7th World Summit on Arts and Culture, Malta, Valletta, 19th of October 2016. Panayiotis Neufelt -excerpts- representing the Cultural Left

[…]”Policy makers, social motivators and politicians ask from people to socially engage, while people ask for education, culture and living wages, they receive entertainment, voluntary-city-trekking and a gadget in return. We ask from Artists and people who work in the cultural and creative sectors to freely speak and release their creativity, knowing that this system we all live in, virtually recognises one single enemy, the autonomous-self-powered consumer.”[…]

[…]”How people can socially engage when they know that this system is designed to present social welfare, public aid and programs destined to support only a fraction of the people who support the same system. The same applies in the Cultural and Crative Sectors. Philanthrocapitalism does not offer solutions to practical everyday issues.”[…]

[…]”Artists basically need two things 1. Money and 2. Us to shut up and do our work, which is lifting barriers. And these barriers never disappear, they are always there since 1920’s, since the 18th Century.”[…]

[…]”So do we think that Culturalising Democracy and Democratizing Culture will occur within a system that repeats itself, excluding the notion that people working in Cultural and Creative sectors by entering these sectors they firstly commit to a free creative fall?”[…]

[…]”We tend to create a society where anti-intellectualism leaves no room or little space either for critical thinking or for leadership. From Sub-Saharan African villages to New York and from Western China prefectures to remote Bolivian mountains cultural ecologies and creative croups of people are developing new approaches in cultural understanding. People build independent cultural collectives, presenting critical thinking and in many occasions challenge or resist the offered cultural leadership stereotypes. While artists they protest for their rights to get paid or to work with dignity, they support movements they identify with.”[…]

[…]”In Cultural Leadership, if a decision making on a policy -for instance- benefits a group of people and affects negatively another group of people, then this policy is not a proper one and the leader must rethink or go home.”[…]

[…]”Bad politics and policies can create general social confusion and cultural dismantle, which affects the individuals,the local cultural identities and international relations and this is the fertiliser for social mismanagements, corporate greed, while access to justice is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to be reached by people with limited income or for the poor ones.”[…]

[…]”If we are creating a monstrous world we have to be prepared to live in it! Is this the case?”[…]