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In response to discussions with six leading art groups, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC), recently held a forum with senior representatives of companies receiving one-year grants, to discuss the future of national funding policy.
Leeds University was the setting for a major conference on the creative industries in the Yorkshire and Humber region of the UK last week, where a website of the same name as the conference, 'Creative Yorkshire', was launched.
There are new directions in Sotland with the appointment of a new Director and the opening of a new 'place for music and the arts'.
In a recent meeting with key Barbados government ministers, Colombia's Ambassador to Barbados, Dr Rafael Gomez, discussed the development of closer cultural ties between the two countries, including a teacher exchange to enable each country's language to be taught in the other's schools.
Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language in the Wales Assembly, Jenny Randerson, in February released a 10-year plan designed to put cultural issues higher up on the nation's agenda.
Guyana's capital, Georgetown, reportedly came alive in an explosion of colour and sounds recently, during the 'Mashramani' float and costume parade, celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the nation's declaration as a republic. The festival is currently the largest cultural event in the country, with audience numbers this year suggesting that 'Mash' 2002 was the best attended ever.