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Director, BAT Centre Trust, South Africa



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Director, BAT Centre Trust, South Africa


The BAT Centre is an arts and culture community centre found in the small craft harbour, off Durban´s Victoria Embankment. Our Mission is to celebrate the arts and culture of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa by promoting local talent and skills. Celebrating our unique cultures and encouraging cross-fertilisation to create jobs for the artists by sourcing talent, imparting skills and developing markets. Also to act as a community cultural center for the city of Durban, the people of the harbour and the Esplanade and to become a resource to outlying arts and cultural centers and creative people.
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The International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD) is a world wide network of artists and cultural groups dedicated to countering the homogenizing effects of globalization on culture.

The INCD represents individual artists and cultural activists, cultural organizations and creative industries. We come from all continents, sectors and disciplines of the cultural community, ranging from new media artists to traditional artisans. Organizations from more than fifty countries belong to the network.

We are a democratic membership organization with an active Steering Committee. The Network is guided by our Statement of Principles and member decisions.

Why should artists care about globalization?

In many parts of the world, the voices of local artists are being drowned out by imported entertainment. Multinational entertainment industries, ever larger and more concentrated, spread a homogenized global culture. Trade bodies can worsen the situation by limiting the ability of nations to support their own artists and cultural institutions. Likewise international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may limit funding for cultural and other programs as a condition of much-needed loans.

Artists and audiences around the world envision a different kind of globalization: one which encourages cultural production within nations, and authentic exchange among them; one which encourages the dynamic coexistence of a diversity of cultures. As pressure grows to include more cultural sectors in bilateral, regional, and global trade agreements, cultural groups around the world are uniting to make a counter-proposal: the creation of a new international instrument for cultural diversity.
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