Eduard Miralles is the Cultural Relations Advisor at the Barcelona Provincial Council, where he also managed the Cultural Studies and Resources Center (1996-2004) and the biennial “Interacció” on cultural policies (1996-2002).
He is also the chair of the Interarts Foundation, an organisation focused on international cultural cooperation, and a consultant on culture, cooperation and development for several international organisations such as FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities), AECID (Spanish Cooperation for Development Agency) and the OEI (Iberoamerican States’ Organisation for Education, Science and Culture).
During 2002-2004 he was on the committee for the Agenda 21 for Culture and after 2004 represented the Barcelona Provincial Council at the Culture Commission of the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG). Eduard Miralles is also a board member of Roberto Cimetta Fund, an international non-profit organisation supporting artistic mobility in the Mediterranean region. Since 2007 he takes part in the UNESCO’s international group of experts for development of the Convention for Cultural Diversity.
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Cultural Center REX is a laboratory for research of new fields of culture. The centre is the member of the European Network of Independent Cultural Centres – Trans Europe Halles, the coalition of centres for creative development and use of new media (the ECB network – European cultural backbone), the Clubture – the informal regional project platform (M2, Croatia) and the Association of Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia.
REX was formed in 1994 by Belgrade based radiostation B92, by the name of Cinema REX and as a cultural centre space for providing the conditions for realisation and presentation of domestic production from the field of theatre and visual arts, music, film, video, new media; organizing workshops, promotions and discussion and being actively involved in social and political movements, networking the co-operations throughout Yugoslavia.
REX is coverning contemporary culture and promoting creative use of new media by:
- supporting production and presentation of analytical and critical culture;
- promoting values of open and democratic society and culture and art that reflect current civil needs and initiatives;
- carries out projects in collaboration with cultural workers active on local or ex-Yugoslav scene;
- carries out programmes in Belgrade and throughout Serbia with the aim of playing an active part in the European cultural milieu: organizes guest visits of various artists, participates in forums and workshops, initiates and carries out international projects, exchanges programmes and experiences with similar centres;
- insists on working with young people and audience, emphasizing educational aspect of such an activity;
- creates a “free zone” for discussion about current political and social processes.
Some of the REX culture and exchange activities in focus are:
The Crossroads East West programme focus is on detecting and analyzing different processes and projects of intercultural dialogue of existing cultural and artistic project activities, and mapping of intercultural dialogue in Serbia focused on contemporary cultural and artistic sphere in order to explore and better understand the nature and capacity of intercultural dialog in the Eastern and Western Europe. The Crossroads East West intercultural dialogue programme meetings and debates are part of the Engine Room Europe, a three-year project focusing on independent cultural workers and their field of activity.
Engine Room Europe, REX is one of 11 co-organisers in a three-year capacity building project dedicated to the sustainable future of the European independent cultural sector through investment in its cultural workers and their creative processes. This objective will be achieved by a three-year programme of Europe wide activities. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capacity and sustainability of independent culture in Europe. The project is carried out with the support of the European Commission.
Mission Less Probable is a REX series of public presentations and debates, held by artists, architects, cultural workers, policy makers and NGO activists chiefly from the SEE region with the task of locate and analyse the gaps between aims and real outcomes of the selected case study artistic, architectural, civil society or cultural policy-related production.
Intercultural Dialogues’ Mapping in the Republic of Serbia is a project of Working Group for preservation of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, realized by Serbian Ministry of Culture and Cultural Centre Rex as a partner organization. Project of Mapping and Affirmation of Projects and Processes of Intercultural Dialogues in the Republic of Serbia serve to locate and research different aspects of intercultural dialogues under conditions that are characteristic for Serbia and within the existing cultural, activist or research practice.Tags: access to culture, Beograd, cultural cooperation, cultural production, intercultural dialogue, mobility, Serbia, South East Europe
The Clubture Network was established in 2002 and it gathers 39 independent cultural organizations active in different contemporary cultural and artistic disciplines in Croatia. It functions as a collaborative exchange platform trough which organizations directly collaborate, on principles of mutual decision-making and inclusiveness. Programs also have an educational segment, where, through workshops and trainings as well as the exchange of experience, organizations acquire relevant knowledge and skills in the field of policy processes, most notably in the field of advocacy actions. Main goals of the Clubture network is to facilitate partnerships and strengthen collaboration between organizations, to increase public visibility and influence of the independent cultural sector on the cultural policy-making in Croatia, in the region of former Yugoslavia, and internationally. The Network conducts different program activities in order to successfully contribute to the decentralization of cultural production, trough enabling distribution of innovative independent cultural and artistic programs in different cities and smaller communities across Croatia.
The Clubture Network conducts activities aiming to increase influence and public visibility of the independent cultural sector and towards establishment of the independent cultural sector as a relevant actor on the cultural-political map. Clubture was the first organization in the region of former Yugoslavia to promote active participation of the independent cultural sector in the processes of cultural policy-making and implementation, organizing educational activities, as well as joint advocacy actions towards different decision-makers in Croatia and beyond. The Network is recognized in Croatia, in the SEE region and internationally as a catalyst for collaboration and a relevant actor in the field of cultural policies, in terms of envisioning and advocating for a successful implementation of bottom-up models of cultural policy-making.
Clubture activities are carried through following programmes and initiatives:
- CLUBTURE HR – Programme exchange is a key activity based on direct collaboration of organizations of civil society, non-formal initiatives and artistic organizations, which mutually share cultural contents and/or mutually create projects and programs (exhibitions, film programs, music performances, workshops, dance and theatre plays and other performing forms, lectures..).
- CLUBTURE’S REGIONAL INITIATIVE – regional program sharing initiative and a project collaboration network. Pilot-phase started in 2006 between organizations from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Macedonia.
- KULTURPUNKT.HR – portal aiming to promote and to present primary the independent cultural scene, and civil initiatives connected to the independent cultural scene that managed the process of public advocacy directed towards wider social issues. Kulturpunk.hr develops instruments for analytical and critical approach to the topics in the area of culture in general.
- KULTURA AKTIVA – program consists of different advocacy and monitoring public policies activities, aiming to improve institutional framework that is relevant for civil cultural sector, but also the cultural sector in general. Program also deals with issues in youth policies – such as youth clubs, organizations that are active in youth culture, or those that deal with organizing youth free time, etc.
The most of the activities are aimed towards the formation of transparent cultural policies models in local (regional and cities) administrations.Tags: arts management, Croatia, cultural cooperation, cultural diversity, cultural participation, cultural production, funding, lobbying, mobility
Interarts promotes knowledge about the cultural sector, cultural policies and its contribution to development at local, regional and international levels. It is committed to combining its research activities with the management of international cooperation projects in order to stimulate cultural knowledge, dialogue, professional development and networking. Cultural policies research and the promotion of European cultural cooperation have been core components of Interarts’ work since its establishment. It provides services to public, private and third sector organisations in: research proposals design; consultancy; providing training, and information. Interarts carried out PRACTICS - project supported by the European Commission, which aims to provide information to help the mobility of artists and cultural professionals in Europe.Tags: cultural cooperation, cultural policies, EU, Mediterranean, mobility, Spain
Mary Ann DeVlieg has been working in the cultural sector for 30 years in the USA and Europe. Her work has been concerned with performing arts (creation, production, diffusion) in an international context, with special emphasis on policy, multicultural practices and professional training. She has been the Secretary General of IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts) since 1994. Mary Ann is a co-founder of the Roberto Cimetta Fund for Mobility of Mediterranean Artists and Arts Organisers, and a founder of www.on-the-move.org, a portal for professional mobility in the culture sector. She collaborates frequently on advisory boards of foundations (e.g. Japan Foundation), think–tanks, networks and associations. She teachescultural management at the University of Bologna, in Turin and Lecce. She served on the steering committee for the conference ‘Culture and Creation as Vectors of Development in the ACP Countries’ initiated by EU Commissioner for Development, Louis Michel; on the High Level Reflection Group on Mobility of the European Commission’s DG for Education and Culture. In 2006 the EU’s DG for Employment and Social Affairs awarded her the Individual Award for her life-long services to artists’ mobility. 2008- 2010 she chaired the EU Working Group on Creativity and Creation (part of the Access to Culture Platform). She is a co-founder of the International Coalition for Arts, Human Rights and Social Justice.Tags: Belgium, cultural advocacy, cultural cooperation, cultural policy, culture and development, EU, mobility