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Amsterdam, March 12th. The epic opera, Aida, has been up for sale on eBay since yesterday, including all of its magnificent set pieces, stage props and hundreds of unique costumes, for a cast of 500 performers. Peter Kroone, who has produced countless large scale 360° opera productions and is the owner of Companions Opera Amsterdam, is retiring from the industry. Peter Kroone has produced a considerable number of large-scale operas around the world. A few examples include: Rotterdam (where it all started), Paris, Munich, Shanghai & Zurich. Many of these operas sold out, selling more than 1 million tickets. Peter Kroone was unable to find a successor for his productions within his own network. He is therefore offering all his unique productions for indoor arenas and stadiums for sale. "It pains me greatly to leave the industry, but productions like Aida cannot be produced in a year. Productions at this level require a 3 to 5 year commitment, which I am no longer able to give. The time has come for me to do other things in life. My successor must be an opera lover like I am, or an entertainment entrepreneur who sees this product as an opportunity to expand into new territories and markets. I have not yet found a successor, but the world out there is big and who knows.... Maybe there is someone out there like me, who wants to bring opera to a broader audience. This is why I have chosen to announce my retirement and the sale of my productions on eBay. It would be a shame if the productions disappeared."
AmbITion is an online toolkit that has been specifically designed for an arts organisation to develop themselves digitally. Through an easy to follow step-by-step approach, supported by a wide range of templates, tips and resources, your organisation can now approach digital development with confidence.
Traditionally, audits were mainly associated with gaining information about financial systems and the financial records of a company or a business. However, recent auditing has begun to include other information about the system, such as information about security risks, information systems performance. The general definition of an audit is an evaluation of a person, organisation, system, process, enterprise, project or product. Audits are performed to ascertain the validity and reliability of information, so right here at the beginning of the AmbITion process, be brutally honest with yourselves about where you are at now. By understanding the complete picture of your situation now, youll be able to see what your starting point is and so plan accordingly.
DOTS Digital Art Magazine is a wrap and off to the Apple App Store. March 1st 2012 the new digital iPad magazine Dots will be launched. After months of inspiration, creative ideas, interviewing, writing, designing, digitalizing and a lot of ambition and drive the finish line is within reach. Starting March 1st this brand new art magazine can be downloaded on iPads worldwide.
Dots puts contemporary art in the spotlight using an innovative and interactive approach. Art of the world, for the world.Dots magazine epitomizes innovation, surprise, enthusiasm and creativity. In searching for projects and artists from the farthest corners of the world, the makers have created a valuable resource. This makes Dots a unique magazine. Dots is written in English and will be published four times a year.
The artist and audience depend on one another to fulfill their roles, artist as creator and audience as recipient. Sometimes they act as co-creators. While the first part of these observations remain true, the roles of artist and audience have been evolving as technology affects the relationship between artist and audience. Historically, as different technological tools are incorporated into the mainstream, the audience has been provided with more options and possibilities. These new possibilities can offer the audience the opportunity to become more involved in the process of art creation. Generally, this has brought the artist and audience closer together, no longer positioning the audience as just the recipient.
This article is an initial step into interrogating the current and future relationship between the artist and audience. Understanding how different technological advances have affected the relationship between artist and audience is also key to getting an idea of how the relationship has changed and what factors have contributed to the ways in which artists and audiences currently relate. The new methods and approaches that have followed these technological advances have shaped both the manner in which art is being created as well as the way in which art is being funded.
Sustainability has become a buzz word in all areas of life ranging from sustainable finance to sustainable tourism or sustainable consumption. But "sustainable arts and culture" ... ?!
How an idea can be transformed into a special cultural project? What are the basics of cultural marketing, funding and European arts management? Answers will be given during the Ulm Danube School for Arts Management from 24th June to 8th July 2012 in Ulm, Germany. It addresses young arts managers from Danube countries at the beginning of their working life.
The two- weeks Ulm Danube School for Arts Management offers young professionals the chance to develop their own ideas for a specific cultural project. They are guided by experienced lecturers and tutors. Tuition language is English.
