The Kick-off Event 2007 The platform for the Kick-off Event in 2007 was the dialog on socially relevant issues concerning Western culture, which started in 2006. With more than 200 experts from various cultural spheres, this initiative took place between 23 and 25 November 2007 in Dresden. The initiative is seen as the next step on the journey towards a World Culture Forum.
CONCLUSIONWith our first symposium in 2007, the foundation was laid for culture to be understood in its true complexy and breadth, treated independently of its intrinsic overlap with the notion of art. In an impressive corroboration, the symposium established that culture encompasses much more than art: economics, politics, etc.—basically, manifestations of activities specific to human beings--are all included. The motto “Culture is more“ proved itself as accurate.
At the same time, it became clear that the independent parts that make up culture are largely unrelated and therefore cannot “cross pollinate“ as freely as we think they can. This is a result of our notion of culture being limited to art thus far, and specifically to what we now understand as E-art. By confining our understanding of culture to these limits, culture has lost its function as a binding agent in our human endeavors. The symposium offered ways to overcome this loss.
The premise is an intensive, intracultural exchange, one where the multifarious facets of culture come to a head in their interactions and become manifest in all of culture. The symposium started here. The relationship between culture and education, as well as economics, media, art, urban planning and religion were discussed. The disputes between economics and culture, as well as religion and culture were especially poignant, in a way that will help determine what topics will be addressed in future forums.
By and large, the first symposium was a success. It met all of the expectations of those on the planning side, along with those who participated. In the end, all parties involved-consisting of around 300-were largely unanimous on the following:
- A broader notion of culture should be the foundation of future forums.
- Intracultural dialogue should be addressed more specifically: it is the starting point for future inter cultural dialogues.
- All facets of culture should be gradually introduced into an intracultural exchange, and then later into an intercultural exchange.
- Culture attains a new status within the scope of globalization and technological advancement. It’s duty is to supersede new destructive forms of transgression by maintaining demonstrative, natural boundaries.
For these reasons, the participants of the founding symposium have agreed upon the following:
- The path laid toward a WORLD CULTURE FORUM should be followed. The next forum will take place in Europe between October 8th and October 10th, which will be followed by a global forum in the fall of 2010.
- The future motto will be maintained as follows: Culture is more.
- Dresden will host the event until further notice.
The founding symposium owes its success to the following:
- The readiness of its sponsors to maintain their involvement and willingness to sponsor future forums.
- The offer from German-speaking cities to organize and host the WORLD CULTURE FORUM.
- The WORLD CULTURE FORUM’s continued solidarity with the Tiberius Forum for International Culture and Economics. The Tiberius Forum is convinced that the first WCF in 2007 achieved groundbreaking results in Dresden.
Dresden, December 12th, 2007
Hans-Joachim Frey - Prof. Dr. Meinhard Miegel