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11 Mar 2019 - 14 Mar 2019

Kuala Lumpur | 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture

The 8TH WORLD SUMMIT ON ARTS AND CULTURE is taking place in Kuala Lumpur, 11-14 MARCH 2019, on the theme: Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change.  There's still time to register, or you can follow the programme highlights online and read the Discussion Paper.

The Discussion Paper explores the Summit theme – Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change – and features contributions from individuals around the world whose work exemplifies how individuals can effect transformative change. Contributors include YAM Tunku Zain, the Founding President of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs in Malaysia; Maria Daïf, a journalist and former director of L’Uzine in Casablanca, Morocco; Nick Capaldi, Executive Director of Arts Council Wales; Katindi Sivi-Njonjo, a leading futurist from Kenya; Gustavo Vidigal, a cultural strategist from Brazil; Dr Wulan Dirgantoro an academic from Indonesia who is based in Australia; and Taiarahia Black, Professor of Māori and Indigenous Research Development in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

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 will bring 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.

Read more about the programme and participants

Read World Summit Discussion Paper

Co-hosted by the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).

ASEF will be in Kuala Lumpur with 3 events along the Summit:

1. ASEF Unplugged - Kuala Lumpur @ Pullman KL City Centre Hotel - 9 March 2019

ASEF gathers 15 local arts organisation for an evening of informal conversation on Saturday, 9 March, 18:30-20:30, at the Pullman KL City Centre Hotel. This closed-door discussion will revolve around the ground realities of the contemporary arts in Malaysia, as well as ASEF's work in arts, culture, & heritage.   

Malaysia is a member of ASEF and our parent body, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) since 1996. ASEF works in culture in Malaysia: we provide information about and for Malaysian artists on our arts website,; we provide travel grants for events in & artists from Malaysia; we run a museum network that provides training & networking,; and, we could organise events in your country as well.

2. ASEF Unplugged - Kuala Lumpur @ the 8th World Summit on Arts & Culture - 13 March 2019

Come visit the ASEF booth at the 8th World Summit on Arts & Culture on Wednesday, 13 March, 12:30-14:00, at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. ASEF staff will be present at this time to answer all questions about our programmes.  

3. Launch of the Mobility Funding Guide for Malaysia@ BERTENTANG MATA: Gathering Great Minds of Summit Delegates and Malaysian Artists - 14 March 2019 will co-sponsor the event in partnership with Cendana (Cultural Economy Development Agency).

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