Full programme


At the crossroads? Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century

The venue for the World Summit is the Mediterranean Conference Centre.


Cultural and Gastronomy Programme events will run alongside the Summit, find more information about these here.

Download the programme here or scroll down or follow links for full information on each day and individual sessions.



Tuesday 18 October 

8.00 - 20.00 Registration at Grand Excelsior Hotel
19.30 Opening Ceremony



Wednesday 19 October - Reaching the crossroads: where are we and how did we get here?

  8.50 - 9.00 Introductions
  9.00 - 10.00
Keynote 1: Doris Pack  
10.00 - 10.30 Morning tea
10.30 - 12.30 Panel:What are the issues that have brought us to the crossroads?
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Panel:What are the key drivers of change and who are today’s leaders?
15.30 - 16.00 Afternoon tea
16.00 - 17.30 Parallel sessions



Thursday 20 October - Looking ahead: where are we going and how do we get there?

  9.00 - 10.00  Keynote 2: Arn Chorn-Pond
10.00 - 10.30 Morning tea
10.30 - 12.30 Panel: New approaches, new directions
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Parallel sessions
15.30 - 16.00 Afternoon tea
16.00 - 17.30 Parallel sessions
19.30 Gala dinner at the Summer Palace



Friday 21 October - Moving forward: what do we take with us? 

  9.30 - 11.30  What next? Leading for the Future
11.30 - 12.00 Morning tea
12.00 - 13.00 Closing remarks
13.00 - 14.30 Closing lunch




Tuesday 18 October 


 

19.30 

Opening Ceremony
Venue: Fort St Elmo

The opening ceremony will include performances by Malta's NAFRA Folk Ensemble and welcoming remarks from the Hon. Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government; Albert Marshall, Executive Chair of Arts Council Malta; and Stephen Wainwright, Chair of IFACCA.

 

Wednesday 19 October


 Reaching the Crossroads: where are we and how did we get here?
 

 8.50-9.00 

Introductions
Venue: Republic Hall

Speakers 

 

Sarah Gardner
Executive Director of IFACCA

Annabelle Stivala Attard
Director of Festivals and Events, Arts Council Malta

Nina Obuljen Koržinek
Programme Director of the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture.


  

 9.00-10.00 

Keynote 1: Doris Pack
Venue: Republic Hall

 

 

Doris Pack is a German politician, who was a Member of the European Parliament from 1989 until 2014, and is the former chair of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education (2009-2014). As a dedicated and vocal leader, Doris Pack has participated in the most important developments around culture in the European Union in recent years. Doris Pack will share with participants her reflections on cultural leadership and consider the role and position of culture in current European and global debates.

 Moderator 

Toni Attard
Director of Strategy, Arts Council Malta (Malta)


  

 10.00-10.30 

Morning Tea
Venue: Sacra Infermeria


  

 10.30-12.30  

Panel: What are the issues that have brought us to the crossroads?
Venue: Republic Hall

 

 

Panellists will reflect on the pressing issues that have brought us to the crossroads and have a profound impact on the cultural sector. Culture and policies around the world are transforming and being reformed as the sector seeks to keep abreast of various developments: from changing contexts for sustaining and developing national cultural markets, austerity measures and shrinking budgets, to the new players and concepts influencing cultural development (including the role of local governments), and more challenging contexts such as instability provoked by war, terrorism and population displacement. These issues determine the context in which we reflect on why culture matters, how we value the arts and develop them, where we are, and where we might be going.

