Whatever you call it, Joburg, Jozi, Egoli (City of Gold), Johannesburg in Mzansi (South Africa) is Africa's culture hub. A bustling, modern and gutsy city, Joburg is the place where the African Diaspora meets in an Afropolitan meeting of cultures.

Joburg readies for World Summit on Arts and Culture
From 22 - 25 September 2009, delegates from across the world will gather in Joburg for the 4th World Summit on Arts & Culture, to explore, debate and share best practice experiences under the Summit theme: Meeting of Cultures: Creating Meaning through the Arts. It is estimated that the Summit will attract about 400 delegates from 70 countries, ranging from Mongolia to Morocco, Kenya to Colombia and Finland to Fiji.

The World Summit is a triennial event intended to provide national arts councils, ministries of culture and other agencies with an opportunity to discuss key issues affecting public support for the arts and creativity. Members and affiliates are invited to participate. The Federation's General Assembly coincides with the Summit.

Annabell Lebethe, CEO of the National Arts Council, says: "Winning the bid to host the 4th World Summit is a significant achievement for the National Arts Council of SA, and our partners, and is a major opportunity for the creative sectors across Africa.

"We look forward to a catalytic even which will engage delegates in a sharing of best practices from across the world towards creating an environment which will enable tangible advancement for Africa's arts and culture sector."

The three day Summit programme includes key note addresses, panel discussions and a range of roundtable sessions which will explore, challenge or affirm current dogmas and practices in the arts and culture policy arena by testing these with a variety of international experiences.

Summit Programme Director: Mike van Graan says: "The UNESCO Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions provides a backdrop to the Summit and its deliberations. This is the first time that the World Summit is being held in a 'developing country' so the event will provide a platform for voices that are not often heard at mainstream international cultural events.

"The diversity of voices, implicit in the Summit theme, will hopefully stimulate debate and arrive at, perhaps, new, meaning through this meeting of cultures", he continues.

The third World Summit on the Arts and Culture, co-hosted by Arts Council England, took
place in NewcastleGateshead in June 2006. The Second World Summit was hosted by the National Arts Council of Singapore in November 2003 and the inaugural World Summit was hosted by the Canada Council in Ottawa in December 2000.

The National Arts Council (NAC) of South Africa and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) will host the 4th World Summit.

For more information, visit www.artsummit.org