Cultural managers organise space for cultural expression and events. What precisely that looks like in each case, however, differs substantially from country to country. Added to this are some new challenges presented by the developing and transition countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, which are currently undergoing the process of reform and opening up more and more to the rest of the world.
With the aim of promoting forums for an exchange of ideas between the different countries, we supported a conference held in November 2012 in Berlin entitled “The Art of Managing Culture”. The conference offered young arts and culture managers and experts in cultural research, teaching and management from more than 40 countries – from Afghanistan, Brazil and Japan to Tanzania – the opportunity to compare notes and make new contacts for future cultural projects.
The conference was initiated and organised by the Goethe-Institut with support from the Caspar Ludwig Opländer Foundation, Mercator Foundation, Allianz Cultural Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation, European Cultural Foundation and media partner/publishing house Der Tagesspiegel (The German Daily Mirror).
Our funding partner:
The Goethe-Institut and its “Culture and Development” initiative
The Goethe-Institut is the worldwide cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. It promotes learning of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. The purpose of the programmes under its “Culture and Development” initiative is to organise classes for creative artists, give expert advice to cultural institutions and encourage networking between cultural advocates on relevant initiatives in Germany. This is because, in the developing and transition countries in particular, proponents of arts and culture often have to work with inadequate infrastructure or under difficult conditions.