The times in which we live are marked by profound and ongoing transformation. Globalisation, technology, climate change, and migration reshape societies, create complex challenges and invite new solutions. The 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia from the 11th to the 14th of March 2019, brought together leading policy makers, researchers, managers and practitioners from the arts and culture sector from around the world to address these issues and examine how governments, cultural organisations, creative practitioners, and citizens can – and do – work together to actively lead change. Toni Attard, Founder and Director of Culture Venture chaired the International Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC), working closely with the Secretariat of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), to deliver a programme for the Summit.
The International Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC) comprised leaders from across the international arts and culture sector, along with representatives from the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN), Malaysia and the Secretariat of IFACCA, as the co-hosts of the Summit. The introduction of a Committee to programme the World Summit reflects IFACCA’s new direction, which prioritises working collaboratively and increasing opportunities for peer exchange within IFACCA’s international network of members and experts.
The other independent members of the International Programme Advisory Committee were:
- Olu Alake (United Kingdom)
- Abdullah Alkafri (Syria)
- Dr Wulan Dirgantoro (Australia / Indonesia)
- Joy Mboya (Kenya)
- Kathy Rowland (Malaysia / Singapore)
- Carlos J. Villaseñor Anaya (Mexico)
The National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) was represented by Salehhuddin bin Md Salleh, Director Policy and Research Division; IFACCA were represented by Magdalena Moreno Mujica, Executive Director and Meredith Okell, Communications and Engagement Manager.