Deadline: 6 July 2017
International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is inviting applicants for its World Summit on Arts and Culture that will be held in Kuala Lumpur on 11-14 March 2019. It is co-hosted by IFACCA and the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) of the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture and is expected to attract arts leaders and key policy makers from up to 80 countries.
To refine the theme and develop the structure and contents of the Summit programme, IFACCA and JKKN are seeking a Programme Director with demonstrable international experience and networks in the field of arts and cultural policy as well as knowledge of arts and cultural issues in Malaysia and/or Southeast Asia.
The theme of this summit is “Culture, Knowledge and Change“. The times in which we live are marked by constant change and transformation. Rapid technological progress, environmental impacts, migration patterns and enhanced connectivity all affect our societies, our views of the world, values, cultures, and our understanding of the future. Within this framework, the next World Summit will focus on the intersection and confluence – from both a traditional and contemporary viewpoint – between knowledge, culture, artistic practice, creative spaces, innovation and digital revolution.
We need to understand the scope, pace and nature of change in order to find ways to respond to it. The perception of change differs from community to community and from society to society. What might be considered progress in one situation might be perceived negatively in another.
The 8th World Summit will look at the role of governmental agencies, cultural organisations and creative professionals in finding mechanisms for coping with, learning from and supporting change through culture and knowledge.
- To investigate how governments find balance between cultural preservation and progress, between transformation and tradition, and managing the positive and negative impacts of both extremes.
- To understand how change (societal, technological, environmental) reframes the creative environment and vice versa
- To look at the role of innovation, creativity, education and digitalisation on societal and cultural change
- To investigate the role of the arts in responding to rapid change and societal needs
- To look at the impacts of global changes on artistic mobility and practice
- To comprehend the role of art and creativity in the lives of young and older people, First Nations people, women and under-represented communities
- To reflect on the role of arts and culture in transforming, empowering and building sustainable communities
- To showcase examples of how the arts enable communities to learn from the past and apply traditional knowledge to addressing contemporary issues
For more information, please visit World Summit on Arts and Culture.