9th ENCATC Policy Debate

Antwerp, Belgium

What are the best practices in cultural governance? How do practices compare and differ across the globe? What will this mean for the future of cultural governance and cultural policy?

Organized in partnership with the Foundation for Cultural Management of the University of Antwerp, the 2018 ENCATC Policy Debate "All aboard! cultural governance from a global perspective" aims to improve quality and practice of cultural governance across the globe. Academics, researchers, cultural managers and entrepreneurs, artists, policy makers, international, European and national civil servants, and students will gather for a one-day intensive discussion to better understand the global picture of good practice in cultural governance. 



What is the role of the board in the management of cultural organizations and are there any differences between the European countries?

How are the principles of governance, namely accountability, transparency and authority applied in the cultural sector in Europe?

Predominantly, what we know at date is gathered from a narrow set of literature and understandings that is mainly western (from predictable locations, for example: UK, USA and Europe). There is a need to strengthen understanding of cultural governance in other corners of the world. This Policy Debate will be a unique opportunity for the participants to learn about how arts and cultural organisations are managed outside in major cities around the globe and thus to bring new ideas and management practices in their own institutions.

New research  is available about cultural governance from an international comparative perspective done in 9 countries and 5 continents. The results will be published in November by Palgrave-Mc Millan.  The ENCATC Policy Debate is also a good occasion to discuss the results of this research. 

This Policy Debate is an initiative of ENCATC done in partnership with the Foundation for Cultural Management at the the University of Antwerp, the National Taiwan University of Arts, and University of Arts of London. 

9th ENCATC Policy Debate