Structure & Programme

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World Culture Forum will be launched by the President of Indonesia setting the scene for locating culture firmly within the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Leading international agencies and critical thinkers will engage the participants in six themed symposia that will form the overarching framework of WCF 2013:

Gender mainstreaming, cultural convergence (local/global), active youth engagement and children of today and tomorrow will be the cross cutting themes woven across the entire Forum. Series of discussions, debates, performances and symposia will be programmed with the participation of experts and practitioners from across the world. An inspirational and leading edge cultural programme will be part of the hospitality spectrum.

      • Symposium 1: Holistic Approaches to Culture in Development

A review of the recent and current practices of dealing with arts, culture and heritage in sustainable development demonstrate that the state of the field is administratively and professionally fragmented and informed by inchoate or uncoordinated instruments and policies. This Symposium will be moderated by an outstanding expert who has provided leadership across all the domains of culture. The expert speakers include a range that addresses the theme in a holistic and inclusive manner from practical experience.
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      • Symposium 2: Civil Society and Cultural Democracy

Participatory Democracy and Inclusive Governance are critical for civil society engagement in enabling cultural practitioners to become protagonist in sustainable development. New modalities of engagement are needed to ensure a bottom up approach to inform the post-2015 Development Agenda.
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      • Symposium 3: Creativity and Cultural Economics

Evidence based approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, are still new in understanding cultural economics. Micro finance, critical for poverty alleviation and job creation, is poorly understood in the field of culture and development. Contingency valuation and choice modelling are important to shift the paradigm of the deficit model of culture in development to an affirmative and empowering framework. This symposium of eminent and experienced experts will discuss and address the importance of locating cultural economics in sustainable development.
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      • Symposium 4: Culture in Environmental Sustainability

The legacies of colonialism are evident in the nature-culture dichotomy that was alien to Asia, Africa, and Americas and to indigenous peoples of the world. This is so embedded in the contemporary discourse of culture and development that an integrated local area planning approach has become essential to further sustainable development. If nature is cultural perceived then how do we transcend the dichotomy.
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      • Symposium 5: Sustainable Urban Development

It is widely known that everyday some 200,000 people are moving into an urban area in the world and that several cities from Oslo to Seoul to Jakarta are becoming the fastest growing cities. This phenomenal movement of populations makes new approaches to culture and urbanism as a process which warrant new and relevant interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable urban development.
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      • Symposium 6: Inter-Faith Dialogue and Community Building

In the post September 11, 2011, the importance of understanding faith and community building have been finally recognised as important for the cultural dimension of sustainable development. Yet few International Government Organisations are prepared to address this important aspect and cultural institutions have sadly neglected it. This symposium is the first of its kind to place on the agenda the role of inert-faith dialogue in culture in development.
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Sun 24 Nov 2013
Mon 25 Nov 2013
Tues 26 Nov 2013
Wed 27 Nov 2013
Peoples's CarnivalGrand OpeningSymposiaPost Conference Field Trip (Optional)
Ubud and Subak World Heritage Tour
Culture Performance & Gala DinnerOpening by Master of Ceremony

Presentation by the Minister for
Education and Culture,
Republic of Indonesia

Professor. DR. Ir. KH. Mohammad Nuh, DEA

Opening by the President of the Republic of Indonesia
1.Holistic Approaches to Culture in Development

2.Civil Society and Cultural Democracy

3. Creativity and Cultural Economics

4. Culture in Environmental Sustainability

5.Sustainable Urban Development

6. Inter-Faith Dialogue and Community Building

Professor. DR. AMARTYA SEN
Chancellor, Nalanda University, India (Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences)

Director General UNESCO

World Famous Journalist and Commentator, Author, CNN
Vice-Minister for Culture of the Republic of Indonesia

The Way Forward
Report Back from Moderators
and Chairpersons:
"The nexus between culture and development"

Ministerial Roundtable
Theme: "More of the Same Will Not do"
Cultural Ministers from different parts of the
world will present and discuss the central
issues and concerns addressing the nexus between culture and development.
Policy guidance for
the drafting of the Sustainable
Development Goals
in the post 2015 Development Agenda .
Vote of Thanks

Adoption of The Bali Promise 

Grand Cultural Final
Dinner for Invited Guests
Cultural Based Film FestivalCultural Based Film Festival

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