"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