised by the National Arts Council, this year’s Festival will showcase 34 productions from 20 countries and regions from 14 May to 13 June. more >

Statement by Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana on media reports around the Innovative Art Exhibition

In August last year, I was invited to speak at the “Innovative Women” Art Exhibition at Constitution Hill. Upon arrival at the Exhibition, I immediately saw images which I deemed offensive. The images in large frames were of naked bodies presumably involved in sexual acts. more >

ADAI Program is developing a project in Haiti to investigate the state of documentary and archival heritage after the earthquake

The national directors of the Archives of Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Dominican Republic and Uruguay have approved the Development Support Program Files Ibero (ADAI) to develop a project to learn the status of documentary and archival heritage of Haiti after the earthquake that struck the island last January. more >

El Programa ADAI desarrolla un proyecto en Haití para conocer el estado del patrimonio documental y archivístico tras el terremoto

Los directores nacionales de los Archivos de España, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, México, Cuba, Panamá, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Republica Dominicana y Uruguay han aprobado que el Programa Apoyo al Desarrollo de Archivos Iberoamericanos (ADAI) desarrolle un proyecto para conocer el estado del patrimonio documental y archivístico de Haití tras el terremoto que asoló la isla el pasado mes de enero. more >

More reasons to Get Reading! in 2010

Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced a fresh new name and 10 new author ambassadors for Australia’s largest annual promotion of books and reading. more >

El Ministerio de Cultura pone en marcha en los museos estatales itinerarios en torno a la mujer en el arte

La ministra Ángeles González-Sinde, acompañada por el rector de la Universidad Complutense, Carlos Berzosa, ha presentado esta iniciativa en materia de cultura e igualdad, pionera en Europa. Los museos Reina Sofía, Prado, Arqueológico Nacional y del Traje  han sido los primeros en sumarse al proyecto, que cuenta con la colaboración del Instituto de Investigaciones Feminista. more >

The Ministry of Culture gets underway in state museums itineraries around women in art

The Minister of Culture, Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde, accompanied by the rector of the Universidad Complutense, Carlos Berzosa, presented this initiative on culture and equality, a pioneering project in Europe. The Museums, Reina Sofia, Prado, and Costume National Archaeological have been the first to join the project, which also enjoys collaboration with the Feminist Research Institute. more >

Cerbyd – New cross-disciplinary artist led project for the whole of Wales

Cerbyd is looking for submissions of interest from artists of all disciplines to be part of an eight day journey across Wales between August 2nd-10th 2010. The ten selected Cerbyd artists will sleep, eat, travel and talk throughout an 8 day bus journey and respond to rich and varied experiences with places, communities, their groups and unique activities. more >

Government raises curtain on £600,000 Creative Bursaries Scheme to help talented graduates find work in the arts

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Culture Minister Margaret Hodge today announced a two-year grants programme to provide at least 40 internships with established arts companies for graduates from low-income backgrounds.  more >

Mercosur Cultural: Technical Meeting

Mercosur cultural’s technical meeting will take place on March 16 and 17 at the Miguel Cané Room of the Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación and will be coordinated by Mónica Guariglio, National Director of Cultural Policy and International Cooperation. more >

Reunión técnica del Mercosur cultural

El 16 y 17 de marzo se realizarán unas reuniones técnicas del Mercosur, en la Sala Miguel Cané de la Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación, que serán coordinadas por la directora nacional de Política Cultural y Cooperación Internacional, Mónica Guariglio. more >

Arts Council invests £500,000 in community projects

Launched last year, the Arts Council’s Small Grants Programme has so far invested almost £500,000 in community arts projects. Some 86 organisations have already benefitted from the scheme which aims to bring communities together by supporting a wide range of arts activities. more >

Registration opens for Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct

Registration is now open for art dealers, including agents, galleries and arts centres to register their interest in becoming signatories to the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct. more >

Minister Cruz-Coke: ‘We intend to create room for expression throughout the country’

One of his priorities will be to foster the reconstruction of the buildings considered cultural heritage that the recent earthquake destroyed. more >

Ministro Cruz-Coke: 'Queremos crear espacios de expresión a lo largo de todo el país'

Entre sus primeras prioridades estará impulsar la reconstrucción del patrimonio destruido por el terremoto. Su gestión promoverá la participación de las audiencias en las instituciones culturales y darle mayor eficiencia a la institucionalidad, trabajando sobre lo ya existente. more >

Treasures Preserved with Grants from the Bank of America/IMLS American Heritage Preservation Program

“Based on the number of applications that IMLS received and the impact that awardees from 2009 have begun to share, we believe that this program meets a critical need in the museum and library communities,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, IMLS Director. more >

Arts Council Chairman welcomes publication of ‘Innovation Ireland’

Arts Council Chairman Pat Moylan today welcomed the publication of ‘Innovation Ireland’ - the report of the innovation taskforce - and said it underscored how the arts can be used to drive jobs in the digital economy and creative industries. more >

The Arts Council invites young people to share their views online at is designed and managed by Exchange Dublin, a youth-led arts collective. more >

Touring and dissemination of work scheme - 2010

The Arts Council is pleased to announce a new scheme for supporting the touring and dissemination of work in all arts disciplines. The principal purpose of the scheme is to ensure that audiences throughout the country may have access to high quality arts experiences. more >

Speech by mr Lui Tuck Yew, acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, at the committee of supply debate on arts and culture.

The speech explains the Acting minister's vision of how arts and culture can enhance Singapore’s liveability and contribute to to a vision for Singapore to be an endearing home and leading global city in the heart of Asia. more >

The 2nd Republic Review of Choir Collectives of Children’s Music and Art Schools

From April 2 to 27, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan will hold the 2nd Republic Review of Choir Collectives of Children's Music and Art Schools in order to preserve and develop the choir culture in the country, to improve the choir lessons at children's music and art schools, to rouse interest of children for choir art starting from their childhood and to activate choirmasters' creative activity. more >

10 commissions announced for Unlimited, the UK’s largest programme celebrating arts, culture and sport by disabled and deaf people

Arts Council England and London 2012 today announce that over £400,000 of funding has been awarded to 10 commissions for the first round of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project Unlimited. Unlimited will celebrate disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale and is set to transform the disability arts movement in the UK. more >

Northern Ireland's First Artist to be Commissioned through Unlimited Programme

London 2012 and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today announced that Ballymoney-based visual artist, Maurice Orr has been awarded one of the first commissions for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Unlimited. Unlimited is the largest arts and disability programme to be delivered in Northern Ireland and the UK. In this first round over £400,000 of funding has been awarded to 10 commissions from the unprecedented three-year programme to create new work for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. more >

Sixteen Books Shortlisted for Scotland’s Biggest Literary Prize

Sixteen Scottish authors are in the running to receive £30,000 and Scotland’s Book of the Year accolade as part of the Scottish Arts Council’s Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust 2010 Book Awards. more >

Cerbyd – New cross-disciplinary artist led project for the whole of Wales

Cerbyd is unique in its' aim to link artists across Wales through travel, activity, collaborations and dialogue. The project will enable 10 selected artists to get to know one another while making creative responses to their country and the communities encountered. more >

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Research on Informal Arts Participation in Rural and Urban Areas

