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Good Governance for Cultural Policy

An African-European Research about Arts and Development

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Edited By Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad

Culture is seen as a source for the development of society. Task of cultural policy is therefore to create and support structures that promote mobilization of creativity of the people and thus ensure welfare, innovation and pluralism. Such relationships have been discussed at the level of UNESCO for the past forty years. Within Germany and Europe as well as on the African continent experiences and initiatives are increasing in order to put discourse on cultural policies into practice. There is a need to provide a forum for the exchange of concepts and to identify the state of the art of theory and practice within the concepts of good governance and cultural policy. It is essential to clarify the role and the needed context of the arts, of art education and of individual artists in the development of society.
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Arts and Development.Parameters for a Future International Cultural Policy

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Wolfgang Schneider

“Even when many people experience national cultures in a unified manner, there is a danger that they will break lose from their fixed boundaries and be unable to guarantee any commitment to a cultural affiliation. We should not be trying to keep up with such a process. Cultural policies should be dedicated to thinking ahead, opening up new paths and accompanying such a process in a critical manner. I am a great believer in the idea of intercultural learning communities and would like to plead for an open cultural dialogue. However, this should not simply be implemented in foreign policies. It also belongs in development ministries where far too little attention has been given to the social and cultural components of work in so-called third world countries.” (Schneider 1998: 34)

15 years later after the founding of the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim it is time to come back to the subject. In a period of globalisation it is no longer possible to focus on separate national levels of Cultural Policy. We now need an international framework. This is why it is imperative to conduct research into international cultural policies.

It was the world summit conference on “The Power of Culture”, 1998 in Stockholm where the process started. The meeting of more than 100 Ministers of Culture and over 100 arts organisations in civil society was the central initiative behind the “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of...

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