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Abikeyeva Gulnara Art-Director, Film Festival “Eurasia”; Centre of Central Asian Cinema (Kazakhstan) During her presentation, Ms. Abikyeva summarized six highlights of the Fourth International Film Festival “Eurasia”, which has become a crossroad between Eastern and Western cultures.

1. The Festival marked the arrival of a new generation of cinema directors from Kazakhstan. One of the most significant events of the festival was the victory of young Kazakh director, Abay Kulbay, in a competition among films from Central Asian and Turkic-speaking countries. Perhaps, the biggest victory was the fact that the film was widely recognized in Kazakhstan acknowledging the work of a new generation of Kazakh cinema directors.

2. Kazakh cinema takes a noteworthy place in the Eurasian film space. The results of this year’s international competition accurately reflected trends of the Eurasian cinema with many winners from various countries, including a winner for the best film from Iran/ Austria/ France/Iraq; winner for the best director from Russia;

special prizes for films from Kazakhstan and Philippines; winner for best the female role from China; and winner for the best male role from Russia.

3. The Festival contributed to Kazakhstan’s image of becoming a regional leader not only of Central Asian, but Turkic-speaking world as well. This year’s competition presented films from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, and Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, films from Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were not represented.

4. The Festival’s extensive coverage in the world news certainly helped to create a positive image of the country. The coverage of the Festival “Eurasia” in the global news channel Euronews was a significant achievement. The broadcast included reportages on the work and activities of the Festival with clips from various films.

5. The participation of foreign partners and organizations at the Festival marked event’s high international level. The Festival was attended by its full partner, the European Producers Club.

Additionally, the jury of the Festival included representatives of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema and the International Federation of Film Producers Association.

6. The Festival “Eurasia” achieves to enter into thirty major film festival of the world due to the number of premiers, accredited journalists, guests and stars, and level of competitive programs.

Throughout the duration of the Festival, its program brought together 78 films from 22 countries around the world, including premiers and 14 movies shown for the first time on the territory of CIS. There were 280 accredited journalists who were representing foreign media stations. Participants and guests of the Festival held 27 press conferences and 2 round tables. There were a total of foreign film professionals from 34 countries attending the Festival.

In addition, a record number of film stars also attended the event.

Hauser Martin Coordinator, Network UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs on Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding; Chairholder, UNESCO Chair on Interreligious Dialogue, University of Bucharest, Romania;

Professor, University of Fribourg (Switzerland) At the Round Table, Dr. Hauser mentioned the following three points 1) UNESCO 2) UNESCO’s Intercultural Program, and 3) UNESCO/UNITWIN Network of Chairs on Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding.

1) The Fundamental dimension of culture Culture is, in the understanding of UNESCO, a very fundamental concept; it means the whole set of aspects responsible for the identity of peoples, ethnic groups, communities and human beings as such.

UNESCO’s fundamental concept, its cultural and intercultural programs deal with aspects going largely beyond “today’s global culture”, “common culture of economics and benefits”, and “diplomatic encounters of cultures.” The target of UNESCO is deeper and more authentic than the above-mentioned concepts; therefore, making the work undertaken by UNESCO a difficult and worthy one.

From the perspective of today’s intercultural (and inter-religious) dialogue and from the perspective of today’s cohabitation between different cultures (and religions), UNESCO pursues the aim of bringing together very different groups by taking into account their deep diversities.

2) UNESCO Chairs for Intercultural and Interreligious dialogue In order to sustain its intercultural efforts, since 1999 UNESCO has created more than 15 UNESCO Chairs dedicated to Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue. The duty of all these Chairs is to offer teaching and research programs for students and a larger public as well. It must also be underlined that UNESCO interested in establishing Chairs in regions where the potential of intercultural and inter-eligious problems is considerable and in regions of transition and important change including Central Asia, Russia, Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Australia and in the USA. In March 2006, the UNESCO Chairs for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue became officially the UNITWIN/UNESCO Network of Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding.

3) Main targets of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network of Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding Cooperation at the level of mutual information;

Cooperation at the level of teaching; example, Bucharest Department UNESCO Chair’s teaching activities in Kishinev was helped by teaching activities offered by Fribourg University;

Common research activities, where Chairs cooperate in a common research work, dedicated to “methodology in intercultural dialogue”, more can be found on the website www.cmi.interculturel.org The reciprocal flux of information supported by the Fribourg Coordination Office, which initiated the website of the Network www.inter-cultural.org and preparing a special brochure describing the Network and each one of our Chairs.

