World Cultural Economic Forum

World Cultural Economic Forum
• We hope you will save Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2008 on your calendar and plan to be in New Orleans for our first full-scale Forum. We look forward to meeting with you in October and welcome your voice in our conversation where we will: • Welcome national and international visitors to Louisiana from around the globe to discuss best practices for growing cultural industries as key segments of a global economy. • Build cultural economic development opportunities through the strategic convening of cultural ambassadors and leaders from around the world.
http://www.wcefculture.org/ New Orleans, LA Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2008

World Cultural Economic Forum
• Position Louisiana as the driving force of the global cultural economy movement by positioning the state to become the World Economic Forum of culture, hosting a spectrum of international participation through three components including:
– Two-day forum in New Orleans Oct. 30-31 for world cultural economy leaders from approximately 60 countries to discuss best practices for growing cultural industries – A World Bazaar and Marketplace showcasing artisans and vendors from around the world in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 – October Passport Events across the state showcasing all of Louisiana's unique cultural assets including more than 100 events in 26 parishes across the state

• The WCEF will provide the opportunity to explore best practices and engage in critical conversations for improving

World Cultural Economic Forum
I. World Cultural Economic Forum:   • During the one-day Executive Session of the 2007 WCEF, numerous ideas were generated and the • conversation of cultural economy was elevated to global importance. In 2008, WCEF will expand the • Executive Session into a three-day event to explore even further the true potential of the economic • and social value of an economy fueled by culture.   WCEF, Day 1: “Cultural Convenings” October 29, 2008 • Cultural Convenings will host organizational meetings and sessions with interests that relate to the cultural economy.

World Cultural Economic Forum
WCEF, Day 2: “Toward a World Cultural Compact“ October 30, 2008   Toward a World Cultural Compact will feature experts from three issue areas of the cultural economy: education, cultural economic development, and cooperation and understanding. Throughout the day, breakout sessions are planned where experts will discuss these areas and agree on principles and language to be adopted in a world compact. Concluding the day, chairs from each breakout session will gather to share these findings to be developed into a World Cultural Compact, a tool that can be used to steer cultural economic development agendas worldwide. At the 2009 WCEF, a State of the Cultural Economy discussion will track the progress made following the recommendations from the

World Cultural Economic Forum
• • • • • • • Welcome Address – Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu will set the stage for the WCEF and greet visitors with an introduction to the Louisiana Cultural Economy Initiative. The Dialogue of Culture Address – This high-level keynote address will conceptualize the scope of the global cultural economy and lay the groundwork for an annual compact. Education Breakout Session – This expert panel will focus on the importance of keeping arts and creativity in education to cultivate imagination in children and foster the growth of future participants in the cultural economy. International Youth Breakout Session on Arts, Creativity, and Cultural Life – This panel will bring together young people from across the globe to share their perspectives on culture. Cultural Economic Development Breakout Session – This group will explore issues of sustaining authentic culture, while enhancing production capacity and markets for artistic and cultural products. Cooperation and Understanding Breakout Session – This group will discuss culture as a key to international understanding in an environment where cultural borders are constantly being redefined in an era of globalization. Toward a World Cultural Compact General Session – Chairs from each of the breakout sessions will gather and present their respective panel’s consensus to be developed into a World Cultural Compact.

World Cultural Economic Forum
WCEF, Day 3: Developing Cultural Economies October 31, 2008   • Developing Cultural Economies will feature innovative breakout sessions and keynote addresses from leaders in a variety of fields: • Best Practices in Cultural Economic Development – Featured leaders from across the globe share their model programs that bolster the business of culture. • Strategic Finance Structures for the Cultural Economy – Financial and investment leaders discuss process and capital development goals for growing the cultural economy. • The Expanding Role of Universities and Colleges in the Cultural Economy – University and college representatives explore how higher education can develop strategies for further engagement in cultural economic development. • Best Practices in Cultural Stewardship – Cultural leaders discuss valuing and sustaining artistic and cultural resources. They present best practices in sustaining artistic and cultural products

World Cultural Economic Forum
II. World Bazaar and Marketplace • Envisioned as a marketplace with arts and crafts that represent the sights, smells and sounds of a diverse community, the World Bazaar and Marketplace will feature artisans and vendors from around the world, where visitors can find unique and exotic keepsakes and fine arts. The World • Bazaar will also provide an opportunity for participants to establish new markets worldwide by showcasing their cultural assets. This interactive Bazaar and Marketplace will feature an international children’s art exhibition, as well as an “international spotlights” stage that hosts various presentations. The World Bazaar and Marketplace will take place on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, November 1, 2008. To find out more about the World Bazaar and Marketplace, please call (504) 293-2617.

World Cultural Economic Forum
III. Louisiana Passport Events Louisiana Passport events will span the entire month of October and host events in nearly every community across the state. These communities will showcase their unique cultural assets allowing visitors to travel throughout Louisiana creating their own itinerary for exploration. International spotlights will also be hosted at Louisiana Passport events. To find out more about the World Cultural Economic Forum and to explore opportunities for participation, please contact: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism Post Office Box 44247 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 70804 1-225-342-8200

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