1st International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue through the Arts

1st International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue through the Arts:
Community Development, Education and Policy

21-24th September 2017
Fukuoka and Saga, Japan

This conference is co-organized by NPO Tiempo Iberoamericano in Fukuoka, and the Multicultural Fitness Community , which is based at Saga University, in Japan. It is supported by the Faculty of Art and Regional Design, and the Faculty of Culture and Education at Saga University. It is also supported by Cultnet , which is a group of researchers sharing an interest in ‘the cultural dimension’ of language teaching.

The organizers and supporters of Intercultural Dialogue through the Arts: Community Development, Education and Policy, which includes academically-oriented practical arts-based workshops as well as academic presentations, aim to generate wide-ranging forms of intercultural dialogue through which interconnected global and local issues can be explored within the spheres of education, language, culture, and society through the arts. Scholars, educators, practitioners and community stake-holders from different fields will be invited to participate in this event to further promote intercultural exchange, community development, and educational and policy initiatives through the arts. The conference will take place from 21-24 September 2017 in Fukuoka and Saga, Japan.


Topic areas connecting intercultural dialogue and the arts may include, but are not limited to:

Community Development

• Arts-based community development in intercultural spaces
• Body, art, identity, expression and intercultural exchange
• Virtual arts-based community development online
• Intercultural institutions and community development


• Arts-based (non-)verbal intercultural communication in foreign language education
• Cultural diversity, expression and social empowerment through language arts
• Translating art interculturally and multiculturally
• Exploring cultural expressions in linguistics and the arts


• Art, intercultural citizenship and global action
• Regional design, intercultural communication, cultural tourism and public policy
• Intercultural dialogue about tangible and intangible heritage management, public policy and the arts
• Ageing, lifelong learning, social connection, health, disability and public policy in intercultural communities