Felch Peter Public Relations Curator, Cultural and Tourism Projects, ARTilek Austria & ARTilek Bishkek (Austria/Kyrgyzstan) At the Round Table, Mr. Felch introduced the NGO ARTilek and gave a presentation on “The Cultweb Cultural Web Portal Project as a Customer and Market Oriented Mechanism and Platform of InterCultural Information Exchange and Dialogue.” ARTilek comprises two homonymous NGOs, one based in Bishkek and one in Vienna, both aiming at the exchange and development of culture in the Eurasian space, focusing on Kyrgyzstan, but reaching out to the whole Central Asian region. Its mission encompasses five main fields:

Cultural exchange between Central Asia and Europe by facilitating contacts and mutual visits, initiating and organizing workshops, exhibitions and other forms of meeting and joint creative work;

Creation of mechanisms and spaces for art and culture, especially in the field of information and the development of a market for culture, which can substitute or complement state funding;

Promotion of creative approaches and solutions in education and other spheres of society and economy by using the creative energy of art and culture;

Promotion of tolerance, prevention and transformation of conflicts by creative intra- and inter-cultural dialogue; and Promotion of cultural, ecological and socially sensitive tourism as a sustainable alternative to problematic forms of mass tourism.

The CultWeb cultural web portal project is designed to create an electronic “one stop shop” for anyone in the world and in the region, who desires to receive comprehensive and up-to-date information about cultural events and institutions in the Central Asian region.

Besides an elaborate web version, it envisages weekly newsletter mailings, a gradual transfer of electronic contents into print media and print versions, and cooperation with other media and forms of information distribution.

The portal will include a weekly updated cultural calendar, a comprehensive database of cultural institutions, and a platform for the exchange of opinions and information, starting from Kyrgyzstan and gradually reaching out to other Central Asian countries. It is based on the same assessment of needs and deficits in the sphere of cultural information as the Central Asian Cultural Platform for Cooperation and Dialogue presented by the organization, Central Asian Initiatives.

While overlapping in its database and calendar components, the Cultweb project differs substantially in its target group orientation by addressing the broad public and not only cultural actors. By eliminating a serious information gap, it has a clear service orientation and aims at the expansion of the audience and market for regional culture.

This is complementary to the platform project orientation to cultural actors as main target group and the facilitation of networking and cooperation among them.

With coincidence of analysis and aims being evident, the initiators of both projects have agreed to cooperate and join forces; they will work together to avoid duplication and build on potentials for synergy.

Kovcs Mt Research Coordinator, Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, Maputo, Mozambique (Hungary) At the Round Table, Mr. Kovcs presented the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) and commented on the Central Asian Cultural Platform for Cooperation and Dialogue. The Observatory was set up in with the support of the African Union, the Ford Foundation, and UNESCO with a view to monitor cultural trends and national cultural policies in the region and enhance their integration in human development strategies through advocacy, information, research, capacity building, networking, co-ordination and co-operation at the regional and international levels.

The Observatory is a service-oriented resource centre and a regional co-ordinating and monitoring body for a network of experts and institutions involved in policy and decision making, cultural administration and management as well as research, training and information. It has developed the following main activities:

Information activities and services including the OCPA website http://www.ocpanet.org; the OCPA News, an electronic information bulletin; documentation centre and databases; and publication series Research concerning cultural indicators of human development and cultural diversity in Africa, and development of methodological tools and documentary research Training in cultural policy and management Co-operation and development of networks and participation at international conferences Organization of regional and international meetings by OCPA (alone or with other partners).

The Observatory contributed to the reflection, at the regional level, for reviewing the situation and trends in the field of arts and culture and on the role of cultural development, cultural industries and cultural policies in Africa in the context of the challenges of sustainable human development, implementation of NEPAD, regional integration, globalizing processes as well as the promotion of cultural diversity and cultural rights. On the other hand, through the establishment of the Observatory, the project made it possible to create a permanent operational facility acting as a key regional resource centre for assessing, monitoring, and supporting the development of coherent and integrated cultural policies in Africa.

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