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)


Welcoming remarks

Tan Sri Norliza binti Rofli
Director-General, National Department for Culture and Arts Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia

Magdalena Moreno Mujica
Executive Director International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia


Opening Keynote
Cultural Rights: Are we having the right conversations?

Karima Bennoune (Algeria / USA) is Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California-Davis School of Law where she teaches courses on human rights and international law. She has worked in the field of human rights for more than 20 years, for both government and non-governmental organisations. She has carried out field missions, trial and election observations, and research in many regions of the world.

In her keynote address Professor Bennoune 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; and question what is driving change and to what extent is change global?

Keynote Speaker

Dr Karima Bennoune (Algeria / USA)
UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights


Mr Ahmad Fahmi Bin Mohamed Fadzil (Malaysia)
Member of Parliament and arts activist


Morning tea


Provocation: Actors in change

This session will explore experiences of change from a diversity of perspectives, across societies, regions and governments. Panellists will reflect on the nature of change in complex times, and focus on how actors from the arts and culture sector navigate their way to effect meaningful change. Panellists will also consider the role of the sector in a wider global context and examine whether it is leading or responding to change.

Session format



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


Kristin Danielsen (Norway)
Director, Arts Council Norway

Eddin Khoo (Malaysia)
Founder-Director of PUSAKA

Diane Ragsdale (USA)
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, The New School

Tristan Schultz (Australia)
Co-Director, Relative Creative




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.

These conversations will be led by a team of facilitators and the session will be guided by a 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.


Tanja Hichert (South Africa)
Research Associate at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Rika Preiser (South Africa)
Senior Researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)


Afternoon tea




Public Agents of Change: Policy, actions, responses

This panel session will look at how public institutions and governments affect and respond to change, particularly given the pace of policy work. Speakers will address the challenge of designing policies that consider divergent perspectives on cultural preservation, progress, tradition and social transformation. Panellists will draw on their own experience and case studies to provide insight into the forces that drive policy development and the impact of these policies.


Pentas 1

Session format



Nirvana Persaud (Guyana)
CEO, National Trust of Guyana


Gülgün Kayim (USA)
Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis

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

Mercedes Lerea (Paraguay)
Director General (Planning), National Secretary of Culture

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


Sustainable Development: Rethinking notions of the creative economy and wellbeing

This panel session will explore how notions of creative economy and wellbeing are challenged within the changing landscape of policy making. Panellists will consider the systems that support wellbeing and human development in the creative ecology, and question if such systems will lead to sustainable convergence or unreconcilable divergence between economic, cultural and social development.


Pentas 2

Session format



Carlos J. Villaseñor Anaya (Mexico)
International consultant in culture and sustainable development. Member of the Panel of Experts of the 2005 UNESCO Convention


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


Cultural Citizenship: The governance of culture

This long table session will interrogate approaches to cultural citizenship that are used to encourage citizens to participate in the governance of culture. Participants will examine how these approaches provide a sense of belonging, create ongoing dialogue and add to the public value of arts and culture. They will also consider representation of voices from diverse communities, and the extent to which such approaches empower citizens to act and exercise agency.

This session is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.



Session format

Long table


Paula Tuovinen (Finland)
Director, Arts Promotion Centre Finland


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

Carole Umulinga Karemera (Rwanda)
Executive Director, Ishyo Arts Centre

Dea Vidović (Croatia)
Director of Kultura Nova Foundation


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

International exchange is vital, yet there are significant disparities in the mobility of artists, cultural goods and services due to historical, political, environmental, cultural and economic conditions. In this long table session, participants will address the challenges of geopolitical hierarchies; reflect on how tensions that arise from protectionism and isolationism affect arts and culture; analyse barriers and explore opportunities to cultivate new and diverse narratives; and find creative ways to address current conditions and restrictions.


Studio 4

Session format

Long table


Kiley Arroyo (USA)
Head of Strategic Data and Knowledge, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)


Abdullah Alkafri (Syria)
Executive Director, Ettijahat-Independent Culture

Mary Ann DeVlieg (Italy)
Co-founder of IARA, International Arts Rights Advisors

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

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i (Vanuatu)
Chairperson of Further Arts


Traditional Knowledge and Collective Wisdom in Contemporary Times

This long table session will explore how traditional knowledge, collective wisdom and memory provide us with future-oriented perspectives that can strengthen adaptive capacity and resilience to tackle complex issues in contemporary times. Provocateurs will demonstrate how diverse knowledge bases finform the present and, together with delegates, will reflect on how these are shared and transferred across generations, territories and cultures. They will also consider how technology can honour the past and acknowledge the present in creating our futures.

This session is generously supported by the Commonwealth Foundation.


Studio 5

Session format

Long table


Dr Wulan Dirgantoro (Australia / Indonesia)


Jairo Castrillón Roldán (Colombia)

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

Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua (Fiji)
Chair, Blue Shield Pasifika and Cultural Development Consultant

Mamta Sagar (India)
Poet, Playwright and Translator


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 and posted to a noticeboard.


Summit Marquee

Session format

Open discussion


Joy Mboya (Kenya)
Executive Director of The GoDown Arts Centre