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De Facto

Through facts and figures, testimonials and studies, “De Facto” puts culture at the heart of sustainable development. This section serves as a resources centre that brings together the arguments for making culture one of the next Millennium Development Goals for 2015-2030.

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Bustle Music, the fair music listening platform that contributes to intercultural...

November 28, 2016

Cyrille Peignot, Benoît Waquet and Ludovic Praud, three music lovers, founded start-up Bustle Music with one clear aim: to promote local talent by contributing to its financing and raising its profile.

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The sound engineer training program held at the studio Moffou in Bamako

November 2, 2016

Preserving Malian musical heritage by restoring and safeguarding sound archives, such was the objective of the 12th session of the sound engineer training program. This training was part of annual professionalization program launched by Vivendi in 2006. It was held at Salif Keita’s studio, the Moffou Studio in Bamako.

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“BRIDGING: A French-American Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts”: the...

September 30, 2016

As part of the 10th edition of its fall arts festival Crossing the Line, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) with support of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation  launches on October, 1st 2016 the new programme BRIDGING: A French-American Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts. An initiative with panel discussions mixing artists and arts institutions and performances to explore issues of cultural equity in the US and France.  

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First Global Pluralism Award, Vivendi CSR Head Jury Member

August 19, 2016

Vivendi’s Vice-president, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Pascale Thumerelle, has been named to be part of a jury which will select the winners of the first inaugural Global Pluralism Award to be granted in 2017.

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The Cargo platform: a new business incubator dedicated to the cultural industries

April 11, 2016

Vivendi joins Paris&Co, the economic development and innovation agency of Paris, to launch The Cargo platform dedicated to the cultural, creative and digital content industries.

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Amy named Best Documentary at 2016 BAFTAs

February 17, 2016

Amy, the documentary on the story of singer songwriter Amy Winehouse directed by Asif Kapadia and coproduced by Universal Music, was named best documentary at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts.

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Parity between women and men on screen, the Bechdel test: 4000 films rated

February 3, 2016

To pass the Bechdel test a film must have at least two named women in it who talk to each other about something besides a man. Polygraph has analyzed the results on the test of the main 4000 films of the past 20 years, 214 Canal+ films among them. Here there are.

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Nollywood: a dual assessment of its emergence

December 17, 2015

« Nollywood: a dual assessment of its emergence » by Romane Butin and Frédérique Triballeau received a special Vivendi-Sciences Po jury prize for Media CSR Innovation Ex-aequo along with « Iroko » by Khadim Rassoul Fall.

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Iroko

December 17, 2015

« Iroko » by Khadim Rassoul Fall received a special Vivendi-Sciences Po jury prize for Media CSR Innovation Ex-aequo along with « Nollywood: a dual assessment of its emergence » by Romane Butin and Frédérique Triballeau.  

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Africult, an online African cultural platform

December 17, 2015

"Digital technology in support of cultural diversity in Africa: Africult, an online African cultural platform” by Manuela Boma-Atta and Julie Bourdin was awarded the Media CSR Innovation Vivendi-Sciences Po Grand Prix.  

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« Manufacturing curiosity »: cultural diversity in the digital world to be discussed...

December 11, 2015

Vivendi is partnering “Manufacturing curiosity” international conference being held on December 17, 2015 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris to mark the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

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The biggest African collaborative song in support of the global goals campaign

September 11, 2015

Universal Music Group partnered with director Richard Curtis to release the song and video clip « Tell Everybody » on September 11, 2015. This song written by young Africans features various artists from all over Africa. This song activates young people to start challenging their governments to meet global goals such as ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and fixing climate change by 2030.

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A Catherine Deneuve retrospective and French films classics in Australia

September 4, 2015

Studiocanal presents a Catherine Deneuve retrospective on the occasion of the launching of the first edition of the Alliance Française Classic Film Festival, taking place 3-5 September 2015 in Sidney.

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World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10): listening to the stakeholders

July 2, 2015

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) will be assessing the current situation within the framework of the Millennium Goals at the United Nations General Assembly on 2 July 2015.

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COP 21: MASKBOOK an art project for climate

June 19, 2015

MASKBOOK is the first component of a collaborative art project using the “portrait-with-a-mask” as a symbol against environmental contamination for the COP21, the next International Conference of Climate in Paris, December 2015. A co-creation project proving that ecological transition is also a matter of culture.

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The Ambassadeurs Internationaux on tour: an opportunity for the sound engineers training...

June 16, 2015

The Ambassadeurs Internationaux – the flagship music band of the Malian capital – just begins a new tour. This behind-the-scenes video show the rehearsals at the Moffou Studio where took place the tenth edition of the training program supported by Vivendi.

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Infographics 68th Cannes film festival: women in the film industry

May 12, 2015

From 13 to 24 May 2015, the Cannes film festival puts films from all over the world in the spotlight. For the 68th festival edition only two films in competition have been directed by women. Where are women in the film industry ? Here is our infographics.

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Alice Cathelineau, Artistic director of the company “Opéra sur le toit”

April 15, 2015

“Opera at a priority-education secondary school is a successful socialisation experience.” From September 2014 through April 2015, the Opéra sur le Toit company conducted an educational outreach course centred around opera for a second form (7th grade) class at the François Villon lower secondary school, located in a designated “urban policy” neighbourhood in Paris. The students were invited to create their own musical production* through participation in music and theatre workshops. The learning experience was then continued through outings, concerts and shows. Stéphanie d’Oustrac and Magali Léger, internationally renowned opera singers, served as patronesses for this experience.

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Abbey Road studios launch their educational Institute

April 8, 2015

The famous Abbey Road studios- property of Universal Music – launch their educational Institute for September 2015 intake. It’s in this legendary location that has been recorded the well known eponymous Beatles’ album.  This institute has a vocation for being global: a 12 month audio engineering and music production training is offered in the London studios but also in Berlin, Melbourne, Frankfurt, Munich and soon in Paris.

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A small step for the media, a giant leap for feminism

March 9, 2015

“A wave of feminism is sweeping through the media today. Every day, countless articles highlight gender inequality and encourage women to break through the ‘glass ceiling’ (...) It is now up to the media to make smart choices that reflect the society they serve.”

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«Women and men» : the movie screened at the United Nations

March 6, 2015

On March 8th, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the documentary « Women and men » (« Des femmes et des hommes » in French) will be screen at the United Nations in Geneva and New-York. Directed by journalist and founder of The Humble Heroes Frédérique Bedos, this feature raises awareness of the many benefits of the fundamental right to equality for all.

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Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, a unique 2,400-seater concert hall

January 21, 2015

The Philharmonie de Paris, the city’s impressive new concert hall with exceptional acoustics, opened on Wednesday 14 January. The Orchestre de Paris gave the inaugural concert, accompanied by artists including the soloist Hélène Grimaud.  The Philharmonie de Paris is set to rival the world’s greatest musical institutions.

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Creating Europeans through European culture

January 15, 2015

“European culture is distinctive in that it entails not choosing a regional culture, or a fortiori a national culture. The culture of Europe is experienced according to the various customs, identities, languages, cuisines and landscapes of the entities comprising this mosaic”.

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#NousSommesTousCharlie

January 9, 2015

Culture(s) with Vivendi supports freedom of expression

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Do you speak « Pic Speech » ? The new language of the Y and Z generations

January 8, 2015

The « Pic Speech » this is how Thu Trinh-Bouvier called this language of cultural melting pot spoke by youngsters today. In her book “Do you speak Pic Speech ? ” the author exposes a sociological study about the way Y and Z generations are precursors by inventing means of communication in which the picture is at the heart of their exchanges.

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Youngsters and screens: +36% more contacts with the Internet from 2009 to 2013 in France

December 31, 2014

With the ubiquity of the Internet and smartphones and screens all around us in this new digital era, young people have taken up new media habits that mirror new cultural practices. What are the new media out there for young people and how do they use it? On the 9th of December 2014, the CSA organized a colloquium on the theme of youngsters and screens. Here is a breakdown of what was said.

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The age of social media: exposing human rights abuses and bringing about political change

December 30, 2014

"Social media has been enormously effective in exposing human rights abuses and in turn garnering mass public support for political change."  

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Human rights in today’s digital age: what is at stake for companies?

December 10, 2014

This was the topic of the special emission of Vivoice organized on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of The universal declaration of human rights. To discuss the subject, Vivendi invited representatives of the French High Court Conseil d’Etat, FIDH and UNICEF.

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#AfricaStopEbola and #BandAid30 : music to fight against Ebola

November 28, 2014

Some of the music world’s and Africa’s stars have gathered to record two songs to raise awareness and money for the fight against the Ebola virus in Africa.

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#JNDJ2014: Discovering the many careers in the cultural industries

November 19, 2014

The French National Youth Day, an annual event which calls upon private companies to take action in favor of youth, takes place on November 20, 2014. As a partner, Vivendi welcomes 70 students for an introduction to the many careers in the cultural industries and offers an in-depth glimpse into the event on Vivoice webradio.

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With 5.2 million admissions China becomes the 2nd export market for French films

November 17, 2014

French CNC (National Centre for Cinema) has just published its annual report on French films exports. The results of the year 2013 might be underwhelming but diversity stands out.

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Training program at the Moffou Studio: a sound engineer is a recipient of the RFI...

November 7, 2014

Sidi Mohamed Dicko is one of the recipients of the RFI Ghislaine and Claude Verlon grant. Every year a young (30-year old or younger) journalist and sound engineer from an African country are rewarded.

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Emerging markets, new consumer habits and digital sovereignty discussed at MaMa 2014

November 6, 2014

Three major topics - “Festivals”, “Artists” and “Recorded Music”- marked the fifth edition of MaMA, the music festival and convention which took place in Paris, October 15-17. The 4,372 attending professionals had the opportunity to debate the current economic and social changes in the music industry.

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“European” co-productions: helping to build a European identity

November 3, 2014

“Co-productions allow different cultural voices to be heard and show how countries are capable of working together to create a cultural and even social work of general interest, for more than purely economic reasons.”

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World Forum for Democracy, Council of Europe: "Young people, actors of global change?"

October 31, 2014

“From participation to influence: can youth revitalize democracy?” is the topic of the World Forum for Democracy to be held in Strasbourg, 3-5 November 2014. More than 1500 participants – among them civil society activists, politics leaders, and representatives of media – will gather to hold debates and discuss the topic.

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“Rethinking cultural evaluation: going beyond GDP”: ENCATC advanced seminar in...

October 21, 2014

The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC), an official UNESCO partner NGO and an observer to the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Culture, organizes a seminar in Paris on October 22. The seminar will be about culture and the value creation produced by the creative sector that is not taken into account by indicators such as GDP.

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Rencontres Cinématographiques in Dijon, France where the cinema industry meets to...

October 15, 2014

On October 16-18th, 2014 will take place the 24th edition of the Rencontres Cinématographiques in Dijon, France gathering about 600 professionals of the cinema industry  – including movie makers, distributors, operators, producers but also professionals from TV, the Internet and the public sector. They will meet and discuss the current economic and cultural stakes of the movie and broadcasting industry.

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Post-2015 dialogues : stakeholders call for the inclusion of culture into the...

October 7, 2014

A recent report by UNDG reviews the outcomes of the multi-stakeholder consultations conducted by the United Nations about the means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda. A section of the report is devoted to culture.

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Culture and value creation: an Integrated Reporting for the media sector

September 24, 2014

On the occasion of the 4th annual IIRC (International Integrated Reporting Council) conference, which takes place in Madrid on September 24-26 2014, find out more about Vivendi’s approach of putting culture at the heart of its Integrated Reporting.

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Michèle Dominique Raymond, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Group of States, Brussels

September 23, 2014

“In the ACP Group of States, the creative industries should be part of the central focus of all initiatives aimed at creating jobs, accelerating economic growth and increasing trade”

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Digital technology, fundamental rights and cultural diversity, reviewed by Conseil d'Etat

September 19, 2014

The French High Court Conseil d’État released its annual study devoted to "Digital technology and fundamental rights". The study puts forward 50 proposals to regulate digital technologies for the benefit of both individual rights and collective interests. Focus on the recommendations to promote cultural diversity.

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Cinema as a cultural bridge at Deauville and Toronto Film Festivals

September 12, 2014

The 40th Deauville American Film Festival takes place this week in France, while the TIFF - the biggest film festival in North America – puts French movies in the spotlight.  Here and there, cinema turns to be a bridge over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Music festivals in France: attendance up by 23% this summer

September 10, 2014

Festival season is over.  A study carried out by Télérama magazine gives insights about this social trend through a report devoted to ‘current music’ festivals - including rock, pop, electronic and rap music- that took place in France during summer 2014.  

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Jean Charest, Former Premier of Quebec

September 9, 2014

“Culture must be treated on an exceptional basis in trade negotiations.”

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Street interview: Culture? Did you say culture?

July 23, 2014

What is culture? Why is it important for individuals and society? Culture(s) with Vivendi asked these questions to young people attending the Solidays music festival.

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Towards the final "Zero Draft" on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

July 17, 2014

The United Nations’ Open Working Group tasked with formulating a proposed set of sustainable development goals for 2015-2030, convened their last meeting this week.

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Culture: a priority for young Europeans

June 25, 2014

An overview of the June 6, 2014 workshop attended by the delegates of the European Youth Parliament during the Caen International Forum to discuss the place culture will have in Europe’s development.

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Culture and citizenship discussed at the European Youth Parliament

June 5, 2014

150 young Europeans will debate on the future of Europe, just  as members of the European Parliament do, during  the Caen International Forum which takes place from May 29 until June 8 2014.

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Roberta Oster Sachs, Emmy Award-winning TV Producer and Leadership Trainer

May 9, 2014

"Producing stories about women’s rights, social issues and human rights, I saw how culture played a key role in each story through the characters I interviewed".

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“My World” survey: let's put culture in the spotlight!

May 7, 2014

Launched by the United Nations in 2013, My World is an online survey that encourages people from all over the world to express their views on the priorities to be included in the post-2015 development agenda. Speak out!

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Culture and the Post-2015 goals on the agenda of the UN General Assembly

May 5, 2014

A thematic debate about “Culture and Sustainable Development in the post-2015 development agenda” will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday 5, 2014.

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1,425 festivals devoted to “current music” in France in 2013

May 5, 2014

A study carried out by the French Society of Music Authors, Composers and Editors (SACEM), the National Centre for Song, Pop and Jazz Music (CNV) and the Current Music Information and Resource Centre (IRMA) investigates the world of music festivals in France.

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28 countries represented at the Festival de Cannes 2014

April 24, 2014

Cultural diversity is well represented this year at the Festival de Cannes which will take place from 14 to 25 May. On April 17, the Festival’s President Gilles Jacob, Festival, and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux, announced the film selection of the Festival 67th edition.

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In France, 23% of film directors are women

April 11, 2014

French National Cinema Centre (Centre national du cinema or CNC) released its first report on women in the French film industry. The study reveals that gender equality in the sector still has a way to go.

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Chaillot Forum on the future of culture … Echoes on Culture(s) with Vivendi

April 3, 2014

A forum on the future of culture in Europe will be held in Paris on April 4 and 5, at the initiative of French Minister of Culture and Communication Aurélie Filippetti. The forum will bring together the European ministers of culture, professionals, artists and intellectuals from all backgrounds.

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France: gender equality in culture and the media, a priority for the government

March 31, 2014

On Tuesday 25 March 2014, for the second consecutive year, Aurélie Filippetti, the French Minister of Culture and Communication, convened a meeting of the Ministerial Committee for gender equality in the field of culture and the media.

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Amina Taha-Hussein Okada, Chief Curator, French National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet

March 21, 2014

"More than ever, in our globalized world that is often lacking in essential points of reference, culture must be perceived for what it is: an absolute necessity, a guarantor of the future of peoples and their humanity in the face of the disorders and ills of the world."

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UK music generates £ 3.5 billion per annum

March 18, 2014

Is the United Kingdom a creative nation? Data from January 2014 published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) stand for an affirmative answer.

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“CSR in the media sector”: a handbook reviews the issues at stake

March 10, 2014

On March 6 in Paris, the handbook “CSR in the media sector”, co-elaborated by the French Observatory on Corporate social responsibility (ORSE) and the Forum RSE Médias (French Media CSR Forum), has been officially published.

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Pascal Rogard, Chairman of SACD

March 7, 2014

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the French Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD) Director General Pascal Rogard answers our question : what measures do you suggest to take to ensure women and men are more equally represented in the cultural sector ?

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French youth rally for gender equality

March 6, 2014

Young people aged 16-25 massively participated to the EgalitéE2014 contest, launched by French Minister of Women's Rights Najat Vallaud- Belkacem. The contest invited youth to produce original videos, visual works and texts representing their views on gender inequalities.

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Radio and TV are doing without female talent, French CSA warns

March 5, 2014

On 12 February 2014, the "Women's rights" working party set up by the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel – France's audio-visual authority – published a report on its first work. The picture it paints of the place that women occupy in television and radio is far from encouraging.

