cultural values

Tobias Harding

Tobias Harding is  as an expert at the Department of Culture and Society at the Linköping University. His main research interests concern concepts of democracy, culture and Bildung institutionalised in various modes of organizing. His additional interests involve third sector politics, national identity, cultural policies in Sweden, neo-institutionalism in cultural policy, education policy and culture.

His Ph.D. disertation at the University of Linköping concerned national cultural policy in Sweden where he analysed institutionalization of Swedish culture between 1970-2002.

Tobias is the Head of the Swedish Cultural Policy Observatory (SweCult) as well as  Swedish reporter for the Council of Europe Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. He is also a memeber of the editorial board of the Nordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidskrift (The Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy) and a member of the scientific committee for the Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research.

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The National Office of Cultural Heritage

The National Office of Cultural Heritage is a governmental organisation under the supervision of the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture. It was founded in 2001 as the former National Office for the Protection of Historic Monuments and Directorate of Cultural Heritage in charge of archaeology and movable items. The Office provides a legal, regulatory and structural framework for historic monuments, archaeological sites and movable cultural heritage in accordance with the recent European trends. It is the administrative authority responsible for nearly 12.000 listed historic sites, buildings, conservation areas and historic gardens as well as for more than 100 thousand archaeological sites and 35.000 movable cultural heritage items and 240 collections in private ownership.

The objective is to preserve and hand over to the next generations the values of cultural, architectural, archaeological and movable heritage while taking into account the need for the enhancement of the quality of life and the demands of an up-to date standards of living conditions. The National Office is also a research centre and an advisory body for the owners and the managers of the heritage property as well as a mediator among different public and private stakeholders playing a role in heritage conservation and enhancement with an aim to strengthen public awareness of heritage values. It is consisted out of following Professional units: Authority & Legal Direction, Strategy Department, Department for Coordination & Inspection, Public Relations Department, Directorate for Listing, National Film Office, Research and Documentation Centre for Historic Monuments, Hungarian Museum of Architecture, Secretariat of International Scientific Relations, Secretariat of Hungarian National Commission of World Heritage and National Memorial Committee Secretariat.

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Culture Futures

Culture|Futures is an international collaboration of organizations and individuals concerned with shaping and delivering a proactive cultural agenda to support the necessary transition towards an Ecological Age by 2050. The Culture is observed as an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, inter-genre collaboration, which encompasses policy-making, intercultural dialogue/cultural relations, creative cities/cultural planning, creative industries and research and development. The aim is to affect the thinking and behaviour of people and communities and impact cultural values, beliefs and thereby actions by disseminating the stories that value creativity and cultural values rather than purely financial motivations. Culture|Futures was gradually evolving as an informal network since 2007. The network cooperates with numerous Danish and international partners and collaborators.

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SI – Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency that seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and business. SI also supports Swedish language instruction at foreign universities. SI works closely with Swedish embassies and consulates around the world. The agency pursues its activities in accordance with following objectives:

  •  to promote Sweden’s international position by establishing cooperation in wide range of fields and paving the way for new partnerships, exchanges and trade;
  • to foster creativity, innovation and development both in Sweden and in partner countries by encouraging exchanges of knowledge and know-how;
  • to facilitate cooperation and encourage sustainable development, progress towards human rights, freedom of expression and gender equality;
  • to support partner countries’ economic, social and cultural development, as part of Sweden’s development cooperation effort;
  • to help reducing tension and the risk of conflict by encouraging knowledge-sharing, dialogue and understanding between people both in Sweden and in other countries.

The Swedish Institute supports exchanges, promotes and funds projects with other countries in the spheres of culture, education, research and public life.  The Swedish Institute in Paris (Institut Suédois à Paris) is SI’s sole branch office, and the only Swedish cultural centre outside Sweden.

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IRL – Institut Ramon Llull

The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium made up by the Government of Catalonia and the Government of the Balearic Islands dedicated to the international promotion of the Catalan language and the culture of the areas in which Catalan is spoken. The IRL forms part of the Fundació Ramon Llull, which was established by the governments of Andorra, the Ramon Llull Institute, General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees, the city of Alghero, and the Network of Valencian Cities, and has its central offices in Andorra.  IRL’s activities are divided within three main departments:

  • The Language Department
  • The Artistic Department
  • The Department of Humanities and Sciences

The Ramon Llull Institute’s main objective is to promote Catalan language and culture abroad. In order to achieve its mission, IRL:

  •  fosters Catalan language classes in universities and other centers of higher learning, placing special emphasis on the study and research of Catalan language and culture beyond its linguistic domain;
  • promotes the teaching of Catalan to the general public beyond the linguistic domain;
  • broadens the familiarization with Catalan literature on an international level by encouraging and supporting translations into other languages and corresponding promotional activities for such works when deemed appropriate;
  • contributes to the international dissemination of works of philosophy  and research by providing  support for translations into other languages, organizing meetings, seminars and exchange programs and other activities towards the advancement of the Catalan academic, intellectual and scientific community abroad;  
  • promotes and provide support to international Catalan societies in their initiatives, projects and activities;
  • further the international impact of Catalan visual arts through the use of appropriate promotional strategies and activities, encourages the internationalization of outstanding artistic work, provides aid towards the exposure of artists and artwork abroad and broadens the international awareness of Catalonia’s art
  • promotes  collaborations, projects and joint initiatives with institutions and organizations dedicated to the diffusion of Catalan culture.

 

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National Cultural Fund

The Hungarian National Cultural Fund operates under the supervision  of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and it aims to  support creation and preservation of Hungarian cultural values and their promotion on national and international level, new cultural initiatives and scientific research on culture.  The National Cultural Fund distributes grants and  it has supported international cultural exchanges and programmes in the field of architecture, environment, fine and applied arts, libraries, national archives and theatre.

 

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HFC – Hellenic Foundation for Culture

Hellenic Foundation for Culture (HFC) is a cultural and educational organization, which aims to promote Greek language and Greek culture.  It has branches in Alexandria, Berlin, Odessa, London and Moscow.  The Foundation offers Greek language courses, organizes cultural events, publishes books and operates lending libraries in its Branches, open to the public. Furthermore,  HFC provides assistance to institutions that promote Greek language for conferences, publications, language lessons at universities and schools. HFC is the head of the Greek network of the Anna Lindh Foundation for Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Dialogue between Cultures, and is a member of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).

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John Holden

John Holden is an associate at the think tank Demos, where he was Head of Culture from 2000-2008. He is a Visiting Professor in Cultural Policy and Management at City University, London. John holds Masters Degrees in Law and in Design History and has been engaged in numerous projects in the cultural sector dealing with music, film, theatre, heritage, museums and libraries, and concerned with policy issues, evaluation, leadership, workforce development and learning.  He has worked with governments, funding bodies, trusts and foundations, agencies, and major cultural organizations, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the British Museum, the Sage, Gateshead, V&A, and Tate. He is a Trustee of the Hepworth, Wakefield, a member of the Strategy Committee of the Clore Leadership Programme, a member of the Advisory Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a member of the European Expert Network on Culture and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. John has delivered many keynote speeches in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, the US and Canada. His publications on cultural policy issues include Culture and Class, Democratic Culture, Capturing Cultural Value, Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy, Creative Reading, Culture and Learning, Hitting the Right Note and Cultural Diplomacy. Together with Robert Hewison, he wrote The Cultural Leadership Handbook: How to Run a Creative Organization.

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