“Chile is living a pivotal moment with the creation and implementation of the Ministry of Cultures, the Arts and Heritage, a yearning for decades that is being realised. In this sense, teams and forms of work from different institutions are found to bear fruit to the new cultural framework of the Nation. This institutional opportunity occurs at a time when creativity, heritage and cultural diversity are played as strategic concepts in the sustainable development of societies.
Almost 20 years ago, the cultural diversity approach emerged as an option before the uniform vision of globalisation and the globalisation of culture. This approach, from the anthropological field, has served to develop strategies apparently so disparate as the identification and recognition of intangible cultural heritage of different communities, as well as, to support development models of cultural industries and creative economies, contributing to dialogue between cultures and promoting respect between different ways of life.
The many challenges of the new institutional framework force us to generate spaces for meeting and exchange between the institutional actors that historically have worked for the protection and safeguarding of the cultural heritage present in the national territory. One of these challenges is to update the knowledge on two important normative instruments that have emerged within the framework of cultural diversity in this century: the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and the Convention on protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions (2005).”
Discussions and workshops on International Instruments for the Promotion and Support for Cultural Diversity were held in Valparaiso, Chile on 23 and 24 January 2018. Presented by Sonia Montecino, ministerial adviser, anthropologist and writer awarded Chile’s National Prize for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013 and Patricio Lopez, Director of the Cultural Heritage Department at the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CNCA), Chile.
Executive Director of IFACCA, Magdalena Moreno Mujica, was invited by CNCA – National Member of the Federation - to lead discussions and workshops. Ms Moreno Mujica’s presentation - Changes in cultural diversity: a global overview – provided insights into current trends and good practices from around the world and tackled some of the burning issues facing arts and cultural policy development and implementation, coinciding with the recent release of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention Global Report: Re-shaping Cultural Polices. Her experience in the region contributed a valuable and timely response to the challenges of the new cultural institutional framework for Chile. Ms Moreno Mujica was joined by international colleagues Ahmed Skounti, Professor at the National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage Sciences (Morocco), Adriana Molano, Director of CRESPIAL – Latin American Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Peru) and Eivind Falk, Director of the Norwegian Crafts Institute.
In the same week, President-elect Sebastian Piñera announced his new cabinet, including Ms Alejandra Perez as the new Minister of Culture of Chile.
That week also coincided with the launch of Chile's National Cultural Policy for 2017-2022 that incuded a statement of all Members of Council about the need to have a policy that transcends government administrations.Read the National Cultural Policy 2017 – 2022 here.
Ms Moreno Mujica’s presentation will soon be available to National Members in the Members’ Login section of the IFACCA website. For more information, please visit: www.cultura.gob.cl
Ms Moreno Mujica’s presentation will soon be available to National Members in the Members’ Login section of the IFACCA website.
For more information, please visit: www.cultura.gob.cl