Culture and creativity
vectors for development
Welcome to the website Culture and creativity, vectors for development.
The objective of this site is to gather and present all the available information, opinions and documents on the efforts of the Commission and the European Union, as well as the efforts of professionals of member states and partner states, in order to better recognise and acknowledge the role of culture in development policies.
by Stefano Manservisi
After the successful launch of "Culture as a Vector for Development" in 2010, this new edition focuses on the Mediterranean and Arab countries, showcasing the fundamental role of culture as a vehicle for change and expression of freedom, and also as a factor for economic and social stability.
The publication, translated into four languages including Arabic, is the result of a collaboration between the European Commission, the Federation Wallonia-Brussels that enabled its implementation, the British Council and EUNIC.
ITINERANT MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PROJECT : This project focuses on the importance of culture and creativity as development tools and is directly in line with the Brussels Declaration by Artists and Cultural Professionals from EU and ACP countries. It includes an itinerant urban exhibition of contemporary African artistic practices, residencies of African artists in a different country and workshops on the relation between art and development of modern urban centres in Africa. For the second phase of this project, the exhibition will travel firstly to Cairo in 2012 (Parc Al Azhar, February 2012), with a special selection of egyptian artists.
Call for proposals for cultural cooperation projects at intra-ACP level to (i) reinforce the creation and production of cultural goods and services in the ACP States in an integrated approach with distribution circuits; (ii) improve access of ACP cultural goods and services to local, regional, intra-ACP, European and international markets; and (iii) strengthen capacities of cultural stakeholders, operators and entrepreneurs in the ACP States.
On 20 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on culture and development, which emphasizes the important contribution of culture for sustainable development and for the achievement of national and international development objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Launching a new publication on the synergy between culture and development came as a genuine impulse of the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency, that were highly encouraged by the significant latest achievements made in upgrading the cultural dimension within the EU development policy.
ITINERANT MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PROJECT : This project focuses on the importance of culture and creativity as development tools and is directly in line with the Brussels Declaration by Artists and Cultural Professionals from EU and ACP countries. It includes an itinerant urban exhibition of contemporary African artistic practices, residencies of African artists in a different country and workshops on the relation between art and development of modern urban centres in Africa.
I come from a country that illustrates a fascinating example on how the musical heritage has helped to develop and foster a modern state. Over a million of our folk-songs, nurtured through out centuries, have been passed on from generation to generation and they still live today as a unique part of the UNESCO world heritage. This outstanding musical heritage has enabled us to accumulate knowledge that has been a vital element in building national identity and guiding the nation's development.
Culture has a key role to play in reaching the development goals, concluded participants at a roundtable discussion opened by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at the Millennium Summit in New York on Tuesday 21 September 2010.
The event was co-chaired by African Union Chairman Jean Ping and Commissioner for Development of the European Commission Andris Piebalgs.
On the eve of the Conference, which is to take place in New York in September 2010, to revise the MDGs the international seminar on “Culture and Development”, held in Girona on the 4th and 5th of May, 2010, has brought together member states of the E.U., the European Commission, representatives at ministerial level of EU partner countries in the field of cooperation towards development, in addition to experts and agents of civil society from 50 countries from around the world and representatives of practically all international organisations as well as specialised agencies of the United Nations involved in the support for the cultural sector.
Set up by EuropeAid to enhance knowledge through the exchange of practices on effective international cooperation.
VISIONARY AFRICA - ART AT WORK PHASE II : Cairo, first town in 2012
Next EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT DAYS 15-16 December WARSAW, Poland
The UEMOA and the EC have produced a methodological guide for developing studies on the socio-economic of the culture
EUROMED HERITAGE IV (2008-2012) contributes to the exchange of experiences on cultural heritage, creates networks and promotes cooperation.
CULTURAL HERITAGE & ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: Thematic briefing note on the external cooperation projects in the field of cultural heritage
International seminar Culture and Development GERONE Mai 2010 - video
The 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture 3-6 October 2011 - Melbourne
HAÏTI : UE launches programme Culture ARCADES
Cape Verde : The singer Mario LUCIO becomes Minister of Culture
Call for proposals : ACP-EU Support Programme to the ACP Cultural Sectors (ACP Cultures II + ACP Films II)
CE : A new Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid
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European Development days 2010, Brussels, 6 – 7 December
Itinerant urban exhibition : Visionary Africa - Art at Work
EC - Programme Civil Society and Culture in Benin: Call for Proposals 2010 (publish 12.10.2010)
EC - Programme Investing in People : Strengthening capacities in the cultural sector - Restricted Call for Proposals 2010 (publish 01.10.2010)
New York Summit on the Millennium Development Goals: Culture for Development
SALIF KEÏTA has accepted to be the ambassador for the Music against poverty contest!
The new Director General of the DG Development and relations with ACP countries :
Visionary Africa BOZAR - Brussels 30.05 - 26.09.2010
International seminar Culture and Development
Gerona 4th–5th May 2010
1st meeting of the Follow-up Committee - Gerona, 4th May 2010 Report
EC - DG EuropeAid AUCTION FLOOR CULTURE : A match for development