On January 30 and 31, 2013 a colloquium entitled "Good Governance for Cultural Policy: An African-German Research about Arts and Development" was held in Hildesheim, Germany, on the occasion of the awarding of the UNESCO Chair Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development.
The colloquium marked the official launch of the UNESCO Chair at the University of Hildesheim. It brought together 125 participants including 25 doctoral students from the Department of Cultural Policy of the University of Hildesheim and other representatives from countries such as Egypt, France, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, and Tunisia.
As indicated by the titles of some of the lectures ("Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries", "Good Governance for Cultural Policy: The Role of the Arts in Society", "Good Governance for Cultural Policy: Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions") and the panel discussion ("Recommendations for a Future Cultural Policy-Cooperation between Africa and Europe"), the colloquium was dedicated to questions about the function of good governance concepts for a cultural policy by comparing perspectives from Southern Africa, North Africa, France, and Germany. It was also an opportunity to share the latest theories and practices related to the concepts of sound management and cultural policy. In light of this, it is hoped that the colloquium will be the starting point for developing an international research program on cultural policy discourse and providing training support for future cultural strategists and managers.
The colloquium was organized in cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO, Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Université Aix-Marseille with the support of the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.