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Newsbulletin #3

November 2013



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The 2013 edition of the European Culture Forum (Brussels, 4-6th November) brought together over 1000 'cultural stakeholders' from across Europe for a complex conference programme with many engaging speakers. The main intention behind the choice of topics - "Measuring the True Value of Culture", "Exploring New Funding Models", and "Making Cultural Participation a Reality" – appeared to be to spur on the cultural sector’s ingenuity in coping with irreversibly (it seems) decreased public funding.

Commission President Barroso’s remark in his keynote that "It is not smart to cut spending on culture" could not deflect from this impression; and neither did the fact that the Creative Europe programme – see Commission press release on its adoption - with its prospective 146 billion EUR budget (over 7 years) was presented as a 9% increase (on the current Media and Culture programmes, which will be amalgamated).

Read on to find out how PIE used its 'Flash Session' at the European Culture Forum (accorded to it as a - still - 'Structured Dialogue platform') to draw attention to cuts and changes in funding regimes for civil society organisations …

PIE member organisation Les Amis du Monde Entier baffled the Culture Forum audience a few times by taking the floor to point out that cultural policy-makers concern themselves too little with the interest of migrants and minorities. Read on to find out about a new project on "Brokering Migrants’ Cultural participation" which PIE set on the rails …

Sabine Frank,

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"Emergency care ward for cultural civil society" - PIE 'Flash Session' at EU Culture Forum

Brussels, 4th November 2013  

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As part of the EU Culture Forum on 4-6th November in Brussels, PIE held a 45-minute "Flash Session" under the title "A future for Civil Society?" on Monday 4th Nov, 17h.

Cuts and changes to funding regimes for Civil Society Organisations have been rolled out across Europe in recent years. They are going too far - achievements of the past are being undermined. As the EU enters a new budget period, the cuts are being applied to EU funding programmes. European organisations and networks that have helped create a European identity and European public space fear for their existence.

PIE examined this emergency, gathered ‘patient statements’, issued ‘diagnoses’ and ‘prescribed remedies’. See the leaflet handed out. See the full set of patient statements gathered. Watch the video presentation (make sure your audio is on).

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Our "Intensive care ward for civil society" received visitors who expressed their empathy. Visit our Facebook page to take part in the discussion. Comments and shares welcome ! Twitter : @PIEdialogue - #Save#CivilSociety

"Brokering Migrants' Cultural Participation" - PIE in EIF project

Feverish work on a demanding project application back in February has been rewarded with selection for a grant from the European Integration Fund. Five partners – PIE, Interarts Foundation in Barcelona, Intercult in Stockholm, IG Kultur Österreich and ECCOM Idee per la Cultura in Milan – will cooperate in a 22-month project on “Brokering Migrants’ Cultural Participation.”

The first step will be to further develop a benchmarking tool for diversity management in cultural institutions, which PIE drafted in collaboration with Migration Policy Group.

An expert seminar will take place in early December. A pilot research exercise in the five partner countries as well as Learning Partnerships with selected cultural institutions will follow in 2014.

5th OMC meeting -
Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue (Phase II)

Brussels, 10/11th October 2013

Logo European CouncilExperts from 11 EU Member States formed the hard core who thrashed out which recommendations from the work of over one year should make it into the final report of the group on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue (under the Open Method of Coordination). 

By its fifth meeting the group had reached the level of maturity for really engaged discussion, but it was still apparent that more time would be needed to come to a deep common understanding.

A controversial discussion ensued, for example, over the draft recommendation "Do not renounce artistic quality when working with special target groups." The experience behind this is of course the discomfort, which some cultural institutions feel in what they see as 'crossing the line between artistic and social projects' in the course of engaging with more diverse audiences. Yet the recommendation implies that by working with and for people with a migration background, artistic quality is in danger. 

The group also grappled once more with the scarcity of examples on staff diversification. PIE argued that the lack of examples should be interpreted as a challenge to invest particular effort in this domain. 

In connection with the group's prospective recommendation for diversity benchmarking in cultural institutions, PIE director, Sabine Frank, was invited to present PIE’s "Brokering Migrants’ Cultural Participation" project which centres on a benchmarking tool for diversity management in cultural institutions. The project was welcomed and several OMC experts offered to collaborate in its implementation.

It is now in the hands of the chair and the assigned Commission official to finish the report. Publication of this OMC group’s report is due early in 2014. 

Read a fuller report on this meeting.

10th European Integration Forum - Participation of migrants in the democratic process

Brussels, 26/27th November 2013

EIF logoIn the context of the European Year on Citizenship, the theme of the Forum will be 'Participation of migrants in the democratic process – Towards an inclusive citizenship'. PIE will be represented by Tarafa Baghajati (Adviser to the PIE board). He will draw attention to the importance of migrants’ cultural participation for their inclusion in the democratic process, as well as their cultural rights - be they resident citizens or naturalised citizens. PIE will also support recommendations for common EU rules on easier access to national citizenship.

The programme includes plenary debates with high representatives of the European institutions and academic experts, as well as parallel roundtables, with different subjects related to the main theme. A roundtable on the future development of Home Affairs policies after the Stockholm Programme (2014-2020) is also planned.

Find out more about the EIF.

News from our PIE Members

Members have the benefit of exchange amongst themselves through a PIE members’ Facebook group. 
To see who PIE's current members are or to become a member, please go to our membership page.

