8th World Summit on Arts and Culture
Proposals are invited to participate in the programme for the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, which will explore the theme Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change. The Summit programme will use a range of session formats to encourage interaction between delegates and participants are sought for a range of roles: from panelists and provocateurs to presenters and facilitators. Submissions from policymakers, academics, government representatives, cultural and community leaders, practitioners, and professionals working in the fields of arts, culture, creative and cultural industries, as well as other sectors are welcomed.
The objectives of the summit are
- to inspire participants with provocations on how global change (societal, technological, political, environmental) reframes the creative environment and vice versa
- to respond to different perspectives on how governments and policymakers find the balance between cultural preservation and progress, between transformation and tradition, and managing the positive and negative impacts of both extremes
- to reflect on the impact of innovation, creativity, education and digitalization on societal and cultural change and the response of the cultural sectors in transforming, empowering and building sustainable communities
- to share good practices on how culture and the arts enable communities to learn from the past and apply traditional knowledge to address contemporary issues
- to challenge the role of the arts in responding to rapid change and societal needs, particularly to young and older people, First Nations peoples, women and under-represented communities.
Sessions and Participant Roles
In response to delegate feedback from previous World Summits, in 2019 new session formats that will allow for greater interaction between delegates will be incorporated. This will include a World Café style session that will engage all delegates in common conversations around key issues, interactive Long Table sessions that present and respond to provocations, and case study presentations.
There are five main participant roles during Summit sessions:
What does the panelist role involve?
Panelists will be experts from the arts and culture sector or other sectors related to the themes being discussed. They will present thought-provoking perspectives on key issues and engage in debate with their fellow panellists. Panel sessions will run for two hours and will be attended by all delegates (approximately 400 people). Panel sessions will have up to four panellists, each of whom will deliver a 20-minute presentation, engage in open conversation with fellow panellists, and participate in Q&A with delegates.
What does the Presenter Role involve?
Presenters will present and explore with delegates innovative models that relate to key issues. Case studies may be drawn from the arts and culture sector, other sectors that are pioneering in relevant areas, or collaborations between sectors. Presentation sessions will run for 1.5 hours in parallel with other sessions, and will be attended by up to 100 delegates. Presentation sessions will have three presenters, each of whom will deliver a 15-minute presentation, followed by conversation and Q&A with delegates.
What does the provocateur role involve?
Each Long Table session will include three provocateurs, who will open the session by sharing their perspective on the key issues and play an ongoing active role in discussions. Long Table sessions will run for 1.5 hours in parallel with other sessions, and will be attended by up to 100 delegates. At any given time, there may be up to 12 people seated at the table and actively engaging in conversation. In the first 15 minutes of the session, provocateurs will each share their perspective, before the facilitator opens conversation to the group; they will stay at the table throughout the session.
What does the facilitator role involve?
Panels and Long Table sessions will be guided by a facilitator. Facilitators will have a strong understanding of the issues being addressed within the session and will encourage conversations between panellists/delegates throughout. Long table sessions will run for 1.5 hours in parallel with other sessions and will be attended by up to 100 delegates. At any given time, there may be up to 12 people seated at the table and actively engaging in conversation. At the beginning of the session, the facilitator will open proceedings, explain the format and provide context for the issues to be discussed; they will then guide conversation between provocateurs, open the conversation to the room, guide proceedings throughout, and offer a brief summary at the close of the session.
What does the table host role involve?
The World Café style session will include table hosts who encourage and facilitate conversation between small groups of up to 10 delegates. The session will run for 1.5 hours and will be divided into three 20-minute sections during which table hosts will guide conversation around a specific question (which will be provided). These will be followed by a roundup, during which delegates will share key findings and perspectives. The session will be overseen by an MC, so only selected table hosts will be required to present.
Panelists, presenters and provocateurs are invited to approach these roles creatively and proposals that incorporate artistic or creative content (please see page 5 of the application form) will be welcomed.
Proposals will be reviewed by the International Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC) for the 8th World Summit after the closing date (Sunday 20 May 2018). The IPAC will assess how proposals may contribute to the overall needs of the programme, and respondents will be considered for all roles that relate to their areas of expertise and experience. The IPAC will ensure diverse representation and appropriate translation services will be provided in French and Spanish to ensure participants can engage in sessions.
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