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Mapping Cultural Diversity

Mapping Cultural Diversity

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Publicación de la Unesco sobre diversidad cultural. La red de microcines fue incluida en el rubro de las buenas prácticas.
Publicación de la Unesco sobre diversidad cultural. La red de microcines fue incluida en el rubro de las buenas prácticas.

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Cooperation with the International Literature
Festival, Berlin

The German Commission for UNESCO granted fve-year patronage (2007-2011) to the
International Literature Festival, Berlin with the aim of raising awareness for the UNESCO
Convention among invited international writers. In this context, the German Commission for
UNESCO has held three annual workshops on the Magna Carta of International Cultural Pol-
icy so far (2008, 2009, 2010). The Festival has a yearly-changing regional focus. The Festival
organisers invite all interested authors to this UNESCO-workshop and provide them with a
copy of the Convention text in one of the UN languages (so far in English, French and Arabic).

The small-sized non-public workshops are effective informal opportunities to intensively in-
form writers about the objectives of the Convention, connected activities of other artists and
promote further ratifcations, as appropriate. The 2008 workshop was held with mainly Afri-
can authors and US participants. In 2009, the workshop invited authors and cultural journal-
ists from the Arab region, none of whom had heard about the Convention before. The 2010
Festival had a focus on Eastern Europe; however, among the workshop participants were
also authors from the US and Israel who were interested in following the debate.

This format turned out to be a low-cost high-outcome opportunity to reach out to benefciar-
ies of the Convention, who were for the most part unaware of the link between the Conven-
tion and their work as artists and cultural producers. As follow up, the German Commission
for UNESCO will contact the workshop participants for feedback on the impact of the Berlin
workshops one to two years after their participation.

More information: www.literaturfestival.com

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PROTECTING AND PROMOTING CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS

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