Speakers 

 

Jane Chu
Chairperson National Endowment for the Arts (USA)

Oussama Rifahi
Director Arab Fund for Culture (Lebanon)
view presentation

Annick Schramme
President of ENCATC (Belgium)
view presentation

Carlos Javier Villaseñor Anaya
Cultural policy expert (Mexico/Panama)
view presentation (ESP or ENG)

Moderator 

 

Sarah Gardner
Executive Director IFACCA (Australia)


  

 12.30-14.00 

Lunch
Venue: Sacra Infermeria


  

 14.00-15.30  

Panel: What are the key drivers of change and who are today’s leaders?
Venue: Republic Hall

 

 

Panellists will consider the role of governments, artists and cultural professionals and the interaction between them. Traditionally, leaders were found in key political positions, but this has changed. A panel of speakers with experience of driving change by doing things differently, both with their communities and sectors, will invite the audience to reflect on the nature of cultural leadership in changed circumstances. Does the arts and culture sector require stability, or does it need to improve its engagement with continuous reform? What is the role of artists and creators in these processes, and how can they be empowered?

Speakers 

 

Shahidul Alam
Photographer and human rights activist (Bangladesh)

Simon Brault
Director Canada Council for the Arts (Canada)

Alejandro Denes
Adjunct to Director Nacional de Cultura (Uruguay)

Rana Yazaji
Executive Director of El Mawred
Coordinator of the Arab Cultural Policy Group (Syria/Egypt)
   

Moderator 

 

Orlaith McBride
Director, Arts Council of Ireland (Ireland)


 

 15.30-16.00 

Afternoon tea
Venue: Sacra Infermeria


 

 16.00-17.30

PARALLEL SESSIONS


 

Longtable  

Politics, activism and the arts: how do we support advocacy for freedom of expression and cultural rights?
Venue: Vassalli Hall

 

 

This workshop will look at the protection of cultural rights and freedom of expression in difficult circumstances. Participants will discuss the role of the artist in interpreting, explaining and converting international human rights rules at local and national levels.

Speakers 

 

François Bouda
Author, Mondoblog (Burkina Faso)
view 
presentation

Yvonne Donders
Professor International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
view presentation

Kelli McCluskey
New media artist/art in the public domain (Australia)
view presentation

Chandraguptha Thenuwara
Chair, Arts Council of Sri Lanka

Moderator 

 

Elise Huffer
Human Development Programme Adviser, Culture, Pacific Community (Fiji)


 

Workshop 1

Transnational connections and flows: what is the impact of multilateral trade negotiations on cultural policies?
Venue: David Bruce Hall

 

 

Discussions will focus on the state of affairs in trade negotiations and the impact that trade policies have on cultural policies and the exchange of cultural goods and services. Who is setting the agenda? How can cultural networks, professional organisations and artists respond to new challenges? What is needed to sustain partnerships between governments and civil society in trying to address the concerns of the cultural sector?

Speakers 

 

Christine Merkel
Head of the Division of Culture, German Commission for UNESCO

Ángel Moreno
Sub-Director of Cultural Practices of the Secretary of Culture, Recreation and Sports of the city of Bogota (Colombia) 

Garry Neil
Expert on cultural diversity and status of the artist (Canada)
view presentation

Moderator 

 

Nguyen Phuong Hoa
Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Vietnam)


 

Workshop 2

Whose vision is it anyway? Leadership in times of political tension, deficits in democracy and recurrent financial crises
Venue: Grima Hall

 

 

Participants will discuss how leaders bring about change, what they hope to achieve, and the impact of bottom-up initiatives and approaches. The word ‘crisis’ is evoked often when referring to the arts and culture; in this session, we will explore the different ways in which the sector responds to crises around the world.

Speakers 

 

Gantuya Badamgarav
Founding Director Mongolian Contemporary Art Association (Mongolia)
view presentation

Elena Di Federico
Project manager research and publications at IETM (Italy / Belgium)
(see IETM and the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts)

Sana Tamzini
Curator, Ministry of Culture (Tunisia)

Moderator 

 

Staffan Forssell
Director General, Swedish Arts Council (Sweden)


 

Workshop 3

What role for culture in foreign policy: How important is the relationship between culture and international relations?
Venue: Temi Zammit Hall

 

 

Soft power and the role of culture in public diplomacy can be observed in different contexts: from promoting connectivity and balanced exchanges of cultural goods and services, and arguing for the role of culture in development policies, to promoting the value of intercultural dialogue in addressing challenges around migration, and dealing with terrorism and other global instabilities. Do artistic and cultural interests drive this agenda, or are the arts and culture being instrumentalised to achieve other goals? Moreover, is it possible to find a balance? 

