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ASEF brings cultural experts to 7th World Summit on Art & Culture 2016

Project Updates


12 Oct 2016

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


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.

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