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"Culture is at the heart of sustainable development"

February 27, 2014

By Pascale Thumerelle, Vice President CSR

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Africa : culture, a gold mine to exploit

February 17, 2014

The African Business magazine devotes its February 2014 issue to the African creative industries and their potential, yet underutilized, for wealth creation and social development. A must read. Find it below.

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Less than 20% of experts interviewed by the media are women

February 13, 2014

On the occasion of World Radio Day, UNESCO published some figures on the place of women in the media. An infographic sums them up.

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Female creators now have their own dictionary

February 7, 2014

The brainchild of Antoinette Fouque, co-founder of the French Women’s Liberation Movement (Mouvement de libération des femmes), the Universal Dictionary of Female Creators (Dictionnaire universel des créatrices) encompasses 40 centuries of female creativity.

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55 million euros in export revenues for French record labels

January 30, 2014

On January 27 2014, during its annual press conference, the Bureau export presented the French music industry's export figures.

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Vivendi partner of France’s 2013 National Youth Day

January 21, 2014

Vivendi welcomed three secondary school classes at the Group’s headquarters for an introduction of the many careers in the cultural industries. Students had the unique opportunity to meet and to ask all their questions to professionals of the music and audiovisual sectors.

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“Ensure cultural sustainability for the wellbeing of all” – a post-2015 goal all...

January 14, 2014

In October 2013, four global cultural organisations – the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, Agenda 21 for Culture, Culture Action Europe and the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity – published a plea for the integration of culture as a Millennium Development Goal in the United Nations’ post-2015 agenda. 

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Link between culture and sustainable development recognised in a new United Nations...

January 10, 2014

The United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution on culture and sustainable development on 12 December 2013. This is the third resolution adopted by the United Nations on this topic, indicating the growing recognition by the international community of the fundamental role of culture.

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Culture contributed €104.5 billion to the French economy in 2011

January 8, 2014

The study “Culture’s contribution to the economy in France” co-signed by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of the Economy in December 2013 seeks to measure the economic weight of the cultural sector. The goal? To show that culture is a vector for value creation and that the cultural and creative industries represent a real driver for growth. 

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World Culture Forum: culture as a “driver, enabler and enricher of sustainable...

December 18, 2013

The first World Culture Forum was held on the island of Bali, Indonesia, from 24 to 27 November 2013. With the support of UNESCO, the forum aims to become a strategic platform for defending the integration of culture in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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World trade of creative goods and services reached US$ 624 billion in 2011

December 13, 2013

In May 2013, UNCTAD revealed the extent of the global trade of creative goods and services. Meanwhile, the Special Edition of the United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013, co-published by UNESCO and the UNDP through the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, reviewed the situation of creative economies in developing countries.

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With 74.6 bn euros in turnover, French culture stands up to the crisis

December 9, 2013

The study “The basis of French influence and competitiveness”, published in November 2013 by EY (formerly Ernst & Young), has taken an unprecedented look at the overall landscape in the cultural and creative industries, a prosperous sector that could prove vital for the economic health of the country.

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Virginie Berger, founder of the DBTH agency

December 6, 2013

Virginie Berger is the founder of the DBTH agency, based in Paris. The agency specializes in strategy and business development for creative industries, innovative services, technologies and new media, particularly at international level.  Convinced that the development of creative industries and digital cultures is crucial for economic and social development, Virginie affirms her position that culture plays a fundamental role in sustainable development.

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Gender and media: a global forum organized by UNESCO

December 5, 2013

From December 2 to 4, 2013, a global forum about women in the media was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum, organized by UNESCO, follows up on the strategic objectives established at the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. Indeed, the topic of "Women and the Media" is one of the priorities set by the Beijing Declaration and the Programme for Action which was adopted at the end of the conference.

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The cinema and audiovisual media industry in France: €16.2 billion and 340,000 jobs

December 4, 2013

The results of a study commissioned from BIPE by the Centre National du Cinéma (French National Center for Cinema or CNC) show the economic value of the sectors supported by the CNC (cinema, audiovisual media, video games and video) in the French gross domestic product and how they compare to other sectors of the economy.

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Women in music and cinema

November 25, 2013

Why is it that Jane Campion is the only woman to have won a Golden Palm – for her film "The Piano Lesson" in 1993 – since the creation of the Cannes Film Festival in 1945? Why are only 3% of the concerts scheduled at French theaters and opera houses in the 2013-2014 season directed by women? The study titled “Women in music and cinema in Europe,” published in November 2013, provides some answers.

