Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change


The times in which we live are marked by profound and ongoing transformation. Globalisation, technology, climate change, and migration reshape societies, create complex challenges and invite new solutions. Connectivity creates interdependencies and increased contact between individuals with different values, worldviews, knowledge, and cultural expressions; these in turn can challenge existing power relations and bring unequal outcomes. In the face of such change, existing local and global systems can seem neither fit for purpose nor sustainable. However, there is opportunity to cultivate new and diverse forms of intercultural cooperation and to join emerging communities around the world to discover creative ways to challenge current conditions. The arts and culture present a myriad of perspectives and are uniquely positioned to inspire, provoke and enrich how we navigate shifting environments. Change is relative, contextual and varied, and it inspires different reactions and solutions. However, inclusive participation is key to our ability to meet complex challenges and requires equitable cooperative vision, negotiation, and realisation of alternative futures.

In this context, delegates at the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture will examine how governments, cultural organisations, creative practitioners, and citizens can – and do – work together to actively lead change. The programme will explore how actors from across the cultural ecosystem and beyond converge or diverge in their response to change using traditional, contemporary or future-oriented perspectives that strengthen adaptive capacity and resilience, and achieve purpose and coherence within dynamic conditions. It will also consider how cultural policies address and support innovation, hybridity, diversity and digitalisation; how approaches differ across regions, societies and generations; what role governments may have to balance respect for the past and cultural roots with transformed senses of self, innovation and contemporary practice; how collective and cultural knowledge, and artistic practice can inform development; how diversity and differences can enable positive change; and what mechanisms can establish priorities and support fluid responses to change. With shared experience and new insight, delegates will convene on the final day of the Summit to identify how we mobilise our minds to start creating our futures.


MONDAY 11 MARCH

8.00-20.00 REGISTRATION (Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel)

20.00-22.00 OPENING CEREMONY


tuesday 12 march (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.


wednesday 13 march (DAY TWO): CONVERGENCE/DIVERGENCE

On Day Two, we will explore how creative practices respond to change, converge with its possibilities, interrogate its direction and actively diverge from its trajectory.


thursday 14 march (day three): CREATING OUR FUTURES

On Day Three we will look at how we make tangible change for the future.

9.00-9.45

PANEL

In Conversation: Creating our futures

9.45-11.15

PANEL

Where next? The Actors in Arts and Culture Actors Shaping the Future

11.15-11.45

MORNING TEA

11.45-12.45

PARTICIPATORY SESSION

All in: Where next?

12.45-13.30

CLOSING REMARKS

1.30-3.00

CLOSING LUNCH