"Economic and power relations between the north and the south: the impact of cultural exchange and co-operation"
Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg
Culture plays a fundamental role in the development of societies, not only in terms of identity and human development but also for democracy, peace and stability. While globalisation may exacerbate nationalist feelings, culture is a vital element of dialogue and mutual understanding between peoples. Cultural diversity is essential to break down the trivialising or even impoverishing standardisation brought on by globalisation, and can become a crucial part of its humanisation.
In moments of crisis in particular we need to be able to rely on strong cultural identities, they are the cement in which societies are based. Creators and artists mirror, expose, reveal, change and shape our perspective on the world, they map out the future and push its development. We need to seize every opportunity to develop the sectors that create cultural wealth and a better understanding between citizens and peoples. We need to do more to make culture part of the solution to the crises we are experiencing.
EUNIC South Africa, the network of European cultural institutes active in South Africa, would like to use this symposium to start a discussion of attitudes towards cultural exchange as seen from the south and the north, and to map a joint path forward.
The symposium aims to engage all cultural actors who are operating in South Africa and those participating in the World Summit on Arts and Culture.
Format: Short presentations (15-20 minutes) followed by discussion.
Session 1: Chair Aloisia Wörgetter, Austrian Embassy Pretoria
9.30 Welcome, Laurent Clavel, EUNIC SA President
9.40 EU Policy on Culture in South Africa – Amb. Lodewijk Briet, EU (tbc) South Africa – EU Cooperation on Arts and Culture – DG Themba Wakashe, DAC (tbc) Discussion
10.40 Coffee/Tea break
Session 2: Chair Sophie Didier, Head of IFAS-Research
11.00 Panel presentations: Input from the north and the south
Gerard Lemos, Acting Chair, British Council Walli Serote (requested)
Peter Anders, Head of Programmes Subsahara Africa, Goethe-Institut Südafrika
Kanthan Pillay, Chief Executive, 99.2 YFM Radio
Peter Kuthan, Tonga on-line Discussion
13.00 Buffet Lunch