Come as You Are: Informal Arts Participation in Urban and Rural Communities is the NEA's first research publication in several years to examine the "informal arts" -- such as playing a musical instrument, attending an art event at a place of worship, or visiting a craft fair. more >

Arts Council conference on effective philanthropy and corporate fundraising for funded organisations

The Arts Council is holding a conference on Monday 19 April in the National Gallery, for its funded organisations, on recessionary management and how effective philanthropy and corporate fundraising can help grow non-statutory income. more >

Cornerstone of Swiss cultural policy

In two years, the government will issue its first ever arts and culture statement. This novelty is a consequence of the new Arts and Culture Promotion Act passed by parliament in December 2009. more >

Book Council: March 22, 2010

On March 22, Frederic Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, chaired the Book Council which decided on several guidelines for digital issues. more >

Conseil du Livre du 22 mars 2010

Le 22 mars, Frédéric Mitterrand, ministre de la Culture et de la Communication, a présidé le Conseil du Livre au cours duquel il a décidé plusieurs orientations relatives aux questions numériques. more >

The Büchel controversy

Pro Helvetia has examined the flow of funds in connection with the exhibition by Christoph Büchel at Wiener Secession and ascertained that no public funds from Pro Helvetia went to the privately run swingers club located in the basement of the exhibition hall. more >

National Endowment for the Arts Presents Live Webcast of its 169th National Council on the Arts Meeting

The National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will meet in a public session on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Members of the public are invited to attend in person or log on to for a live webcast. more >

You can bank on culture say leaders of Britain's cultural organisations

Today Britain's leading cultural and heritage organisations have joined together for the first time to launch their vision for the future in the document, Cultural Capital: A Manifesto for the Future. more >

Creative Scotland set for summer launch

Creative Scotland will be ready to invest in talent, in ideas and in the people of Scotland by summer 2010.
The Scottish Parliament has endorsed the establishment of the new cultural development organisation, as part of the Public Services Reform Bill which passed its Stage 3 Debate yesterday. more >

Museums given last chance to buy first British portrait of a freed slave

Culture Minister, Margaret Hodge, has placed a temporary export bar on a fascinating portrait of a freed slave by the eighteenth-century British artist William Hoare of Bath.  This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo in the United Kingdom. more >

Arts agencies launch services directory for culturally diverse artists

Quebec artists from culturally diverse communities have a new tool to help them develop their careers. The Canada Council for the Arts and Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) today launched a new resource directory which lists organizations that offer direct services to culturally diverse artists. more >

Arts Council England publishes new framework for managing relationships with regularly funded organisations

Arts Council England publishes a document which sets out our new framework for working with organisations we fund on a regular basis.  The Relationship between Arts Council England and regularly funded organisations aims to strengthen relationships between the Arts Council and the organisations, provide greater clarity, and reinforce the importance of artistic excellence at the heart of the funding relationship. more >

Alan Davey urges local authorities to sustain arts investment

Chief Executive Alan Davey is urging local authorities across the country to maintain their investment in the arts, and warns that the Arts Council can't mitigate council cutbacks. more >

Young people ready to breathe life and arts into derelict buildings

Young people have vowed to transform derelict and unused buildings into vibrant cultural centres - if Nama and local authorities around the country give them the space and the opportunity. more >

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April 2010

Can creativity save the world?

Organised by the Association of Council Agencies for Communication (AACC), Advertising Week (March 29 to April 2) addressed the current crisis - its failings, its difficulties and its ...virtues. A quick look at the arguments put forward on opening night which was held – for the first time - Rue de Valois. The rest of this article is available in French. more >

Culture calling – right on your phone

Ever wondered how close you were to a Picasso? A hidden museum? The latest art exhibition?  Well, soon you will be able to find out with the touch of a button on your phone. more >

ASEAN halfway to achieving awareness on Cultural Heritage

The ASEAN Ministers responsible for Culture and the Arts (AMCA) together with their three dialogue partners, China, Japan and Korea has agreed to “enhance ASEAN cooperation in the areas of culture and arts focusing on human resources development; the protection, preservation and promotion of ASEAN cultural heritage; and, the development of small and medium-sized cultural enterprises,” during the recent AMCA meeting. more >

Conservation of National Cultural Heritage signed into law

An act providing for the conservation of National Cultural Heritage, to be undertaken by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and its affiliated cultural agencies was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. more >

Collecting society to administer resale royalty scheme

Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced that Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) is the successful tenderer to act as the collecting society to implement and administer the resale royalty scheme for visual artists. more >

Philanthropy for the Arts

As the effects of the recession continue to be felt by New Zealand's cultural community, the spotlight is on what role philanthropic giving can have in supporting arts organisations. more >

Open Government Plan

This plan provides a framework for implementing the President's Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. more >

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Upcoming Education Leaders Institute

Through the Education Leaders Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts will convene decisionmakers from several states to develop coordinated state arts education strategies to design public education with arts at the core. more >

NEH Awards We the People Bookshelf to 4,000 Libraries

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today that 4,000 public and school libraries will receive the We the People Bookshelf, a free collection of 17 classic hardcover books for young readers (K-12). The Bookshelf, now in its seventh year, encourages young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history. more >

Brasil adere à economia da cultura

A administração da Cultura no país ainda segue os modelos erguidos por Gustavo Capanema e Mário de Andrade. Ao contrário de França, EUA e Inglaterra, país não definiu prioridades para a Cultura e tenta estabelecer limites entre Estado e mercado. more >

Brazil Adheres to the Economy of Culture

The administration of culture in Brazil still follows the models set by Gustavo Capanema and Mário de Andrade. In contrast to France, USA and England, the country did not establish priorities for culture and tries to set limits between the State and the market. more >

Cultural policies under debate

Today, the XVII Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Culture Ministers and Policy Makers, started with three presentations on cultural challenges the region faces. more >

Las políticas culturales en debate

La jornada del día de hoy, 13 de abril, en el XVII Foro de Ministros de Cultura y Encargados de Políticas Culturales de América Latina y el Caribe inició con una serie de 3 ponencias sobre los desafíos culturales de la región. more >

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman Testified at Fiscal Year 2011 House Appropriations Hearing

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman presented the President's Fiscal Year 2011 budget request of $161.3 million to the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. Chairman Landesman's prepared testimony submitted to the Subcommittee is available online. more >

EU Visa Code

Since 5 April 2010, the EU Visa Code has become applicable. The Visa Code is an EU regulation and has been adopted in order to increase the transparency, simplify and accelerate the procedures concerning Schengen visas. (Information for artists) more >

Primary Source Director's Message

There’s a lot for libraries and IMLS to love in the Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan, released March 16th by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Threaded through the hefty document is the FCC’s recognition of libraries as community anchor institutions that can help provide high-capacity broadband connections and build digital literacy skills of people in communities across the nation. more >

Arts organisations should seek funding from many sources to survive the recession, conference hears

Arts organisations will have to be more businesslike and innovative, and seek funding from a variety of sources, if they are to survive the recession, participants at an Arts Council conference heard today. more >

Culture Days unveils first-ever Canada-wide

Plans for Culture Days, a free annual event that invites people to celebrate and explore arts and culture in every province and territory in Canada, were unveiled today at events in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. The Canada-wide celebration represents the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. more >

