The World Summit on Arts and Culture is staged by IFACCA, in partnership with one of its national members, every two to three years. The aim of the Summit is to provide national arts councils, ministries of culture and other agencies, the opportunity to discuss key issues of public support for the arts and creativity.

The 8th World Summit will be organised jointly with the National Department for Arts and Culture, Malaysia (JKKN) and will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11 to 14 March 2019.

Previous World Summits have proven their potential for stimulating international cooperation, learning and information exchange for arts support agencies, artists, arts managers and policy makers worldwide. The World Summits provide an excellent opportunity for strengthening civil society, promoting collaboration between non-profit and government sectors and for equipping artists, arts organisations and institutions to interact in a global and dynamic world.

To date, seven World Summits have been held:

Ottawa, Canada 2000
Singapore, 2003
NewcastleGateshead, England 2006
Johannesburg, South Africa 2009
Melbourne, Australia 2011
Santiago, Chile 2014
Valletta, Malta, 2016


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2019

The National Department for Arts and Culture, Malaysia (JKKN)

JKKN is the National Department for Culture and Arts responsible for implementing arts and culture activities in Malaysia. An agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, JKKN is responsible for preserving and promoting arts and culture, supporting cultural infrastructure, and carrying out research.

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

IFACCA is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture, with members in over 70 countries. Its vision is a world in which arts and culture thrive and are recognised by governments and peoples for their contribution to society.

Programme Director - Low Ngai Yuen

Low Ngai Yuen is an award-winning art activist, leading the 17-year old arts advocacy not-for-profit organization; Kakiseni – whose mission is to drive access to the performing arts in Malaysia through grassroot engagement, education as well as various global collaboration to capacity build.

In the past 17 years, Yuen has gone from producing, directing and creating some of the highest rating TV programmes in the country and regional countries to joining the corporate world for four years – as the Director of Marketing and Communications of Carrefour Malaysia and Singapore, sitting on its top management and executive committee as the youngest executive director. During her tenure, she championed the TUKAR program (Program Transformasi Kedai Runcit) both at the blueprint and execution phases as contribution to the ETP.  Today, Yuen’s leading three NGOs; Global Entrepreneurship Movement (GEM). Kakiseni and WOMENgirls.