UNESCO Symposium on funding culture

Dialogue between cultural operators and investors is a bit like a wedding between a carp and a rabbit: it involves people who are not used to working together”, said Frédéric Bouilleux from the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) during a UNESCO symposium on the issue of funding culture in developing countries.

On 16 and 17 April 2010, UNESCO brought together decision-makers and leading experts on cultural financing, development, and the cultural sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities of investing in culture.

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Tackling directly the cliché that the sector is “risk-prone”, speakers and participants pointed to the many strengths of culture as an economic sector. Models and initiatives from around the world were presented as means of helping culture to achieve its full potential as an economic sector and as a driver of development.

All presentations and key messages of the symposium can be found in the Proceedings of the symposium.


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