Launched: the international activities website

The new website international activities  offers a geographic overview of all the presentations financed by the Mondriaan Foundation over the past few years, people who have been invited within the context of the visitors’ programme and countries that have been visited during the orientation trips. more >

Érika Sylva is the New Minister of Culture

On April 22, at the premises of the Secretary of State, Érika Sylva, new Minister of Culture, met Ramiro Noriega, outgoing Minister, to be informed on actions undertaken during his administration and to coordinate the transfer of functions to further the country’s cultural development in different fields. more >

Érika Sylva nueva Ministra de Cultura

El jueves 22 de abril en las instalaciones de Secretaría de Estado, Erika Sylva, flamante Ministra de Cultura, mantuvo una reunión con Ramiro Noriega el Ministro saliente para informarse de las acciones realizadas por ex funcionarios y coordinar el proceso de transición de funciones con miras al trabajo que realizará en el Ministerio para continuar el proyecto de desarrollo cultural del país en sus distintas áreas. more >

Canada Strengthens Ties with Colombia to Foster Mutually Beneficial Cultural Exchanges

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata, Colombia's Minister of Culture, today concluded a working session by signing a memorandum of understanding to increase cultural cooperation and exchanges between Canada and Colombia. more >

Se promulgó nueva Ley de Propiedad Intelectual y Derecho de Autor

Luego de tres años en discusión se ratificó esta mañana, con la firma del Presidente Sebastián Piñera, la nueva Ley de Propiedad Intelectual y Derecho de Autor.  El firma se desarrolló durante la inauguración de la Feria del Libro de Plaza de Armas. more >

The New Intellectual Property and Copyright Law Has Been Enacted

After three years of discussions, the new Intellectual Property and Copyright Law was ratified this morning by President Sebastián Piñera, who signed it during the opening ceremony of the Plaza de Armas Book Fair. more >

At the interface of culture and politics

A new Arts and Culture Promotion Act was introduced in Switzerland this year, representing a fresh chapter in the country's cultural policy and signifying major organisational and task-related changes in store for Pro Helvetia this autumn and include a position based in Beijing. more >

New liaison office in Shanghai

The Board of Trustees has decided to transform the temporary programme coordination unit in Shanghai into a permanent liaison office, which will be inaugurated this autumn and include a position based in Beijing. more >

A new charter for cultural patronage

On April 20, Frederic Mitterrand signed with Jean-François Bernardin, President of ACFCI (Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry), a new charter for the development of cultural patronage. more >

Une nouvelle charte pour le mécénat culturel

Le 20 avril, Frédéric Mitterrand a signé avec Jean-François Bernardin, Président de l'ACFCI (Assemblée des chambres françaises de commerce et d'industrie), une nouvelle charte pour le développement du mécénat culturel. more >

No more same-for-all?

Public cultural promotion institutions have, for several years already, been taking leave of the principle of spreading funds evenly to as large a number of recipients as possible. more >

Welcome to historical homeland!

The major aim of the International Festival is to develop and promote the national cultural heritage of the Turkmen people as an integral part of the human civilization, expand artistic and spiritual contacts with the Turkmens residing in the other countries and present Turkmenistan’s’ achievements to foreign guests. more >

Canada Council welcomes reappointment of Robert Sirman as Director and CEO

Joseph L. Rotman, Chair, today welcomed the reappointment of Robert Sirman as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. more >

Arts organisations should seek funding from many sources to survive the recession, conference hears

The Arts Council held a conference this month for its funded organisations on effective philanthropy and corporate fundraising. more >

Local Partnership Scheme with new cultural diversity strand

The Arts Council re-introduces the Local Partnership Scheme which is designed to encourage new, local authority-led partnerships and innovative collaborative arts projects, including specific projects in the area of cultural diversity and the arts. more >

The Cultural Contact Point launches new website

The CCP Ireland website has undergone a complete re-design and has been re-launched. more >

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May 2010

La Ministra de Cultura Paula Marcela Moreno presentó el III Congreso Iberoamericano de Cultura en España

El III Congreso Iberoamericano de Cultura, que se celebrará en Medellín del 1 al 4 de julio, y estará dedicado a ‘Las músicas de Iberoamérica del siglo XXI’ more >

Minister of Culture Paula Marcela Moreno launched the III Ibero-American Congress on Culture in Spain

The Congress will tackle the subject of ‘Ibero-American Musical Expressions in the XXI Century’. more >

Address by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana MP, at the Budget Vote

The arts, culture and heritage portfolio seeks to bring government closer to the people and the people closer to us. more >

Geeks open gateways for the arts

The Australia Council for the Arts has matched tech-savvy geeks with nine selected arts organisations to help them explore a new world of digital possibilities. more >

Coscia presentó la Ley del Libro en el Senado

El secretario de Cultura de la Nación, Jorge Coscia, se reunió el martes 11 de mayo con los integrantes de las comisiones de Educación y Cultura, Economía Nacional e Inversión, y Presupuesto y Hacienda del Senado de la Nación para debatir el proyecto sobre la creación del Instituto Nacional del Libro Argentino (INLA). Del encuentro también participaron la jefa de Gabinete, Alejandra Blanco, y el director de Industrias Culturales, Rodolfo Hamawi. more >

Coscia presents the Book Law to the Senate

Jorge Coscia, Argentina’s Culture Secretary, met on Tuesday, 11 May, with the members of the Education and Culture, National Economy and Investment, and Budget and Treasury commissions of the National Senate to debate the bill to create the National Book Institute (INLA in Spanish). more >

Ministry to do Inventory of Jamaica's Cultural and Historical Heritage

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, has said her Ministry plans to undertake an inventory to determine aspects of Jamaica's cultural and historical heritage which can be exploited to yield benefits to the country. more >

Arts and Older People Programme

The Arts Council is developing a pioneering new programme, in partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies, to greatly extend opportunities for older people to engage with the arts. more >

ARTSpeak Pasifika 2010 - National forum for Pacific Arts Development

Creative New Zealand is inviting Pasifika artists from throughout New Zealand to attend a national Pacific arts development forum - ARTSpeak Pasifika - in Auckland on 25-26 June 2010. more >

President Mary McAleese "Books are the stepping stones to your best self."

