Ibero-American Cultural Programs in which Colombia participates (IBER)

Ministry of Culture of Colombia
National Library of Colombia
National Museum of Colombia
National Archive
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The main instruments of Ibero-American Cooperation are the Affiliated Programs, Initiatives and Projects, focused on three priority areas: knowledge, culture and social cohesion.

Colombia, at the head of the Ministry of Culture, participates in 10 Ibero-American Cultural Cooperation Programs:

1. Iberescena: seeks to promote the creation of a space for the integration of the Performing Arts, with the aim of co-producing shows between public and private entities of the countries signing the Iberescena Fund, facilitating training in the field, with special emphasis on the production and management of performing arts.

2. Ibermedia: seeks to contribute to the production of films and audiovisual projects aimed at the Ibero-American market, creating a favourable environment for the integration of Ibero-American production companies into networks, and supporting the continuous training of professionals in production and business management through workshops, scholarships or seminars.

3. Ibermusicas: fosters the awareness about Ibero-American cultural diversity in the field of music, stimulating the creation of new audiences in the region and expanding the job market for professionals in the sector. It implements calls for the mobility of music and musicians, provides aid to festivals and music markets, offers scholarships and awards for creation, and carries out training and preservation actions for traditional music. It fosters academic research and generates cooperation initiatives and the design of policies for the musical development of the region.

4. Ibermuseums: promotes the strengthening of museums by highlighting the value of heritage, and furthering the qualification and mobility of museum workers, the production, circulation and exchange of knowledge and the articulation and creation of networks for the promotion of public policies for the sector, seeking sustainable development and the regional integration of museums.

5. Iberarchivos: promotes the access, organization, description, conservation and dissemination of the documentary heritage of the region. Strengthens the capacities of professionals in the field and the promotion of Latin American archives.

6. Ibero-American Diplomatic Archives Network (RADI): promotes cooperation in the organization, administration, preservation, and use of the archival systems of the Ibero-American foreign ministries, with the aim of modernizing the management of the documentary collections in their custody.

7. Ibermemoria Sonora y Audiovisual: implements models for the comprehensive preservation of sound and audiovisual archives that are part of the Ibero-American intangible heritage, with a spirit of exchange, respect and technical cooperation. This programme will identify, retrieve and inventory the sound and audiovisual files of the region; generate conservation plans for audio and audiovisual files that are at high risk levels; and promote the dissemination this kind heritage.

8. Iberlibliotecas: promotes the cooperation of public libraries to generate work synergies and enhance resources on a platform beneficial to all countries. It seeks to make the most of ICTs and promote their access to support the development of the networks or systems of public libraries in Ibero-America and make their impact visible in the construction of democratic societies and the strengthening of the social fabric.

9. Ibercocinas: seeks to design and promote cultural policies, programs, strategies and initiatives for the dissemination and dissemination of the gastronomic strengths of the region. It promotes education and training spaces, as well as research and preservation of traditional and popular gastronomy.

10. Iber Cultura Viva: created to strengthen the community-based cultural policies of the Ibero-American countries, it supports both government initiatives of the member countries and those developed by community cultural organizations and indigenous peoples in their territories. These incentives are channelled through public calls.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

1. Ibersecena: Colombia participates since 2008. Iberescena is the main cooperation programme furthering the international reach of the Colombian performing arts. The programme has supported important projects for the country and the performing arts sector: between 2009 and 2018, Colombia submitted a total of 625 projects, with 122 grants being awarded in that period, for a total allocation of more than USD 1 million.

2. Ibermedia: Colombia has participated in the programme since 1998, which has contributed considerably to strengthening the media sector in our country. For example, Ibermedia supported the co-production of The Embrace of the Serpent, nominated for the Oscar for best foreign film 2017 and La Tierra y La Sombra, winner of the Cannes Golden Camera in 2014. Colombian projects, including majority and minority co-productions, have received between 1998 and 2018 the sum of USD 11,426,894.

3. Ibermusicas: Colombia participates since 2012 supporting not only the design of lines of work, cooperation initiatives and policy orientation, but also bringing Colombian music productions to an international audience, thus positioning itself in the Ibero-American region as a leading country in the industry. Colombia contributes an average annual fee of USD 50,000, obtaining an additional benefit of almost 40%, supporting in average 30 projects or initiatives annually.

4. Ibermuseos: Colombia has participated since 2008 benefiting from support lines, research and publications in areas such as education and museums, curatorship in dialogue, museum heritage at risk, training of sector agents, public studies and museum sustainability, among others. Colombia contributes an average annual fee of USD 40,000 with a 2018 return on investment of USD. 77,187.

5. Iberarchivos: Colombia participates since 2011 in this programme, which strengthens the tools for identification, diagnosis and preservation of archives; the country has focused in digital archives. Colombia has invested USD 278,000 in total, with a return of USD 466,000 and 139 projects supported. It is the third country with the highest participation.

6. Ibero-American Diplomatic Archives Network (RADI): Colombia has been active since 2011, giving assistance to other countries for the diagnosis and the preparation of archival processes, in addition to technical training. The recovery of the files of the diplomatic missions is a very important element for public administration. Colombia has received a return of USD 20,000 between 2016 and 2017.

7. Ibermemoria Sonora y Audiovisual: Colombia has participated in this programme since 2015, which allocates resources through a call for countries to implement action plans to preserve their sound and audiovisual heritage. Colombia contributes an average annual fee of USD 10,000, supporting projects that strengthen the identification, diagnosis and restoration tools for the preservation of sound and audiovisual documents that make up the Colombian media heritage.

8. Iberlibliotecas: Colombia has participated in this programme since 2012, which has offered technical, qualification and international reach support to the country's public libraries through training and the exchange of experiences, knowledge and information. Colombia contributes an average annual fee of USD 25,000, sponsoring leveraged projects for an approximate amount of USD 450,000 between 2012 and 2018. Likewise, 12 librarians have benefited from internships, two librarians with scholarships and 182 librarians with courses.

9. Ibercocinas: Colombia is active since 2015 in an initiative that raises awareness about traditional cooking and promotes its protection and safeguarding, generating exchanges of experiences and knowledge. The country benefits from calls such as the Award for Traditional Culinary Recipes from Migrant Communities in Ibero-America (Taste of Ibero-America 2019), the international photography contest "Traditional Culinary Experiences" 2018-2019 and the Ibero-American Virtual Cookbook.

10. IberCultura Viva: Colombia joined in 2020 and will participate in the International Postgraduate Course in Community-Based Cultural Policies FLACSO-IberCultura Viva, which opened a special call for scholarships, only for candidates from Colombia. Eight candidates will be selected to receive full scholarships for the course, four men and four women.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Iberescena: annual average fee of USD 100,000
Ibermedia: annual average fee of USD 225,000
Ibermusica: annual average fee of USD 50,000
Ibermuseos: annual average fee of USD 40,000
Iberarchivos: annual average fee of USD 10,000
Red de Archivos Diplomaticos Iberoamericanos (RADI): annual average fee of USD 7,000
Ibermemoria Sonora y Audiovisual: annual average fee of USD 10,000
Iberbibliotecas: annual average fee of USD 25,000
Ibercocinas: annual average fee of USD 25,000
IberCultura Viva: annual average fee of USD 20,000
Total: 512,000

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Ibero-American Secretariat General – SEGIB
Public Sector
Countries of Ibero–America: Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, España, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay y Venezuela.
Public Sector
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