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COMPENDIUM NEWSLETTER Nr. 3/ 2004
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A new Compendium country profile for Serbia and Montenegro has recently been added to the website.
An initial report on Spain is available from the download section, in Spanish language for the time being.
3 Updated Country Profiles
Profiles from Germany, Lithuania and the United Kingdom have been recently updated. The news section below presents some of the information and data now available from these updated profile.
Monitoring Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, March 2004, Berlin
A report from the 3rd Annual Authors Meeting 2004 is available for download from the Compendium website along with the new Compendium Guide 2004.
Your Participation and Feedback
Work continues by a group of Compendium authors to develop a price index on cultural goods and services. To take part in these discussions, please contact Andreas Wiesand. (wiesand@...)
Developing New Indicators
A Forum has been set up to discuss and select indicators on intercultural dialogue, diversity and cohesion to be integrated into the Compendium project. To take part in this forum, please contact John Foote (john_foote@...). This Forum is supported by the Canadian Cultural Observatory (www.culturescope.ca).
Compendium as a Teaching Tool
A growing number of members of the Compendium Community of Practice have started regularly using the Compendium information system as a teaching or training tool in their lectures and seminars at different universities across Europe. Are you, too? If so, we would like to hear about your experiences and to inform you about others from Dresden, Jyv�skyla, Krakow and Vienna. Please contact Andreas Wiesand. (wiesand@...).
News from Updated Country Profiles (Germany, Lithuania and the UK)
1. Examining Policy Priorities and Strategies
In Germany, a special "Enquete-Commission on Culture" consisting of parliamentarians and independent experts has been set up to examine basic questions of cultural policy and support to culture. Its final report and recommendations are expected in Autumn 2005.
2. (Re)Organising Culture
Negotiations in Germany to merge the Kulturstiftung der L�nder (Cultural Foundation of the L�nder) and the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Federal Cultural Foundation) in order to optimise the system for funding cultural activities failed in 2003. As a result, the Federal Government no longer supports the Cultural Foundation of the L�nder.
CyMal ('joining together') is a new unit within the Welsh Assembly Government. It will develop a strategic direction and provide advice to Welsh museums, archives and libraries sector with regard to sustainable development, equality of opportunity and social inclusion.
The UK UNESCO National Commission was dissolved in 2003.
3. Legislative Amendments
In Germany there have been several new developments. The Federal Investment Support Law (Investitionsf�rdergesetz) is being amended to include investments in culture. A new Federal Film Promotion Act (2004) increases support to the film industry by 40% to a total of 64 million euros. Legal action is being taken by the broadcasting companies, cinemas and the video industry as the main actors which are suppose to finance this increase. Amendments have been made to the Copyright Law (2003) dealing with the digital use of creative works.
4. Support for Local Culture
Arts Council of Northern Ireland is setting up a Challenge Fund to support local organisations and projects on the basis of priorities agreed with local authorities.
In Germany , the Act on Culture in the State of Saxony has been amended to extend Land support for municipal cultural activities from 2003 to 2007. Support will be given to cultural institutions and regional or trans-regional co-operation activities.
5. New Data on Public Financing for Culture
New statistics show significant increases in the level of State expenditure for the arts to the different regions of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) between 1998/99 and 2002/2003.
Little increase in public cultural expenditure by municipalities, L�nder and Federal Government in Germany between 2000 and 2002. Figures for 2003 show a decrease in spending.
Between 1999 and 2002, there has been an increase in public cultural expenditure by local and state levels of government in Lithuania.
6. Participation in Cultural Life
In Germany data from 1992-2002 show an increase in the number of visitors to cinemas and museums and a decrease in the number of visitors to theatres and public libraries.
New report in the UK �Focus on cultural diversity � the changing face of arts attendance and participation in England" published by Re:source (now the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council), Arts Council England and the UK Film Council in December 2003. Summary results available in Table 9 of the UK country profile.
Answering Your Questions
Contact the Authors for questions on the content of individual country profiles
Stefan Capaliku (Tirana), Veronika Ratzenboeck (Vienna), Nigar Akhundova (Baku), Els Baeten (Brussels), France Lebon (Brussels), Rossitza Arkova (Sofia), John Foote (Ottawa), Vjeran Katunaric/Nina Objulen (Zagreb), Mikko Lagerspetz (Tallin), Ritva Mitchell / Ilkka Heiskanen (Helsinki), Jean-C�dric Delvainqui�re (Paris), Norbert Sievers / Bernd Wagner (Bonn), Costis Dallas (Athens), Ren� Tomada (Konstanz), Peter Inkei (Budapest), Marian Fitzgibbon (Dublin), Carla Bodo (Rome), Una Sedleniece (Riga), Thomas Buechel (Vaduz), Viktoras Liutkus (Vilnius), Zlatko Teodosievski (Skopje), Mario Azzopardi (Valletta), Valeria Grosu (Chisinau), Cas Smithuijsen / Vladimir Bina (Amsterdam), Dorota Ilczuk (Warsaw), Maria de Lourdes Lima dos Santos (Lisbon), Vladimir Simon (Bucharest), Kirill Razlogov / Tatiana Fedorova (Moscow), Milena Dragicevic Sesic (Belgrade), Vesna Copi�, (Ljlubljana), Gudrun Vahlquist (Stockholm), Christoph Weckerle (Zurich), Oleksandr Butsenko (Kyiv), Rod Fisher (London).
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