Background on World Summits

The 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture is jointly hosted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Victoria.  Taking place on 3-6 October 2011, the World Summit will close on the eve of the 2011 Melbourne International Arts Festival.

The venue for the World Summit is the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the first and only convention centre in the world with a ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmental rating, representing world leadership in green design and operational features.

The World Summit is a triennial event created by IFACCA and is the only international event of its kind in the arts and culture policy field. 

World Summits provide a platform for national arts councils, ministries of culture and other agencies active in the global arts and culture sector to:
• discuss and exchange experiences and ideas about key issues affecting public support for the arts and creativity;
• engage in insightful, stimulating debate and discussions among policy makers within the context of contemporary global and national challenges;
• challenge or affirm current practices by benchmarking good practice;
• create networking opportunities to build relationships and potential partnerships; and
• develop the networking, organisational and advocacy objectives and interests of IFACCA and its members.

To date, four World Summits have been held:
• Ottawa, Canada 2000
• Singapore, 2003
• NewcastleGateshead, England 2006
• Johannesburg, South Africa 2009

The 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture is being held in 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of IFACCA (which was formally incorporated in 2001 following its inauguration at the World Summit in Canada).