ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

What should be on your reading list for cultural management and policy?

At the end of each month the publications on this page are archived in ENCATC bibliography for members that has more than 1,500 publications relevant for cultural management and cultural policy. To learn how to access this resource and becoming a member of ENCATC: www.encatc.org/en/members

CULTURAL POLICY | "Dutch Cultural Policy Towards China"

This report is the results of comparative research of Dutch cultural policy and its execution in the sphere of cultural exchange with China. By comparing what The Netherlands aims and achieves in China to Denmark, France, Germany and the UK, Dutch policies could be placed and reviewed in a broader international framework and context.

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MUSEUMS | "Digital Transformation in the Museum Industry"

Digital transformation can take many forms, from enabling museum visitors to use smartphones or tablets throughout the site to enhance their experience, to digitising the collection and making it available online, to engaging with people before or after their visits via online channels. The report draws on the views of more than 70 professionals working in museums across the world to explore the digital strategies of today’s museums and how they link to visitor engagement plans and focus areas for investment.

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CULTURAL DIPLOMACY | “Russia Deploys ‘Cultural Diplomacy’ in France”

During the week of 22 October, new exhibitions, Russian art collections, and major Russian cultural initiatives debuted in Paris. In France, at least, the timing is significant, as relations between Paris and Moscow have reached historic lows after François Hollande criticized Russian interventions in the Syrian city of Aleppo as a “war crime” earlier this month. As the Russian president wrote in the exhibition catalogue of “Icons of Modern Art,”, he hoped the show “will contribute to further strengthening of mutual understanding and trust between French and Russians.”

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URBAN DEVELOPMENT | “The Role of the Arts and Culture in Urban Processes”

This 2016 publication by the Circostrada Network is a synthesis of the meetings held during the Nordic Urban Lab in Goteborg (Sweden) from April 6 to 8 2016, in partnership with København Internationale Teater, this short publication explores - in the light of examples from Nordic countries - fruitful crosses between artistic practices and urban planning strategies. 

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PERFORMING ARTS | National Opera Review (Australia)

Among the most headline-worthy points in the national opera review report, it was advised that Opera Australia be barred from spending government dollars on the musical theatre productions which have become a prominent, lucrative and, for some purists, highly contentious feature in its seasons. Government funding should also be more strategically assigned, the report insists, with financial penalties dished out to companies for failing to deliver pre-agreed targets. There are 118 recommendations in total. The report’s detailed findings reveal an opera sector that is untenable as it is currently operated. 

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URBAN DEVELOPMENT | “Global Report, Culture: Urban Future” from UNESCO

UNESCO makes a strong case for systematically fostering culture in city planning in its new “Global Report, Culture: Urban Future,” launched on October 18 2016. This publication complements the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to ensure “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements and cities” around the globe. The report's authors identify three prerequisites for culturally diverse, safe, and thriving cities: that people-centered cities are culture-centered spaces; that quality urban environments are shaped by culture, and that sustainable cities need integrated policy-making that builds on culture.

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MUSEUMS | Taking On the Boys’ Club at the Art Museum

In 2015, the world’s top 12 art museums as based on attendance were all led by men. This gender gap extends from Europe to North America, where only five of the 33 directors of the most prominent museums (those with operating budgets of more than $20 million) are women, including Kaywin Feldman of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Nathalie Bondil of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It’s the leaders of those big-budget institutions who set the tone for all. What is the outlook for leadership in the museum sector?

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URBAN CULTURAL POLICY | Why Creative Placemaking matters in urban planning

Creative placemaking is an integrative approach to urban planning and community building that stimulates local economies and leads to increased innovation, cultural diversity, and civic engagement. Today, we’re witnessing a kind of renaissance, which in some ways has been fueled by cutbacks in arts funding. Artists are becoming more vocal, and communities are rallying to support the arts. This is leading to the creation of new alliances and new kinds of community-oriented or “social” practice artists.

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PERFORMING ARTS | Romanian Performing Arts Perspectives 2015–2016

Discover different points of view from Romania's performing arts. What are important trends in cultural policy and artistic themes, key ideas, landmark performances in recent years? 

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URBAN | Culture, Cities and Identity in Europe

What is culture's impact on Europe's cities and how can it be a tool for regeneration and development? 

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HERITAGE | The open archive: toward virtual exhibition of archival contents

What are the challenges and opportunities of digital archives? What needs to be done for accessibility and use? What is needed for digital cultural heritage? 

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES | Employability in Arab Mediterranean Countries

How are CCIs impacting employment in Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco? Is there a mismatch between the offer in skills (at universities and training centres) and the demand of competencies from the employment market?  

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MUSEUMS | Dwindling attention spans and capturing new audiences

Take a closer look at 5 examples of museums in Panama, Germany and the UK who are tackling how to get noticed and bring in new audiences.  

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP | International Entrepreneurship in the Arts

International Entrepreneurship in the Arts focuses on teaching students, artists, and arts managers specific strategies for expanding creative ventures that are already successful domestically to an international audience. Varbanova’s accessible writing outlines a systematic theoretical framework that guides the reader from generating an innovative idea and starting up an international arts enterprise to its sustainable international growth. 

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