Aerial Dancers from BANDALOOP (USA) and ASK Dance Company (MALAYSIA) preforming at the World Summit on Arts & Culture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As some of you may know our Executive Director, Scott Howie, has recently returned from the World Summit on Arts & Culture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We sat down for a quick coffee to discuss his adventures abroad and the overall state of the global arts sector.
Tell us, where have you been?!
I just got back from attending the 8th World Summit on Arts & Culture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hosted by IFACCA, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies, over 430 arts leaders, artists, policy makers, arts council staff, and I attended the Summit addressing the theme of Mobile Minds: Culture, knowledge and change.
What was the conference like?
The days were filled with provocative keynotes, panel discussions, long tables and workshops with voices coming from around the world. It was a fantastic opportunity to take some time out from the day-to-day stuff to think about the big picture, about the why we do what we do.
What did you get out of it?
It allowed me to feel part of a global community all seeking to navigate our way through complex times, question whose voices and visions are being left out and to articulate the importance arts and culture will play in ensuring strong resilient societies.
What was the stand out message from the conference?
The key issue, and the challenge to all of us working in arts & culture, comes back to what are we do to ensure that everyone gets to assert their human right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community. There needs to be some real challenges to the way we think about what arts gets supported and who makes the decisions.
On top of that the participation needs to be about being involved in creative process, not just increasing consumption of the arts.
What was your favourite performance or artistic experience during the trip?
There was a fantastic collaboration between vertical dance company BANDALOOP (USA) and ASK Dance Company (MALAYSIA) in the four-storey atrium of the National Art Gallery. Another highlight was the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia (IAMM), the textile gallery in particular left a lasting impression. Not to be missed by anyone travelling through Kuala Lumpur.
How did you get there?
I was able to attend the Summit thanks to funding received from the NSW Government through the Create NSW’s Artist Support Program with additional support from Eastern Riverina Arts.