Vi publiserer her Innspillet fra Mimeta til Regionplan Agder 2020, Faggruppe Kultur.  Fylkeskommunene besluttet høsten 2010 å utarbeide en felles internasjonal strategi for Agder som ledd i oppfølgingen av Regionplan Agder 2020, hvor det pekes på at: "Internasjonal virksomhet skal være et virkemiddel for å nå de overordnede målsettingene i regionplanen. Regionplanens fokus på kunnskap, kompetanse, verdiskapning, bærekraftig utvikling og samarbeid/ partnerskap forutsetter en sterk internasjonal orientering."

Dette innspillet ble formidlet til Faggruppen for kultur i juni 2014

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AuthorCato Litangen
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Presenting selections from the discussion paper on EUs external culture relations. Believe these points will have great impact for the sector in third counties. Mimeta has taken part in the expert discussion of the preparation - as one of many parties - and happy to see some of the outcomes in the discussion paper. 

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AuthorC Litangen
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“Art is as necessary to democracy as a free press. Artists play a very underestimated role in civil society. On the ground, artists find themselves alone. (…) That art is so powerful is also demonstrated in the efforts that are taken in crushing it.”

By Deeyah Khan

Read it here!

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Vi har forstått at de borgerlige vil bygge ned statens rolle, men har vi fått med oss at dette vil kreve stor samfunnsmessig innsats av næringsliv og våre formuende, i rollen som omfordeler av økonomiske midler?

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Norge har nå fått en kulturpolitikk som ikke er bundet av norsk språk, norsk kulturarv, norske kulturinstitusjoner, norske kunstnere eller norske flagg. Det eneste norske i denne kulturpolitikken er at budsjettet bevilges av et norsk Storting og at den forvaltes av et norsk departement.

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 Innlegget under tilhører daværende statsråd Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås (SV), og er kopiert fra Stortingets gjengivelse av behandlingen (se her). Stortingsmeldingen ble enstemmig vedtatt.

I sitt reviderte forslag til statsbudsjett for 2014 vil H/FrP redusere posten Holmås omtaler med 18,3 prosent (20 millioner kroner). Regjeringsskiftet har altså fått betydelige konsekvenser for norsk bistandsinnsats på kulturfeltet. 

Atten prosent er en høylytt politisk markering overfor grupper som gjerne kjemper på to fronter, mot autoritære regimer og tradisjoner som er urimelige sett i forhold til at mennesket er født fritt.

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In the original budget for 2014, it is stated that cultural cooperation in developing work should strengthen universal human rights, including the right to freely participate in the cultural life. Thus strengthening the cultural rights is an important objective of the Norwegian policy.

In the revised proposal for 2014 from the conservative wing they suggest a reduction of NOK 20 million or about 18,5%. It is an apparent priority from Moderates / Progress Party and it may affect many (of world's) front runners for human rights, democracy and the free, artistic expression.

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Since capturing Tahrir square almost two years ago the liberals have conducted series of affirming cultural events, established a broad range civic media, participated actively in the public debate and forwarded well processed policy initiatives. Unfortunately they did not have the means or organization to do as their new ideological enemies, work close to the people, from Cairo's alleys to the Egyptian countryside, based on medical care, education and God. Together the liberals and religious groups made Mubarak leave power. In the new landscape they constitute fronts that are becoming harsher.

Cato Litangen, Head of Mimeta

The liberal democrats may not have gained popular support for their values, but they have certainly contributed to rising skepticism against the system and criticism of the president among the Egyptian people.  Now they are realizing that they are in opposition, and must work systematically and long term on the streets in order to win people's trust.

So far the liberal movement has been in front towards two main camps, the remains of Mubarak's regime and the Brotherhood’s dark shades of future. They have established alliances and proposed major reforms of policy areas and public management, but without results in any other way than by the endless demonstrations we know.

Second round of presidential elections were boycotted by these activists, who for many is held up as the core revolution squad. The battle for power was lost. The remaining choice was between plague and cholera, relics or dark men.

Under the referendum just before Christmas, however, many returned to the polling stations. It was held in two rounds, with no observers, obvious fraud and queues that made even the most diehard democrat to turn back. They saw the election as a comedy, but still voted. The alternative was resignation, carried forward by a definitive mistrust of Mohamed Morsis ambition to appear as president for a whole nation.

