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It is now only six weeks until the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture and we can confirm that we will be joined by more than 70 expert speakers representing more than 40 countries, for more than 25 programmed sessions during which participants will explore countless vital issues from a multitude of perspectives. We will also be joined by 70 representatives from IFACCA member institutions from across six continents.
Welcome to your first ACORNS for 2019! In the spirit of New Year optimism, this issue we focus on the different ways in which governments, industries, organisations and citizens are working towards a sustainable future for culture in times of significant social, environmental, political and economic change.
As the year draws to a close, we tend to review the big issues that have shaped our world over the last twelve months and how the international arts and culture community has responded. While there is certainly value in the annual stock take, as we prepare for the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture we are keenly aware that these issues continue to evolve and await further attention in 2019 and beyond.
It is now only four months until we welcome the international arts and culture community to Kuala Lumpur for the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, which we are co-hosting with the National Department of Culture and Arts (JKKN). Which means this month we are all about the Summit! Registration is now open and in this issue we share some of the compelling reasons why you should join us
In recent weeks, we have seen new priorities and plans emerging for those who support arts and culture around the world, with governments and public agencies releasing – or preparing to release – strategies that respond to their sectors. Beyond institutional priorities, these strategies offer insight into the issues being addressed by the sector globally and the increasingly inclusive ways in which decisionmakers can respond.
The role of the cultural economy and the cultural and creative industries is at the fore this month. In late August, we had the privilege of partnering with our National Member theNational Arts Council of Namibia (NACN) to host the first ever Arts Summit of Southern Africa and a meeting of our Africa Chapter in Windhoek, Namibia.