VIP Art Fair builds new technologies for the world's most prominent contemporary art galleries to showcase available works by the artists they represent, for sophisticated collectors to connect with these galleries, and for the international art community to experience and engage with art.
VIP Art Fair translates the experience of a traditional bricks-and-mortar fair to an online environment, serving as a site for exploration and conversation while empowering the relationship between collector and dealer. VIP Art Fair is a filter to the most prominent contemporary art galleries in the world.
Les Rencontres - Association of European cities and regions for culture - will celebrate together with Maastricht, the Province of Limburg in the Netherlands and the Euroregion Meuse-Rhine, the 20th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty which introduced a legal basis for culture for the first time at the European level. At this occasion we organise La Rencontre de Maastricht - Which Europe of culture twenty years after the Maastricht Treaty ? 22-25 March 2012
During this meeting we will explore the stakes and challenges regarding the European construction in the field of culture, especially in these times of crisis. We will discuss the issues of the next Culture Programme (2014-2020) and work on concrete and precise proposals for the future of this programme after 2020. Furthermore we will talk about the changes in art practices and about the issues of « Interdisciplinary Arts ». We will also explore the stakes of cultural redevelopment and urban rehabilitation throughout Europe. Finally we will hold the annual Committee meeting of our network, in order to approve the 2011 moral and financial reports of the association, the programme and budget for 2012 and the perspectives for 2012.
Founded by Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser in 2001, the Fellowship at the DeVos Institute for Arts Management is an immersive program in arts management strategy designed to prepare mid-career arts managers for executive positions in todays complex arts environment.
Hosted at one of the largest and most dynamic performing arts institutions, the Fellowship offers a structured blend of academic training, hands-on work experience, independent and collective learning opportunities, and personalized mentoring. Fellows develop close working relationships with Kennedy Center leadership, complete significant projects within the context of the Kennedy Center, and are connected to a vast network of DeVos Institute alumni throughout the United States and in 39 countries worldwide.
The nine-month, full-time program begins in September 2012. Please visit the DeVos Institute of Arts Management website for more information and application instructions.
Museum of London, 8 March 2012, 10.00am to 4.45pmSponsored by Target Live / Media partner ArtsProfessionalwww.a-m-a.co.uk/summit
The AMA press and PR summit will provide an opportunity to hear from visionary keynote speakers about likely future directions for press and media and how the arts could benefit from emerging opportunities, trends and predictions.
This years event will also provide a rare opportunity to meet in small groups to review how the changes identified by our keynote speakers could impact on the arts. Joining delegates in these group discussions will be journalists and other practitioners from across a range of media newspapers, radio, TV, online etc.
On Monday 9th of January ENCATC has officially launched the first issue of the ENCATC Online Journal of Cultural Management and Policy.
The objective of the ENCATC Journal of Cultural Management and Policy is to stimulate the debate on the topics of cultural management and cultural policy among scholars, educators, policy makers and cultural managers. The Journal is based on a multidisciplinary perspective and aims to connect theory and practice in the realm of the cultural sector. The submitted papers regard different fields: culture and creativity, cultural management, cultural policies, marketing, local development, entrepreneurship, and education applied to the cultural sector. This new publication also aims to be a platform for multidisciplinary debate and new perspectives among researchers.
The Culture Report, which doubles as the 2011 EUNIC yearbook, looks for the "glue" that holds European alliances together

Stuttgart, 04 January 2012 - How can Europe make clear what it stands for? How can Europe show that it goes beyond words and takes action? What are the advantages of a common European foreign cultural policy? And how can Europe benefit from its specific capabilities? Thirty authors from twenty countries answer these questions in the new edition of Culture Report. For Chinese author Yang Lian the old continent remains the centre of the universe, Reem Kassem puts big hope in the European cultural institutes in Egypt, and Horia-Roman Patapievici is won over by the joint concert of European cultures.
The Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) is developing a programme of research linked to leadership in the UK's arts and cultural sector. As an initial starting point we are interested in gauging the opinions of workforce members in relation to the value of arts and culture in contemporary Britain, and subsequent leadership challenges and opportunities facing the sector. The study does not assume that leadership is the domain of a select number of practitioners with executive responsibilities in high profile institutions -- as such all people currently working across the breadth of arts and cultural organisations in the UK are invited to take part in the following online survey.
Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being

In March 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services hosted a first-of-its-kind event to showcase and discuss recent research on the arts and human development. The one-day forum examined the relationship between the arts and positive health and educational outcomes at various segments of the lifespan -- from early childhood, to youth and adolescence, to older adult populations. This white paper summarizes major themes from the forum, and highlights related studies. It also makes recommendations toward establishing a long-term federal partnership to promote research and evidence-sharing nationwide.
The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2012 goes to the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Kulturen der Welt (Cultures of the World) in Cologne, Germany.
The Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum is a century-old institution that has recently moved to a new building and developed a groundbreaking new exhibition on World Cultures. Looking for a new mode of presenting its rich collections, the museum has rejected the traditional geography-based scheme and opted for an issue-based presentation. As a result, new contents, interpretation and design solutions have been developed that open new possibilities and set a new paradigm for the museums of anthropology and ethnology worldwide.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Interarts has recently launched a new resource dedicated to cultural industries; the FOMECC Website is aimed at providing information and useful tools to people and entities interested in the sector, particularly from Spain, Latin America and Africa. Available in Spanish, English and French, this new resource is developed in the framework of the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries (FOMECC) program which the foundation carries out in diverse countries in collaboration with local counterparts and the support of AECID.
At this year's National Arts Marketing Project Conference, more than 520 arts marketers traveled to Louisville, KY to swap ideas, share success stories, and learn the best practices for engaging and WINNING AUDIENCES. With iPads, laptops, and smartphones in hands, 4,500 tweets captured the energy and enthusiasm that took place both inside and outside the conference headquarters.
The newest e-book, 50 WINNING TWEETS FROM THE 2011 NATIONAL ARTS MARKETING PROJECT CONFERENCE, illustrates the 50 most insightful, inspiring, and awesome takeaways straight from the #nampc tweet deck.
Launched in 2008, the DeVos Institute's Summer International Fellowship offers international not-for-profit arts managers an immersive program of study in arts management strategy. For four weeks each summer, for three consecutive years, international fellows participate in seminars, group projects, individual mentorships and practical rotations supervised by Institute faculty and Center senior staff. In their home countries, fellows are encouraged to teach and distribute fellowship resources. In this way, the Institute invests in critical arts ecologies worldwide, building strength and sustainability one manager at a time. The Kennedy Center has hosted 54 Fellows in four classes from 36 countries.
The curriculum includes seminars and coursework in:
Strategic Planning
Board Development
Artistic Planning
The Kennedy Centers international arts management programs have reached participants in nearly 70 countries worldwide.
Are we meaning the same, when we say the same? -- This was the leading question at the start of the EUROPE-CHINA CULTURAL COMPASS project, an initiative by partners of EUNIC in China, the Goethe-Institut, the British Council, and The Danish Cultural Institute. After a year of research, including over a hundred interviews and discussions cultural practitioners on experience of collaboration between Europe an China, the result is a publication not only containing a glossary with selected intercultural key-vocabulary, but a broad range of knowledge relevant for cooperation: context knowledge on Europe and China (history, society, media, value systems, etc), information on how the cultural sectors work differently, case stories of cultural practitioners, a project cycle analysis crystallizing challenges, learning and practices, and an extensive resource-chapter.
The EUROPE-CHINA CULTURAL COMPASS project is part of an ongoing dialogue between Europe and China. It responds to the need to document this dialogue, to reflect on it, for a continuous improvement in the process.
First artistic programme dedicated to live online broadcast
Tate and BMW announced in October a major new international partnership, BMW Tate Live which will focus on performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space. The four-year programme will be launched with a series of artist performances created specifically to be broadcast live online. BMW Tate Live: Performance Room is the first artistic programme created purely for live web broadcast.
The BMW Tate Live: Performance Room series will include five commissions in 2012. The French choreographer, Jérôme Bel, will create the first commission which will take place in March 2012. The programme, which will include both emerging artists and more familiar figures from across the world ranging from visual artists to choreographers, will run on Tates online channel as BMW Tate Live: Performance Room.
Photo: Jérôme Bel © Feran Mc Rope