European Music Council (EMC) 

2013 - The EMC celebrates its 40+10 anniversary

Logo EMC jpgIn 2013, the EMC celebrates ist 40+10 anniversary. 10 years ago, the EMC was registrated under German law as an association based in Bonn, Germany. 40 years ago, the foundations of the EMC were laid as a regional group for Europe of the International Music Council (IMC). To celebrate this event, the EMC organised a reception on September 1st in the context of a board meeting. The EMC also invited the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to be part of the reception and to do workshops with local schools.  

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"Jalla Jalla! The Power of Culture in Social Change" - TEH Meeting 76 - Engine Room Europe Platform 5 - La Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille, France), 28 Novembre - 1 December 2013 

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Logo Engine RoomTEH Meeting 76 will gather 200 activists and artists from Europe and the Arab world to share inspirational examples of how they work in independent culture under difficult conditions and stories of how culture actions can lead to social change. Through vivid panel discussions, exclusive one-to-one sessions, focus groups and joint dinners participants will have a unique opportunity to learn about alternative methods of working and meet potential partners from Europe and beyond.

Contact: Maja Lindquist (Meeting coordinator):   - More details about this meeting.

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Azalai Music Caravan @ Taragalte Festival - Final Conference and Artistic Creation. November 2013 

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The project "AZALAI – Laboratoire nomade", supported by the Culture Programme of the EU and coordinated by Fabbrica Europa Foundation, arrived at its final step. After having traced new musical maps between Europe and Africa through Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary and Serbia, AZALAI stopped at the Taragalte Festival of M’hamid el Gizlane in Morocco, in collaboration with the Festival au Désert of Timbuktu. This symbolic return to Africa was a dissemination conference and an artistic creative residency, in honour of encounter, peace and intercultural dialogue. - - Photo: ©  Festival Taragalte

Border Crossings - UK  

Origins Festival of First Nations - 27/29th November

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Logo OriginsBorder Crossings presents the third Origins Festival, its biennial celebration of indigenous cultures in London.  The festival brings together artists and thinkers from indigenous backgrounds around the world, as well as engaging with diasporic communities in London with origins in these cultures. This year’s festival has a particularly strong representation from Mexico and Latin America – the fastest-growing migrant communities in the city - including a celebration of the Day of the Dead!

Europahaus Burgenland - Austria  

Global Evolution as a Question of Community - The International Communities as a Work of Art  - November 2013 

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This international seminar explored the development possibilities for a global community. Can there be a worldwide 'we'? Is the global community about joint acting, or about thinking with the same references in a common direction? Is cosmopolitan thought reconcilable with the idea of community or does it need to be relinquished for the sake of community?

The legacies of Dag Hammarskjöld (UN-Secretary General, 1953-61) and Béla Hamvas (1897–1968; Hungarian writer, philosopher, and social critic) were at the centre of the seminar programme.

Full programme (in German) - More on this subject: - Contact:

International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF)  

Gala Dinner and Concert – Closure event Voices For Tomorrow & 20th anniversary of MUS-E programme – 3rd December 2013 – Brussels

Logo IYMFOn Tuesday 3rd December at the Theatre of the Plaza Hotel in Brussels, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation will hold its annual Gala. On this occasion the Foundation will mark the closure of its "Voices for Tomorrow" programme and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MUS-E programme.

The evening will be enhanced by the presence of several ambassadors and representatives from the European Institutions and will welcome on stage a group of the ambassador artists participating in the Voices for Tomorrow programme. This year the godmother of the event is the Israeli singer Yasmin Levy, who will enchant participatns with mesmerising rhythms of Sephardic melodies from the Mediterranean.

The ambassador artists who will perform on this occasion are N’Faly Kouyaté from Guinea-Conakry, a master of the kora and the balafon, the Serb Aleksandar Caric, a musician involved in the MUS-E programme in Italy and who favours the flute and the mandolin, the Belgian Quentin Dujardin at the guitar and the Frenchman Matthieu Saglio at the cello, both exceptional composers, the Chinese video artist Shanglie Zhu and on the violin Iva Bittová, a remarkable musician from the Czech Republic: a winning blend of voice and music from here and elsewhere, under the baton of Thierry Van Roy.

Should you wish to support us please contact us 0032 2 673.35.04. -

Teatro dell'Argine (TdA) - Italy  

Crossing Paths project selected for YOURopa! - June/September 2013

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Logo ITCCrossing Paths, a EU Culture project about poverty, social exclusion and theatre as a tool for intercultural dialogue, was selected by YOURopa Active Citizens.
Thirty projects were selected as best practices among several EU programmes of the past 4 years. Crossing Paths was coordinated by PIE Member Teatro dell’Argine, co-organised by Taastrup Teater (Denmark) and Badac Theatre (UK), and had PIE in its international network - 

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Acting Diversity: A Project of Intercultural Theatre for Political Refugees and Young - (October 2012/September 2013) 

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September 30th marked the end of Acting Diversity: methods exchanges, theatre workshops and shows with intercultural groups in Italy, UK and Palestine, in a project centred on theatre as cultural, social and educational tool, and on the condition of asylum seekers in the partner countries.

A project by PIE member TdA, in partnership with Al-Harah Theater (Palestine) and Badac Theatre (UK), with the support of Anna Lindh Foundation - 

More on this project – Contact: 






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