President Mary McAleese announced Siobhán Parkinson as Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s first laureate for children’s literature, presenting her with the Laureate na nÓg medal at a special event at the Arts Council. more >

Arts Council England responds to appointment of new Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “I welcome the appointment of Jeremy Hunt MP as Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. In his role as shadow culture secretary he has been a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for the arts and a thoughtful supporter of the work of the Arts Council. I look forward to building on the positive working relationship we have enjoyed with him. Speaking up for the arts within government is a vital role and his commitment and enthusiasm make him a great man for the job.   more >

Creative New Zealand support for Pacific heritage arts

Workshops to help Pacific communities apply for funding to preserve their heritage arts – such as carving and weaving – will be held by Creative New Zealand during May and June. more >

New Culture Secretary appointed

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. more >

Culture promoted as a tool for development

The project I + D, promoted by the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (INCAC) jointly with Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP) and the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI), aims at strengthening the capacity of interdisciplinary professionals with new tools for development and at increasing the capacity of the culture sector. more >

Andrew Dixon’s first two months as Chief Executive Designate

Andrew Dixon, in his first two months in post as Creative Scotland’s Chief Executive Designate, will be travelling around Scotland meeting artists and organisations from the arts, creative industries and screen sectors. more >

Northern Ireland's Music Sector encouraged to create New Work for London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

The PRS for Music Foundation and partners which include the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, today (Tuesday 18th May) launched an exciting new programme to place new music centre-stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. more >

Arts keynote speech

This is a transcript of the speech by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the Roundhouse in London on 19 May 2010. He talks about the role of arts and culture in society. more >

Ministry for Culture and Heritage Statement of Intent 2010-2013

This document outlines the priorities of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for the next three years. more >

Arts Council England responds to a £19 million reduction in funding from DCMS

Statement from Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of Arts Council England: "We all knew this year would be tough. We do not understand why we have received a higher percentage cut than other DCMS funded bodies..." more >

Arts Council wins top business award, offers to assist others

The Arts Council has offered to help other government agencies modernise and speed up their grants systems after it won the prestigious ICT Excellence award for the public service. more >

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet Announce the Launch of Blue Star Museums

More than 600 museums across America will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. more >

Rallying call to Scotland’s creative community

A 250 strong audience of artists, designers, filmmakers and individuals from across the artistic and creative spectrum gathered at the newly-refurbished Briggait in Glasgow today for the fourth Creative Scotland dialogue event. more >

Song Cycles shows Indigenous musicians have a tough gig

The talent and quality may be there – and so is audience interest – but new research shows that only a fraction of the rewards and airplay is going to Indigenous musicians. more >

Ministers of Culture of Latin America Signed the Salvador Declaration

Within the ‘Second Afrolatin and Caribbean Meeting’ that took place in Salvador (Brazil), authorities and representatives of Ministries and Culture Institutions from the region set out the agenda for the next 10 years. more >

Ministros de Cultura de Latinoamérica firmaron la Declaración de Salvador

En el marco del ‘II Encuentro Afrolatino y Caribeño’ que se realizó en Salvador (Brasil), autoridades y representantes de los Ministerios e Instituciones de Cultura de la región definieron la agenda  a trabajar durante los próximos 10 años. more >

Take a partner - Arts audiences initiative

Ever wondered if arts organisations should recommend the work of other arts organisations to their own audiences, and what the best ways might be to do this? Arts Audiences wishes to run a pilot project from June – September 2010 to devise and monitor a small number of ways of doing this, to see what lessons we can learn, with a view to publishing the results. more >

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June 2010

Dutch cultural activities in the world

In 2009, an average of some thirty Dutch cultural presentations took place abroad every day. This can be seen from Buitengaats (Offshore), the database that SICA, Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities, maintained for the past ten years. more >

Government of Canada Introduces Proposals to Modernize the Copyright Act

This legislation is a key pillar in the Government's commitment from the Speech from the Throne to position Canada as a leader in the global digital economy. more >

Cultures of Economics

What exactly is the relationship between culture and economics? At the second conference at Radialsystem in Berlin on 4 June, scientists and artists examined how economics influence us and what role religion, politics and human images play. more >

Have your say on our programme

The Government's Culture, Olympics, media and sport programme is online and commentable.  The Government believes that a vibrant cultural, media and sporting sector is crucial for our well-being and quality of life. We need to promote excellence in these fields, with government funding used where appropriate to encourage philanthropic and corporate investment. more >

The economic impact of UK film

A report commissioned by the UK Film Council states that the UK film industry contributes over £4.5 billion a year to UK GDP and more than £1.2 billion to the Exchequer. more >

Arts Council announces €1million touring fund

People right across the country can expect to experience world class plays, concerts, performances and exhibitions in the months ahead under a special touring scheme, the Arts Council has said. more >

The Arts Council announces new policy on Visual Artists' Workspaces

The policy aims to address the infrastructure of visual artists’ workspaces in Ireland in a way that is sensitive to the dynamics and diversity of the sector. more >

$42 million supports Australia's Indigenous arts, culture and heritage

$42 million from five Australian Government programs is supporting over 380 Indigenous arts, culture and heritage projects across Australia, the Minister for Arts and Heritage, Peter Garrett, announced today. more >

Veronica Wadley appointed as our London Chair

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced that Veronica Wadley has been appointed as the new London Chair and national Council member of Arts Council England. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport has approved the appointment. more >

Arts & Business launches a new Challenge Fund to stimulate individual philanthropy for Culture

Arts & Business UK has launched a new pilot scheme to help arts organisations build and develop the income they receive via individual giving. In partnership with UK philanthropist Alec Reed and his Big Give website, Arts & Business has designed The Big Arts Give to promote individual cultural philanthropy in this period of economic difficulty. more >

Arts marketers focus on technology and audience

The sixth annual Australia Council for the Arts’ Marketing Summit begins at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane this Tuesday 15 June. more >

Singapore Arts Festival 2010 - Connections ‘Between You And Me’ Set Stage For 2011

The Singapore Arts Festival 2010 closed on 13 June 2010 with the Mega Line Dance – a fitting finish to a Festival that has embraced the creative spirit and engaged audiences at all levels. Audience and critics alike appreciated the renewed focus on audience engagement and education, and the variety and quality of productions. The 2010 edition was pivotal in positioning the Singapore Arts Festival for future editions by setting in place key changes and initiatives to embrace a meaningful relationship between audiences and art makers. more >

New organisation to promote exports and the internationalisation of visual arts

The Ministry of Education and Culture has appointed Director Rauno Anttila to carry out an inquiry into what type of new organisation is required to continue the work of FRAME, the Finnish Fund for Art Exchange. more >

Tune in to the National Council on the Arts

The public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts will take place next Friday, June 25th. The full session will be webcast live on UStream from 9:00am-10:30 a.m. (ET) and we'll link to it from the Art Works blog. What's on the agenda? Highlights from the Blue Star Museums launch event, our latest research study, and a very special announcement about our lifetime honors. more >

Arts Council England implements cuts to 2010/11 budget

On 24 May 2010 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced a £19 million reduction in our 2010/11 income from government. This cut is in addition to an earlier in-year reduction of £4 million announced in the April 2009 Budget, meaning that our 2010/11 budget has been reduced by a total of £23 million. more >

Midflight creative rush

A joint project between the Australia Council for the Arts and Qantas is now bringing inspiring stories of Australians and the arts to the skies. more >

Tate's Ben Borthwick appointed CEO of Artes Mundi

Ben Borthwick has been appointed Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Artes Mundi – the UK's largest art prize. more >

Recap of 170th Meeting of NEA’s National Council on the Arts

Bright and early this morning, Rocco called to order the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. more >

CoNCA presents its first annual report on the state of culture in Catalonia

Today the first annual report on the state of culture in Catalonia was produced by the National Council for Culture and the Arts. The President of CoNCA, Francesc Guardans, accompanied by members of the Plenary Council, and the Minister of Culture and Media, Joan Manuel Tresserras have delivered a copy of the report to the Parliament's President Ernest Benach. more >

Arts Council of Wales announces new strategy for the renewal and transformation of the arts in Wales

