Artistic and Cultural Issues

  1. WE BELIEVE THAT ALL COUNTRIES SHOULD HAVE MINIMUM 35 – 50% LOCAL CONTENT QUOTAS FOR ALL BROADCAST MEDIA- RADIO AND TV. THEY SHOULD ALSO HAVE SUBSIDISED FILM INDUSTRIES so that they can tell their own stories in film. This is a question of cultural sovereignty- and is at the root of creating desire for the local. In GATT trade negotiations, France and other European countries took broadcast/media industries off the list of Free Trade goods insisting they were not ‘goods’ but articles of national sovereignty. Such legislation is present in most of Western Europe, Australia, Venezuela, Chile, Canada and Ireland and has resulted in a geometric increase in the quantity and sophistication of local products, and massive economic benefits and spin-offs.
  2. ALL COUNTRIES SHOULD HAVE NATIONAL CULTURAL POLICY DOCUMENTS DRAFTED BY VISIONARY PRACTITIONERS AND EXPERTS- THAT ARE THEN REFINED AND RATIFIED BY NATIONAL CONSULTATION. These National Cultural policies should be sensitive to the diverse cultural needs of a diverse citizenry.
  3. NATIONAL CULTURAL POLICIES SHOULD ARTICULATE THE FRAMING IDEAS AND NUTS & BOLTS THAT CREATE PROPERLY FUNCTIONING CULTURAL ECO-SYSTEMS OF: CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE; CULTURALLY SENSITIVE AND SUPPORTIVE LEGISLATION; AND FACILITATIVE ARTS AND CULTURE FUNDING. The aim is to ensure that the artist, the creative idea, and the creativity of the nation have facilities to be protected, nurtured, supported, exhibited, distributed, marketed, analysed, and canonized.
  4. WE BELIEVE THAT AN INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK THAT WORKS IS ONE ROOTED IN PROPERLY CONSTITUTED, PURPOSE-BUILT COMMUNITY CENTRES. These Community Centres should have facilities that facilitate the exhibition of community creativity- visual arts, music, theatre, etc- in purpose built spaces. The facilities and programmes should facilitate the identification and celebration of local and national history and heroes with Halls of Fames, Museums, Libraries, etc. Facilities for counseling, NGO offices, conferences, internet cafes, and sports should all be integrated as minimum specs. Community centres thus become the fulcrum of citizenship.
  5. THE LARGER ROUND OF CULTURAL SUPPORTIVE INSTITUTIONS SHOULD INCLUDE BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONAL HERITAGE SITES, MUSEUMS, HALLS OF FAMES, LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES AND PURPOSE-BUILT EXHIBITION HALLS AND PERFORMING ARTS VENUES.
  6. ARTS EDUCATION SHOULD BE INTEGRATED INTO THE CURRICULUM AT NURSERY, PRIMARY, AND SECONDARY LEVELS. There should also be model /magnet schools that identify and train gifted children at these levels. There should also be tertiary level Schools, Guilds and Academies that then refine artistic and cultural industry practice and where national traditions are codified & analysed.
  7. ALL COUNTRIES NEED TO SIGN ON AND RATIFY ALL OF UNESCO’S CULTURAL CONVENTIONS like: the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2007; the Convention Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003; and more.

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