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ASEF supports panel discussion at the 7th World Summit on Arts & Culture

What Role for Culture in Foreign Policy: How Important is the Relationship between Culture and International Relations?

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
18-21 October 2016 Fatima AVILA Culture Department ASEF Cultural Policy Dialogue Series Culture



Venue:
Valetta, Malta

ASEF organises panel discussion at the 7th World Summit on Art & Culture:
What Role for Culture in Foreign Policy: How Important is the Relationship between Culture and International Relations?

Soft power and the role of culture in public diplomacy can be observed in different contexts: from promoting connectivity and balanced exchanges of cultural goods and services, and arguing for the role of culture in development policies, to promoting the value of intercultural dialogue in addressing challenges around migration, and dealing with terrorism and other global instabilities. Do artistic and cultural interests drive this agenda, or are the arts and culture being instrumentalised to achieve other goals? Moreover, is it possible to find a balance? These questions will be discussed at the ASEF supported panel discussion on 19th October, 4:00 PM, at the 7th World Summit on Art & Culture  in Valletta, Malta. The Summit runs from 18th - 21st October 2016.

ASEF regularly organises policy panels on cultural policy issues of common interest and mutual relevance for Asia and Europe at major arts and culture events. The parallel session in Malta is part of this ongoing series of conversations. The 1st ASEF Policy Panel took place at the 6th Asia-Europe Culture Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM CMM) (October 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands) & the 2nd ASEF Policy Panel was held at the 7th ASEM CMM (June 2016, Gwangju, Korea). 

Speakers include:

Kimmo AULAKE

Special Government Advisor and Deputy Head of Cultural Exports and Exchange Unit at the Ministry of Education and Culture (Finland)

KOK Heng Leun

Nominated Member of Parliament, Artistic Director, Drama Box (Singapore)

Isabelle SCHWARZ

Head of Advocacy, Research & Development and Knowledge Management, European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands)

Moderated by:

Anupama SEKHAR

Director, Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) (India)

Follow the conversation at:

#ASEFculture #artsummitmalta

Partners

  • International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)
  • Arts Council Malta

Project Updates

  • The 7th World Summit on Art & Culture will be held on 18-21 October 2016 in Valletta, Malta. The Summit is organised every two or three years by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), of which 32 ASEM Ministries of Culture are members. The aim of the Summit is to provide National Arts Councils, Ministries of Culture and other agencies the opportunity to discuss key issues of public support for the arts and creativity. The Summit is attended by more than 300 culture professionals and policymakers.

    At the Summit, ASEF is holding the 3rd ASEF Policy Panel titled What Role for Culture in Foreign Policy: How Important is the Relationship between Culture and International Relations?

    In addition, ASEF is supporting cultural experts as Speakers at parallel panel discussions at the Summit, including:

    Shahidul ALAM (Bangladesh)

    Photographer and human rights activist

    Arundhati GHOSH (India)

    Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts

    Gantuya BADAMGARAV (Mongolia)

    Director of Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (MCASA)

    Arn Chorn-POND (Cambodia)

    Founder, Cambodian Living Arts

    Honor HARGER (UK)

    Executive Director, Art Science Museum Singapore

    ASEF is also supporting selected cultural professionals as participants at the Summit, who will also be engaged in the upcoming ASEF ASEAN Cultural Mapping Research Study, including:

    Dr, Ruth BERESON (Australia)

    Dean (Academic), Arts, Education and Law Group, Griffith University

    Dr. Caitlin BYRNE (Australia)

    Seniour Lecturer, International Relations, Bond University, and member of the Griffith Asia Institute

    Sharon ARRIOLA (Philippines)

    Associate Dean of New Media, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, Manila

    Felencia HUTABARAT (Indonesia)

    Founder, Indonesian Arts Coalition

    Kathy ROWLAND (Malaysia)

    Independent writer/researcher on the politics of culture

    Rithisal KANG (Cambodia)

    Executive Director, Amrita Performing Arts Cambodia

    Ritirong HONG (Thailand)

    Assistant Professor, Department of Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

    Anna STEINKAMP (Germany)

    Senior Programme Specialist, Culture Division, UNESCO

    Nomi Baasankhuu (Mongolia)

    Deputy Executive Director, Arts Council Malta

    ASEF is also co-hosting the Reception of the IFACCA CEO Leadership Seminar, which brings together CEOs and leaders of IFACCA members to discuss cultural leadership in the 21st century.

    Follow the conversation at:

    #ASEFculture #artsummitmalta

  • Soft power and the role of culture in public diplomacy can be observed in different contexts: from promoting connectivity and balanced exchanges of cultural goods and services, and arguing for the role of culture in development policies, to promoting the value of intercultural dialogue in addressing challenges around migration, and dealing with terrorism and other global instabilities. Do artistic and cultural interests drive this agenda, or are the arts and culture being instrumentalised to achieve other goals? Is it possible to find a balance? These questions will be discussed at the ASEF-supported panel discussion on 19 October 2016, 4:00 PM, at the 7th World Summit on Art & Culture in Valletta, Malta. The Summit runs from 18-21 October 2016.

    Speakers include:

    Mr Kimmo AULAKE

    Special Government Advisor and Deputy Head of Cultural Exports and Exchange Unit at the Ministry of Education and Culture (Finland)

    Mr KOK Heng Leun

    Nominated Member of Parliament, Artistic Director, Drama Box (Singapore)

    Ms Isabelle SCHWARZ

    Head of Advocacy, Research & Development and Knowledge Management, European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands)

    Moderated by: Ms Anupama SEKHAR, Director, Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) (Singapore)

    Follow the conversation at:

    #ASEFculture #artsummitmalta

    ASEF regularly organises policy panels on cultural policy issues of common interest and mutual relevance for Asia and Europe at major arts and culture events. The parallel session in Malta is part of this on-going series of conversations. The 1st ASEF Policy Panel took place at the 6th Asia-Europe Culture Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM CMM6) in October 2014 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and the 2nd ASEF Policy Panel was held at the ASEM CMM7 in June 2016 in Gwangju, Korea.