DEADLINES | 2-minute videos sought for Arab Fund’s “Why Culture?” competition

AFAC is now tossing the question into the field of pictures in motion, videos and animation. AFAC has opened the call for the “Why Culture? Video Competition,” and the challenge is: Can you create a 2 minute video that delivers a concept on why culture matters? The competition is open to everyone. Read More

REPORT FROM THE FAR FAR SOUTH | Samuel Buggeln on La Zaranda’s not-so-poor-theater sojourn at Argentina’s Teatro Cervantes

Reporting from Buenos Aires, Samuel Buggeln, a New York theatre director and designer, is presently is researching the Argentinian theatre world. He has been blogging about his experiences there. Read More

SOUTH KOREA | Seeking proposals for Center Stage Korea from presenters, performing arts centers and networks

The Korea Arts Management Service is considering project proposals submitted by international festivals, arts centers, and networks who will implement a project involving Korean performing groups/artists as part of their performance program. Read More

IN EXHIBITION | Tyler Rollins Fine Art hosts Philippine artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio

The works in The Future That Was exhibitions in New York and Manila are reflections upon the structures and ideas that produce, frame and promote art and design. Philippine artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio weaves an open-ended narrative that examines notions of innovation and novelty, timeliness and timelessness, particularly as they relate to the language of design and fashion. She is interested in how material, fabrication, and intention combine to form an object that then takes on a life of its own. Read More

CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT | Proposal for a world culture capital of the performing arts

Cecile Guidote-Alvarez says, “Where politics divides, arts can cement a nation and peoples together. Culture and Arts recharges memory. Without memory, we will never learn from the mistakes of the past and we would not know where to draw our strength as a springboard to realize our dream of sustainable development. The launching of Mobilizing Cultural Diversity for the UN Goals was held at the 31st ITI Congress and Theatre Olympics of the Nations in May 2006 in the Philippines. The successful event with 80 countries participating has generated impact on policy. Now, the ITI proposes for UNESCO to lead in selecting annually a world culture capital of the Performing Arts as a vehicle for practices of culture for social cohesion, transformation and harmony.” Read More

CROSS-BORDER DIPLOMACY | European Union’s parliament supports new resolution for foundation cross-border initiatives

BRUSSELS |  Will European foundations ever be able to work across national borders? At this moment this is not possible. But a new resolution for European foundation statute is presently running through the European Parliament that may change that situation. If the resolution passes, European foundations will be able to engage in transnational initiatives from country… Read More

REVOLUTION 2.0 | You must remember this: Egypt’s artists drove its Summer of Mass Re-Awakening

Make no mistake: artists led Egypt’s Revolution 2.0, which moved to depose its first freely elected Islamist president. The military’s action to oust Morsi was, in fact, but the final moving piece in Egypt’s complicated political domino. It should be remembered that this Summer of Mass Re-Awakening began as a culture war. It was a fight for free expression. It was a battle for Egypt’s soul. Read More

GERMANY-ISRAEL CULTURAL DIPLOMACY | Frankfurt’s German-Israeli Friendship Day affirms support for Israel

According to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, only 8% of Germans view Israel’s influence positively, with 67% expressing a negative view, a more unfavorable rating than both Russia and China. Read More

CONFERENCE ON DIPLOMACY | Think tanks and thought leaders push for smart power road map at foreign policy conference, June 25

WASHINGTON, D.C.: How many people does it take to replace a light bulb? Probably as many people as it will take to find innovative value in smart power. That means a whole lot of them: businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and faith-based, academic and community leaders, all of whom will convene around… Read More

CALL FOR ACTION | Artists, intellectuals break into ministry of culture to protest against the Islamization of Egyptian culture

the Egyptian branch of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) has distributed a letter to its international colleagues around the world, which formally asks the help of the international community to oust the controversial minister from his office. ITI is a UNESCO entity with more than 90 centres around the world. Read More

LITERACY STRATEGY | EU pledges €2.5 billion to fight literacy problems

At least €1.5 billion will go to the future Erasmus for All programme (an academic exchange programme between EU and overseas universities, which has helped pupils improve their education by gaining experience of studying abroad). Read More

ART OPENING | Iranian painter portrays faceless people in Dubai art gallery

These paintings are based on studies of the gestures of resistance and defiance. They are permanent records of the ‘faceless’ individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Read More