History

The World Summit on Arts and Culture is organised by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) in partnership with one of its National Members every 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 culture.

The 8th World Summit will be organised jointly with the National Department for Culture and Arts, 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

  7th World Summit     Valletta, Malta, 2016     At the crossroads? Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century

7th World Summit

Valletta, Malta, 2016

At the crossroads? Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century

  6th World Summit    Santiago, Chile 2014     Creative Times: new models for cultural development

6th World Summit Santiago, Chile 2014

Creative Times: new models for cultural development

  5th World Summit    Melbourne, Australia 2011     Creative Intersections

5th World Summit Melbourne, Australia 2011

Creative Intersections

  4th World Summit    Johannesburg, South Africa 2009     Meeting of Cultures: Creating Meaning through the Arts

4th World Summit Johannesburg, South Africa 2009

Meeting of Cultures: Creating Meaning through the Arts

 
  3rd World Summit    NewcastleGateshead, England 2006     Transforming Places, Transforming Lives

3rd World Summit NewcastleGateshead, England 2006

Transforming Places, Transforming Lives

  2nd World Summit    Singapore, 2003     Creating Connections: Trends in Government Support for Artistic Creativity

2nd World Summit Singapore, 2003

Creating Connections: Trends in Government Support for Artistic Creativity

  1st World Summit    Ottawa, Canada 2000     Inaugural World Summit and the creation of International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

1st World Summit Ottawa, Canada 2000

Inaugural World Summit and the creation of International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)