The theme chosen for this edition is: At the Crossroads? Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century. Previous World Summits have been held in Canada, Singapore, England, South Africa, Australia and Chile, and have proven their potential for stimulating international cooperation, learning and information exchange for arts support agencies, artists, arts managers and policy makers worldwide.
The summit will see more than 400 arts policy makers, government representatives, arts managers and cultural practitioners from around the world get together in Malta to take part in a rich programme of debate, learning and information exchange.
The World Summit will be jointly hosted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and Arts Council Malta, the Maltese Government’s national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors.
Dr Nina Obuljen, an expert in the field of cultural and media policies with special focus on cultural diversity and international cultural relations and co-operation, has been appointed programme director for the 7th edition of the summit.
The IFACCA Board, chaired by Stephen Wainwright, Chief Executive of Creative New Zealand, is meeting in Malta between the 18th and 19th November to discuss plans for the Summit. Information on the IFACCA Board can be found here: http://ifacca.org/board/. The Executive Director – Sarah Gardner, and Deputy Director – Magdalena Moreno, of IFACCA’s headquarters in Sydney, will also be present.
More information on the World Summit on Arts and Culture can be found on the summit website – www.artsummit.org – which is being launched today, 18th November.
World Summit on Arts and Culture: The World Summit on Arts and Culture is intended to provide national arts councils, ministries of culture and other agencies with an opportunity to discuss key issues affecting public support for the arts and creativity.
Arts Council Malta: The Arts Council Malta is the national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors. Its mission is to promote Malta’s culture through all forms of creative expression, increase the accessibility of the public to the arts and enhance Malta’s cultural heritage locally and abroa.
IFACCA: The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the global network of national arts councils and culture ministries with members in over 80 countries. Created in December 2000, its purpose is to support members to succeed and be a global voice advocating for arts and culture. IFACCA delivers its services through four core functions in which are embedded its values as an organisation: Networking, Knowledge and Analysis, Capacity Building, and Advocacy. IFACCA initiated the World Summit on Arts and Culture to provide national arts councils, ministries of culture and other agencies, to meet every two to three years to discuss key issues of public support for the arts and creativity. More information can be found at ifacca.org.
Nina Obuljen: Dr Obuljen is a research fellow at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Croatia, and was the former State Secretary for Culture (2008-2011) and former Assistant Minister (2006-2008) at the Croatian Ministry of Culture. In 2004 she received the European Cultural Policy Research Award for her research on the impact of the EU enlargement on cultural policies which was published in the book ‘Why We Need European Cultural Policies: Impact of EU enlargement on countries in transition’.
As State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Dr Obuljen was responsible for the sectors of arts, culture and media. She was a member of the negotiating team for the EU accession responsible for the fields of culture and education as well as information society and media. She was head of the Croatian delegation for negotiations during the UNESCO Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2004-2005) and Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention (2010). In 2013 she received the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture.
Mediterranean Conference Centre: The Mediterranean Conference Centre is one of Valletta's most remarkable landmarks. Located towards the tip of Valletta peninsula, the MCC has magnificent views across the Grand Harbour. Previously known as the Sacra Infermeria, or the ‘Holy Infirmary’, for more than two centuries the building was used by the Order of the Knights of Malta as a hospital.