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Good Governance for Cultural Policy

An African-European Research about Arts and Development


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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Towards Cultural Governance Preface


What is the role of art and artists in the transformation of society? What impact can cultural policy have on changes to government structures? It is not primarily about money, but social relevance; it is not about representation, but intervention. It is no longer just about local art education, regional support structures or national programmes for arts education. Now it is also about international exchange between artists, culture as a development factor and a comparative analysis of cultural management.

Culture is viewed as a source for the development of society. Accordingly, the task of cultural policy is to create and support structures that mobilise people’s creativity and thus ensure wellbeing, innovation and pluralism.

Over recent decades, these relationships have been discussed at UNESCO level. Within Germany and on the African continent, there has been an increase in experiences and initiatives aimed at putting discourse on cultural policies into practice. On the occasion of the awarding of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development and to mark its 15th anniversary in 2013, the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim held a colloquium that was dedicated to questions about good governance concepts for cultural policy, defined as social policy. In particular, this view provides a comparison of perspectives from Southern Africa, North Africa, France and Germany.

Now we have to ask where some academic “deep drilling” is needed. In this respect, the colloquium can be viewed as...

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