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Good Governance for Cultural Policy

An African-European Research about Arts and Development


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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In the Meaning of Artistic, Ethnologic and Economic Sense.Implementing the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity on Local Level


Annika Holland

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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