FIBICC - the Ibero-American Foundation for Cultural and Creative Industries is both a cultural operator and a nonprofit institution that promotes trainings, cooperation and specific research in the fields of culture, art and creativity, in Europe, Latin America and Africa, since 2011.
FIBICC is a hybrid organisation: on one side they run two cultural centres at local level working in international scope, on the other side they are the main organisation in Spain supporting cultural entrepreneurship as training provider at national and international level (e.g. training on "how to create an independent cultural centre" for cultural operators), and work with other Spanish cultural centres. They also usually open residencies for the cultural creative professionals and amateurs in Spain and in South-America.
The two cultural centres where they promote cultural participation are in Castilla-La Mancha region: La Harinera and La Destiladora. They organise exhibitions, music events, workshops, theatre, dance etc and a part of La Harinera is a hostel for young creators. La Harinera and its role in rural areas is a good practice for different national and European programs. In this framework, La Harinera supports new cultural centres in rural areas in Spain. They also focus their work at the sociocultural field at the local levels with the communities, specially with young people in rural areas.
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They started their activity with a team of young professionals and creative cultural managers in a context of economic, social and cultural shift, with the aim to respond to the growing importance of cultural and creative industries in the global economic scenario. How?
- By supporting those who want to innovate in the field of culture and creativity worldwide, from entrepreneurs to managers, designers, programmers and researchers;
- By contributing to the development of top professionals in the industry through our educational programmes in collaboration with several universities and academic institutions;
- By encouraging the development of culture in Spain, Latin America and Africa; and
- By making regular research and dissemination work in order to help consolidate and improve practices within an industry with a long road ahead.
Nowadays, they have offices in four different cities in Spain that work at different levels. Thus, the administration office is in Madrid. The two cultural centres are managed from the office in Pedro Muñoz (Ciudad Real, La Mancha). The office in Valladolid and Elche (Alicante) takes care of the Research and Education Programs. Last but not least, the office in Granada collaborates with the Granada Festival and Granada University in Cultural Management Activities.
They work in partnerships with other cultural centres in Spain, and in South-America (Mexico, Argentina, Chile) about cultural development and cultural rights. They have been members in European and national networks such as ENCATC, Trans Europe Halles, NEMO, ERIH and the Spanish one (AEF).
Why did they join the ENCC?
“European cooperation is just an important role for our organisation in order to improve, sharing good practices and increase our competences in art and cultural sector, also for the enrichment of the activities in our cultural centres with our local communities. FIBICC strongly believes in European dimension of culture, and we work to get all the benefits.”