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SUBTHEME I
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"Sharing History, Safeguarding Cultural Diversity"

Culture knows no administrative boundaries. Because culture exist before modern political structure along with its administrative confines. Hybridization, lending and adopting cultural elements between groups across national boundaries is a historical fact. This is the underlying principle of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage where a cultural heritage can be shared by two or more countries. There is no agenda of cultural heritage preservation that can be carried out without involving the active role of the community and cooperation between social groups. The various obstacles stems from the dynamics between policy makers and the community as cultural stakeholders. It is imperative to overcome this obstacle so that every cultural preservation and heritage can be the foundation for protecting and enriching cultural diversity.

Based on this consideration, this sub-theme will explore the following points:

  • Best practices in the management of tangible and cultural heritage based on community efforts to enrich cultural diversity
  • Challenges in managing tangible and intangible cultural heritage based on community efforts to enrich cultural diversity
  • Identificationofactorsandstakeholdersinthemanagementoftangible and intangible cultural heritage based on community efforts to enrich cultural diversity
  • How should we envision the future by 2030 and the steps to achieve the target?
  • The expected role of IFAC in overseeing the agenda in the management of tangible and intangible cultural heritage based on community efforts to enrich cultural diversity
SUBTHEME II
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"Harnessing Big Data, Fostering Cultural Practices"

Nowadays, big data, algorithm and machine learning are increasingly becoming an integral part of our daily lives, including in our cultural life. Through digital medium, cultural products reach our hands mediated by algorithm supported by big data and machine learning. Data science, therefore, has become a part of everyday life considerations. We need to examine the extent of how data science is empowered in making cultural policies and cultural practices in society. What are the consequences should algorithm becomes the basis for culture? How do we develop a cultural strategy in an algorithmic age where everything is predictable?

Based on this consideration, this sub-theme will explore the following points:

  • Best practices of using data science in cultural practices and cultural policy making
  • The matter of data sovereignty and cultural independence in the age of algorithm
  • Identifying actors and stakeholders that serves to accommodate the relation between science, technology and culture
  • How should we envision the future by 2030 and steps to achieve the target?
  • The expected role of IFAC in overseeing the realization of ideals about the role of data science in cultural practice and cultural policy making.
SUBTHEME III
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"Festival as Method: A Network for Action"

In the beginning, arts and culture festival exists as a means of social emancipation. By presenting broad spectrum alternative spectacle, the festival becomes a part of public imagination about a better shared life. Festivals are not just a series of arts and cultural performances. Moreover, festival is a part of the process of consolidating cultural knowledge. The festival is also an inclusive cultural space where people mingle without regard to social hierarchy and are free to take part in cultural expression. However, festival institutionalization as a regular occasion risks dulling the transformative aspects of the festival as a method of social change. Today we are faced with the challenges of festivalism where so many festivals are held without any noticeable impact on society. In addition, the festival also presents a framework for new cultural activism. Nowadays arts and cultural practices tend to shift from the paradigm of individual actors to plural organizer who shares a network. Festival plays an important role in building cross-border cultural activism networks.

Based on this consideration, this sub-theme will explore the following points:

  • Best practices of managing arts and cultural festivals as a method of social change
  • The challenges of managing arts and cultural festivals as a method of social change
  • Identifying actors and stakeholders managing arts and cultural festivals as a method of social change
  • How should we envision the future by 2030 and steps to achieve the target?
  • The expected role of IFAC in overseeing the agenda of managing arts and cultural festivals as a method of social change
SUBTHEME IV
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"Bringing the People Back In: A Case for Popular Policy-Making in Culture"

Today, participatory planning which involves the people in initiating the direction of development has become mainstream. For development, people's planning has been regarded as the most obvious expression of democracy. But who is "the people"? Democracy is not majoritarianism. Most voters-based planning is an undemocratic process, a process where the voices of minorities and subaltern groups are considered inconsequential compared to the will of the majority. In this case, Indonesia has a particular tradition called deliberative democracy (musyawarah mufakat) where people continue to discuss until there is a common opinion, without going through the voting mechanism. However, public planning based on deliberative processes is not without problems. In addition to consuming considerable time and energy, this process does not in itself guarantee to uphold the democratic principles because behind equality of opinion may lurk the fact of social intimidation. It is here that culture plays an important role.

Based on this consideration, this sub-theme will explore the following points:

  • Best practices of deliberative process-based popular planning and cultural approach
  • The challenges of popular planning based on deliberative processes and cultural approach
  • Identification of actors and stakeholders in deliberative process-based popular planning and cultural approach
  • How should we envision the future by 2030 and steps to achieve the target?
  • The expected role of IFAC in escorting the planned agenda of community-based deliberative processes and a cultural approach
SUBTHEME V
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"Culture-Based Economy in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0"

There are five stages in UNESCO’s cycle of cultural economy: creation, production, dissemination, transmission and consumption. The extent of this cycle’s relevance in cultural economy value in the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0. still needs to be examined. The dominance of platform-economy (such as, YouTube, Spotify and Netflix) is the most recent case. On one hand, platform- economy enables access to many cultural actors and users. On the other hand, platform-economy also presents its own challenges for the cultural economy in developing countries. Judging from the reality of today’s culture economy, we can surmise future cultural economy value chain which could guarantee social justice and sustainable development goals.

Based on this consideration, this sub-theme will explore the following points:

  • Best practices in managing cultural economy based on value-chain approach
  • The problem of dependence and asymmetrical relationships in the global culture economy value-chain
  • Identification of actors and stakeholders in creating an ideal culture economy value chain
  • How should we envision the future by 2030 and steps to achieve the target?
  • The expected role of IFAC in overseeing the realization of the ideals of a future culture economy that ensures social justice and sustainable development goals
SUBTHEME VI
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"Well-Being for All: Towards A Universal Basic Right to Happiness"

Today, many people realize that happiness, not just wealth, is the ultimate goal of development and all societal endeavour. The emergence of studies on well-being as an indicator of development by Amartya Sen, the implementation of Gross National Happiness of and World Happiness Index marked this phenomenon. The challenge then is to ensure that happiness is not particular to the privileged. How do we make sure that happiness is accessible to everyone? Today there are many experts talking about universal basic income as a new framework for social welfare. However, if the goal of development is not merely wealth but happiness, then universal basic income is not adequate. In this context, the idea of universal basic income must be strengthened by the agenda for a universal basic happiness. Here culture, as the root and determining factor of happiness, plays a central role. Therefore, the question becomes, What kind of cultural design and policy that allows people to fulfil their happiness in this world? What guarantees that one's happiness does not interfere with the happiness of others?

Based on this consideration, this sub-theme will explore the following points:

  • Best practices of public initiatives and cultural policies to realize well- being
  • The challenges to achieve universal well-being based on public initiatives and cultural policies
  • Identifyingtheactorsandstakeholdersinvariouspublicinitiativesand cultural policies to achieve well being
  • How should we envision the future by 2030 and steps to achieve the target?
  • The expected role of IFAC in overseeing the achievement of universal well-being based on public initiatives and cultural policies