Day One: Continuity and tension

On Day One, we will identify global drivers of change, the issues and opportunities that arise from these forces, and their impact on the arts and culture sector. We will explore emerging and persistent societal tensions and consider how the roles of State and non-State actors have evolved – or in some cases shifted - in recent years. Many believe that we have reached a tipping point, with change being driven by a combination of forces – such as globalisation, technology, climate change, and demographic shifts – that reshapes communities and creates complex challenges for which there are few solutions. Placing people at the centre of our solutions we can identify new ways to think, act and be that are holistic and cultivate resilience.


TUESDAY 12 March 2019 (day one)

9.00-10.00

Opening Keynote: Are we having the right conversations?

The opening keynote will challenge delegates to reflect on the current conditions that affect us through the lens of cultural rights, the transmission of knowledge and wisdom and participation. What is driving change and to what extent is change global?


10.00-10.30

Morning tea


10.30-12.30

Provocation: Actors in change

This session will explore experiences of change from a diversity of perspectives, across societies, generations, regions and governments. Who are the actors? Are they affecting real change and how are they doing it? What are they taking and what are they leaving behind? The conversations will reflect on the nature of change in complex times and will focus on the actors in arts and culture affecting real change and how they effectively navigate change. It will inquire into the role of the sector as to where, are we leading or responding to change?

Session format

Panel

Moderator

Magdalena Moreno Mujica (Chile/Australia)
Executive Director, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

Panellists

Eddin Khoo (Malaysia)
Founder-Director of PUSAKA

Tristan Schultz (Australia)
Co-Director, Relative Creative

and others to be announced…


12.30-14.00

Lunch


14:00-15:30

Lepak: Continuity, tension and change

The Lepak will bring delegates together for a world café style participatory session, during which they will convene in small groups to consider three questions that emerge from the issues raised in the morning provocation. The Lepak will be guided by the three-horizons model, which will be introduced by Rika Preiser and Tanja Hichert from the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.


15.30-16.00

Afternoon tea


16.00-17.30

PARALLEL SESSIONS

SESSION A

Public Agents of Change: Policy, actions, responses

This panel session will look at how public institutions and governments affect and respond to change. How does policy design address divergent perspectives on cultural preservation and progress, as well as tradition and social transformation? What is the impact of these policies, and who drives them?

Session format

Panel

Moderator

To be announced...

Panellists

Levan Kharatishvili (Georgia)
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia

Patrick Sam (Namibia)
Chairperson National Art Council of Namibia (NACN)

and others to be announced…


SESSION B

Sustainable Development: Rethinking notions of the creative economy and wellbeing

This panel session will explore how notions of creative economy and wellbeing are shifting within the changing landscape of policy making. What systems in the creative ecology support human development? Will this lead to sustainable convergence or divergence between economic, cultural and social development?

Session format

Panel

Moderator

Carlos J. Villaseñor Anaya (Mexico)
International Consultant

Panellists

Professor Amareswar Galla (India)
Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum

Professor Justin O’Connor (Australia)
Professor of Cultural Economy, University of South Australia

Consuelo Sáizar (Mexico / UK)
MPhil, Doctoral Researcher in Sociology, University of Cambridge

Dr María Paulina Soto Labbé (Chile/Ecuador)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts, Ecuador and Director of the Cultural Corporation of the University of Santiago


SESSION C

Cultural Citizenship: The governance of culture

This long table session will interrogate the approaches to cultural citizenship being used to empower citizens to participate in the governance of culture. Does cultural citizenship reflect the multiple voices that emerge from diverse communities? How do these approaches provide a sense of belonging, create ongoing dialogue and add to the public value of arts and culture?

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

Paula Tuovinen (Finland)
Director, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Provocateurs

Mauricio Delfín (Peru)
Researcher and Promoter of Open Government in Cultural Sectors, Director, Asociación Civil Solar

Dea Vidović (Croatia)
Director of Kultura Nova Foundation

Jesse Wente (Canada)
Director, Indigenous Screen Office and member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts


SESSION D

Displacement, Migration and Mobility: The flow of ideas and peoples

This long table session will address how geopolitical hierarchies affect the flow of ideas and the mobility of cultural workers, artists and their work. How are the arts reacting to tensions that arise from protectionism and isolationism? Do current processes allow for diverse interpretations of aesthetics? And are there opportunities to cultivate new and diverse forms of intercultural cooperation and join emerging communities around the world to discover creative ways to challenge current conditions?

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

Abdullah Alkafri (Syria)
Playwright and Cultural Activist

Provocateurs

Kristin Danielsen (Norway)
Director, Arts Council Norway

Khadija El Bennaoui (Morocco / Belgium)
Director, Art Moves Africa

and others to be announced…


SESSION E

Traditional Knowledge and Collective Wisdom in Contemporary Times

This long table session will consider how traditional knowledge and collective wisdom and memory can provide us with future-oriented perspectives that strengthen adaptive capacity and resilience. How is this knowledge and wisdom being shared and transferred across generations, territories and cultures? What is the role of technology within this process, if any, and does it help transfer and safeguard knowledge?

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

to be announced

Provocateurs

Jairo Castrillón Roldán (Colombia)
Journalist

Professor Dato' Dr Mohamed Najib bin Ahmad Dawa (Malaysia)
Director General, National Art Gallery, Malaysia

Mamta Sagar (India)
Poet, Playwright and Translator

and others to be announced...


SESSION F

Unfinished Business: Further reflections on burning issues of the day

This open conversation session will provide a space for delegates who wish to further discuss issues that emerged during the day, which may not be included the other parallel sessions. The agenda for the discussion will be established and announced at the close of the Lepak session. Information will also be posted to a notice board during the afternoon break, prior to this session commencing.

Session format

Open discussion

Facilitator

Joy Mboya (Kenya)
Executive Director of Godown Arts Centre