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Irina Bokova, Director-General of Unesco

November 12, 2013

On November 12, 2013, the General Conference of Unesco, which brings together 195 Member Countries and nine Associate Members, confirmed the vote of the Executive Board reappointing Irina Bokova as Unesco's Director-General for a term of four years.

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« Give peace a chance » on board the Lennon Bus

November 8, 2013

They come from Italy, the United States, France, England or still Luxembourg and Germany. Together, they decided to take the Lennon Bus across Europe. After England, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, it is inFrance that the Lennon Bus’ crew made a stop on the occasion of the 8th edition of the Unesco’s Youth Forum in Paris, Place Fontenoy.

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Michel Serres, philosopher and science historian

October 30, 2013

Culture as an integral part of the fight against poverty: a central theme espoused by Académie Française member and Stanford University professor Michel Serres

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Studiocanal catalogue: 2,000 films available in a digital version

October 25, 2013

StudioCanal thus contributes to saving cinema heritage for the next generation.  A mission worth highlighting on the occasion of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, celebrated by UNESCO on October 27.  

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MaMa : openness to other cultures is the future of music

October 25, 2013

For the fifth year running, music industry professionals gathered in the Montmartre district of Paris from October 16 to 18 for the MaMa. Sixty-one countries were represented at the event. More than 3,800 artists, producers, publishers, broadcasters and managers from around the world took part in three days of workshops and talks to discuss changes in the music market and the developments made possible by intercultural exchange. 

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French cultural sector generates €40 billion in value-added

October 16, 2013

A study carried out by the French Ministry of Culture measures the contribution made by the cultural industries to the country’s economy. 

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Record companies reinvest 16% of revenues in discovering new artists

October 16, 2013

This percentage, which represents $2.7 billion in expenditure worldwide, is particularly high, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). 

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Pascal Ory : those “foreigners who made France”

October 7, 2013

Pascal Ory is the driving force behind the Dictionnaire sur les étrangers qui ont fait la France – Dictionary of foreigners who made France in English – published by Editions Robert Laffont, available in bookshops starting from October 7, 2013. At a time when the debate over “national identity” continues to divide the political community, this Dictionary of unprecedented scope will undoubtedly re-establish certain truths and spark debate in return.

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44 languages featured in Universal Music's repertoire

September 26, 2013

Today, Europe celebrates its linguistic diversity ...

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The Hangzhou Declaration: integrating culture within the post-2015 sustainable...

September 17, 2013

Two years before the end of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals cycle, UNESCO ...

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Hélène Grimaud : “With Brahms, you often get that feeling of something on a grand...

September 17, 2013

Hélène Grimaud’s new album, Brahms, released in September on Deutsche Grammophon, takes the French pianist back to one of her favorite repertoires : that of the German composer Johannes Brahms.

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More than 8 million Europeans work in the cultural sector

September 17, 2013

Companies that produce cultural goods and services make a strong contribution to the revitalization of the economy ...

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Marie Camier, co-founder of Mediaeducation.fr

September 16, 2013

Marie Camier, 24, co-founder of the French platform about media literacy, Mediaeducation.fr, shares her point of view on this new cultural practice.

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Jérôme Gouadain, Secretary General of Diversum

September 16, 2013

Cultural diversity as a driving force for the economy: this is the core idea of the “purple economy”, a sustainable development paradigm advocated by the French association Diversum. Here is the testimony of the association’s Secretary General, upon the release of a report aimed at better defining this economy colored with creativity.

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"Cultural diversity and sustainable development : the same challenge ?" on Vivoice, July...

June 26, 2013

On Monday, July 1st at 5pm, Vivoice, Vivendi’s webradio, will address the issue of cultural diversity as a "mainspring for sustainable development", according to the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. A vision shared by Vivendi since the group, as soon as 2003, has made cultural diversity a strategic issue of its CSR policy.

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Exclusive : Bernard Foccroulle on Culture(s) with Vivendi

June 14, 2013

The Director of the Festival international d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence gave us two interviews, now available in the “Creative Jobs” and the “Intercultural Dialogue” sections.

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Empowering youth though painting in Ghana

May 27, 2013

In Nima, a slum of the city of Accra in Ghana, a group of local artists banded together to launch a program called Nima Muhinmanchi Art (« NMA »). This name means « the importance of art ».

