Ernesto Ottone + Àngel Mestres


Cultural institutions for a changing world.

What cultural institutions do we need in 2020? What should be the new models of support, access and participation in arts and culture? What is the role of international administrations in influencing cultural life in a changing world? 

Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO.
Àngel Mestres, Academic Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Management of Cultural Companies and Institutions at the University of Barcelona. General Director of Trànsit Projectes and President of the Centre d’Estudis i Projectes Socials.

Ernesto Ottone

Ernesto Ottone, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture. Before occupying this position, he was Chile’s first Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage from 2015 to 2018. As Minister of Culture, he created a Department of Native Peoples, a Migrants Unit and strengthened copyright laws and heritage protection. During this time, he also chaired the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (Centro Regional de Promoción del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe – 2016 – 2017). From 2011 to 2015 he was General Director of the University of Chile’s Centre for Artistic and Cultural Extension, which manages the Chile Symphony Orchestra, the Chilean National Ballet (BANCH), the Chile Symphony Choir and the Camerata Vocal. Between 2001 and 2010, he held the position of Executive Director of the Matucana 100 Cultural Centre in Santiago. He has extensive experience in Institutional Management and Cultural Policies from the University Paris IX Dauphine (1998) and a Bachelor of Theatre from the University of Chile (1995). 

Àngel Mestres

He is the General Director of Transit Projectes (, coordinator of the Master in Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona and President of the Centre d’Estudis i Projectes Socials ( 

He has previously been Director-General of Grupo Anaya’s DISTESA and Director of Communication and External Resources of Barcelona’s Culture Institute (Institut de Cultura de Barcelona – Barcelona City Council). As a teacher and lecturer, he has collaborated with the following institutions: AECI; Ministries of Culture and Education of Uruguay, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Ecuador, Morocco, Andorra, Portugal, Chile, Cuba and Brazil. He has carried out Educational and Cultural projects in European and Latin American countries. 

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