7th World Summit on Arts and Culture

18 October 2016, Malta


In October 2016 IFACCA and Arts Council Malta welcomed over 400 delegates from 90 countries to the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Valletta, Malta. The Opening Ceremony of the Summit took place at historic Fort St Elmo on Tuesday 18 October 2016. Over the three days that followed, speakers and delegates explored the theme At the Crossroads? Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century and addressed a number of critical issues: from the impact of multilateral trade negotiations on cultural policies and how we can advocate for freedom of expression and cultural rights, to changing the way arts and culture are supported and identifying how we can lead for the future. Conversations were enriched by contributions from a diversity of participants, including representatives from cultural organisations, national arts councils, ministries of culture, local and regional stakeholders, independent professionals, international networks, as well as young leaders taking part in the Global Cultural Leadership Programme. Throughout, delegates fruitfully questioned the future direction of the sector and deepened a shared understanding of our responsibilities and the contexts in which we work.

You can learn more about the 7th World Summit from the publications and resources below, or by visiting the Summit web site.



Read the Summit Report,
which provides an overview
of programme highlights,
attendance and key themes. 
Also available in Portuguese.



Read the Discussion Paper,
which looks at cultural leadership
from various perspectives and
considers the role of culture in driving
positive societal change.



Read the Summit Programme,
to find out more about sessions
and speakers.



A team of rapporteurs captured 
conversations during Summit
sessions. Read the reports.



Léase el Informe de la Cumbre,
que ofrece una visión general
de los aspectos más destacados
del programa, la participación
y los temas clave de la 7ª Cumbre
Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura.


Léase el Documento de Discusion,
que examina el concepto del
liderazgo cultural desde distintas
erspectivas y aborda la cuestión
de cómo la cultura juega, o puede
jugar, un papel de liderazgo en el
impulso hacia un cambio social positivo.



7th World Summit on Arts & Culture, Malta 2016

Watch sessions from the main
stage, streamed by the official
media partner for the Summit,

Browse photos from the 
7th World Summit on our
Flickr page. 


Translations supported by the Organization of Ibero-American States.