An African-European Research about Arts and Development
Edited By Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad
In the Meaning of Artistic, Ethnologic and Economic Sense.Implementing the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity on Local Level
Cultural diversity has long been a challenging issue on local level with regard to its promotion and its protection. It is not just about arts but also about integration and intercultural dialog but most about raising awareness about the benefits of cultural diversity in all kinds of interpretation. Much has been written on this topic since the general declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001 (cp. UNESCO 2001) continuing within the working period on the convention on cultural diversity to its ratification in 2005 (cp. UNESCO 2014a) and the implementation itself. (cp. UNESCO 2013)
Because of recent history to be more specific the national report (cp. UNESCO 2014b) on its implementation cultural diversity has often been stressed in cultural policy and bordering politics. There is no doubt that a successful implementation of the UNESCO convention on cultural diversity depends on a 360 degree perspective on cultural diversity and its institutionalisation in different contexts.
There is a real chance of successful implementing the UNESCO convention on cultural diversity on local level if actors responsible deepen aspects of the convention that are most relevant for a successful implementation on local level and present them in a way that is practicable and useful for different actors and overall theoretically founded thus benefits of acting pro cultural diversity become clear. One should consider that the implementation needs to be regarded not just through the lenses of cultural scientist or cultural politics but also from other actor or...
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