Culture Summit Abu Dhabi concluded an exceptional fifth edition focused on action
Culture, art and design minds led impactful discussions within the sector during the three-day summit
ABU DHABIWATER, November 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Culture Summit Abu Dhabi, a global cultural forum hosted by the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, concluded its fifth edition last month. The three-day event, which was the first summit held in person since the COVID-19 outbreak, brought together cultural leaders, artists, scholars, policy makers and creative professionals from more than 90 countries in the capital of the United Arab Emirates to discuss pressing challenges. faced by the cultural sector, as well as the role culture plays in solving broader problems in today’s world.
under the theme of A living culture, the Summit examined contemporary issues that are driving change in the cultural and creative industries (CCI) and broader global cultural ecosystems. The program explored what it means to embrace culture as a lived experience in a world that has been transformed by the recent pandemic, in addition to discussions of cultural diversity in Hollywood, the role of the art collector, the impact of digital media and artificial intelligence, culture and the climate emergency, the essential lessons of the pandemic, among others. The program also included a series of keynote addresses, plenary sessions, panel discussions, artist talks, workshops, film screenings, creative conversations and cultural performances.
This year, the Summit welcomed distinguished speakers from around the world, including comedians and The daily show host Trevor Noahworld famous architect Frank Gehryacclaimed architect Sir David Adjayeprofessor and founder of Forensic Architecture Eyal Weizmanarchitect Sumayya Vallyart collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens, among many others.
Summit speakers conducted impactful discussions with attendees both on and off stage: as the Summit continues to provide a rich platform for cultural exchange and diverse opportunities for interpersonal discourse.
Commenting on the event, His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi said, “The fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit saw the global community come together to learn, collaborate and embody a living culture. . action-oriented summit, providing a platform for multidisciplinary voices working towards real and visible progress in the culture sector while identifying the measurable cultural policies needed to achieve this progress globally. all of our people.”
One of the common threads that ran through the summit discourse was that of the power of education as a catalyst for cultural development as well as the contribution of culture in advancing various educational growth opportunities. It is with this emphasis on learning that Al Mubarak announced that DCT Abu Dhabi will join efforts with the UAE Ministry of Culture and UNESCO to lead a global conference on culture and arts education to be held in Abu Dhabi in December 2023. The conference will aim to present a new framework for cultural and arts education that will be based on regional consultations of experts.
“This conference exploring the relationship between education and culture will be the most important achievement of what we have been working on for the past 20 years. How do we ensure that everything we talk about is implemented at the local level, and has a positive impact on people, communities and relationships,” says Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO. Commenting on the Summit, Ramirez said, “I am very grateful for the three days that have allowed us, as UNESCO, to enrich ourselves”.
As at previous summits, the focus was on developing policies to advance change in the culture sector. There was a distinct call for intergovernmental cultural policies to better connect culture to social and economic development needs by addressing climate change and the impact of architecture on common spaces in societies. As highlighted in discussions with the world renowned architects present, Sir David AdjayeSumayya Vally and Frank Ghery, “I have no presumption that I know what the future is, but I know that a building can create feelings, can create community activity and I think that’s important” , Gehry told the audience during his discussion with His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak.
The Summit concluded its proceedings with a dazzling performance by the award-winning pianist by Danilo Perez Global Jazz Project with an acclaimed oud performer Charbel Rouhana.
The Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2022 was organized in collaboration with global partners such as UNESCO, Economist Impact, Google, Design Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation and The Recording Academy. Other participating partners include Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Sandstorm Comics, Cultural Foundation, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Berklee Abu Dhabi, Culture Resource, Arab Fund for Arts & Culture and the French Institute.
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