In collaboration with the Arts Council Malta, we are thrilled to officially announce this year’s International Conference on Cultural Policy taking place in Valletta, Malta on October 5th 2023.
As part of this conference, the 6th Assembly of the Compendium Association and Assembly of Compendium Experts will be held on the following day, October 6th, serving also as a meeting point for the Compendium community itself. In conjunction to this, Arts Council Malta will be organising the 2nd edition of the State of the Arts – Malta National Symposium on October 7th.
After the success of the last International Cultural Policy Conference in Bucharest, which took place in June 2022 and focused on the topic of “Culture and Cultural Policy in Times of Crises – Effects, Roles and Transitions” we look forward to more in-depth discussions and exchanges – this time with a stronger focus on interactive formats to include various perspectives from people with different backgrounds.
Policymakers, researchers, politicians, experts, artists representatives, and academics will come together in Malta to engage in debates addressing the pertinent theme of “Right to Culture”.
The Right to Culture is a universal, inalienable and interdependent fundamental right that refers to the right of every human person and all people to participate in, contribute to and enjoy cultural life. This includes the freedom of individuals and groups to express, preserve, and develop their diverse cultural identities and traditions. It safeguards each person’s entitlement to develop and express their humanity through language, art, knowledge, values, and beliefs.
An ever-changing world and times of crisis challenge and influence art and culture, as well as cultural policy. Crises oftentimes correlate with intensified exclusion of marginalised and disadvantaged people. It is therefore of utter importance to protect and promote cultural diversity and accessibility, cultural democracy, and artistic freedom in order to protect each individual’s right to culture.
The conference will include an input by our keynote speaker, Karima Bennoune, who is an author, lawyer and professor shining a light on people of Muslim heritage worldwide – particularly women – working to combat both extremism and anti-Muslim discrimination. She was UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights from October 2015 to October 2021. We are therefore thrilled to have her contribute in the conference.
Additionally, we are looking forward to beneficial discussions from three different panels with the following panelists:
Panel I – Artistic Freedom
Andreas Wiesand, Anupama Sekhar, Ferenc Czinki, Maria Galea, Oliver Göbel & Ulrike Blumenreich, Sara Whyatt
Panel II – Cultural Diversity & Accessibility
Anna Villarroya, Ása Richardsdóttir, Ben Walmsley, Lexi Parra, Romina Delia, Simone Inguanez
Panel III – Cultural Democracy
Adrian Debattista, Carsten Brosda, Jaka Primorac, Terje Hovland, Gabriele Rosana
Please find a detailed description of the keynote speaker and the panels here.