Arts Council of Wales announced today the first phase of a major overhaul of its investment in the arts. Over the past year, the Council has been working on one of the most detailed funding reviews it has ever undertaken. more >

Hard times for the arts in Europe

SICA has consulted its partners in a number of European countries in order to gauge the mood in the cultural sector. None of the countries is currently in a position to provide a full picture of the impact of the economic crisis on cultural budgets. What is certain, is that cuts have been announced across the board, but these have not all been implemented so far. In some countries, (impending) elections create an extra thread for the culture budget. more >

From Policy To Strategy: A Way Forward For Culture In Malta

During this session the Policy drafters will present the feedback received during the consultation process which was open from February to June. The next step is to finalise the cultural policy document with the input provided during the consultation period, and concurrently start the process to define the Strategies for the Cultural Sector. more >

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July 2010

Creative Scotland Scotland's new cultural development body is formally established

Today marks a truly momentous change in the way we nurture and support Scotland’s reputation as a cradle and cultivator of talent across all art forms.  A single, national body for the arts, culture and the creative industries in Scotland is what this Government promised and this is what we are now delivering.    more >

Wadley: the arts must hold their nerve

Veronica Wadley has begun her term as London Chair and National Council member of Arts Council England with a call for everyone in the arts 'to hold their nerve'. more >

Business sees arts as good creative partners

There is much potential for the arts to capitalise on the benefits they offer business, according to a new survey of corporate decision makers. more >

Book publishers to benefit from improved Canada Council for the Arts translation program

Over the next three years, more money than ever before will be available for official language translations by professional publishers through the National Translation Program for Book Publishing. more >

Fruitful cultural exchange at World Expo

The cooperation between Chinese and Dutch cultural professionals at the Dutch Culture Centre (DCC) in Shanghai is going ever better and growing ever more closely. Over a 6-month period, the DCC – which is an official part of the World Expo 2010 – is serving as a venue for Dutch and Chinese cultural exhibitions and performances. more >

New report confirms arts as Ireland's most popular pursuit

The majority of people in Ireland go to an arts event at least once a year, with plays, art exhibitions and classical music concerts most popular in every part of the country, according to research to be published this week. more >

Aprueban la creación del Ministerio de Cultura

Luego de un debate aproximado de dos horas, la Comisión Permanente del Congreso de la República, presidida por el legislador Luis Alva Castro, aprobó este miércoles 14, en segunda votación, el Proyecto de Ley Nº 3622 que propone la creación del Ministerio de Cultura. more >

The creation of the Ministry of Culture has been approved

After debating for two hours, the Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Republic, chaired by the legislator Luis Alva Castro, approved on Wednesday the Bill Nº 3622 that proposes the creation of the Ministry of Culture. more >

NICH Strategic Plan 2010-2015

The NICH 2010-15 Strategic Plan is premised on the centrality of culture to all aspects of Belize's development, including building social cohesion and fostering national identity. more >

Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct

The Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct is now available. more >

Information clinics for new theatre funding schemes

The purpose of the clinics is to invite those interested to discuss the purpose and priorities of the new schemes and to offer technical information on the application process. more >

You can cut us but don’t kill us say the UK’s cultural leaders

Today, many of the leaders of Britain's most prominent cultural institutions - speaking on behalf of organisations across the whole country - appealed directly to the Prime Minister not to cause irreparable damage to our most economically successful sector in the imminent Spending Review. more >

Launch of Music against poverty contest

Today, the European Commission launches the European Music Contest calling young Europeans, between 15 and 25, to submit a song expressing support to the fight against poverty in the world. more >

New funding programmes for multi-year arts investment

Creative New Zealand will introduce two new and complementary multi-year funding programmes from January 2012 to provide more clarity, stability and flexibility in the way it funds arts organisations and artists. more >

Culture and Sports Evidence (CASE) reports are published

The Culture and Sport Evidence programme (CASE) have published their first set of research publications, databases and toolkits. more >

Arts Council England publishes annual review 2010

We have now published our annual review for 2010, which looks back on a year of radical thinking and great change for the Arts Council as we worked to reduce our running costs by 15 per cent and to manage the impact of a budget reduction of £19 million, in addition to an earlier in-year reduction of £4 million - bringing the total to £23 million. more >

Arts cubed: join the digital challenge

What do the arts mean to a TV chef or a professional footballer? Do they engage with art the same as a retired nurse or a bowls club greenkeeper? How do the arts make you? Australians are about to find out. more >

New cultural agreement leads to closer co-operation between Britain and India

A step change in cultural co-operation between India and the UK was made today when a new cultural agreement was signed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt and Jawhar Sircar from the Indian Ministry of Culture, in the presence of Prime Minister David Cameron and the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. more >

Engaging with Architecture Scheme launched

The Arts Council and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government have launched a new scheme with the purpose of engaging the public with architecture. more >

Achieving great art for everyone: Arts Council England publishes analysis of responses

We have now published the findings from Achieving great art for everyone - a consultation on our 10-year strategic framework for the arts. more >

Arts Council announces new funding scheme in dance and theatre

The Arts Council has announced the introduction of four new funding schemes on a pilot basis for 2010-2011, one in dance, and three in theatre. more >

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August 2010

Arts Council Scheme Highlights Artistic ACES

A new scheme aimed at identifying and supporting future artistic champions is launched today by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. more >

A New Perspective

Arts Council Wales launches new website. more >

Inquiry into The Funding of the Arts and Heritage launches

Last week the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee announced an inquiry into The Funding of the Arts and Heritage. more >

Investment delivers for visual artists

A $90 million investment in the visual arts and craft sector has delivered significant benefits to individual artists and arts organisations, according to a report released today by the Australia Council for the Arts. more >

Tough times, difficult decisions, fresh thinking

The threat of cuts dominates the entire debate about culture, but I remain optimistic that we will be able to handle any reduction in spending that comes our way. more >

UK’s first recycled theatre opens in Southwark

A Southwark playground has become host to the UK's first fully-functioning theatre made entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials. more >

Shirley Thomson, a passionate advocate for the arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is deeply saddened by the death of Shirley Thomson. more >

taking part

The Taking Part Survey collects data on many aspects of leisure, culture and sport in England, as well as an in-depth range of socio-demographic information on respondents. more >

Bill to streamline Creative New Zealand passes first reading

A bill which will streamline the governance of Creative New Zealand, improving its effectiveness and freeing up resources, passed its first reading in the House last night by a unanimous vote. more >

Santos Castro, new General Director of Policy and Cultural Industries

The Council of Ministers, on advice from the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, today approved the appointment of Santos Castro Fernandez as General Director of Policy and Cultural Industries. more >

Santos Castro, nuevo director general de Política e Industrias Culturales

El Consejo de Ministros, a propuesta de la ministra de Cultura, Ángeles González-Sinde, ha aprobado hoy el nombramiento de  Santos Castro Fernández como director general de Política e Industrias Culturales. more >

Regional artists earn less – but love the life

Australians are showing an unprecedented love of the arts, but our artists remain amongst the lowest paid in our society – especially in regional Australia. more >

Engaging with Architecture Scheme

The Arts Council and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government have launched a new scheme with the purpose of engaging the public with architecture. more >

Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme – 2011 (Strand 2)

The Arts Council are delighted to announce a new scheme for supporting the touring and dissemination of work in all art disciplines. The principal purpose of the scheme is to ensure that audiences throughout the country have access to high quality arts experiences. more >

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September 2010

New ways of working in partnership with local government

With a mission as far reaching as Great art for everyone, partnership working is critical to the Arts Council’s success.  So, alongside the many cultural changes afoot, we are striving to improve the way we work with local authorities. more >

Social media gives the arts an edge

Arts organisations and artists are increasingly recognising the opportunities presented by social media and social networking - Web 2.0. more >

New website brings quotations into the social media age

A fantastic new website, funded by Arts Council England and Channel Four, is combining a quotations dictionary with a social media network. more >

Support For Dundee's Digital Sector

The Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop, has emphasised the importance of Dundee's digital industries to the Scottish economy during a visit to the city. more >

Dutch Art Map online!

The new website Dutch Art Map offers a first introduction on the various internationally active Dutch organisations for contemporary visual arts that have an excellent reputation in this field, and extensive global networks. more >

From game to art

Through its GameCulture programme lasting from autumn 2010 to 2012, Pro Helvetia aims to strengthen the artistic input in the booming computer game scene and encourage a broadly based public debate on this new form of art. more >

Living Traditions

By signing the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008, Switzerland has undertaken to establish a list of its living traditions. more >

Arts Council completes mid-term strategy review

Three years on from the launch of its five-year strategy, Creative Connections, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has spoken to key stakeholders to assess the impact of work undertaken so far. more >

BBC Academy and Arts Council England announce new digital skill sharing initiative

The BBC Academy and Arts Council England partnership will run a series of master classes and workshops for arts organisations interested in developing their digital skills. more >

Proposals to improve the income of artists

Dr Tarja Cronberg has explored ways of improving the livelihood of people working in the creative industries. Her report states that Finnish artists only make half of their living from their work, while the level in the rest of the Nordic countries is 70 per cent. more >

Arts, Digital and Creative industries vital to economic growth

Jeremy Hunt reiterated his long term commitment to the arts sector yesterday. Speaking at the Media Festival Arts, he spoke of the significance of the arts sector to the UK economy. more >

Los ministros de cultura, por la cultura y la inclusión social

Los máximos responsables de Cultura de Iberoamérica firmaron el domingo 12 de septiembre un acta de compromiso bajo el lema “Cultura e Inclusión Social”, y sentaron las bases para el IV Congreso Iberoamericano de Cultura. Además, se realizó un foro abierto de ministras y ministros de Cultura de la UNASUR y el COSECCTI. more >

Ministers of culture in favour of culture and social inclusion

Ibero-America’ highest cultural authorities signed an agreement on Sunday 12 September entitled “Culture and Social Inclusion”, and laid the foundations of the IV Ibero-American Congress on Culture. An open forum of Ministers of Culture members of UNASUR and COSECCTI also took place. more >

Artistic vibrancy – a new measure of success

The Australia Council for the Arts has become one of the world’s first funding agencies to tackle the issue of how to measure the artistic vibrancy of the companies it funds. more >

"Creative Placemaking," a panel discussion on the role of the arts in creating livable, sustainable communities

Panel participants include Richard Florida, author The Rise of the Creative Class and The Great Reset; Tim Jones, president & CEO of Toronto Artscape; Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas; Ann Markusen, director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute; and moderator Carol Coletta, CEO of CEOs for Cities. more >

Arts and Older People - Equality Impact Assessment

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has completed an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the Arts and Older People strategy. more >

London Fashion Week: Value of Fashion Report demonstrates value of sector

The UK Fashion sector forms a vital part of the UK’s creative export and is a major contributor to the UK economy. more >

National Audit Office to have full access to BBC's accounts

The National Audit Office (NAO) is to have full access to the BBC accounts for the first time. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed with the BBC Trust that the NAO can decide which value for money studies to undertake and when, and will have rights of access to BBC information. more >

Review of music education

An independent review of music education has been launched today. Led by Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM, the review will look at improving the access and opportunities young people have to experience and understand music. more >

From game to art

For many of us, computers have become our principal tool of work and our favourite toy. Through its GameCulture programme lasting from autumn 2010 to 2012, Pro Helvetia aims to strengthen the artistic input in the booming computer game scene and encourage a broadly based public debate on this new form of art. more >

Calderón propone recorte de $2 mil 538 millones a la cultura

Por cuarto año consecutivo, el gobierno de Felipe Calderón propuso un recorte al subsector cultura. more >

Calderón proposes to cut $2 thousand 538 million from culture’s budget

For the fourth year in a row, Felipe Calderón’s government proposes to cut from culture subsector’s budget. more >

National Endowment for the Arts Turns 45 Today

Forty-five years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, establishing the National Endowment for the Arts. More than four decades later, the Endowment continues to play a key role in enhancing American communities through the arts.  more >

Food and translation to be future National Culture Awards in Catalonia

The Plenary of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CoNCA) is preparing a proposal to reform some aspects of the decree that provides for awards to Culture. The National Culture Awards given annually by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CoNCA) could include in future editions, as new categories, gastronomy and translation. more >

Nantional Endowment for the Humanities Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Forty-five years ago on Wednesday, September 29, 1965—President Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, which created the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.   more >

New policy on Cultural Diversity

The Arts Council today announced a new policy and strategy for Cultural Diversity and the Arts, and launched a pamphlet, Cultural Diversity and the Arts: Language and Meanings.  more >

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October 2010

Drastic budget cuts for the Dutch arts

The leaders of the conservative VVD, the Christian Democrats and the Freedom Party presented their plans for a centre-right coalition. The plans include 18 billion euros in cuts. more >

A Temporary Register for Accreditation in the Training of the Arts.

The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (MCCA) would like to announce a temporary measure for institutions or individuals who provide training of the Arts. more >

Accessible Arts

The Arts and Disability Equality Charter (ADEC), publicly funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is encouraging arts organisations to look at how accessible their venue is for people with disabilities. more >

El Ministerio de Cultura contará con un presupuesto de 789,3 millones de euros para 2011

La ministra de Cultura, Ángeles González-Sinde, ha presentado hoy los datos del presupuesto de su Departamento para 2011, que contará con 789,3 millones de euros. Se trata de un presupuesto austero que se conecta con las medidas de ajuste para reducir el déficit público. more >

The Ministry of Culture will have a budget of 789.3 million euros for 2011

The Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, today presented data from her department's budget for 2011, which will have 789.3 million euros. It is an austerity budget that connects to adjustment measures to reduce the deficit. more >

Australia Council appoints Anzarts for Australian Performing Arts Market scoping study

The Australia Council for the Arts has commissioned a scoping study of the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) from the Anzarts Institute headed by widely respected arts and cultural policy specialist, Justin Macdonnell. more >

Art, roller derby, zines and gaming - this is the Digital Culture Fund

Novel arts experiences using digital technologies and live audience engagement are now emerging across Australia with the help of the Digital Culture Fund from the Australia Council for the Arts. more >

Art Store - Own Art and pay later has launched Art Store, a new online shop for contemporary art that makes buying original artwork affordable and accessible to everyone.   more >

