Culture Summit 2019

Organised by Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi is a forum that convenes leaders from the fields of the arts, heritage, media, museums, public policy and technology, to identify ways in which culture can build bridges and promote positive change. In its 2018 edition, the Culture Summit was attended by 350 delegates from 85 countries.

The Summit is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi in collaboration with five global partners that will curate and lead on their specific area of expertise. These partners are the Royal Academy of Arts, UNESCO, Guggenheim, The Economist Events and Google.

The theme of this year’s programme is Cultural Responsibility & New Technology. A series of panels, performances and workshops throughout the event will engage participants on their ideas about the role of culture in improving our world.

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2019 will address the theme of Cultural Responsibility and New Technology to reflect the urgency of our times. It brings together cultural leaders, practitioners and experts from art, museums, media, cultural heritage and technology to advocate a central and effective role for culture in global society.

It will showcase creative solutions by key participants in the cultural and creative industries, and generate new strategies and thinking on topics including cultural diversity, heritage protection, artistic freedom, public art and digital activation.

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date and time

Mon, Apr 08, 2019 - Thu, Apr 11, 2019

event location

Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

contact info

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
Tel: 024440444

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Schedule

Date Time Location Notes
Apr 08, 2019 02:00 PM 10:00 PM Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Day 1

- Introduction by Mohammed Al Otaiba
- Welcome Remarks HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
- Keynote Address HE Noura Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE
- Opening Panel on Cultural Diplomacy Moderated by HE Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, UAE Speakers: President Jose Luis Zapatero, Former Prime Minister, Spain
- How can media survive the age of technology? Moderated by John Prideaux, US editor, The Economist Speakers: Mina Al Oraibi, Editor-in-Chief, The National, UAE Shashi Menon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nervora John Deftorias, Emerging Markets Editor & Host, Marketplace Middle East, CNN
- Performance by Marcos Lutyens
- How can museums creatively embrace the digital age? Moderated by Troy Therrien, Head Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. - Guggenheim Museum Speakers: Apinan Poshyananda, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Bangkok Art Biennale Lizzy Jongma, Senior ICT Project Leader, GLAM (Dutch Digital Network for War Collections WW2) Kudo Takashi, teamLab, Artist collective/Digital Art Museum, Tokyo Emeka Ogboh, Artist
- How can we define popularity vs. populism? Moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts Speakers Lars Nittve, Curator, Art Critic, Writer. Former Director Tate Modern, M+ Hong Kong, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden Farooq Chaudhry OBE, Producer, Akram Khan Company, UK Munira Mirza, Executive Director, Culture, Kings College London, Former Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education, Greater London Authority, UK
- Performance by Haytham El Wardany
- Why is heritage a priority in crises? Moderated by Lazare Eloundou, Director for Culture and Emergencies, UNESCO Speakers: Alexander Kellner, Director, National Museum (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil Ala Younis, Artist, Jordan
- Wrap-up by Mohammed Al Otaiba
- Preview of Galleries at MAS for Delegates of Culture Summit
- Workshops The rehabilitation of the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro led by Alexander Kellner, Director of the National Museum of Brazil How museums can creatively embrace the digital age led by Troy Therrien, Head Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim
- Museum Media in the Age of Technology Popularity vs Populism led by Farooq Chaudhry OBE, Producer, Akram Khan Company
- Tour of Qasr Al Hosn and Cultural Foundation
- Performance by Rabih Abou Khalil

Apr 09, 2019 08:00 AM 10:00 PM Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Day 2

