Abu Dhabi summit stresses cultural innovation, resilience

The virtual event, scheduled for March 8-10, will host leaders in cultural heritage, art, media, public policy and technology for a series of keynote speeches, performances, film screenings, and panel talks.
Friday 05/03/2021
 The fourth edition of the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi will be held March 8-10 online. (Twitter)
The fourth edition of the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi will be held March 8-10 online. (Twitter)

ABU DHABI - Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism department (DCT) is gearing up for its fourth annual Culture Summit, which will this year focus on cultural economy in the post-COVID-19 era.

The virtual event, scheduled for March 8-10, will host leaders in cultural heritage, art, media, public policy and technology for a series of keynote speeches, performances, film screenings, and panel talks. The event will be accessible to the public through Abu Dhabi’s Culture Summit’s website.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, told The National that “the global challenges of the past year have truly demonstrated the vital power of culture to improve our personal and collective well-being. Yet, cultural institutions worldwide continue to struggle to achieve funding structures to continue operating.”

He added, “It is now more important than ever to shed light on the critical role that the culture sector plays as an essential driver of sustainable economic and social development.”

In addition to exploring ways to improve creative ecosystems and cultural life following the global pandemic, the summit will look at the socioeconomic advantages of cultural and creative industries and provide a platform for policy development and knowledge exchange.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi. (WAM)
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi. (WAM)

The event’s agenda was put together along with DCT’s partners UNESCO, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, The Economist Events, Google, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Design Museum London. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Berklee Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation are also involved as local partners.

Among the summit’s participants are UAE Culture and Youth Minister Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, architect Sir David Chipperfield, Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown and American musical artist Charlie Puth.

Mubarak said that DCT is “incredibly proud to see Abu Dhabi serve as a platform that brings together this calibre of participants, alongside our esteemed partners.”

“…In a time when the viability of these industries and their practitioners have been particularly affected by current global events, Culture Summit’s discussions will be vital ones, that must result in concrete outcomes,” he said.