Chilean capital to host World Summit on Arts and Culture

Next year, Santiago will be the first Latin American city to host the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies’ biggest global initiative.

In January next year, 450 delegates from 72 countries will gather at Santiago’s Estación Mapocho Cultural Center for the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture. Arts councils and cultural ministries from around the world will discuss key issues affecting public support for the arts and creativity.

The summit is the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies’ (IFACCA) biggest global initiative, and several of the federation’s representatives, including Chairman Alan Davey, were in Santiago earlier this month to see the venue firsthand.

“It is great to be able to announce the first World Summit to be held in Latin America,” Davey said. “Chile is a nation of rich artistic and cultural heritage, and the setting, the Estación Mapocho Cultural Center, is truly inspiring. We know that Australia has set the bar very high with the 5th World Summit, but that Chile will more than meet the challenge.”

Next year’s event is themed “Creative Times: New Models for Cultural Development,” and will explore ways in which cultural diversity and identity can be safeguarded within the context of globalization and rapidly developing new technologies. The summit will also consider ways in which new technology can complement and promote the cultural agenda.

The IFACCA described host city Santiago as a “Dynamic, modern, city with a history of over 500 years while looking to the future with innovative spirit. In 2011 The New York Times chose the city as a top travel destination and in 2012, CNN International featured Santiago as one of the world’s three most captivating cities.”

“Colonial architecture blends with modernity in neighborhoods like Bellavista, Lastarria, Barrio Italia, Bellas Artes and Barrio Yungay. The city has cultural centers, museums and galleries accessible for both residents and visitors.”

In 2009, the Estación Mapocho Cultural Center took it upon itself to lobby for Chile’s candidacy for the summit. With the help of Chile’s National Council for Culture and Arts, the Cultural Center’s representatives presented to the IFACCA in Madrid in 2010, and finished top out of a five country shortlist the following year.

“Santiago has transformed into a destination for many international itineraries, and is one of the most dynamic of the major cities on the continent, with a vibrant cultural life, and new galleries, museums, cultural centers and theaters,” Chile’s Arts and Culture Luciano Cruz-Coke said in response to the capital’s selection.

The event runs from January 13-16, 2014. Find information on programming on the summit’s website.