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Dear friends and collegues,

ITI Germany and ACAR are inviting you to a focused discussion on the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions from the perspective of performing arts.

Cutural Diversity under threat?
Thursday 20 July 2017, 15:15 - 17:00

at the 35th ITI Congress 2017 in Segovia

Background & Objectives of the Workshop

The conditions for the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention are currently under debate from different perspectives. Recent reports on the impact of the Convention demonstrate an uneven and mixed state of the art in advancing the Convention’s objectives.

Generally, in our changing world ITI as supporter and advocate of the 2005 Convention is needed to re-establish the meaning and relevance of the Convention as a political instrument to improve the framework conditions of the performing arts.

Currently there are two parallel initiatives of UNESCO Headquarter which are of meaning for the proposed Workshop:

  • First, in December 2016, Civil Society Organizations (CSO‘s) have been asked by UNESCO Secretariat to provide a Report of CSO‘s to the next session of the Intergovernmental Committee in December 2017 (Draft till 30 September 2017). Currently an informal group of representatives of CSO’s is discussing the process and the format via Skype meetings.
  • Second, a CSO Forum has been held on 12 June 2017 in Paris during the Conference of the Parties. The CSO Forum decided on the format and structure of the CSO Report and clarified questions of governance to provide this report.

On behalf of ITI worldwide and ITI Germany, Dr. Cornelia Dümcke (see short CV below) is actively engaged in this process and against this background she recommends this Workshop during the ITI congress in Segovia. The Workshop aims to identify trends/activities/interventions/initiatives led by CSO‘s and other activists to implement the 2005 Convention, particularly  from the perspective and recent experiences in the performing arts sector. It is to be expected that results of the Workshop in Segovia could feed back / support the CSO‘s Report and the CSO Forum during the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) meeting (11-14 December 2017 in Paris).

Key questions to be debated in the Workshop:
  • How relevant is the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the performing arts sector in different world regions?

  • Civil society operators, creative practitioners – both in the Global South and Global North – often do not know about the Convention, as the Convention lacks concrete, practical, day-to-day meaning for them. However, they often act in ways that are consistent with the goals of the Convention without being aware of it. Can concrete actions and examples by Workshop participants be identified which promote the implementation of the Convention in their local contexts? Do participants have critical observations in terms of the implementation of the Convention, particularly from the perspective of cultural diversity in the performing arts?

  • UNESCO Secretariat has delivered a questionnaire to a number of CSO’s in order to evaluate main activities to implement the Convention’s four goals that are identified in the Convention’s Monitoring Framework and presented in the First Global Report „Re/Shaping Cultural Policies“. These goals include: (1) Support sustainable systems of governance for culture; (2) Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals; (3) Integrate culture into sustainable development frameworks; (4) Promote of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Introduction & Moderation of the Workshop & Documentation of Results
Dr. Cornelia Dümcke, Cultural Economist, Art Consultant & ModeratorEmail: info@cultureconcepts.de; Website: www.cultureconcepts.de

Bio Note: Dr. Cornelia DümckeDr. Cornelia Dümcke is a cultural economist and works as a project developer and arts consultant. She is the founder of CULTURE CONCEPTS - an independent institute based in Berlin, providing research services and moderation and mediation for actors in both the cultural and the development sector. Her thematic specialisation focuses particularly on issues of culture and development, cultural economy, cultural tourism, as well as on the museum, theatre, opera and festival market.
From 2011 till 2015, she was nominated to the pool of experts in the field of cultural policies, set up by UNESCO Paris in the context of the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.  Since 2011, within her position as a member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC), she has conducted several reports on specific issues within the Cultural and Creative Sectors in EU Member States. 2015/2016 she was commissioned within the project CulturalBase.eu which had a specific focus on Memory, Identity and Creativity in Europe.
Cornelia Dümcke is member of the board of the Institute for Cultural Policy (Bonn) and of the Austrian Kulturdokumentation (Vienna). Since 2016, she is member of the advisory board of German UNESCO Commission in the context of the implementation of the 2005 Diversity Convention. She is one of the facilitators of the Foundation Transition Centre Dance Germany, established in 2012 as a public-private partnership. She supports the foundation as deputy chairman of the board.
In 2016 Cornelia Dümcke was nominated for the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Worldwide and for ITI Germany as a speaker and representative of both civil society organisations in the context of intergovernmental meetings for the implementation of the 2005 Diversity Convention of UNESCO in Paris.

PLEASE, indicate your participation with a short eMail notice to th.engel@iti-germany.de before the congress.
Let us also know if you have other specific issues to be disussed in this context.

Thank you and see you in Segovia!

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