Cultural Development

National Cultural Policy

National Cultural Policy

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Some months ago The Culture Concept Circle completed a submission to the Australian Government as a contribution to the debate on putting in place a new National Cultural Policy. This policy is vital in gaining government support for arts, culture, creativity and cultural development for the next decade. They were…

Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Faces, Muses, Arts and Culture

Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Faces, Muses, Arts and Culture

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, or new library of Alexandria was inspired by the enormous repository of knowledge lost when the ancient library caught on fire during a battle with Roman General Julius Caesar and burned to the ground. This all-new library of Alexandria opened its physical doors to the world in 2002. Since then it has become an important focal point for the sharing of knowledge as a practical means of aiding an understanding between world cultures.

A Passion for Gothic Decoration by Brian Brennan

A Passion for Gothic Decoration by Brian Brennan

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The decorative arts were never considered secondary by Augustus Welby Pugin. As an architect he might design the structure of a house, church or institution, but he conceived of the building, its fittings and furnishings as a ‘complete work of art.’

Flash Mob to Smart Mob – Enjoying Random Acts of Culture

Flash Mob to Smart Mob – Enjoying Random Acts of Culture

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A musical Flash Mob provides people from all walks of life and all backgrounds with an opportunity to come together on the spur of the moment to create a memory that when remembered, will for a long time in their lives cause them to smile.

Kafka’s Letters of Consequence & Culture at Oxford in Autumn

Kafka’s Letters of Consequence & Culture at Oxford in Autumn

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The Bodleian Libraries at Oxford in England have announced the newly acquired letters of renowned Czech author Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924) to his favourite sister Ottla, who died in the death camp at Auschwitz during World War II, are on public display for the first time.

Martha Nussbaum’s Call – Hug the Dragon for Social Profit

Martha Nussbaum’s Call – Hug the Dragon for Social Profit

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American Philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago. In her short and powerful new book called Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities she makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. She challenges us all to strive be truly human – ‘to remain childlike, to keep an open mind, to refine an ability to remain humble, to eschew pride and arrogance and to be reverent towards other people and towards the natural world’.

The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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‘This site takes the often complex world of history, design and the arts to a whole new level. It’s a cultural journey filled with beautiful images and fascinating stories. I love the simplicity and richness of the content and I’m sure you will too – never boring always fascinating! In…

Bentwood Classic

Bentwood Classic

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The decorative arts magazine The Studio was devoured in the coffee house culture of Vienna’s cafes at the turn of the 20th century with English fashion, sport and food debated endlessly. The attractiveness of handicraft items issuing from Vienna was demonstrated at the World Exposition in Paris of 1900. Michael…

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

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An evening of traditional elegance, say at the White House or Government House Australia, still requires a perfection of planning and wise organisation so that it appears not to be contrived at all.

Editorial – Muse News September 2010

Editorial – Muse News September 2010

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Hi, it is with great pleasure we welcome members, subscribers and supporters to Muse News September 2010. We have intentionally built a lot of flexibility into the subjects covered by our newsletter, so you can access it, read the articles and watch online videos at your convenience…