The Cayman National Cultural Foundation participated in the 2019 Americas Cultural Summit in Buenos Aires late last month.
At the invitation of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies, CNCF Chairman Martyn Bould represented Cayman at the 27-29 June summit, which was hosted by Argentina’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology.
The Summit theme of ‘Cultural Change in a Diverse Territory’ noted that cultural experience in the Americas is subject to emerging phenomena and new paradigms.
Given the recent adoption of the National Culture and Heritage Policy and Strategic Plan for the Cayman Islands 2017-2026, the CNCF said in a press release that the summit provided an opportunity to review how well Cayman has developed its strategy in preserving its heritage and in developing cultural awareness, against some 20 other countries from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
The event covered various aspects influencing cultural experience, including communication in the digital era; social movements that promote gender equality and call for conservative practices and views to be deconstructed; migration flows that expand environments and perspectives; the rise of collaborative culture and networking hyper-connectivity; digital inclusion; environmental issues; and the resurgence of movements and minorities fighting for their rights.
Workshops provided opportunity for International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies members, cultural officials in government agencies, designers of public policies and leading cultural managers to address the issues covered during presentations from a practical perspective, and to propose solutions to the problems raised.
According to the CNCF, the summit provided an invaluable opportunity for the Cayman Islands to network with regional cultural leaders and policymakers, and to showcase the strides Cayman has made with its Culture and Heritage Policy and Strategic Plan.