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Europe needs a Warhol Economy instead of a war economy said European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, at the opening of the ENCATC-UA debate on managing the impact of the financial crisis in Europe.
Organised by ENCATC, the leading European Network in Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education, in close partnership with the University of Antwerp, the European debate Opportunities of crisis: Managing the impact of the financial crisis in Europe, designing innovative strategies and forecasting possible futures took place in Brussels on the 7th of July 2011. The purpose of this event was to debate what the crisis ultimately means for policy-makers, leaders and managers in the cultural sector, and how cultural organisations can best adapt in this new changing environment.
This year's Communicating the Museum conference is being held from 6th to 8th July in the elegant, creative and historic German city of Düsseldorf. Our theme this year is the Visitor Experience and the vital role it plays in building and retaining audiences. Leading international speakers and practitioners will present important and ground-breaking thoughts and ideas on:
* creating the very best experience for all visitors
* cutting edge visitor research from around the world
* generating income from visitors
* the dynamic and creative relationship between marketing and the visitor
experience - the unified tone of voice and customer service
* brand and the visitor experience
* interpretation and learning
* the future of the visitor experience - on-line and beyond
Following the tradition of engaging each year in a major policy debate, ENCATC, in close partnership with the Universiteit Antwerpen/Antwerp Management School, Master Cultuurmanagement will be organising this year in Brussels on the 7th of July 2011 the European debate Opportunities of crisis: Managing the impact of the financial crisis in Europe, designing innovative strategies and forecasting possible futures.
The purpose of this event is to debate what the crisis ultimately means for policy-makers, leaders and managers in the cultural sector. This policy debate is implemented in close partnership with the Universiteit Antwerpen/Antwerp Management School, Master Cultuurmanagement. It follows the ENCATC tradition of engaging each year in a major policy debate. The event is expected to gather about 50 participants, from Europe and beyond (AIMAC participants). It is meant for policy-makers, leaders and managers in the cultural sector, artists, academic, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
The EC is proposing to set up a new fund for cultural and creative industries. It will be part of a new 1.6bn euros 5 year programme called Creative Europe, which will include loan and equity financing instruments to be administered by the European Investment Bank. The new programme would start in 2014. The EC published its proposal last night.
This new financial instrument is expected to help increase lending to music and other cultural companies by guaranteeing loans by national banks. This would address the existing market failure in terms of accessing finance and growth capital. IMPALA estimates that up to 400 million euros could be allocated to loan guarantees and other financial instruments.
Berlin. From the Bolshoi Theatre to stage technicians from Melbourne, from the Norwegian National Theatre to Korea to the USA: for three days, SHOWTECH became the international stage for the stages of the world, thus impressively emphasising its role as the worlds most important forum for the stage. Significant growth in the number of international trade visitors, a noticeable increase in the willingness to invest and the qualified dialogue between experts and colleagues from all over the world were the characteristics of this years SHOWTECH. SHOWTECH has further consolidated its position as the leading international meeting place for the industries it serves, said Hans-Joachim Erbel, Managing Director of SHOWTECH organiser Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH.

More international visitors

With a total of 7,520 visitors, SHOWTECH remained only just below its previous record (7, 813 in 2009). The trade show recorded a noticeable increase in visitors from abroad, with the share of international trade show visitors going up five percent to currently 32 percent. Here, the biggest growth was in the number of visitors from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. A total of 322 exhibitors presented the latest trends and innovations in stage and event technology at this years SHOWTECH. This years trade show demonstrated that the industry has left the crisis behind for good and is looking forward with realistic optimism, said SHOWTECH Event Director Markus Jessberger at the close of the trade show.
Although Google has halted its own newspaper scanning project, the tech giant is still working to make books available freely online. The company announced Monday that it is working to digitize some 250,000 out-of-copyright volumes from the vast holdings of the British Library.
Scanned items, which will be selected by the British Library and handled (as well as paid for) by Google, will be made available for free at books.google.co.uk and the British Librarys website. Users can download and read items through Google Books, as well as conduct full-text searches.