Speakers 

 

Kimmo Aulake
Special Government Advisor and Deputy Head of Cultural Exports and Exchange Unit at the Ministry of Education and Culture (Finland)
view presentation

Kok Heng Leun
Nominated Member of Parliament, Artistic Director, Drama Box (Singapore)

Isabelle Schwarz
Head of Advocacy, Research & Development and Knowledge Management, European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands)

Speaker & Moderator 

 

Anupama Sekhar
Director of the Culture Department at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) (India)

Session generously supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation.


 

Workshop 4

Compendium Session
Venue: Republic Hall

 

 

Cultural policies must respond to current political and humanitarian challenges. Recently, a Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called on governments and civil society to ensure the "dignity and rights" of refugees and migrants, whose protection "is part of our common duty to humanity" (2015). As underlined in the new Handbook "Culture and Human Rights – The Wroclaw Commentaries" (2016), culture-related human rights of migrants and other vulnerable groups are not just a political option; rather they are guaranteed by international treaties. Therefore, the host countries should promote a socio-cultural environment "characterized by tolerance, mutual understanding and appreciation for cultural diversities." In that context, the Council of Europe and the ERICarts Institute (editors of the Compendium) are hosting a discussion featuring a good practice database on arts and culture-related projects which target specifically the inclusion of migrants and refugees inviting Summit participants to reflect on these issues and share good-practice examples from around the world.

Speakers 

 

Abdullah Alkafri
Playwright and cultural activist (Syria/Lebanon)
view presentation

Oliver Göbel
Project Manager, Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, ERICarts, (Germany)

Andrew Ormston
Director of Drew Wylie Projects (Scotland)

Speaker & Moderator 

 

Kathrin Merkle
Head of the Culture and Democracy Division, Council of Europe (France)

 


Thursday 20 October 


Looking ahead: where are we going and how do we get there?
 

 9.00-10.00 

Keynote 2: Arn Chorn-Pond
Venue: Republic Hall

 

 

Arn Chorn-Pond Founder and spokesperson of Cambodian Living Arts (Cambodia) Arn Chorn-Pond provides an inspirational example of waging peace through arts and culture. He is a human rights activist, musician and Cambodian genocide survivor. He will share his extraordinary story about the music that saved his life, and his determination to go back to Cambodia and help his country to overcome the traumas.

Moderator 

 

Minna Sirnö
Director Art Promotion Centre (Finland)


  

 10.00-10.30 

Morning Tea
Venue: Sacra Infermeria


  

 10.30-12.30  

Panel: New approaches, new directions
Venue: Republic Hall

 

 

This session will explore examples of good practice where the arts and culture sector – as well as communities, networks or governmental and grant-giving organisations – have developed new ways of addressing various challenges, from mainstreaming considerations of minority and disability needs in cultural policy making, to reforming policy instruments and arts promotion measures, and designing new models for arts production and distribution in the digital context.

Speakers 

 

Danielle Cliche
Chief, Section of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Secretary of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO (France/Canada)

Arundhati Ghosh
Director, India Foundation for the Arts (India)
view presentation

Octavio Kulesz
Director, Editorial Teseo (Argentina)

Jo Verrent
Senior Producer, Unlimited (UK)
view presentation

Moderator 

 

Toni Attard
Director of Strategy, Arts Council Malta (Malta)


 

 12.30-14.00 

Lunch
Venue: Sacra Infermeria


  

 14.00-15.30  

PARALLEL SESSIONS


 

Longtable  

Unexpected partnerships: where are the new spaces for creation and creativity and how do we support them?
Venue: Vassalli Hall

 

 

This session will look at examples of innovative and unexpected partnerships within the cultural sector, and partnerships between the cultural sector and others. It will also explore new sectors that provide space for creation and creativity, as well as discuss innovative practices and models of fundraising for sustaining artistic initiatives and projects. The session will be in a long table format.

