On the evening of Tuesday 22 September 2009 the National Arts Council of South Africa and IFACCA will host the opening ceremony of the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture.
 
The following day, all delegates will travel to Museum Africa, in Newtown – the cultural heart of Johannesburg – for the opening keynote speech, and will have three days to discuss and debate the theme:
 
Meeting of Cultures: Creating Meaning through the Arts

The Summit will incorporate South Africa’s Heritage Day on Thursday 24 September, and throughout the week delegates will have the opportunity to attend performances at Arts Alive – Joburg’s annual art and culture festival.

Following the conclusion of the World Summit on Friday 25 September, delegates will be able to join tours of Joburg and surrounding areas.
 
IFACCA’s World Summits are triennial events intended to provide national arts councils, ministries of culture and other agencies with an opportunity to discuss key issues affecting public support for the arts and creativity. 
 
Previous World Summits have been held in Ottawa, Canada (2000); Singapore (2003); and NewcastleGateshead, UK (2006).
 
The Summit will be co-hosted by the National Arts Council of South Africa and IFACCA, with the support of the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the Gauteng Provincial Government, Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation and the City of Joburg: Directorate of Arts, Culture and Heritage and the Johannesburg Tourism Company.