At the art of a resurgent Wales

In spite of the recession, a new survey published by Arts Council of Wales reveals that the arts in Wales are more popular than ever before. more >

Restoring ‘original Lotto good causes’ will boost arts, grass roots sport and heritage income by £150 million

The reform of National Lottery good causes means that arts, sport and heritage will again get the share of total proceeds originally intended, amounting to an extra £50 million each every year, Minister for Tourism and Heritage John Penrose announced today. more >

A small investment in the arts goes a long way

Moira Sinclair, our London Executive Director, writes for London think tank LondonSays about the importance of the arts in the capital, and why public funding is the bedrock of our cultural success. more >

Arts Council England responds to 29.6% cut in its budget

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “This cut will inevitably have a significant impact on the cultural life of the country."   more >

Canada Council for the Arts releases five year strategic plan

The Canada Council for the Arts outlined today its priorities for the next five years with the release of Strengthening Connections: Strategic Plan 2011-16. more >

New projects through IETM-Australia Council for the Arts Collaboration

As part of the collaboration between the Australia Council for the Arts and IETM, the international network for contemporary performing arts, a program of activities has been developed by Project Director, David Pledger. It will foster artistic partnerships between Australia and Europe in 2010-2011. more >

Arts Council announces funding decisions for the arts in England

Arts Council England today (26 October) revealed its plans for implementing the 29.6% cut to its budget announced as part of the Government’s Spending Review. more >

Award for Cultural Policy Research

On October 26, the Ministério da Cultura published the final results of the Award for Cultural Research – Public Policies for Culture. more >

Fundos ProCultura: circo, dança, teatro, artes visuais e música

O Ministério da Cultura, por meio da Secretaria de Fomento e Incentivo à Cultura e da Funarte, acaba de lançar novos editais para a seleção de projetos de circo, dança, teatro, artes visuais e música. O investimento total é de R$ 48 milhões. O Prêmio ProCultura de Estímulo ao Circo, Dança e Teatro é o que conta com maior orçamento. Serão R$ 22,2 milhões para a premiação de 197 projetos nas categorias Produção Artística, Programação de Espaços Cênicos e Substituição de Lona Circense e/ou Acessórios. more >

Prêmio de Pesquisa em Cultura

Publicada no Diário Oficial da União a lista dos trabalhos acadêmicos contemplados. more >

ProCultura Funds: Circus, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts and Music

The Ministério da Cultura, through the Secretaria de Fomento e Incentivo à Cultura and Funarte, launched new tenders for the selection of circus, dance, theatre, visual arts and music projects. The total investment is R$ 48 million. O Prêmio ProCultura de Estímulo ao Circo, Dança e Teatro has the largest budget. R$ 22,2 million will be destined to award 197 projects in the categories of artistic production, Programs of Performing Spaces and Replacement of Circus Tent (big top) and/or accessories. more >

Arts Council outlines strategic approach for next three years

The Arts Council has published its strategic overview for 2011 to 2013, saying that the document will inform its decisions over the period. more >

Arts Council and University of Limerick announce new initiative in dance

The Arts Council and the University of Limerick has announced plans to undertake a feasibility study targeted at the development of dance education and professional training in Ireland. more >

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November 2010

New Culture Minister Sarmīte Ēlerte takes office

On November 3, new Culture Minister Sarmīte Ēlerte took up her new role. She has put forward three priorities for her work: the strengthening of national identity, the consolidation of the nation’s cultural space, and the transfer of creative ideas into solutions for economic development.   more >

Biggest change to arts funding in a generation

In what is the biggest transformation of arts funding for a generation, a new National portfolio funding programme will, from April 2012, replace the Arts Council's current regularly funded system. more >

Help for graduates to access arts and creative jobs

Talented arts graduates from less affluent backgrounds will be given the opportunity to start a career in the arts or creative industries, under a new bursary scheme launched later today by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. more >

IV Encuentro de Gestores de Patrimonio Mundial de España

La convocatoria de este año versará sobre la movilidad, accesibilidad y valoración cultural de los sitios declarados Patrimonio Mundial. more >

IV Meeting of World Heritage Managers in Spain

The call for this year will focus on mobility, accessibility and cultural value of World Heritage Sites. more >

Mashatile sworn-in as new Minister of Arts & Culture

Today former Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile was sworn-in as the new minister of arts and culture. more >

Government backs video games industry

Creative Industries Minister, Ed Vaizey helped draw a close to the London Games Festival last night, speaking to industry leaders at the London Games Conference. more >

Jeremy Hunt’s four year vision for DCMS

DCMS business plan sets out how we will boost economic growth, equip the country for future success and transform the way we deliver culture, media, sport and tourism. more >

A Plan for Culture: National Congress approves guidelines for cultural policy

The National Plan for Culture (PNC) was approved, unanimously, last Tuesday, November 9, by the Federal Senate’s Education, Culture and Sports Commission and is now awaiting Presidential sanction. more >

Um plano para a cultura: Congresso Nacional aprova diretrizes para política cultural

O Plano Nacional de Cultura (PNC) foi aprovado, por unanimidade, nesta terça-feira, 9 de novembro, na Comissão de Educação, Cultura e Esporte do Senado Federal e segue agora para sanção presidencial. more >

Ministério da Cultura (MC) lança blogue

Está em e foi recentemente criado pelos Gabinetes da Ministra e do Secretário de Estado da Cultura com o objectivo de divulgar as políticas culturais. more >

Ministério da Cultura (MC) launches blog

The blog can be found at and was recently created by the Ministério da Cultura and the Secretaria de Cultura de Estado to promote their cultural policies. more >

Culture Forum - Arts leaders help drive government policy

In June a Culture Forum was set up to advise Government on its future investment for the arts during the Treasury's Spending Review. more >

Developing the Arts in Ireland - Arts Council Strategic Overview 2011-2013

Our responsibility is to plan and provide in good times and bad, with the long-term good of the arts as our goal. Developing the Arts in Ireland - Arts Council Strategic Overview 2011-2013 is published  in a spirit of confidence, tempered by the realism required to plan and provide for the arts at a time of significant difficulty in the public finances. more >

Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas

En el día de la fecha, quedó presentada la futura sede del Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas (INAE). more >

National Institute of Performing Arts

Today the building where the National Institute of Performing Arts (INAE) will operate was announced. more >

Creative Scotland responds to the Scottish Government budget

Sir Sandy Crombie, Chairman, Creative Scotland Board speaking after the Scottish Government unveiled its budget, said: ‘This is a welcome expression of confidence in the contribution that the arts, screen and creative industries will make to securing Scotland’s future success.’   more >

Five years of Arts Award

Arts Award, a national qualification which aims to deepen young people's engagement with the arts, has celebrated its fifth birthday. more >

2009 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable

We are pleased to share with you the results of our efforts at the 2009 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable, and hope that this report serves as a launching point to a new global dialogue between the public and private sectors and within our communities on the role the arts can play in improving relations between the U.S. and the world. more >

2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

In her first cultural event as Prime Minister, Julia Gillard presented the following speech at the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. She took the opportunity to talk about her support for the arts, the importance of the NBN as a way for the arts to expand their reach and the future of the national cultural policy in Australia. more >

