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Arts & Globalization Conference 26-28 May 2015

What: Arts & Globalization Conference — Achieving Intercultural Dialogue through the Arts.
Where: Øksnehallen, Halmtorvet 11, 1700 Copenhagen.
When: From the 26th to the 28th of May, 2015.

For who?

Are you a curator, artist, cultural policy maker, museum professional, researcher, gallerist, performer, writer, publisher, cultural journalist, theatre professional, communicator, cultural diplomat, musician or producer involved in the arts? Join us at the Arts & Globalization Conference 2015, which takes place at Øksnehallen in the Meatpacking District in Copenhagen from the 26th to the 28th of May, 2015.

About the conference

The Western canons in the art history have come to an end. A global, contemporary art of diverse origins has taken its place. What are the implications for curators, artists and museums? Who are the new auteurs? What is cultural translation in the arts?

This first edition of the Arts & Globalization Conference addresses the opportunities and challenges of achieving intercultural dialogue through the arts. The conference will engage with contemporary art in the context of globalization.

We aim to inspire everyone involved in the arts to work across borders, cultures and differences in order to support the development of an open, innovative and creative society. We will address the interplay between cultural policy-making, art curating and art production.

Keynote speakers and participants

At the conference you will have the chance to meet leading and emerging curators, artists and cultural policy makers from across the world that can show us cutting edge examples on how to work with intercultural dialogue and trans-national collaboration.

You can meet CHRISTINE M. MERKEL, Head of the Division of Culture, Memory of the World of the German Commission for UNESCO (Germany), PAUL GOODWIN, Professor and Independent Curator (England), TAMARA ERDE, Filmmaker, performance artist and dancer (Israel/France), TONE OLAF NIELSEN, Independent Curator, Curatorial Action (Denmark), ALIA Rayyan, Director at the Al Hoash Gallery - the Palestinian Art Court (Palestine), TESSA JACKSON, Director of Institute of International Visual Arts - Iniva (England), IBRAHIM MAHAMA, Visual artist (Ghana), MARIA DEL CARMEN CARRION, Director of Public Programs and Research at Independent Curators International (USA) and many more. The conference will be moderated by NIELS RIGHOLT, Danish Centre for arts and Interculture.


As a participant you will also have your say: you are invited to participate in a performance workshop by conceptual artist Thierry Geoffroy and to collaborate with other conference delegates in order to produce new ideas that can help building the creative society of tomorrow. Your ideas will be published at the venue during the conference.


The conference agenda is to share knowledge across borders and to create an artistic and intellectual platform for different stakeholders of the arts. It will be a platform that can generate new artistic and curatorial ideas and new international networks, collaborations and friendships.


The conference, which marks the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression is organized by UrbanArt Communications in collaboration with UKK (Young Artist and Art Critics). It is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, CKU, SMK, World Culture Centre, Copenhagen International Theatre, DGI BYEN, Tuborgfondet and Guldsmeden Hotels.

Program and registration

See the full program and register here: artsandglobalization.com

Please note that until the 10th of May there is an early bird discount.

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