World Cultural Diversity Day Panel Discussion

May 21, 2017 10:30 - 12:30 UTC
IFA Gallery, Linienstraße 139/140, 10115 Berlin


Beyond the European echo chamber: in dialogue with the Global South

Cultural Diversity: social strength or existential threat?

According to the UN’s Website, three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. So do rising populism, anti-immigrant attitudes and fears about the loss of national identity, prevalent in Germany and greater Europe.

Delegates from a number of regions will participate in a seminar on the relevance of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to our contemporary world, hosted by the Robert Bosch Academy, an institution of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the German National Commission for UNESCO. Taking advantage of their presence, this public conversation will address the pressing themes of cultural differences, their relationship to other dimensions of political and social life, their consequences for human co-existence and strategies in dealing with these.

The participants in the public conversation are:

Anupama Sekhar: Director, Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation, Singapore

Abdullah Alkafri: Executive Manager, Ettijahat Independent Culture, Lebanon

Ayeta Wangusa: Africa Coordinator: International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, Tanzania

Keith Nurse: Senior Fellow, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Trinidad

Ayoko Mensah: Franco Togolese journalist (Africultures, Le Monde Afrique, UNESCO Courrier), writer and consultant (Africa desk, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and UNESCO Creative Cities Network).

The conversation will be facilitated by Mike van Graan from Cape Town, South Africa, currently a Richard von Weizsaecker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy.

Date: Sunday 21 May 2017

Time: 10:30 to 12:30

Venue: IFA Gallery, Linienstrasse 139/140, 10115, Berlin.

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RSVP: by 19 May 2017

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