The World Summit on Arts and Culture is organised by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) in partnership with one of its National Members. The Summit acts as platform to foster exchanges between representatives of government, cultural and non-cultural sectors and civil society. The 9th World Summit is scheduled to take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 3 – 5 May 2023 with a thematic focus of ‘Safeguarding Artistic Freedom.’ Prior to each World Summit, a Discussion Paper is developed, published and shared online to introduce participants, prospective delegates and the broader international community to the Summit programme theme and key concepts and issues.
The following Discussion Paper for the 9th edition of the World Summit sparks initial thinking around some of the complex issues surrounding artistic freedom to be explored in the programme in 2023, and potential responses.
The publication intends to situate the Summit’s conversations about artistic freedom in the wider global context, as well as the more local context of the Summit itself; and offer diverse personal and contextual accounts of artistic freedom, with a view to identifying challenges in and opportunities for its safeguarding.
The paper also brings together eight cultural experts from different world regions who have contributed essays, drawing from their professional journeys and lived experiences as artists, activists, collectives, curators, educators, researchers and policymakers. Download the Discussion Paper below.