Monday, 10 March 2008

Follow-up

The second Regional workshop of cultural portals, Belgrade 2007

Magacin Culture Centre, Kraljevica Marka 4



The second workshop of cultural portals from the SEE region was held on December 3-4, 2007 in Magacin Culture Centre in Belgrade, organized again by SEEcult.org with the support of the Goethe-Institut Belgrade, and bringing together the most active members of the inSEEcp in order to assess the results of joint activities and plan the agenda for 2008.



Among the participants, beside the representatives of the inSEEcp’s members (Artservis.org and Evrokultura.org, Slovenia, Culturenet.hr and Kulturpunkt.hr, Croatia, and SEEcult.org Serbia), was also Anja Seeliger, founding member of from Perlentaucher.de and SignandSight.com.



Reviewing joint activities between two workshops, participants from region agreed on network’s name inSEEcp, discussed about drafts of possible joint projects and possibilities to apply on several open calls due to need to find basic financial resources for further activities. Also was talking on possibilities for exchange of contents (writing, translating, publishing…at least one text monthly on actual cultural politics or related specific themes), as well as about possibility to establish a network for training new young collaborators (writers, editors… as inSEEcp’s internship program) etc.



Beside some organizational issues, like establishing rotating coordination, the workshop was dedicated to some concrete joint projects and among the conclusion of the workshop is to create inSEEcp’s blog on some of free services (like Blogger.com), where should be posted the Network’s manifesto, as well as data base on forming the network and its founding members, cultural policy in respective countries in the region regarding culture on internet and other related topics. In 2008 are also planed monthly features on themes of common interests,



SEEcult.org announced the third workshop in Belgrade until the end of 2008, which should bring together all participants from the first workshop, as well as new potential members from the region. Due to lack of money - not only for joint actions, but also for individual portal’s activities, the participants concluded that there is necessity for extra fund that will enable further networking, which is also one of the main tasks of coordination team.





The conclusions were presented at the panel discussion on the theme “Culture policy and Internet - SEE region and Europe”, moderated by the Goethe-Institute Belgrade’s director Jutta Gehrig. All participants presented situation in their respective countries, which again attracted significant interest of public, as well as print, electronic and Internet media.





All photos in this post by Tihomir Stojanovic, http://creemaginet.com/ (c)



(Text by Vesna Milosavljevic, SEEcult.org)

Founding the inSEEcp

The first Regional workshop of cultural portals, Belgrade 2006
Goethe-Institut Belgrade, Knez Mihailova 50


The inSEEcp was founded by representatives of SEEcult.org (Serbia); Culturenet.hr, Kulturpunkt.hr, Culturelink.hr and Knjiga.hr (Croatia); Radio Student, Artservis.org and Evrokultura.org (Slovenia); Culture.in.mk (Macedonia); Bosniaexpress.com (Bosnia). It was founded at the first workshop of regional cultural portals, held on November 27-29 in Belgrade, and organized by Belgrade based SEEcult.org portal for the SEE culture, with the support of the Goethe Institute Belgrade. Among the participants at the workshop “Culture on the Internet / Networking Participants in the Cultural Domain in South-East Europe through Specialized Internet Portals” at the Goethe Institute Belgrade also was N-ost.de portal and, as moderator, representative of Germany's major independent online cultural magazine Perlentaucher.de and its English service Signandsight.com.


Regarding the importance of the presence of culture on internet, common problems of cultural portals in region (cultural policy, IT development, finance…), sort of a gap in this field between our most of our countries and EU, as well as fast development of web technology generally, the participants of the first workshop concluded that inSEEcp network is needed for exchanging information and experiences, improving professional and technical skills, support and promote quality culture production in the region and also to bring new audience to our respective portals, especially because of the fact that, as for now, there isn’t such of regional platform for cultural portals in the former Yugoslavia region and wider, while cooperation in culture on institutional (state) level between the countries in the region is slow and overwhelmed with various administrative issues.


The participants of the workshop agreed to make an informal network and set out a joint founding manifesto regarding common mission and goals, as well as to continue networking through the Internet, organizing follow-up training and networking workshops and building resources for various joint on-line and off-line activities.


Among the goals which were set out at the workshop are: promoting inter-cultural exchange and transnational debate between the countries of former Yugoslavia, promoting European integration from the bottom up by means of civil society networks on the Internet, communicating the significance of culture for system change and democratization in the region, as well as communicating the current gulf between the significance of cultural portals in SEE region and their poor financial backing, and engaging in joint fund raising strategies.


Also was concluded that Internet fulfils a crucial role in culture in region in the midst of transition and European integration process, because it facilitates and promotes transnational debate and cultural exchange among like-minded people in neighboring countries and the EU as a whole. It also contributes to the internationalization of the regional culture and art scene, enabling also the reverse process - promotion of contemporary world trends in region.


As part of the workshop also was held a panel discussion on the theme “Significance of Culture Portals”, which brought together representatives of state institutions, cultural institutions, the university, artist groups and artists, media, net-activists and other professionals from culture portal’s target groups, as well as public.


Among the participants of the round table were professor Milena Dragicevic Sesic from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Belgrade Assistant Mayor Gorica Mojovic, Yugoslav Film Archive Museum director Dinko Tucakovic, Belgrade Dramatic Theatre director Nebojsa Bradic, editor of the daily Politika’s culture section Andjelka Cvijic and artist Zoran Popovic, and the aim was to affirm the significance of culture portals as the new media and platforms for comprehensive presentation of the regional culture and art scene, distinguishing the possibilities for networking them, for the purpose of internationalizing regional culture and art, as well as for promoting cooperation and networking between the participants in the culture and art domain.


The workshop and panel discussion triggered comprehensive coverage in Belgrade media, as well as on the culture and Internet related forums and blogs, and the German portal Signandsight.com, which was represented at the workshop by Gabriella G√∂nczy, in role of moderator, noted that “the workshop has shown that journalists, multiplicators and actors in the areas of culture and international communication have come much farther than politicians in the respective countries. With the networking possibilities of a cross-border medium like the Internet, this group shows much promise for promoting cultural dialogue between their countries and with the countries of the EU”.


Participants: Zlata Veselinovic (Bosniaexpress.com), Aleksandra Uzelac (Culturelink.hr), Dea Vidovic (Kulturpunkt.hr), Deborah Hustic (Culturenet.hr), Valerij Juresic (Knjiga.hr), Jasna Vrteva (Culture.in.mk), Marija Mojca Pungercar (Artservis.org), Petja Grafenauer (Radio Student), Dusan Dovc (Evrokultura.org), Vesna Milosavljevic and Mima Marjanovic (SEEcult.org), Jenni Winterhagen (N-ost.de).


(Text by: Vesna Milosavljevic, SEEcult.org)

The inSEEcp’s History

The Informal Network of South-East European Cultural Portals - inSEEcp was founded in November 2006 in Belgrade as the result of the first regional meeting and workshop of the representatives of key cultural portals from the region of former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia).

The workshop “Culture on the Internet / Networking Participants in the Cultural Domain in South-East Europe through Specialized Internet Portals”, was the first initiative of that kind in the region, followed with the second workshop in December 2007, also in Belgrade, and other various activities of the founding members, including the inSEEcp’s blog as a joint platform for further various on-line and off-line actions for advocacy in culture on internet and cross-border cooperation, as well as for broadening the network.
(Text by Vesna Milosavljevic, SEEcult.org)