Valletta to host World Summit in arts and culture

‘At the Crossroads? Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century’ will be the theme of the seventh World Summit on Arts and Culture, taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta from October 18 to 21, 2016

Staff Reporter
18 November 2015, 3:16pm
Nina Obuljen has been appointed programme director for the seventh edition of the summit. Front: Culture minister Owen Bonnici
Nina Obuljen has been appointed programme director for the seventh edition of the summit. Front: Culture minister Owen Bonnici
The seventh World Summit on Arts and Culture is being held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta between October 18 and October 21, 2016.

The theme chosen for this edition is: ‘At the Crossroads? Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century’.

Previous World Summits have been held in Canada, Singapore, England, South Africa, Australia and Chile, and have proven their potential for stimulating international cooperation, learning and information exchange for arts support agencies, artists, arts managers and policy makers worldwide. 

The summit will see more than 400 arts policy makers, government representatives, arts managers and cultural practitioners from around the world get together in Malta to take part in a rich programme of debate, learning and information exchange.

The World Summit will be jointly hosted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and Arts Council Malta, the Maltese Government’s national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors.

Dr Nina Obuljen, an expert in the field of cultural and media policies with special focus on cultural diversity and international cultural relations and co-operation, has been appointed programme director for the 7th edition of the summit.

The IFACCA Board, chaired by Stephen Wainwright, Chief Executive of Creative New Zealand, is meeting in Malta between November 18 and 19 to discuss plans for the Summit.  Information on the IFACCA Board can be found online. The Executive Director – Sarah Gardner, and Deputy Director – Magdalena Moreno, of IFACCA’s headquarters in Sydney, will also be present.

More information on the World Summit on Arts and Culture can be found on the summit website – www.artsummit.org – which is being launched today