UNWTO Regional Workshop for Africa ‘Keys to Success in Tourism Product Development’

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia are jointly organizing the UNWTO Regional Workshop for Africa: ‘Keys to Success in Tourism Product Development’, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the kind invitation of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The 2-day regional workshop on keys to success in tourism product development is open to the local tourism stakeholders in Ethiopia and participants from the region. Sustainable and competitive tourism product portfolios require an adequate policy and effective institutional framework which must enable an integrated approach and public private partnerships all through the tourism value chain.

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Could ancient wheat species play a big role in the future of food?

Einkorn, emmer, and spelt are ancient species of wheat that were integral to the diets of our ancestors, but have largely faded into memory, replaced by a select number of crops that dominate fields the world over.

In fact, of the 30,000 edible plant species known to science, a mere 30 represent the crops that feed the world. Of those, five cereals (rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum) provide 60 percent of mankind’s energy intake. Yet a bewildering array of those outmoded varieties remain accessible, many lying frozen in gene banks. A new research paper, published Monday in Trends in Plant Science, advocates their resurrection, suggesting that the reintroduction of more diversity could bring many benefits.

Moreover, the researchers suggest that the time is ripe for such a reintroduction, considering the burgeoning demand for high-quality, healthy food. “People are interested in diversity, in getting something with more taste, with healthier ingredients, and ancient grains deliver interesting things,” said co-author Friedrich Longin in a press release.

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Call for European Cultural Foundation’s Idea Camp 2017

The European Cultural Foundation’s third Idea Camp focuses on the theme Moving Communities.
The Idea Camp 2017 will bring together 50 participants from all over Europe and neighbouring countries, whose groundbreaking ideas demonstrate a desire to encourage political imagination, build bridges and help develop a society with a stronger sense of social justice. ECF and Platoniq will host the Idea Camp in Spain from 1-3 March 2017. Based on the values of sharing, inclusion and openness, the Idea Camp offers participants a unique opportunity to meet peers from diverse backgrounds and with different visions.

Initiated in 2014, the Idea Camp falls within the framework of Connected Action for the Commons, an action and research programme facilitated by ECF together with six cultural hubs from across Europe.

ECF invites you to submit your innovative ideas embodying a Europe of solidarity and openness, shaped and nurtured by people.

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2016.

For more information and apply please visit: www.culturalfoundation.eu

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“Creation and Displacement. New Narratives Around Migration” published by IETM

The International network for contemporary performing arts, released the mapping “Creation and Displacement. Developing New Narratives Around Migration”, that presents some of the artistic projects taking place in Europe and internationally with a focus on support, solidarity and engagement with refugees and migrants.
According to IETM, as the media narrative around refugee and migrant issues grows ever more toxic, we badly need new narratives around migration and displacement to keep our societies open and human. Everywhere across Europe and beyond, artists are showing their role as an immediate reaction task-force to help in the humanitarian crisis of people fleeing their countries and seeking refuge elsewhere.

About the purposes of this publication:

  • Artists and cultural professionals engaging, or willing to engage, in work with and for refugees and migrants can find here useful food for thought, practical suggestions and contacts to enlarge their collaborations and develop their own practices.
  • Arts and culture professionals with a refugee or migrant background can find contacts with organisations who can ease or strengthen their connections with the artistic community in their new country.
  • Arts funders and policy-makers at different levels can find initiatives proving the role and engagement of artists in working with refugees and migrants, as well as good arguments to support this kind of initiatives.

This IETM mappings is co-authored by award-winning documentary filmmaker Yasmin Fedda, arts consultant, researcher and producer Daniel Gorman, and theatre artist and activist Tory Davidson. It is published in collaboration with Culture Action Europe and UCLG – United Cities and Local Governments.

Click here to download Creation and Displacement: Developing New Narratives Around Migration

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