Local administrators are scarcely assigned a role in strategies for obtaining the Millennium Goals. Culture has also failed to be included as a permanent point on the development agenda. A recently-published report – Culture, Local Governments and theMillennium Development Goals – by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) advocates changes and provides city governments and cities with relevant instruments.
What do you do if you suddenly wake up after sleeping in a cave for 309 years? That is what happens to the characters in Walid Al Alphy's stage play People of the cave, performed on 25 September 2009 in the Rotterdam theatre.
Art students from Kirgizia and artists from Dutch Cascoland presented their 'interventions in public space' during Boom-Boom, the fourth International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Bishkek, August 2009.
More than half of the world's population now lives in large cities, and most of those cities' inhabitants struggle to survive in slums. A challenge for many architects is finding original and sustainable solutions that will improve living conditions in these areas.