2017 Annual ENCATC Policy Debate

Issues and trends in cultural policy at an international level
Monday 2nd October 2017, University of Antwerp

Sarah Gardner gave her vision on issues and trends on cultural policy at an international level. A panel of academics, policy makers and cultural practitioners went into discussion. 

The Fund for Cultural Management of the University of Antwerp wishes to contribute to the knowledge and appreciation of the specific quality of cultural management through the organization of colloquia, research awards and debates.

Established in 1992, ENCATC is the European network on cultural management and policy. With a network of more than 100 member institutions and professionals in over 40 countries, ENCATC stimulates the debate between academics, policy makers and professionals.


  • 19:30 Welcome by GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General
  • 19:35 Introduction by prof. dr. Annick Schramme, president of ENCATC and Fund for Cultural Management University of Antwerp
  • 19:40  Lecture by Sarah Gardner, founding director of IFACCA
  • 20:30 Debate with Avril Joffe (Witsand University Johannesburg South-Africa, Arts Council South-Africa), Richard Maloney (professor Cultural Policy and Cultural Management New York University), Luc Delrue (Secretary-General Flanders Department of Culture, Youth, Media), Barbara Stacher (European Commission). Moderator: Prof. dr. Cas B. Smithuijsen (Radboud Universiteit).
  • 21:30  Conclusions by Caroline Bastiaens, vice mayor of culture, economy, urban maintenance, and patrimony + Afterdrink

Sarah Gardner

With 16 years as the founding director of IFACCA, the international network of national arts funding agencies, Sarah Gardner has had a unique opportunity to observe developments in national and international cultural policy. While the question of financing, austerity measures and grant structures are certainly of interest to the sector there are many global issues that are also having an impact on cultural policies.


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