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Synthesis available: Culture and territorial development (Redon, France, May 2011)

November 29, 2011

The French Cluster “Les Articulteurs” has organised with UFISC (Union Fédérale d’Intervention des Structures Culturelles – Federal Union of Intervention of Cultural Structures) a national conference “Culture and territorial development: daring innovation and solidarity” on the 30th and 31th May 2011, in Redon (Brittany, France). Relais Culture Europe has animated in this frame a workshop on “Europe and Culture“. Some of the themes worked within the Sostenuto project were discussed: cooperation, partnership, mutualization, solidarity, culture as an agent of change in a world facing a profound transformation.

The synthesis of this conference is now available (in French).


Some news from final conference CITEMA, Florence (Italy)

October 12, 2011

The final conference from CITEMA was organized in Florence, Tuscany, 6th and 7th of October 2011 :

“Artistic handicraft as a factor of social and economic innovation”

It has gathered cultural actors coming from Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia… On the first day were participating some political representatives: Fabio di Meo, Mayor of the Town of Cetona and Rosa Maria di Giorgi, Education assessor for the Town of Florence. On the second day, two research workshops were focused on the perspectives and future of artistic handicrafts.

Final programme


CITEMA Sostenuto Final Event

September 14, 2011

“Artistic handicraft as a factor of social and economic innovation”

Organised by CITEMA in the frame of the Sostenuto project

6 and 7 October 2011

Palazzo Lenzi, Institut Français – Piazza Ognissanti 2 – Firenze


Thursday 6 October – Opening

4:00 pm – Welcome of the participants

4:30 pm – Welcome meeting, round table moderated by Jacques Mattei (ZEP Progetti)

6:00 pm – Vernissage of the exhibition “La lingue delle mani” – organised in partnership with ARTEX. Works of the craftmen of the CITEMA cluster and of the ARTEX network will illustrate / depicts the topics debated during the event: future of artistic handicraft, knowledge transfert between generations, relationship between handicraft and art…

Friday 7 October – Workshops – Sharing of experiences – Perspective “The future of artistic handicraft”

These two research workshops focus on successful activities and projects in order to validate models and tools that will support the objectives, to bring to the fore common working perspectives among partners and institutions in line with CITEMA’s orientations, and to reinforce and develop a national and international partnership.

11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Which new spaces to share for artistic handicraft? How a cluster can contribute to boost an area, participate or initiate social changes. Artistic handicraft is a vector for exchange of experience between local areas and between social projects. How to generate and accompany these meetings?

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Learning and Training: a new approach to discover, learn, promote, transmit and develop artistic handicraft Which actions could promote awareness of artistic handicraft among young audiences? Which actions to reestablish a positive image of artistic handicraft and the manual professions? Which approach for training and learning for new audiences and new needs? Various experiences and tools (residence, mobility) can be used and mixed. Discussions will be in English, French and Italian.

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Some photos from Volta La Carta, CITEMA event

June 28, 2011

In the frame of the European project Sostenuto “thinking culture as a factor of social and economic innovation”, CITEMA have proposed an event together with the SCEC (local currency), GAS (Group of fair purchase) of the Valdichiana valley, the fair shop Bottega del Monde Equo Soledale, the CCR ( historical city center of Cetona) and the theatre “Cantinonearte” in Montepulciano. In this moment of deep change, we bet that we can make our projects converge, gather and transmit our know-how and competence and thinking together of a common future of our regions. Product and consume differently, create, sell and diffuse differently are the proposal that we would like to share in a pleasant atmosphere to rediscover our area, to meet and rethink our exchanges, to valorize our richness and think of our impact on environment. “Be conscious that, above all of the principle of responsibility of the individual, whatever is role and whatever his level of culture, conscience and experiences…”

Some photos to illustrate the event…

The debate

The market

The exhibition


CITEMA – Map of craftworkers and farmers (Italy)

June 17, 2011

In the frame of the Sostenuto project and the event “Volta La Carta”, CITEMA, partner of the Sostenuto project in charge of the laboratory “Cluster” has published a map of artisans and farmers of the rural territory in which it is developing a scope of innovative actions.

See the map.


CITEMA – Volta La Carta (Italy)

June 17, 2011

In the frame of the Sostenuto project “Thinking culture as a factor of social and economic development”, CITEMA organises the event “Volta la Carta” that will take place on June 18th and 19th in Cetona (SI)

This event, set up together with the partners of Sostenuto and a lot of local partners proposes a playful and convivial approach of the social changes that CITEMA supports, promotes and organises.

The plurality of partners participating to the event reflect the will of CITEMA to involve a large number of actors of the region and actors involved to develop the local area and having a participative and alternative vision.

This event, crossing the fields of economy, culture, social, education, associations, art proposes to the citizens, consumers and pupils, actors of the local area to think, discover, meet and participate.

Saturday the 18th will be dedicated to discovery: round tables, alternative perspective for the region, educational activities for children, show, film, a vernissage etc.. On Sunday 19th, this will be possible to experiment, to exchange on the market-meeting, to discover a route of the region and to pratice handicraft.

See the programme.


Signature of the international charter of artistic craftsmanship

June 3, 2010

CITEMA took part to the ceremony of subscription to the international charter of artistic craftsmanship that took place on April 28th in Fortezza da Basso in Florence.

The charter, describing craft sector as the guardian of universal values, proposes a European program in favor of handicraft. This program will involve key points like communication and promotion, internationalization and commercialization, research and innovation, training, education, tourism and museums. The charter has been finally officially published thanks to the strong participation of three main contributors: Serge Nicole, president of Ateliers d’Art de France, Alessia Zaninello, Vice President of CNA (national professional organization for craftsmen in Italy) and Giorgio Natalino Guerrini, president of Confartigianato Imprese (national professional organization of craftsmen in Italy). This is the first step towards the sharing of this charter by the biggest number of participants at international level, so that handicraft becomes an important target for European policies.

To know more about it…