Speakers 

 

Verónica Ahumada
Director of International Cultural Cooperation, Secretary of Culture (Mexico)

Honor Harger
Director Art Science Museum, Singapore  (New Zealand)

Dennis Marita
Director of Culture, Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Solomon Islands)

Lidia Varbanova
Cultural consultant, researcher and manager (Bulgaria/Canada) 
view presentation

Moderator 

 

Magdalena Moreno Mujica
Deputy Director IFACCA (Chile/Australia)


 

Workshop 1

Enhancing leadership through training: what can capacity building programmes contribute to the culture sector and how?
Venue: David Bruce Hall

 

 

Leaders need to acquire skills and knowledge in order to build and sustain their projects and organisations, and they must be able to navigate policy environments to have an impact on cultural policy making at different levels. This session will explore the objectives and outcomes of various leadership and capacity building initiatives.

Speakers 

 

Marina Barham 
General Director of Al-Harah Theater, and Al-Harah Performing Arts Training Center (Palestine)

Sue Hoyle
Director Clore Leadership Programme (UK) 

Barbara Negrón
General Director of the Cultural Policies Observatory (Chile)
 

Speaker & Moderator

 

Susanna Seidl-Fox
Program Director, Culture and the Arts, Salzburg Global Seminar (USA/Austria)


 

Workshop 2

Changing the way the arts and culture are supported: Who takes the lead and who makes the decisions?
Venue: Grima Hall

 

 

We all find ourselves at the crossroads, whether as artists, cultural operators, policy makers or grant making organisations. In order to support emerging arts practices and new models of organisation and production, funding organisations need to adapt their criteria and procedures, but who is leading such change? This session will explore the relationship between advocacy and research, creators and producers, and policy-makers and funders. What are expectations and experiences of key players in this puzzle?

Speakers 

 

Carla Delfos
Executive Director European League of Institutes of the Arts (Netherlands)
view presentation

Goretti Kyomuhendo
Novelist, Director African Writers Trust (Uganda)
view presentation

Helena Vasques de Carvalho
Vice President, Portuguese Cultural Diversity Coalition (Portugal)

Moderator 

 

Richard Russell
Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England (England)


 

Workshop 3

Making the most of the digital era: new substance or just ever increasing speed?
Venue: Temi Zammit Hall

 

 

In a digital world, human interaction is less bound by societal hierarchies and political boundaries. What does this really mean for the way that artists and producers are able to engage audiences and each other across geography, and previously closed doors? Is the opportunity being seized for new forms of cultural leadership or is it still the same people speaking? Has the digital era succeeded in transforming content and conversations in the arts and the world, or are we still simply using digital media for pyrotechnics? 

Speakers 

 

Vahni Capildeo
Writer (Trinidad)

Jepchumba
African Digital Art (South Africa)

Raquel Mesa Sobejano
Web Manager and Digital Strategist at Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)(Spain)
 

Moderator 

 

Lucy Hannah
Programme Manager, Commonwealth Writers Commonwealth Foundation (UK)

Session generously supported by the Commonwealth Foundation.


 

Open Session

More information will be provided about the open session during the Summit
Venue: Republic Hall


 

 15.30-16.00 

Afternoon tea
Venue: Sacra Infermeria


 

 16.00-17.30  

PARALLEL SESSIONS


 

Longtable  

Innovation in action: how are cultural actors transforming the sector?
Venue: Vassalli Hall

 

 

This long table session about innovative examples of support for creativity will open discussion about new formats and initiatives developed bottom-up by artists and arts organisations, as well as innovative producers and consumers with their different roles across the culture value chain. Creators are taking the lead in changing the circumstances in which they operate. How have crowdsourcing and other innovative approaches influenced funding possibilities?

