FACE will participate in the World Summit along with colleague networks, event that will welcome around 500 delegates from 80 countries to discuss the major issues impacting the arts. Coming in the run-up to the Maltese EU Presidency in 2017 and Valletta as a Capital of Culture in 2018, the World Summit will usher in an exciting period for anyone involved in the Maltese and international cultural and artistic landscape. The World Summit will be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, a 16th century building originally used as the Sacra Infermeria or hospital by the Knights of the Order of St John. The sensitive and innovative restoration won international acclaim with the coveted Europa Nostra award for its successful blending of the fine old architecture with modern technology.
For three days, national arts councils, ministries of culture, arts and cultural policy makers, artists and community leaders from around the world will exchange experiences and ideas about vital issues affecting public support for the arts and creativity at a national and global level. Previous World Summits on Arts and Culture have been held in Ottawa, Canada (2000), Singapore (2003), Newcastle Gateshead, England (2006), Johannesburg, South Africa (2009), Melbourne, Australia (2011) and Santiago, Chile (2014).