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 Newsletter–September 2005

Welcome to the third edition of the Global Alliance Newsletter. It is a busy time for the Alliance with our first international conference 'Partnerships on the Move' taking place in Paris, 12 September. That is to be followed by the  workshop 'Building and Promoting Creative Cities,' 13 September.

There have been exciting developments with the Creative Cities Network in recent months. New cities have been appointed and applications keep arriving from cities all over the world to join the network. 

We are also continuing our efforts to improve our website and newsletter to help our members communicate and collaborate. If you have any interesting news or information to distribute, websites that you think are useful, or ideas you wish to share with members, please get in touch and we will announce it for you.

The Global Alliance Team. 

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The Global Alliance website gives you access to a wide range of information. The Members Focus allows you to discover what other members are doing and announce your activities. It features a short Interview With…’ to give an insight into the issues and challenges facing professionals involved in cultural industries. The Appeals’ board allows you to make contact with our readership of specialists, request help or offer your knowledge, experiences and advice. Please get in touch with us if you want to showcase events or activities in the What’s On?’ section. We also regularly publish  Features’ which take a look at specific issues, providing an introduction to trends or topics of interest (this edition we look at the concept of Creative Clusters) as well as lists of New Publications’ and Useful Links.' We hope you find the site useful. If you have any comments about it please email us at globalalliance@unesco.org


  News and Events
Click on the links below to find out the latest news and events:

Capturing Cultural Statistics for Policy Makers

In an initiative that aims to facilitate better-informed policy-making, the Global Alliance will sponsor a seminar on 20-21 October in Bogota, Colombia, to discuss the challenges and advantages of Satellite Accounts for the cultural sector..

The World Forum on Cultural Diversity, Hangzhou, China, 7-9 November 2005

Organised by the Foundation for Globalization Cooperation (China) in cooperation with UNESCO's Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity, the World Forum on Cultural Diversity will take place in Hangzhou, 7-9th November 2005.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market 2005

The UNESCO Creative City Santa Fe has hosted the 2nd International Folk Art Market bringing together some of the world’s finest folk artists from Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Latin America.

Aswan, Egypt appointed first UNESCO City of Folk Art
The city of Aswan, Egypt has been appointed as UNESCO City of Folk Art, 1 September 2005. Known as Swno (the market) in the times of the Pharaohs, the city of Aswan has preserved a unique heritage in folk art while evolving into a contemporary hub of exquisite craftwork, arts education, creative exchange and civil engagement.
Film Production Workshop for Professional Producers of Colombia, 27 February – 3 March 2006, Bogotá
The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and UNESCO will hold a Film Production Workshop for Professional Producers of Colombia, a 5-day intensive seminar, in Bogotá, February 27 to March 3 2006.
Creative Places + Spaces2: Risk Revolution conference, Toronto, Canada, 30 September - 1 October 2005
UNESCO's Creative Cities Network has been invited as a featured speaker at the Creative Places + Spaces2: Risk Revolution conference in Toronto, Canada on 30 September - 1 October 2005.
Copyright Awareness Public Information Campaign launched in Colombia
The Colombian Ministry of the Interior and Justice, in cooperation with the Global Alliance, launched a copyright awareness campaign, 18 August, on the public transport network of Bogota, which comprises a series of cartoons featuring the well known character Malfada.
Les rencontres de Cork, Linking of the European and the American Continents, Cork, Ireland, 13-16 October 2005
UNESCO's Creative Cities Network has been invited to participate in 'les rencontres de Cork, linking the European and American continents" conference in Ireland in October 2005.
  Creative Clusters Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 24-26 October 2005
UNESCO's Creative Cities Network has been invited to present a case study on the concrete achievements of the Network's appointed cities at the 2005 Creative Clusters conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland in October 2005. 
  Popayan, Colombia appointed first UNESCO City of Gastronomy
The city of Popayan, Colombia has been appointed the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy. The official appointment ceremony, during which the mayor received the certificate of membership of the Network, took place in Popayan on 11 August.. 
  UNESCO Cities of Literature Seminar, Edinburgh, Scotland
On 19-21 August 2005 UNESCO's Creative Cities Network participated in Edinburgh's "UNESCO Cities of Literature Inaugural Seminar," designed to bring together delegates from cities which may become future Cities of Literature in order to plan and develop projects and exchanges.. 
Buenos Aires, Argentina appointed UNESCO City of Design
The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina was appointed as the first UNESCO City of Design on 24 August 2005.

