30/04/2002 12 young artists, cultural managers and journalists from Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia have participated in the "Cultural policies and cultural rights" seminar in Fribourg
  This project was initiated by the ECUMEST Association and the Interdisciplinary Institute of Ethics and Human Rights in Fribourg, with the support of PRO HELVETIA Réseaux Est-Ouest.

The project was designed to respond to the ECUMEST Association's objectives of contributing to the development and professionalisation of the cultural sector and, at the same time, of introducing new topics and issues of research and action which are present in the intelectual debate at the European level. Specifically in this case - the topic of cultural rights, little debated in the Western European countries and almost not at all addressed in the Central and Eastern European ones.

The seminar
The "Cultural policies and cultural rights" seminar aimed to launch a debate on the responsibilities, rights and liberties of all cultural actors, in a moment when cultural diversity is acknowledged more and more as a priority value that must be preserved. The program of the seminar included presentations and discussions on cultural diversity and cultural rights, cultural governance, the protection of identity and heritage in crisis situations, on the ethical specificities of an economy of culture, on culture and povery, etc. Patrice Meyer Bish, director of IIEDH, Fribourg and director of the Working Group for drafting the Declaration on cultural rights (see below); Katerina Stenou, UNESCO; Raymond Weber, Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg; Ghislaine-Glasson Deschaumes, Transeuropéennes (Paris) were just some of the speakers.
More info and the seminar agenda, in French (pdf document)...

The participants
The 12 young artists, cultural managers and journalists from Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia that attended the seminar in the framework of this project are:

Tsveta ANDREEVA, local coordinator of the "Policies for Culture" programme in Bulgaria and expert in the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, Sofia
Adrian BRATFANOF, PR and project manager of ACT Theatre and student in Political Sciences at the Bucharest University, Bucharest
Aurora DEDIU, curator, manager, "Galeria Noua", Bucharest
Darina DIMITROVA, architect, Targovishte, Bulgaria
Milica ILIC, cultural manager, Belgrade
Ivan KABAKOV, assistant, Faculty of Philosophy of the Sofia University
Aida KURIC, student of the MA programme in the Theory of Mass Media, Arts University in Belgrade
Ciprian MIHALI, lecturer doctor of the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca; coordinator of the "Panoptikon" collection of the IDEA Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca
Tsveta NETSOVA, Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Center, Sofia
Svetlana RACANOVIC, arts critic, curator, artistic director of the Montenegro Mobil Art Foundation, Podgorica
Simona SORA, editor, "Dilema" magazine, Bucharest
Dimitrije TADIC, artist, expert to the Visual Arts Department of the ministry of Culture of Serbia, Belgrade

"Who needs cultural rights?"
This is the titling under which "Dilema" magazine published a series of articles and interviews made during or/and about this seminar, as well as wrote by the participants to it. The thematic focus was coordinated by Simona Sora, one of the participants to the seminar.
Romanian version of "Dilema" nr. 481 - "Who needs cultural righs?"...

Cultural rights - some landmarks...

UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity:
html document in English

At the origin of this declaration, adopted in November 2001 by the UNESCO General Conference, stands a working group initiated and coordinated, since 1989, by the University of Fribourg.

More information on cultural rights, as well as on the activity and proposals of the Fribourg Working Group, including its project for the Declaration on Cultural Rights, is available at http://www.unifr.ch/spc/UF/mars02/droits.html

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