To strengthen cultural rights is an aim in itself and a mean to strengthen civil society as a force and change agent for development and more open and democratic societies. Norwegian cultural cooperation aims to strengthen human rights generally and promote cultural rights specifically.
The right to express culture freely and without fright of discrimination and persecution is important for the development of free and democratic societies. By recognising and promote respect for cultural diversity, the possibility of dialogue and equality between people increases. Furthermore, culture related business is dynamic and play an important role for economic development and employment.
The Norwegian government’s support to the culture sector globally is targeted, professional, long term and locally embedded, and will:
- support initiatives that act as a driving force for human rights and cultural rights,
- building competence, quality and professionalism in the culture sector,
- contribute to institutional development and cultural infrastructure,
- economic development within the creative sector,
- mobility schemes for artists from developing countries,
- support change agents in development countries, and
- support strategic partners, channels and networks – locally, regionally and globally
Cultural cooperation between Norway and Mozambique
Norwegian Mozambican cooperation in the field of culture has historically been characterised by long-standing support to strategic partners and has until recent years primarily focused on initiatives in the capital city, with the exception of work in the field of historical heritage, e.g. the rehabilitation of the São Paulo Museum on Ilha de Moçambique. Moreover, in 2012 the Norway initiated cooperation with Casa do Artista in Beira. Core areas in the collaboration have been capacity building to improve the quality of artistic expression, infrastructure rehabilitation and cultural exchange. Norwegian support to the culture sector in Mozambique was evaluated in 2010. The evaluation concluded that the investments made in Mozambique were enabling the growth of an important sector. Furthermore, it recommended increased attention to creating networking opportunities for actors in the cultural sector, providing synergies between partners and increased activities outside the capital Maputo. Since 2011, the Norwegian Embassy has continued to work with strategic partners, such as Kulungwana, UMOJA, MoNo (Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad) and Teatro Avenida. A new cooperation agreement with MoNo is expected to be signed in 2016 for a period of three years. In partnership with Kulungwana, the Norwegian Embassy has created several networking opportunities for actors in the cultural field from all over Mozambique, which have resulted in increased knowledge, exposure and collaboration across the country.
Kulungwana is a leading culture association in Maputo, which was founded in 2006. Cooperation with Kulungwana dates back to the year 2005, and the support provided by Norway has facilitated the implementation of several cultural activities and events, including art exhibitions, book launches, music festivals, workshops, seminars, cultural exchange and training, capacity building and more - benefiting both individuals and groups of artists in country and abroad, as well as public and private institutions and associations. One particular initiative run by Kulungwana is “Xiquitsi”, which targets young performing artists in different fields of culture with particular emphasis on girls and women. The aim is for members of an orchestra, children and youths aged between 7-25 years old, to benefit through musical training and acquired life skills. Three times a year, “classic music seasons” organized under this initiative provides an opportunity for both youths and more established international artists to meet, play and learn from each other. The current agreement runs from 2015 to 2017.
The overall goal of Kulungwana is to contribute to improved professional music and other cultural industries through the realization of culture activities, training, exchanges and creation of opportunities for Mozambican artists to exhibit their artistic products - Thereby valuing the country's culture through information and dissemination within and outside of Mozambican borders.
The learn more about Kulungwana here (www.kulungwana.org.mz) , and Xiquitsi here (www.xiquitsi.org.mz)
Mono and Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad (Fredrikstad school of music, dance and performing arts)
The principal Norwegian partner in the MoNo Culture School Project is Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad working in collaboration with FK. It is a municipality-owned institution and aims to provide teaching in cultural areas such as music, dance, circus, animation and modern media focusing on children and youngsters.
The overall goal is to give sustainable, good quality cultural education in Mozambican culture institutions and organizations. The purpose of the project is to provide resources for the same institutions and their collaborating partners in order to enable them to offer good quality culture education and activities for children and young people. This has been done through three pillars; human resources, equipment, and outreach and promotion.
The Embassy has supported the MoNo Culture School Project since 2009, with exchange programs two times a year.
To learn more about the MoNo project and Fredrikstad school of Music, Dance and Performing Arts, check out their webpage here.