Arts Council launches two new publications

Two new publications, the Arts Council's Annual Review and Digest of Arts Statistics, were officially launched today at the organisation's bi-annual Chairs' and Chief Executives' Forum. more >

Cultural agreement signed between Luxembourg and Lithuania

On November 18, 2010, Octavia Modert, Minister of Culture and his Lithuanian counterpart, Arunas Gelunas, signed  a cultural agreement in Brussels during the EU Council of Ministers of Culture, between the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on cooperation in the fields of Culture, Education, Higher Education, Science and Sport. more >

Signature d’un accord culturel entre le Luxembourg et la Lituanie

Le 18 novembre 2010, Octavie Modert, ministre de la Culture, et son homologue lituanien, Arunas Gelunas, ont signé à Bruxelles, en marge du Conseil UE des ministres de la Culture, un accord entre le gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et le gouvernement de la République de Lituanie sur la coopération dans les domaines de la culture, de l'éducation, de l’enseignement supérieur, des sciences et des sports. more >

31st MERCOSUR Ministers of Culture Meeting

The Minister of Culture, Juca Ferreira, will give the opening remarks of the XXXI Mercosur Ministers of Culture Meeting on Saturday, 20 November, at 9 am in Rio de Janeiro. more >

XXXI Reunião de Ministros da Cultura do MERCOSUL

O ministro da Cultura, Juca Ferreira, fará a abertura da XXXI Reunião de Ministros da Cultura do MERCOSUL, neste sábado (20), às 9h, no Rio de Janeiro. Durante este semestre, o Brasil é o presidente pró-tempore do MERCOSUL. more >

Report Highlights the Importance of the Arts to the Northern Ireland Economy

The impact of the arts on Northern Ireland's social and economic regeneration has been described in a comprehensive new publication by the Arts Council. more >

XV Plenary session of the Cultural Sector Conference in Santiago de Compostela

The Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, presided today at the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela, the XV Plenary Meeting of the Cultural Sector, which brings together officials from the Ministry of Culture and representatives for culture from all the Autonomous Communities in Spain and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla. more >

XV reunión del Pleno de la Conferencia Sectorial de Cultura en Santiago de Compostela

La ministra de Cultura, Ángeles González-Sinde, ha presidido hoy en el Hostal de los Reyes Católicos en Santiago de Compostela, el XV Pleno de la Conferencia Sectorial de Cultura, que reúne a los responsables del Ministerio de Cultura con los consejeros de Cultura y otros representantes de todas las Comunidades Autónomas y de las Ciudades de Ceuta y Melilla. more >

Creative Industries boost Northern Ireland economy by £582 million

Arts Council Chief Executive Roisin McDonough has called on the Northern Ireland Executive to consider the positive economic returns generated by arts and culture before making any decision on the arts budget here. more >

Seminar: How to Promote Cultural Agents’ mobility and internationalization?

The Ministry of Culture is organising a seminar on cultural agents’ mobility and internationalization that will take place on November 23, at CCB, Lisboa. The debate will be opened by the Minister of Culture and António Pinto Ribeiro, Kalaf Ângelo, Vera Mantero, João Brites and representatives of several international organizations that promote mobility will also take part. more >

Seminário: Como promover a mobilidade e a internacionalização dos agentes culturais?

O GPEARI organiza um seminário sobre mobilidade e internacionalização dos agentes culturais no dia 23 de Novembro, no CCB, em Lisboa. O debate será aberto pela Ministra da Cultura e conta, entre outros, com António Pinto Ribeiro, Kalaf Ângelo, Vera Mantero, João Brites e representantes de várias organizações internacionais que promovem a mobilidade. more >

Artists to lead on Wales' profile in the world

As part of the new Wales Arts International website launched this week, the international calendar is a pilot project to provide greater visibility and awareness of Wales’ arts and culture. more >

We publish Digital audiences: engagement with arts and culture online

Today, Wednesday 24 November, we published Digital audiences: engagement with arts and culture online. more >

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December 2010

Acto homenaje al Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de España

Se trata de un acto de difusión y reconocimiento de las diversas manifestaciones culturales de nuestro país que han obtenido este reconocimiento de la UNESCO. more >

Tribute ceremony for Spain's Intangible Cultural Heritage

An actto disseminate and give recognition tothe variouscultural eventsin Spain thathavereceivedrecognition from UNESCO.
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Alan Davey: local authority arts funding is a sound investment

With local authorities across the country facing significant cuts to their budgets it is no surprise that councils up and down the country are looking hard at all areas of their expenditure in a bid to balance the books. more >

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Press Release

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) will on 09 December hold a Silver Jubilee Concert to mark its 25th Anniversary. more >

Culture Secretary announces action plan to boost philanthropy

An £80 million fund is at the heart of a new Government drive to boost private giving to arts organisations and create a new generation of philanthropists, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today. more >

Arts Council England assumes museums and libraries functions

Arts Council England today (Thursday 9 December) announced that it has agreed to take over a number of the functions relating to museums and libraries, following the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). more >

The Ministry of Stories

The Ministry of Stories is a unique space where young people can develop their writing and literacy skills. Behind the facade of the inspirational Hoxton Street Monster Supplies store in London, more than 200 volunteer writers, artists and teachers provide students with free workshops and mentoring sessions. more >

State writers' centres join forces to form Writing Australia

Five state-funded writers’ centres from around the country will combine forces to form a new national organisation called Writing Australia, in a new Literature Board initiative announced today by the Australia Council for the Arts. more >

New funding strategy announced

Against the backdrop of a fragile UK economy and with unprecedented pressures on public funds, the Arts Council has reorganised its investment to provide more secure funding to key arts organisations in Wales. Over the coming three years the Arts Council will see its Welsh Assembly Government programme funding reduced by 4%, and its running costs reduced by 12%. more >

El Ministerio de Cultura aporta 260.000 euros al programa IBERMEDIA

El Consejo de Ministros, a propuesta de la ministra de Cultura, Ángeles González-Sinde, ha autorizado la contribución de 260.000 euros al Programa IBERMEDIA por parte del Ministerio de Cultura, que se canalizarán a través de Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA). more >

Ministry of Culture gives 260.000 euros to the IBERMEDIA programme

The Council of Ministers, on advise from the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, have authorised a contribution of 260.000 euros to the IBERMEDIA programme from the Ministry of Culture, that will be distributed through the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA). more >

Arts and health policy and strategy

The arts and health policy and strategy document outlines the Arts Council's support and understanding of arts and health and the values that underpin it's approach to arts and health practice. It also outlines strategic actions for the five year period 2010-2014. more >

Pro Helvetia goes Europe

«SPACE – Supporting Performing Arts Circulation in Europe». This is the name of the EU’s mobility programme promoting international exchange in the performing arts. Together with similar organisations in various European countries, Pro Helvetia is designing research and training modules for art directors, production managers and critics. more >

New Framework for Arts Spaces

The National Arts Council (NAC) announced today a new framework for Arts Spaces to support the development needs of a growing and increasingly diverse arts sector, including new and emerging artists and arts groups. more >

Major Initiatives and Achievements of Ministry of Culture in the Year 2010

Year end review 2010. more >

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