Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation

20th october – 4th november 2009

Grants for the internationalisation of Spanish culture abroad

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), a public law entity attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, announces grants for the internationalisation of Spanish culture abroad. In an international context marked by a growing demand for cultural exchanges, our country has an immense artistic and cultural wealth, not only by virtue of the complex history of the different communities of the State, but also thanks to the intense cultural and artistic life that Spain enjoys today. In this sense, the SICs aim to become a privileged tool, capable of channelling this active, dynamic and plural potential towards interstate and transnational circuits and thus contribute to the construction of bridges of dialogue and windows for a better understanding of our cultural reality.

The increasing mobility of information, including artistic, cultural and scientific creations, is leading to a profound transformation of our models of society, giving rise to a true “knowledge society” which, in turn, inevitably shapes a new scenario in the field of international relations.
Moreover, the permeability of the borders of the globalised world and the multiplicity of communication channels and exchange vehicles make it necessary to present new instruments for international promotion and cooperation that allow us to take advantage of the potential benefits of these transformations at world level.

Today, culture is a key factor for the development of societies. On the one hand, cultural industries move considerable amounts of capital. On the other hand, there is still a need to continue to implement the commitments made by the international community, working to broaden access to knowledge and the enjoyment of the arts and literature in order to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the enrichment of cultural life and the collective symbolic heritage.

Cultural creation no longer takes place on a local or national scale; creators interact on a global scale and their productions respond to generational rather than local concerns. This calls for a major change in the policy of promoting and projecting Spanish culture abroad, promoting the Spanish presence in different cultural manifestations and supporting the dissemination of the creative activity of contemporary artists and the presence of the Spanish cultural industry in international circuits.

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