Members Focus

The Members Focus allows you to find out what other members are doing. It features an interview with a member, a What's On? members announcement section and an Appeals notice board.

Interview with...:  

 Gaston Kaboré is one of today’s most well-known specialists of African cinema. A filmmaker himself, he is also a teacher and his activities help foster the recognition and promotion of African cinema. During the most recent FESPACO, the famous pan African festival for cinema and television of Ouagadougou in which he regularly participates, he was the main trainer for the workshop on ‘Training and Issues of Professionalism,’ under the aegis of the Global Alliance. With varied and specialized professional experience, Mr. Kaboré was an adviser at the University of Ouagadougou and the African Institute for Cinematographic Education, then became director of national cinematography of Burkina Faso for a decade as well as Secretary-General of Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers from 1985 to 1997. Today he is director of his own training company ‘Imagine’ in Burkina Faso. He talks to us about his experiences, projects and his vision for the future of African cinema.

What’s On?
Click on the link above to the What’s On? section to find out the what other members are doing and announcements from members. Feel free to let us know of conferences, round tables, exhibitions, performances and other such activities you are undertaking that you wish to publicise.

PAMBERI Trust - African Synergy Project Zimbabwe
The PAMBERI Trust promotes intra-African trade in books and the performing arts.
Music Seminars in Madina-Accra, Ghana, 29-30 September, 2005
Trak Mastas International are organising a music seminar in Ghana with the Musician Union (MUSIGA) and the top record label in Ghana (GOODIES MUSIC PRODUCTION).
The Observatory of Culture Industries - Buenos Aires, Argentina
This new research initiative of the City of Buenos Aires, is dedicated to collect, process and elaborate information on culture industries.
International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA) – Niger, 7-10 December, 2005
The fifth International Festival of African Fashion (Fima) will take place at the Cauri de Waday, 20 kms from the capital Niamey, in Niger.
WOMEX 2005, Newcastle, UK, 26-30 October 
The 11th annual WOMEX event is traveling this year to the UK for the first time. The theme will be ‘A commonwealth of Music’ which will be reflected in all the expo events, features, showcases, conference, film market, umbrella stands and networking meetings alike.

The Appeals section allows you to find help from members.  Do you have a technical question? Are you searching for specific guidance on how to set up an activity. Do you need expert advice on a topic? If so, send us an email and we might post it in our next e-newsletter.


Creative Clusters
Business and culture, often seen as mutually opposed, are uniting to create an entirely new economic landscape where creativity and culture are essential raw materials of the production cycle just as coal and steel have been since the industrial revolution.


Below are listed books of interest to those involved in the cultural industries.

Flight of the Creative Class, Richard Florida, Collins, 2005
Following up on The Rise of the Creative Class (2002), Florida argues that if America continues to make it harder for some of the world's most talented students and workers to come here, they'll go to other countries eager to tap into their creative capabilities—as will American citizens fed up with what they view as an increasingly repressive environment.
The Creative City: a Toolkit for Urban Innovators, Charles Landry, Comedia/Earthscan, 2002
The transition from industrial to post-industrial societies, together with the globalisation of the world economy, are creating new challenges for cities in the twenty-first century. As wealth is increasingly created by ideas as opposed to the manufacturing of material goods, Charles Landry highlights the need for a creative approach to urban development, one that is based on the exploitation of local cultural resources and the centrality of imagination.
Creative Cities, Urban Development and the Information Society,’ Jan Verwijnen and Panu Lehtovuori, University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH), 2005 
Creative Cities is a collection of essays, together with key presentations given at the Creative City conference, held in Helsinki in 1996. The book analyses strategies and effects of cultural innovations and cultural industries on urban development, within the context of the information society.

Useful Links

Site of the Month:
Ministry of Culture Media and Sport, UK
This website provides a rich array of information about cultural industries, including economic and social indicators and plenty of details about how cultural industries are financed through the UK, a leader in developing public policy to promote the growth of these industries.

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