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"Culture(s) with Vivendi" celebrates its first anniversary

May 21, 2013

In 2012 Vivendi chose May 21, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, to launch its website “Culture(s) with Vivendi”. This year, while the group celebrates once again this World Day proclaimed by the United Nations, you can look back on the first year of the website with the pictures below.  

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Trash-to-Cash uses art and traditional techniques to restore dignity to Indian people...

May 14, 2013

Trash-to-Cash recycles waste using traditional Indian artisanal techniques with contemporary designs by people with disabilities.

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Trias Culture: Bringing digital technologies to the world of culture in Senegal

March 29, 2013

Trias Culture is a hybrid and indefinable structure, part association, part cultural enterprise, and part label of training.Created by Maria Luisa Angulo, a vibrant Salvadorian living in Dakar, the structure has a clear mission: “To link technologies to the world of culture and artistic creation”. To carry out this objective, three areas have been developed: training, creation and raising awareness.

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The Cyan Girls : developing videogames « Made in Senegal »

March 29, 2013

Having a passion for information technologies, Awa C., Awa G. and Binta stepped into a 100% male world and developed the first Senegalese videogame, called “Dakar Madness”.

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NENA : discovering the future African “Amazon”

March 29, 2013

The goal of the social business NENA (Les Nouvelles Editions Numériques Africaines, or The New African Digital Publishing House) is to spread African editorial content all over the world. The company’s founder is Marc-André Ledoux, born in Quebec and settled in Senegal seven years ago.

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Women in culture

March 8, 2013

On the occasion of the International Women's Day on March 8, Vivendi and the Gender Equality Lab (Paris, France) are pleased to announce their partnership.

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"Made in Bamako" : exclusively on "Culture(s) with Vivendi"

January 30, 2013

"Made in Bamako", an album sponsored by Salif Keita and produced by Vivendi. Six artists from Mali's current music scene in all its diversity. An album recorded and mixed by the interns from the sound engineer training program held at the studio Moffou, in Bamako. With the generous participation of Ballaké Sissoko.

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Vivendi partner of the National Youth Day : the video is online!

January 8, 2013

On November 30, 2012 Vivendi hosted four high school classes in its head office for an introduction of the many careers in the cultural industries. Exchanges between the students and professionals were successful and even aroused vocations among students. Look back on this open-house morning, organized as part of France's National Youth Day, with the video below.

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Vivendi and National Youth Day: first impressions

December 14, 2012

A partner of France's National Youth Day, held on November 30, 2012, Vivendi brought together four secondary and high-school classesfor an introduction of the many careers in the cultural and creative industries. This was a unique opportunity for young students to meet and ask questions to professionals and artists such as Michel Vuillermoz of the Comédie-Française and young movie director Stéphane Cazes.

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Vivendi partner of the National Youth Day

November 27, 2012

Vivendi is associated to the second edition of National Youth Day to be held on November 30, 2012. This day of national interest under the patronage of Jean-Paul Delevoye, President of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council, invites all the private and public actors to show their commitment in supporting young people in a positive and constructive approach concerning their future.

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Vivendi takes part in the conference "Culture and Sustainable Development"

November 21, 2012

This international conference, co-organized by the French and Quebec Ministries of Culture, takes place in Paris on November 22 and 23, 2012.

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"Culture : reasons to hope" at the heart of debates at the Forum d'Avignon

November 7, 2012

The 5th edition of the Forum d'Avignon will take place on November 15, 16 and 17, 2012. The Forum hosts the major players in the world of creation, economy and media.

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United Nations General Assembly: young people from the Fellowship Programme, supported...

September 27, 2012

"For a life in freedom, dignity and security, we urge all participants in the 67th session to exert their responsible leadership and make the dialogue of civilizations an absolute priority". This is the message addressed to the UN Member States, meeting in New York from September 25 to October 1st 2012 for the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, by the young leaders who participated in the Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship Program.

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Rio +20 : The importance of culture for sustainable development

June 27, 2012

Culture was recognized as an integral part of sustainable development strategies at the United Nations Conference which took place in Rio de Janeiro.

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May 21 : World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 21, 2012

Vivendi has chosen May 21 to launch the website « Culture(s) with Vivendi - A Journey through Cultural Diversity». This initiative is in line with Vivendi's sustainable development strategy which aims to facilitate access to knowledge, encourage the expression of talent and participation in cultural life, and promote a spirit of openness.

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