Now they see that their revolution is given away to an ideological dark side, with financial support from Saudi Arabia. This is another western ally, which differs radically from the former authoritarian regime, also supported by the west. The former one was about the powers of economy and violence. This new one plays the game of ideological oppression.

It is somehow paradoxical that the movements´ conception of a just society still is derived from the ideas a western world is advocating. The paradox is reinforced by the fact that the western presence is reduced to the invisible, while the regional powers have moved in.

The explanation may be that the liberal democracy movement is barricaded by nations where politics and God are intertwined, like Iran and Saudi, and secular states balancing the religious pressures, like Turkey and Israel. Such a situation however makes them more in need for allies outside their regional context and the more disappointed when support is absent.

This disappointment escalates to anger by the international communities’ handling of the ongoing violence in Syria. The movement is well connected in the region, and they are actively organizing support in a span from communication to relief. The expressions from the media activists in the small northern Syrian village Kafanbel are shared opinions within the movement.

West has become the beast without any other moral than securing its own tail. It contributes to this conception when western authorities states that by now the situation is too bewildering to interfere, but by the time of history the western model will gain position. It is legitimate by the liberal movement to ask for how long the western public will tolerate such inactive arguments from their leaders.

There is an ideological battle going on. – If we are to succeed, we have to be present with the means this battle actually requires. We must now, as our adversaries, provide medical aid, social programs, and art and education schemes. This is just as important as the creation of more sustainable opposition alliances in the capital's political life; it is said from liberals in Cairo.

The liberal democracy and the secular state is a desire, a program for their political movement. We leave their hopes once more by pushing the strangest political alliances ahead of us. We abandon a generation of freedom-seeking people if we do not support them in their work for the society they will create, and the battle now stands from Cairo's alleys to the Syrian refugee camps.

Cato Litangen

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Repeated physical aggressions against Tunisian artists and intellectuals have taken place in several regions of the country: March 2012, a theatrical event was attacked by thousands of Salafists in downtown Tunis and artists were aggressed. Intellectuals were attacked during public conferences. May 2012, an attempt to murder with severe physical aggression took place on a theatre professor and artist and the members of an artistic association in Kef… All this happened openly and publicly without intervention of the police and without a serious position being taken by the government to protect artists and condemn and arrest the aggressors!
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Mimeta participated in a panel conversation on urban development in Africa and the issue of inclusive change. Other participants were architects from South Africa such as Iain Low (professor at University of Cape Town), Fadly Isaacs (lecturer at University of Cape Town), Gita Goven (CEO of ARG Design) and Swedish architect Karin Milles (city architect Sundbyberg) the discussion quickly moved towards the issue of community involvement.
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It is six years since we created the idea, the seed, of Mimeta. ARTerial did not exist then, except as a name on our Monday meeting held at our offices. We started our work with a spring of assessments: What did the other European states do? Which networks existed? Which organizations were involved and how were they founded? What is culture and devel...opment, actually, and what are the needs?
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Mimeta – senter for kultur og utvikling - lever et anonymt liv under radaren til landsdelens politiske sjikt og fjernt fra lupen til planleggerne som nå definerer internasjonale strategier for det gode livet på Agder. Dette er bare å beklage. Vi legger oss flate, som det heter. Det er vår egen skyld at aktiviteten i denne lille perle av en organisasjon ikke er kommunisert godt nok overfor verken beslutningstakere eller landsdelens befolkning. Men utenrikskulturelt har Mimeta gjort seg bemerket.
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Er Erik Solheim opptatt av kulturfeltet innen internasjonalt utviklingssamarbeid? Om han ikke er det, antar jeg at det skyldes den manglende avklaringen av hva dette feltet kan innebære i praktisk gjennomføring.
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While absence of hard facts deflects clarity in economic development approaches, there is indicative ’data’ and certainties to draw several critical and accurate assumptions. This is a discussion paper ONLY, however so interesting that we wanted to publish it. Please don’t take issue on points of detail as if it is a final study with conclusion but African Synergy would like to invite you to comment!
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The Cultural Weapon, a weekly commentary on arts and cultural matters as they relate to Africa and South Africa. By Mike van Graan
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Mimeata is originated in one of the smallest spheres of the world - culturally speaking, and we really feel an urgent need of contributing to both the culture diversity and a dynamic exchange of expressions within this diversity.
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