International Arts and Cultural Policy Makers and Artists Create Connections in Singapore


Second World Summit on the Arts and Culture


~ Opening Ceremony ~


 Date:  24 November 2003 (Monday)
 Time:  8:45am
 Venue:  Conrad Centennial Singapore
 North South Room, Level 2
 Guest-of-Honour:  Mr Liu Thai Ker
 Chairman, National Arts Council (Singapore) 


Over 140 arts and cultural policymakers and artists from more than 40 countries will gather in Singapore for the Second World Summit on the Arts and Culture, to be held from 23 to 26 November 2003.  Joining an international array of more than 20 speakers, they will examine the Summit themeCreating Connections: Trends in Government Support for Artistic Creativity.


The speakers and delegates hail from key national arts agencies and include high-level government officials from North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. 


Keynote addresses on trends influencing the arts globally will be delivered by Ho Kwon Ping (Singapore), Marian Pastor Roces (Philippines), and Margaret Wyszomirski (United States of America).


Experts in arts funding policy and practice will conduct panel discussions and workshops on key issues impacting arts funding and development policies. Topics include

  • balancing objectives in cultural policy 
  • the place of the arts in cultural development
  • finding new sources of support for the arts and future strategies and 
  • developing alternatives to grant making


The Second World Summit of the Arts and Culture is jointly organised by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Funding Agencies (IFACCA) and the National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC).


“The Summit is an opportunity for public supporters of the arts to get together, share ideas and experiences, and develop new ways to improve support of our artists and the arts,” said Sarah Gardner, Executive Director of IFACCA. Ms Gardner also noted the importance of the Summit for IFACCA. “The second Summit is a watershed in the Federation's development, with our first General Assembly, the ratification of the IFACCA constitution and the election of our first board. We have received many encouraging words of support from around the world and are excited about IFACCA's future.”  The General Assembly will be held on 23 November and will be a closed session.


“The Summit marks a significant leap forward in our continuing efforts to make Singapore a global arts hub. We are delighted to host this momentous event and facilitate the exchange of ideas between key arts officials, policy-makers and artists,” said Susan Loh, Chair of World Summit on Arts and Culture Local Organising Committee and Director for Audience and Market Development, National Arts Council of Singapore. “I trust every country will gain useful insights from this Summit that will help raise standards of arts and cultural support worldwide.”


The Second World Summit on the Arts and Culture is supported by Asia-Europe Foundation, Canadian Heritage, Rockefeller Foundation, Singapore Exhibitions and Conventions Bureau, The British Council, The Commonwealth Foundation.  The Asia-Europe Arts Promotion Agencies Network (ASEARTS) conference will take place on 27 November, following the close of the Summit.


Additional information on the Summit and profiles of all the speakers can also be found



  • Annex 1 – Second World Summit on the Arts and Culture Programme
  • Annex 2 – Summit Topics
  • Annex 3 – Keynote Speakers’ Profiles
  • Annex 4 – IFACCA Backgrounder