Italy/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation
3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
The projects of professional international cooperation in the arts and culture in which Italy has engaged are countless, and a comprehensive picture cannot be drawn, given the fragmentation of the actors involved. This chapter will focus only on a few of the many significant international projects in the area of cultural goods and the performing arts.
Michael-Multilingual Inventory for Heritage in Europe is a project started in 2004 by the Italian Ministry for Heritage in partnership with the French Ministry for Culture and the UK Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, supported by the EU Commission in the framework of the Programme e-TEN (Electronic Trans-European Networks). Its aim is the creation of a Trans-European Portal for on line multilingual access to the digital cultural contents of France, the United Kingdom and Italy, through the adoption of common standards. Universities and the regions are involved in the project as well.
As for cooperation in the performing arts sector, two European projects previously carried out by ETI (the recently abolished national theatre institute: see chapter 5.3.2) and presently inherited by the Ministry for Heritage - are also worth mentioning:
- Ecole des Maitres - an innovative multi-annual educational and artistic project started in the 1990s – is aimed at connecting young chosen professional actors from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, with the most innovative international stage masters (Peter Stein, Lev Dodin, Lassalle, Dario Fo, Ronconi, Nekrosius…). Based on multilingual workshops travelling in different countries ending up with final public performances – this long-term project has been supported by ministries for culture of various countries, and has often benefited from the financial support of the EU through Culture 2000.
- SPACE: a more recent international programme started with other experienced European institutions (the French ONDA, TIN from the Netherlands, the British Council, Pro Helvetia …) is a European platform aimed at fostering information, research and data collection on the performing arts, through the online programme "Travelogue". It also develops training programmes in arts management, and fosters artists' mobility and capacity building.
Mobility trends and case studies
Examples of mobility schemes for artists and cultural professionals in Italy
Chapter published: 08-08-2012