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WorldCP-International Database of Cultural Policies

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
01 January - 31 December 2018 Andrea ABELLON Culture Department ASEF Cultural Policy Dialogue Programme Culture



Venue:
Online

From 2011-2017, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) supported the development of the research platform WorldCP-International Database of Cultural Policies and participated as member of the WorldCP International Working Group. Modelled on the highly-regarded Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, WorldCP was intended to be developed into an international database and searchable website of country-specific profiles of cultural policies. The project was an initiative of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the global network of arts councils and Ministries of Culture. IFACCA worked with international and regional partners to oversee the development of WorldCP. In particular, ASEF supported WorldCP-Asia, a central component of WorldCP, by commissioning the profiles of the Asian member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Three country profiles were launched in 2013 (India, South Korea, and Viet Nam) and three more were commissioned (Mongolia, Philippines, and Singapore). The profiles offer a comprehensive overview of the arts and culture policies of the countries and serve as a useful reference tool for policymakers, cultural practitioners, journalists, and researchers. They are researched and written by local national experts and presented in a consistent format to ease comparative analysis.

The research component was complemented by a series of Experts' Meetings to facilitate dialogue among the authors as well as between researchers and government officials. Experts' Meetings were held in Wroclaw, Poland (2015), Hanoi, Viet Nam (2013), Seoul, Korea (2011), and Melbourne, Australia (2011).

In 2017, the WorldCP project was discontinued by the lead partner IFACCA. However, given the existing information gaps in cultural policy, ASEF will commission a new series of country profiles under a new project to be launched in 2019.

Project Updates

  • The cultural policy profiles of India, Korea and Vietnam, commissioned for the WorldCP-International Database of Cultural Policies are now publicly accessible on culture360.org, ASEF’s arts and culture portal and on worldcp.org.

    The profiles offer a comprehensive overview of arts and culture in the said countries and could serve as a useful reference tool for policymakers, cultural practitioners, journalists and researchers. They are the first profiles commissioned for WorldCP-Asia, a major initiative to document the cultural policies of Asian countries.

    The profiles were launched at the ASEF Experts’ Meeting and Public Forum on Creative Economy in Asia and Europe: Emerging Pillar of Economic Growth & Development on 4-5 December 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam in the presence of project partners, the regional editor for Asia, Anmol VELLANI and authors, Ashish RAJADHYAKSHA and Raghavendra TENKAYALA (India), Kiwon HONG (Korea) and BUI Hoai Son (Vietnam).

    The WorldCP initiative is led by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). ASEF serves as the secretariat for WorldCP-Asia and supports the funding of profiles as well as the co-ordination with national agencies for culture in Asia. Regional partners include Arts Council, Mongolia; Korean National Commission for UNESCO; Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore; Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea; the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam; and Ministry of Education, Culture & Science, Mongolia.

    The profiles of Mongolia and Singapore are expected to be launched in 2014, along with updated versions of the profiles of India, Korea and Vietnam.

  • The national profile of Mongolian cultural policy has been commissioned under the aegis of WorldCP-International Database of Cultural Policies. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in association with the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism of Mongolia and Arts Council Mongolia, have been instrumental in kick-starting this project.

    The Mongolian profile will be launched on the WorldCP website later this year. This launch will also showcase previously commissioned profiles from Singapore, Vietnam, India and South Korea. ASEF supports the WorldCP initiative through its Asia-Europe Dialogue on Cultural Policies programme.

    WorldCP aims to provide easy online access to up-to-date and comprehensive information on arts and cultural policies. The initiative also promotes the exchange and facilitates dialogue on policy-making between Asia and Europe. It is promoted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and a consortium of partners from around the world.

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Partners

  • International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)
  • Arts Council of Mongolia
  • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea