The summit will bring together government and cultural leaders from over 80 countries to explore how artists can give voice to diverse communities and concerns through collaborations with experts in health and well-being, the environment, education, business, new technologies, cultural identity and more. The summit is jointly hosted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Victoria.
The cultural programme for the 5th World Summit will exist of arts events over the period of 3 to 6 October 2011, culminating in the opening night of the Festival on the evening of 6 October.
The online registration for the summit will open in March 2011.
Apart from the summit, there will also be the so-called Melbourne International Arts Festival which is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals in the world.
Each Festival brings a feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and international companies and artists to Melbourne.
Through excellence, diversity and accessibility, the festival presents the best possible artistic experience to as many people as possible. It offers a wide variety of venues where many events are free, as well.
The 2011 Melbourne International Arts Festival will take place on 6 to 22 October 2011.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)