Bientôt disponible en français. The European Development Days (EDD17), a meeting organised by the European Commission to gather key players in international development cooperation and to facilitate information and experience sharing to guide EU policies to combat poverty, took place on 7 and 8 June in Brussels, Belgium. Interarts participated in EDD17, seeking to help to highlight the role of culture as an essential factor in development projects. To do so it had a stand on the theme of 'The value of culture' and activities including three pop-up presentations on each line of action that Interarts is currently running: culture and urban development, based on the example of the LAIC project; culture and health, from the DECIDES Programme; and culture for development in the Southern Mediterranean, from the projects SouthMed CV and SouthMed WiA. The presentation dedicated to the LAIC project counted with the participation of Toni Cots (in the photo), project manager, and Conrado Uribe, LAIC expert. Finally, Interarts' contribution to the EDD17 also entailed co-organising the session 'Investing in creativity: the future is now', participating in the session 'We Meet', and screening artistic videos by some of the LAIC creators on the EDD Cinema.
Inauguration de ''Cartographies Latinoaméricaines''
Bientôt disponible en français.The project 'LAIC - Culture and Arts in Support of Social Cohesion in Latin America' was the focalpoint of two events held in Brussels on 18 May. In the morning, LAIC was part of the Infopoint of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, where project coordinator Toni Cots and representatives of some of the organisations and art collectives that have taken part in LAIC explained to the public how this project that puts art at the service of the community and citizenship has been developed (Video of the session available in this link). In the afternoon, the exhibition of all the work carried out during the LAIC process was inaugurated at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels. 'Latin American Cartographies' shows the visual outcome of Latin American and European artists' reflections on urban realities in Latin America based on five key concepts: violence, learning, memory, resilience and mobility. 'Latin American Cartographies' is open until 6 August 2017. LAIC is a project implemented by Interarts (Spain) and BOZAR (Belgium) and financed by the European Union.
LAIC présent à la journée sur entreprenariat culturel de l'Ambassade d'Espagne en Belgique
Bientôt disponible en français. On May 17th, the workshop 'Tools for creative entrepreneurs: crowdfunding, branding & storytelling', was held by the Cultural Ministry of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium. It was attended by young Ibero-American entrepreneurs with projects created and/or developed in Belgium. Led by Economía Creativa Consultancy, the workshop included a presentation of 'LAIC - Culture and Arts in Support of Social Cohesion in Latin America', which is an example of how the arts can play an active role in society and contribute to participatory and creative citizenship. Toni Cots, project coordinator, and Conrado Uribe, non-key expert, presented the LAIC aims and programme following an introduction by Interarts director Mercedes Giovinazzo. The full presentation is available at this video (from minut 36) and continues in this video.
Vidéo-portraits des participants à l'atelier UrbanLab
Bientôt disponible en français.In November 2016 the UrbanLab workshop was held in Medellin, Colombia. It is part of the 'Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities (LAIC)' project run by Interarts (Spain) and BOZAR (Belgium). UrbanLab was a space for collaboration between artists, activists and organised culture agents in nodes representing 5 Latin American cities -Lima (Peru), Medellin (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Curitiba (Brazil) and Puebla (Mexico)-, which worked on interdisciplinary projects based on topics such as learning, resilience and sustainability, violence, mobility, and memory. The participants' impressions can be seen in some videos of the UrbanLab. The work on the nodes has continued in the months following the UrbanLab and the results will be presented at a final exhibition opening on 18 May 2017 in Bozar (Brussels, Belgium). LAIC is funded by the European Union.
LAIC: Préparatifs pour l’exposition finale à Bruxelles
Bientôt disponible en français. On 15 February a meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium, as part of the project 'Culture and arts supporting social cohesion in Latin American cities - LAIC'. It was attended by Toni Cots, LAIC coordinator; Conrado Uribe, LAIC non-key expert and member of the scientific committee of the exhibition, and curator Antonio José Guzmán and the BOZAR team, the organisation implementing the project along with Interarts. The aim of the meeting was to agree on matters (set design, production, budget) relating to the exhibition to be held at BOZAR from 19 May to 31 July 2017 and which entails the final phase of LAIC. The exhibition will showcase works and documentation by artists and groups from Latin America and Europe, many of whom have already participated in some of the LAIC activities (including LAALvaca, Bijari, The Fire Theory, EscueLab, La Ciudad Verde, Método Salgari, Basurama, Historias Grabadas, Cine de Plano, Deúniti and GrisPerú) and a few who will be taking part for the first time. The piece related to LAIC will be the outcome of the work and process developed through the five nodes defined for the project and linked to as many cities in Latin America: Lima (Peru), Medellin (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Curitiba (Brazil) and Puebla (Mexico). Starting with the work launched at the 'UrbanLab' workshop (Medellin, Colombia, November 2016), each node has continued to develop its own project around the LAIC themes, which key aspects of Latin American life: memory, learning and education, mobility, violence, sustainability and resilience.