1st World Summit on Arts and Culture

Co-hosted by Canada Council for the Arts ,
30 November 2000, Canada

The inaugural World Summit on Arts and Culture was hosted by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was staged to provide opportunities for councils and funding bodies from all continents to share their approaches and experiences. Speakers explored a wide range of issues relating to culture in a global context, from the role of culture in foreign affairs, to diversity and private sector support. At this Summit, participating councils and funding bodies unanimously supported the creation of an international federation of arts and cultural agencies (now IFACCA). The event was attended by 300 delegates from 55 countries.

The Canada Council produced a final report that describes the key issues addressed as well as the creation of the Federation and the election of its interim board. The report is available in English and French:

 First World Summit on the Arts and Culture: Final Report (206k PDF)

 Premièr sommet mondial des arts et de la culture: Rapport final (212k PDF)


A selection of papers presented at the Summit are also available below.

The Birth of the National Arts Council of South Africa: Developing an Arts Council in a Post-Apartheid Era (Doreen Nteta)

A vérifier au moment de l'allocution (L'honorable Sheila Copps)

The Role of Culture in Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Hugh Stephens)

Le rôle de la culture dans les affaires étrangères et le commerce international (Hugh Stephens)

Pour les arts l'art comme illusion du monde? (Christophe Blandin-Estournet)

The challenge to copyright from new technological developments (Andre Lebel)

Intellectual Property (Mahinda Ralapanawe)

Engaging the private sector: what works? (Vlastimil Stanek)

WIPO, intellectual property, and their relevance to the promotion of the arts and culture (Geoffrey Yu)

Introduction to Panel Session Creating an International Federation of Arts Support Agencies: Purpose, Mandate, and Process(Sarah Gardner)

Singapore's experience in establishing an arts council in Asian region (Choo Thiam Siew)

International Federation of Arts Support Agencies (Doreen Nteta)

Citizens of the World (Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien)

Diversité Culturelle: Valeur Fondamentale (Inoussa Abdou)

Les défis de Promotion de la créativité et de la diversité culturelle dans la société moderne (Salah Abada)