Speakers 

 

Abid Hussain
Director, Diversity at Arts Council England (England)

Nirit Roessler
Jerusalem Culture Unlimited (Israel)

Inés Sanguinetti
Dancer and choreographer, Director Crear vale la pena (Argentina) 
view abstract and presentation

Speaker & Moderator 

 

Erwin Maas 
Theatre & Opera Director (Netherlands/USA)
view presentation


 

Workshop 1

Emerging leaders: what is the role of networks in supporting the culture sector, developing new visions and informing decision makers?
Venue: David Bruce Hall

 

 

Cultural networks often lead on bringing new issues to cultural policy agendas because of the expertise and experience of their members. However, many cultural networks that have existed for decades now struggle to survive because of a lack of funding. What is the future of networks and how important are they in promoting change? Can networks provide a model of leadership that is non-hierarchical and better suited to the 21st century?

 

 

Romina Bianchini (Argentina)

Marie Le Sourd
Secretary General, On the Move (France)
view presentation

Phlouen Prim
Executive Director Cambodia Living Arts (Cambodia)
view presentation

Moderator 

 

Annamari Laaksonen
Research Manager IFACCA (Finland/Australia)


 

Workshop 2

Agents of change: what is the role of cities and local governments in developing the arts and culture?
Venue: Grima Hall

 

 

Across the world, there are many initiatives that foster the role of cities and local governments as agents of change – from the European Capital of Culture project which has been running for 30 years, to the Agenda 21 initiative – and there is much evidence of the emerging importance of cultural leadership at the local level, including the 2013 UNDP Creative Economy Report on “Widening local development pathways”. In this session participants will explore these initiatives, and the role that cities and local governments play in bringing about change.

Speakers 

 

Jordi Balta 
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) (Spain) 
view presentation

Louise Ejgod Hansen
Project and Research Manager, Aarhus rethinkIMPACTS2017 (Denmark)
view presentation 

Elimane Kane
Advisor to the Mayor of Dakar, former Minister of Culture (Senegal)
view presentation (FRA)

Speaker & Moderator 

 

Karsten Xuereb
Executive Director, Valletta 2018 Foundation (Malta)


 

Workshop 3

Democratisation or information cacophony: how do we communicate about the arts and culture and reach our audiences?
Venue: Temi Zammit Hall

 

 

This session will explore the impact of advocacy campaigns and outreach programmes on finding new audiences and communicating about arts and culture. How are new channels for communicating about the arts and culture created by digital journalism, social media, new curatorial practices and narratives, bottom-up initiatives, hubs, fablabs, incubators or co-working spaces? 

Speakers 

 

Sandro Debono
Senior Curator at Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts (Malta)

Robert Lynch
CEO Americans for the Arts (USA)

Robert Manchin, President and Acting Secretary General of Culture Action Europe (Hungary)
 

Moderator 

 

Esther Anatolitis
Director Regional Arts Victoria (Australia)


 

Open Session

More information will be provided about the open session during the Summit
Venue: Republic Hall


 

Friday 21 October


Moving forward: what do we take with us?  

 9.30-11.30 

What next? Leading for the future
Venue: Republic Hall

 

 

What type of leadership is now required to guide our cultural communities? What are the pioneering principles and personal practices that will underpin and inspire the changes we need? What are the strategies that might help combat the chaotic and problematic systems that are causing disruption in many parts of the world? An inner shift is appearing that focuses less on a need to fight against the old to the sensing of emerging future possibilities, and taking risks to chart a new way forward. This may require a new style of leadership that has less to do with enlightened individuals and more to do with collective processes applied not only to groups and organisations but to a wider networked global community.

Speakers

 

Milena Dragičević Šešić
Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, University of Belgrade (Serbia)
View presentation 

Rosemary Mangope
Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council (South Africa)

Ivan Petrella
Secretary for Federal Integration and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture (Argentina)

Ralph Ragenvanu
Minister of Lands and Natural Resources (Vanuatu)

Speaker & Moderator

 

Robert Palmer (UK)


 

 11.30-12.00 

Morning Tea
Venue: Sacra Infermeria


  

 12.00-13.00  

Closing Remarks
Venue: Republic Hall


  

 13.00-14.30  

Closing Lunch
Venue: Sacra Infermeria