- Introduction by Mohammed Al Otaiba 
- Keynote D2
- Performance by Xuefie Yang
- Representing the world: How can the media drive change? Moderated by John Prideaux, US editor, The Economist Speakers: Neha Dixit, Independent Journalist, India Carolina Guerrero, Journalist, Radio Ambulante Karen Okonokwo, Founder, TONL Media
- What is the role of heritage in post-crisis recovery and reconstruction? Moderated by Dr Shadia Touqan, Director, Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage Speakers: Paolo Fontani, Director of the UNESCO Office in Baghdad Ali Ould Sidi, Adviser, Ministry of Culture, Mali Anne-Marie Afeiche, Director, National Museum of Beirut
- Performance 2
- How can museums activate the past in our present? Moderated by Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Guggenheim Museum; Interim Director, Curatorial Affairs, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project Speakers: Suhanya Raffel, Director, M+, Hong Kong Subodh Gupta, Artist Wanda Nanibush, Curator of Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Shahzia Sikander, Artist
- Can visual culture be global? Moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts Speakers: Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator, Te Papa Museum, New Zealand Elana Brundyn, Chief Executive, Norval Foundation, South Africa Axel Rüger, Director, Van Gogh Museum, The Netherlands
- Wrap-up by Mohammed Al Otaiba
- Workshops The UNESCO “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” initiative led by Paolo Fontani, Director of the UNESCO Office in Baghdad Reconstructing heritage sites using Google Streetview 360 
- Can we burst the media bubble Global Visual Culture Activating the Past in the Present
- Tour of The Founder's Memorial Abu Dhabi
- Performance by Tesseract 
Apr 10, 2019 08:00 AM 10:00 PM Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Day 3

- Introduction by Mohammed Al Otaiba
- Performance by Kawita Vatanajyankur
- What are the new frontiers? Moderated by John Prideaux, US editor, The Economist Speakers: Amar Bakshi, founder, Shared_Studios Maher Chmaytelli, Head of the Middle East and North Africa breaking news desk, Reuters Ricardo Karam, talk show host and founder, TAKREEM Foundation
- What constitutes public art? Moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, UK Speakers: Farshid Moussavi OBE, Architect Oliver Beer, Artist, UK Michael Craig-Martin, Artist, UK Wael Shawky, Artist, Egypt
- Performance by Saul Williams
- How can new technologies support heritage in emergencies? Moderated by Oliver van Damme, Programme Specialist for Planning and Coordination, UNOSAT Speakers: Yves Ubelmann, President, ICONEM Dr Emma Cunliffe, Research Associate, Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University Kristen Parker, Cultural Heritage Consultant
- How are the new publics shaping our new museums? Moderated by Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation Speakers: Antonia Carver, Director, Art Jameel Kulapat Yantrasast, Architect, wHY Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Authority Madeleine Grynsztejn, Director, MCA Chicago Aaron Seeto, Director, MACAN, Jakarta
- Wrap-up by Mohammed Al Otaiba
- Workshops Documentation of cultural heritage in emergencies led by Yves Ubelmann, President of ICONEM Google News Lab led by Joyce Baz How can the media drive change Architecture workshop led by Kate Goodwin and Farshid Moussavi What constitutes Public Art led by Michael Craig-Martin New museums, New publics
- Performance by Akram Khan Company Manarat Al Saadiyat
- Private Tour of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Apr 11, 2019 08:00 AM 03:00 PM Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Day 4

- Introduction by Mohammed Al Otaiba
- Keynote D4
- Performance by Al Ayyala Troupe
- Can we burst the bubble? Moderated by John Prideaux, US editor, The Economist Speakers: Jason Leavy, Managing Director, MENA, VICE Media Amani Khatatbeh, Founder and Editor, MuslimGirl.com Joyce Baz, Head of PR & Communications Middle East & North Africa, Google
- Who are the new actors for heritage in emergencies? Moderated by Alessandra Borchi, Emergency Preparedness and Response, UNESCO Valery Freland, Executive Director, ALIPH Benjamin Charlier, Legal Advisor, Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law, International Committee of the Red Cross Lieutenant-Colonel James Hancock, Partnership Directorate, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Can we debate freedom of expression? Moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts Speakers: Monica Narula, Artist, Founder, Raqs Media Collective, India Zelfira Tregulova, Director of Tretyakov Gallery, Russia Khaled Hourani, Artist
- Architecture Panel Moderated by HE Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi, Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE Speakers: HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi HE Mohamed Al Khadar, Department of Planning and Municipalities HE Prof Dr Reyadh Al Mehaideb, Zayed University Hashim Sarkis, Curator of the Venice Biennale’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition
- Closing Panel and Remarks Moderated by Mohammed AlOtaiba Speakers: HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi John Prideaux, US Editor, The Economist Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum UNESCO
- Performance by Qawalli - Rizwan Muazzam

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