Reporting from the 66th Conference of the League of American Orchestras in Minneapolis St. Paul is really tricky: some 1000 participants from a broad range of orchestras are dicussing problems for orchestral organizations from the US and Canada. Volunteers, donors, board members, musicians, conductors, staff members from the fulltime professional orchestras are mixed up with those from youth orchestras, community and non permanent orchestras. There is a big awareness of the necessity of a change in business models, in safer capitalization of orchestras, in new patron models, in new accessability for audiences and in new dialogues between management and musicians before (!) collective bargaining. Two third of the major US orchestras do have a deficit in their bugdets and they will need a robust innovation. The recent bankrupty of Honolulu, staff cuts, shortening seasons, the six month strike at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the financial problems of the Philadelphia Orchestra are symptoms for the topic turmoil situation of US orchestras, after the economic downturn.
American orchestra managers do have a very special problem: nobody does want to tell bad news to his board members, donors, patrons or sponsors. Nobody wants to jeopardize giving and contributions with bad news. There was a great willingness at the conference to talk more open on the real problems of orchestras than in earlier years. There seems to be a need for the renewal of dialogue cultures in American orchestra organizations.
In the past fourteen years Musa Heritage Gallery shortened Mus'Art has been active in propagating the Nso' cultural heritage. The museum named in memory of Nso' carvers Daniel Kanjo Musa and his elder son John Yuniwo Musa has been at the forefront of promoting Nso traditional artistry and craftsmanship. This art and cultural institution by the Musa family opened her doors to the public on the 18th December, 1996. MusArt Gallery has a collection of over 400 objects most of which were created between 1970 and 2000. These varied and diverse objects range from bamboo work to wood carvings, basketry to pottery.
The museum continues to acquire contemporary Cameroonian arts and crafts while maintaining a major focus on the Western Grass-fields region. This region is internationally renowned for having produced masterpieces of African art. Unfortunately these objects were appropriated by colonial missionaries and officers and removed from their place of origin to museums in Europe or the United States of America. Masterpieces of Grass-fields art are today in foreign museums and it is most likely they will never be returned. The statue of Ngonnso founder the Nso kingdom is presently kept in a museum in Germany. In Nso there is an outcry for this statue to be returned to its people.
We are happy to inform you that the program schedule for the upcoming AIMAC Conference on the Management of Arts and Culture is online. From 3 to 6 July we will welcome about 200 academic researchers and professionals, specialists in the management of cultural organizations and creative industries. You can still participate, but inscriptions will close on June 20th!
The parallel sessions of the conference are devided in several thematic clusters: consumer behavior, strategic marketing, strategic management, organization and management, human resource management and cultural policies. The topics cover a broad array of subjects (creative city, product and brand management, governance and organizational behavior, leadership, heritage, performing arts, audiovisual media, social media, festivals,...).
This newsletter issue includes a report about the new ways churches are being used culturally. We believe that in numerous regions, where churches are being forced to close their doors due to shrinking congregations, smart and careful concepts are needed to transform them. The article by the Kansas-based writer Wayne Hilburn offers several solutions. You will also be able to read an interview with Ancuta Vamesco, a project manager from Romania.
This timely and thought-provoking book explains how museums can help shape public opinion towards a more sustainable future. The book also examines the practical steps museums and cultural organisations can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
With high levels of public trust and often playing a central role in communities, museums are the perfect organisations to engage the public and society at large in environmental issues. In an authoritative and influential publication highly-respected leading voices in the global greener museums movement explore how museums can rise to the challenge and make a difference by contributing to learning, raising awareness and greening their communities.
The 15th annual network meeting of Arts Management Network will be in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 15th to 19th. As an open part of this visit, we organise a round table discussion about Cultural Districts and Entrepreneurship on Friday 17th June, at 4 pm in the Telliskivi District. Please feel invited to join the round table and the following dinner in order to share ideas and contacts! The aim of the Round Table is to share and change ideas about cultural districts and hubs; how are they useful? What are the expectations of city developers and politicians and how are cultural districts sustainable?
The world's premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works, Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. More than 2,500 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars, are represented in the show's multiple sections. The exhibition includes the highest-quality paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works.
