About March Meeting 2011
In its 4th year the March Meeting is looking towards a new landscape of networking and cross-disciplinary inter-regional associations.
We have consciously expanded beyond the framework of the Arab world that informed the March Meeting’s initial focus or targeted constituency. We have widened our scope to reach out to south Asia, as we believe this region is an integral part of the cultural makeup of our local context. We have extended an invitation to cultural funding bodies and government officials to share with us their ideas and plans for the future, and to shed light on what sort of initiatives they intend to support and consequentially which they are happy to let fade away. Remarkably few funders acted on our invitation, the majority opting to keep their thoughts and plans to themselves. Nevertheless, at the core of our endeavour is the weave of relations and the sharing of information amongst the professionals and the people on the ground, which we believe is imperative for any progress in this field. A new approach focusing on ongoing and future projects was introduced last year to the framework of the March Meeting. This has allowed us to strengthen and encourage peer support and helped to reorient the dynamics that drive inter-disciplinary and cross-regional collaboration. Notwithstanding all of the above, the March Meeting has emerged as a vital context for individuals and institutions to communicate their ideas and aspirations in a free and transparent environment, unimpeded by concerns of rivalry, power, dominance and un-productive notions of ‘trade’ secrecy.