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Through a series of in-depth interviews, each focussing on a concrete case study, Culturefighter is seeking out and mapping the experiences with concrete cultural initiatives in a variety of places, building up a database of practical examples freely available to the public.
From April 23 to 26, the members of IETM met in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, for the Spring Plenary Meeting of the network. Almost 500 professionals of the performing arts field, from forty different countries, were there to exchange their opinions and practices on the topic Culture and Education.
The Slovakia Cultural Profile, a joint initiative between Visiting Arts, British Council and the Ministry of Culture in Slovakia, was launched in Bratislava in March, as part of Visiting Arts' growing collection of country Cultural Profiles.
Slovakias first European Capital of Culture will be Koice, the second largest city after the capital, Bratislava. They will share the title with the famous Mediterranean hub of Marseilles that was selected by the panel a few days later.
The towns are spending money not only on a cultural program and marketing activities but also on making their towns more attractive.
Literary historian Rudolf Chmel never wanted to enter politics and never liked administrative work. Now he occupies the chair of the culture minister and administers what is considered to be one of the most neglected spheres in Slovakia - culture.