Today is the kick-off of the 2014 WORLD CULTURE SUMMIT conference program! Hosted by the The National Council of Culture and the Arts (CNCA) of Chile and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), it takes place under the banner "Creative Times: new models for cultural development" from the 13th to the 16th of January. During these three days, delegates from all over the world will have the opportunity to participate in conferences, panels with experts and parallel sessions addressing the main challenges and opportunities emerging within the cultural field marked by globalization, shifts in social and economic development, and new forms of communication.
Voicing strong Pan-African perspectives, Arterial Network Chairperson Aadel Essaadani (Morocco) will moderate a session on "Culture and the exclusion and inclusion of symbolic representations", Mike Van Graan (South Africa), former Arterial Network Secretary General, will lead a panel on "Culture, a millennium goal for sustainable development" and Ammar Kessab (Algeria), member of the Arterial Network Cultural Policy Task group and a Governance Expert at the African Development Bank (AfDB) will present on the topic of "Social innovation and development: creative platforms." Avril Joffe (South Africa), another Cultural Policy Task Group member and the executive director of Culture, Arts and Jobs (CAJ), will present her research on the "Creative Economy and the value of culture"; Carole Karemera (Rwanda), former deputy Secretary General of Arterial Network, will share her findings on the power of culture, memory and reconstruction.
Finally, Peter Rorvik (Arterial Network Secretary General) and Minerva Draeger (Fundraising and Sustainability Manager) will also be representing the organisation throughout the Summit. Arterial Network was proudly selected as a case study for the Discussion Paper of the Summit on new models for Cultural Development (available here.)
One of the objectives of the conference is to investigate the role of the cultural sector in addressing current global issues and to understand the conceptual frameworks related to the new models of cultural management and development.