14 April 2016 to 17 April 2016
14 April 2016 to 17 April 2016

Towards an inclusive culture



It is in the nature of the arts to research reality by the use of imagination. It is in the nature of people to define the reality by values, upbringing, social, geographical and cultural context.  Art is said to have the power to break down barriers between different groups. But is our sector fully reflective of the diversity of realities lived in the cities we live in? What strategies has the arts world proposed to address the always other, gendered, raced, differently abled, or colonial body? What role should we play in unlocking our societies, as well as our own sector, to the multiplicity of values, backgrounds, traditions and lifestyles? What should be our responsibility and how should we share it with our allies in the field? This debate is about the urgency to open up the arts to all of society - to all the classes, ethnicities, religions, physical abilities, and backgrounds that constitute it.

This sessiosn follows the performance Shijn - Fahd Larhzaoui (12:30 - 13:40) 

SSBA Nieuwe Foyer
Leidseplein 26
1017 PT
the Netherlands
15 April, 2016 - 15:00 to 17:30

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More info on the report adopted by the European Parliament in January on the 'Role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values', authored by Julie Ward MEP.

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The creative case for diversity advocates one conversation about art - how it is created and engaged with, how it innovates and communicates - with the true value of diversity and equality at the heart of it. Everyone has a stake and a say in the creative case

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In early 2010, the Cultural Diversity Code Steering Group, made up of representatives of three sector organisations (NAPK, NMV and VSCD) and four cultural institutes (Erfgoed Nederland, Kunstfactor, TIN and MCN) took up the challenge issued by the (then) Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Mr Ronald Plasterk, who had asked the sector to develop a Diversity Code.
This website was developed as part of the campaign to promote the use of the Diversity Code.

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Here is the English translation of the Cultural Diversity Code:

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The Vrystaat Arts Festival is an Afrikaans language festival that forges creative connections with English and Sotho cultures.
We contribute to the exchange of ideas around arts, culture and society through connections with other national and international creative communities.

We are currently scoping the possibility of developing a Pan-African Interdisciplinary Performing Arts Market (PAIPAM) in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The PAIPAM aims to be a biannual arts market for the performing arts in Africa, developed for national and international presenters and producers, providing the highest quality theatre productions from Africa to buyers, artists and the general public.

There are eight aspects to the market including presenting full shows for tour ready work; showcasing excerpts of tour ready work; showcasing excerpts of work in progress; pitching new work; a producers shadowing and exchange program; critical debate/round table sessions; networking programs; and key PAIPAM programmic events. The aim is to increase the global reach of the performing arts industries in Africa, and contribute to the development of future work from the continent.

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