ifa | Why is culture important for European cities? How does an ideal cultural city look like? The European Commission published their findings in the first edition of “Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor.” With the comparing tool developed by the scientific office of the European Union, called the Joint Research Centre (JRC), cities are supported in finding their strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, they want cities to compare themselves and learn from each other. The tool is the result of data collected from 168 cities in 30 European countries. The performance was measured by using 29 indicators mirroring the cultural, social and economic dynamic of the cities. You can find the full report here.
Cooperation in Europe
ifa | 25 years ago former Federal Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and his Romanian ministerial colleague Adrian Năstase signed the German-Romanian Treaty on Friendly Cooperation. During the anniversary year various events on the cooperation of the two countries are taking place. In Timișoara the German Cultural Days are celebrated. On May 25, the ifa-exhibition 'Rosemarie Trockel' opens at the Museum of Art of the West Romanian town. The Centrul Cultural German Timişoara presents the exhibition 'International Relations. Young Architectes from Germany' up to 9 June.
ifa | Participating in a journalistic workshop, 15 pupils had the chance to learn more about their own town of Sântana in Romania in May 2017. The main focus of the workshop was interviewing people with traditional professions like a mason, a blacksmith, or an upholsterer. Concluding the workshop, they gathered all their information and wrote short articles that are published in the 'Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung für Rumänien', a German-language daily newspaper based in Romania.
Photos by Florian Kerzel (ifa cultural manager)
ifa | What are the correlations between national, transnational and European perspectives? Is there a difference between a European perspective and multiperspectivity? What can and what should be the goal of historical education concerning the First World War? The contributions in this anthology reflect on these questions, reveal blind spots and present new approaches and projects to European Commemoration of the First World War.
Simulation game on European cultural policy
ifa | The European Union is rife with crisis and discord. Instead of solidarity and cohesion, self-interest and protectionism dominate the discourse between its member states. Internally as well as externally, the project EU is as unattractive as never before. Hence, the European Commission ventures to act big: a new pan-European idea is needed.
On the traces of the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania
ifa | The German school is deserted, a Protestant parsonage serves as a youth hostel. Today, Seligstadt has just 200 residents. It is one of the oldest villages founded by Transylvanian Saxons in Romania. In November 2016, a group of German-speaking youngsters from Temeswar and Fogarasch visited the village in search of its past, present and future. With the help of an audio expert and two ifa cultural managers they produced articles for an interactive audio-trail.
Photos by Florian Kerzel (ifa cultural manager)
Call for Applications
ifa| The programme offers young professionals and volunteering individuals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Russia and Germany the opportunity to gain professional experience abroad and to act as multipliers in their home countries. This initiative aims at the extension and development of political, economic and social relationships among the countries involved. Deadline is 10 March 2017.
Special Press Review
ifa | Populism is on the rise in Europe. Anti-European parties and protectionist movements are enforcing nationalistic ideas. The new ifa’s Special Review ''Target Europe'' addresses the revival of nationalist thinking in Europe, its impact on the arts, culture, the media and science as well as the latters' responsibility to fight back against oversimplifying populist narratives.
Culture report, EUNIC Yearbook
Talk about soccer requires a more than vague expertise, but, all in all, it is well-focused. It doesn’t oblige you to intervene personally, because you are talking about something played beyond the area of the speaker’s power. For the male adult it’s like little girls playing ladies: a pedagogical game, which teaches you how to occupy your proper place.
By Umberto Eco
Culture Report / EUNIC Yearbook 2016
A Global Game. Sport, Culture, Development and Foreign Policy
Sport spans linguistic and cultural boundaries and gets into the hearts of people all over the world. But the ideal of fair play is under threat from corruption and commercialisation, greed and political manoeuvring. Can sport be a useful tool in cultural relations? How can the social power of sport be used for development, integration and peace work? These and other questions are addressed in the Culture Report and EUNIC Yearbook 2016. On the occasion of Euro 2016, we publish selected articles in the series A Global Game.
Dave Eggers: Sports for communists
Serhij Zhadan: Ukraine goes into extra time
Anders Ravn Sørensen: Swede of the year
Umberto Eco: Sport is man, sport is society
Beqë Cufaj: Sport is also war
Julian Rieck: A symbol of Spain's internal battles
Andrei S. Markovits: A force for emancipation and discrimination
Marianne Meier: A love affair with dictators
Young people in Kiev had the opportunity to slip into the role of local politicians and activists in a fictional city. The aim of the simulation was to promote participation and democracy. A report on the Our Community simulation game held from 2 to 4 November 2015.
By André Eichhofer
Interview with Federica Mogherini
eunews.it | The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, after the presentation of the 'Cultural Diplomacy' project.
European Commission: Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations