WorldCP Asia: Fostering Cultural Policy Research and Dialogue in Asia
WorldCP is a database of country-specific profiles of cultural policies, currently holding profiles of 15 countries in five continents. It is a project of IFACCA, the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture, the Council of Europe and ERICArts Institute together with regional partners worldwide.
Among the key regional partners, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is responsible for the development of the WorldCP-Asia. ASEF along with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, formed the Regional Secretariat for WorldCP-Asia in 2011.
South Korea is among the first Asian countries whose national profile is featured in the WorldCP database. Mr. Anmol Vellani, Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts, was appointed by the Regional Secretariat as the Regional Editor for WorldCP-Asia.
In addition to the commissioning of national policy profiles, WorldCP-Asia aims to stimulate multi-stakeholder dialogue on issues of mutual relevance in arts and culture for Asian countries. To this end, an annual meeting of governmental and civil society experts on arts and cultural policies, including WorldCP authors, has been established.
The WorldCP process: an interesting Asia-Europe dialogue on cultural policy
As part of WorldCP development process, two expert´s meetings took place in Asia, starting up an interesting Asia-Europe dialogue on cultural policy.
The inaugural Experts' Meeting on Cultural Policy was organised in Seoul, Korea on 27-28 July 2011. The event, which gathered 20 policymakers, researchers and commentators from Asia, Europe and Australia, served as the first action meeting of WorldCP-Asia.
A second Experts' Meeting on Cultural Policy was organised in Melbourne, Australia on 7 October 2011, alongside immediately following the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture.