UN-allied academician Galla to talk on relevance of Biennale in social development


Kochi, Sep 2: Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) is hosting a Let’s Talk programme in the city on Thursday, when internationally-acclaimed academician Professor Amareswar Galla will deliberate on the relevance of sites like the  Kochi-Muziris Biennale in creating sustainable development in society.

Prof Galla, who is the senior adviser at Post-2015 UN Development Agenda and World Culture Forum, will discuss the Biennale can make a difference and provide inclusive cultural leadership in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda, given that the art event is now two editions old.

Organised as part of KBF’s ‘Let’s Talk’ programme, the lecture has been titled ‘Curating Cultural Value’—and will be held in David Hall at Fort Kochi at 5.30 pm.

Prof Galla is revered as a strategic cultural leader, having been Australia’s first Professor of Museum Studies at University of Queensland in Brisbane. In addition to his extensive publication record, he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of academic journals dealing with Sustainable Heritage Development. He is also the founding Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, India, Australia and Denmark.

The speaker was the International Technical Adviser for the transformation of Arts Councils, National Museums and the National Parks Board (now SAN Parks) in post-apartheid South Africa. He was an expert adviser to the UN World Commission for Culture and Development. He worked on the implementation of Museums and Cultural Diversity Promotion at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands.

Prof Galla’s work, listed as best practice in the 2009 World Culture Report by UNESCO, included the establishment of World Heritage Areas as culture in poverty alleviation projects—Ha Long Bay and Hoi An, Vietnam and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India. He was honoured internationally on several occasions including Outstanding Conservationist of the Year Award by the Vietnamese government in 2002 and the European Best in Heritage Award in 2008.

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