Emirates News Agency – Fifth Abu Dhabi Culture Summit to explore future of post-pandemic cultural world


ABU DHABI, 9th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the 5th edition of its premier global forum, the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, which will will take place under the theme “A Living Culture”.

Designed to explore creative cultural solutions to the most pressing issues affecting the world today, the in-person event will return to Manarat Al Saadiyat in the capital of the United Arab Emirates from May 16-18, 2022.

This year’s theme, “A Living Culture”, will examine the contemporary issues driving change in the cultural and creative industries (CCI) and the broader cultural sector today. The impact of the global pandemic on cultural production and dissemination has altered our relationship with culture, transforming it into a more vibrant and dynamic part of our daily lives. New cultural ecosystems characterized by greater fluidity, collaboration and sharing of resources are emerging to support and sustain CCI. Meanwhile, the changing global media landscape offers both challenges and opportunities to preserve and promote diversity of cultural expression and inclusion.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, President of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “Last year, global cultural leaders recognized that the post-pandemic crisis in culture was profound and unprecedented. As the recovery process now gathers momentum, we are taking practical steps to shape and strengthen the culture sector regionally and globally through partnerships, debates and collaboration. The Abu Dhabi Culture Summit will once again bring together bright and creative minds to explore the power of community in uplifting societies. There can be no economic recovery without culture, so we seek to focus on outcomes and transformative actions that lead to effective cultural solutions to the global challenges of our time. »

Each of the three days of the event will be organized to examine these topics from a different perspective, channeling discussion aimed at generating solutions to critical challenges and opportunities in a world transformed by COVID-19.

Living Cultural Ecosystems will take a sectoral perspective, examining the severe impacts of the pandemic on the culture sector and the resulting need for new, more dynamic or living cultural and creative ecosystems – systems that are more adaptable, resilient and responsive to change. .

Living in Culture will examine the topic from a community perspective, examining the exponential increase in the creation and delivery of digital content that has resulted from the pandemic disruption at CCI.

Culture, Diversity, Power will explore how CCIs (Culture & Creative Industries) and broader cultural resources are powerful drivers for building identity and inclusion in a diverse global environment – ​​both physical and digital.

Through a series of panel discussions, keynote addresses, presentations, screenings and conversations, the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit will leverage the expertise of intellectuals, artists, educators and creative professionals in attendance to examine pressing contemporary issues. This includes the impact of digital media and AI, creative ecosystems and indigenous practices, representation and topographies of public spaces, among others.

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2022 is organized by DCT Abu Dhabi in collaboration with UNESCO, Economist Impact, Google, Design Museum London and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Other participating partners include Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Sandstorm Comics, Cultural Foundation, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Berklee Abu Dhabi, The Recording Academy and Culture Resource.

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