International Cultural Case Studies

Case Studies – examples of international cultural projects

8th World Choir Games Riga 2014, Latvia

 The World Choir Games (WCG) is the world’s largest international choral competition and is commonly known as the Olympics of Choral Music. WCG 2014 held in Riga, Latvia attracted 460 choirs and 27,000 participants from 73 nations, which made it being the largest-ever World Choir Games to date.  Choirs competed across 29 different categories (such as Folklore, Jazz, Pop, Gospel and Spiritual). Riga also held several public concerts including free Friendship Concerts, and top-class Celebration Concerts with selected international choirs and Champions Concerts. The idea of WCG is based on the Olympic ideals, which aim to peacefully unify singing people and nations connected by song in a fair competition.  This international choir festival takes place every two years on different continents.  The founder of WCG is INTERKULTUR.

 Click here for the World Choir Games, Riga. 

Collaboration with EU-Japan Fest

Riga is European Capital of Culture 2014 and is working with EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee this year – supporting collaboration between a number of Japanese and Latvian artists.  These include an exhibition ‘European Eyes On Japan’ of photographs taken this year by Latvian and Swedish photographers; and in January 2014, the Latvian Museum of Natural History opened a new permanent exhibition ‘Amber Through The Ages’ which tells the story of Baltic amber, and includes an amber piece from the Kohaku museum in Kuji’s Iwate Prefecture, Japan. 

Future collaborations with EU-Japan Fest include the Japanese choreography group ‘Contact Gonzo’ who will work with Latvian dancers in Grīziņkalns during August as part of the Riga 2014 project ‘Dance Goes Out Into Town’; and in October  the interactive installation ‘Onsen’, created by the Japanese artist Hayashi Yasuhiko and Latvian artist Aigars Bikše, whioch will be unveiled in Riga. 

Founded in 1993, the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee, a registered NGO, has worked with 35 European Capitals of Culture across 23 countries, supporting their international activities across the diverse subject of Culture and the Arts.

Click here  for Eu-Japan Fest.

New Zealand at the Edinburgh festivals 2014

This year the largest season of New Zealand arts is being presented as a season across five Edinburgh festivals.  The 2014 programme at the Edinburgh festivals is led by Creative New Zealand, the national arts development agency, and supported by the Cultural Diplomacy International Programme (CDIP).  

Developed with the Edinburgh Festivals and the British Council, the season connects to festival themes of Homecoming, World War One and Commonwealth. The clustering of these international events presents significant opportunities for New Zealand artists to engage in international markets, as well as creating broader diplomatic and business opportunities

CDIP’s aim is to help establish and/or maintain a New Zealand cultural presence in key overseas regions or countries to build New Zealand’s profile and economic, trade, tourism, diplomatic and cultural relationships. CDIP is administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) and supported by an Inter-agency Steering Group made up of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), Tourism New Zealand (TNZ), Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK) and Education New Zealand (ENZ).



About the 2018 Culture Summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit brings together Culture Ministers, artists, thinkers and art leaders from around the world to share ideas, expertise and best practice to inspire positive change in cultural policy and investment. Set against the incomparable backdrop of one of the world's greatest cultural events, the Edinburgh Festivals, the Summit is ideally placed to facilitate conversations between practioners and policy-makers.  


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