62,500 people attended Art 41 Basel, the last edition of this favorite rendezvous for the global artworld, including art collectors, art dealers, artists, curators and other art enthusiasts.
The former director of Vienna State Opera, Ioan Holender, one of the most famous Romanians in the world, Honorary Citizen of Timisoara, the city of his birth where he lived until the age of 24, was more then welcome by the municipality and all the citizens.
On the 20th of April, the mayor Gheorghe Ciuhandu offered a diploma of "honorary ambassador for the support and promotion of Timisoara application for the title of European Cultural Capital."
Last year in Vienna thousands of people, including Austria's president and other key political leaders, gathered at the farewell concert organized in honor of Ioan Holender, who led the Vienna State Opera for 19 years, between 1st April 1992 and 30th August 2010 and was the longest in the history of the institution's directorate.
Back in the city of his birth, in the evening of 27th May, former director of the Vienna Opera was in the Opera Square both the film character and the spectator.
The two hundred seats brought to the center by the municipality were not enough for those who wanted to see the film "Holi", projected on a large screen, film which was made years ago by TVR Timisoara and Brândua Armanca, the director of Romanian Cultural Insitute from Budapesta. People were standing to hear the stories about the capital of Banat, about ... "the life and the miracles" of a legendary character, Ioan Holender itself. At the end of the film, he brought his wife and two children, Alan and Alina, in front of the people applausing. The evening continued with sequences from the maestro's farewell concert, organized in Vienna in June last year. "I invite you all tomorrow night at the Philharmonic concert. All tickets were sold, but we will handle it, said "Holi" to the spectators.
In a historical perspective, the relationship between digital media and the museum environment is marked by the role of museums as example use cases for the application of digital media. Today, this exceptional use as an often technology oriented application has changed and instead digital media have turned into an integral part of mediation strategies in the museum environment. Alongside with this shift not only an increasing professionalization of application development but also a growing demand for new content can be observed.
To date, an ever-growing amount of digitised collections including moving images and cinema related material is widely dispersed across Europe. Domain specific research across the various repositories, institutions and countries is still lacking.
Initiated by ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) and the Europeana Foundation, the EFG project develops an online portal providing direct access to about 700,000 digital objects including photos, posters, film set drawings, newsreels, feature and short films as well as various text documents such as film programmes and censorship cards. Content is mainly provided by 15 European film archives and cinematheques, which are partners in the project. The collections to be made accessible have been selected to serve as a sample representing the actual digitised content held in the film institutions.
IFACCA has compiled a range of good practice guides to assist arts councils and arts funding agencies to review, inform and improve their key functions.
The good practice guides section of the website provides links to over 100 resources published by a wide variety of organisations including arts funding agencies, private foundations, commercial publishers and by IFACCA.
This toolkit has been made possible by the generous contribution of the European Commission, through the Structuring the Cultural Sector in the Pacific for Improved Human Development project. The toolkit was drafted following the Cultural Policy Workshop held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) headquarters in Nouméa, New Caledonia from 2528 March 2010, and is designed to provide guidance to countries and territories carrying out the cultural mapping, planning and policy process.
Bose Corporation will remain private and independent; dividends will sustain and advance MITs mission
Dr. Amar Bose 51, Bose Corporations Founder, has given to MIT the majority of the stock of Bose Corporation in the form of non-voting shares.
MIT will receive annual cash dividends on those shares when dividends are paid by Bose Corporation; those cash dividends will be used by MIT to sustain and advance MITs education and research mission.
Under the terms of the gift, MIT cannot sell its Bose shares and will not participate in the management or governance of the company. Bose Corporation will remain a private and independent company, and operate as it always has, with no change in strategy or leadership. Dr. Bose will remain Bose Corporations Chairman and Technical Director.
Since its start in 2009 the initiative IncrediblEurope has developed into a pan-European movement, which empowers innovative, creative and entrepreneurial changemakers to a bottom up change.

Due to the great succes of the previous years, this years IncrediblEurope Summit from the 9th to the 10th of June in Vienna focuses on The Influence of ONE. It refers to the influence of ONE Europe as one global player as well as the influence of ONE individual to inspire a bottom-up change.