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UNESCO Expert Symposia on Culture as SDG

Professor Olma in conversation with Mariachiara Esposito of the European Commission’s Cultural Policy Unit

Last week, Caradt professor Sebastian Olma participated in a series of expert symposia organized by members of the UNESCO’s Expert Facility on Cultural Policy and Governance Cornelia Dümcke (Germany), Avril Joffe (South Africa) and Justin O’Connor (Australia) who is currently a visiting professor at Caradt.

Goal of these meetings to develop strategies and build a coalition that will push for culture to be added to the list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The expert meetings took place in Berlin at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and in Brussels at the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS). Together with the group of experts, Professors O’Connor and Olma are now involved in the drafting of a manifesto for this purpose that we’ll share at our website as soon as it is published.

Symposia organizers Cornelia Dümcke, Avril Joffe, Justin O’Connor and host Aya Kasasa of OACPS
Symposium Culture Goal? A New Vision for Art and Cultural Policy at OACPS in Brüssels
‘Our research group investigates the role artists, designers and cultural producers in general can play in developing the aesthetics and poetics of a desirable future.’

Sebastian Olma is professor Cultural and Creative Industries. He works for the Expertise Centre Art, Design and Technology.

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Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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