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Four Scottish publishing companies have been awarded almost GB£100,000 by the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Enterprise, through the Creative Industries Company Development Scheme, which was established to help enterprising and ambitious companies expand.
Creative New Zealand is urging the inclusion of 'cultural well-being' as a concept within the nation's Local Government Act.
A recent review of Scottish literary magazines funded by the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) has commended their capacity to motivate and provide opportunities for emerging writers, as well as promoting critical debate.
Creative New Zealand this week published a return salvo to its critics over the recently launched Maori Made Mark, a registered trade mark designed to distinguish genuine artworks created by the islands' indigenous population from cheap imported fakes.
Late last year in the Phillipines' second oldest city, Iloilo, a defunct indigenous cultural festival was resurrected. The 2001 Ilonggo Arts Festival might have been concerned with ancient and indigenous culture but the methods it used to expose that culture were distinctly contemporary.
Singapore's National Arts Council (NAC) is running an innovative animation competition in collaboration with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), with the aim of encouraging young people to apply their creativity to what is often perceived as the 'dull' area of information technology.