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Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak

Summit to explore future of post-pandemic cultural world

ABU DHABI, May 9, 2022

The 5th edition of Culture Summit Abu Dhabi, which will take place under the theme ‘A Living Culture’, is designed to explore creative cultural solutions to the most pressing issues affecting the world today.
 
The Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced, that the in-person event will return to Manarat Al Saadiyat in the UAE capital from May 16 to 18, 2022, bringing together art, culture, policy, media, and technology pioneers from over 90 countries.
 
The global pandemic’s impact on cultural production and dissemination has shifted people’s relationship with culture, transforming it into a more living and dynamic part of everyone’s daily lives. 
 
New cultural ecosystems
New cultural ecosystems characterised by greater fluidity, collaboration and resource sharing are emerging to support and sustain the CCI. Meanwhile, the evolving global media landscape provides both challenges and opportunities for preserving and promoting diversity of cultural expression and inclusion. 
 
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “Last year global cultural leaders recognised that the post-pandemic crisis in culture was profound and unprecedented.  As the recovery process now gains momentum, we are taking practical steps to shape and strengthen the culture sector regionally and globally through partnership, debate and collaboration. 
 
“The cultural summit in Abu Dhabi will once again convene brilliant and creative minds to explore the power of collectivity in uplifting societies. There can be no economic recovery without culture, so we seek to focus on outcomes and transformative actions that drive effective cultural solutions to the global challenges of our time.”
 
Generating solutions
Each of the three days of the event will be organised to examine these subjects through a different lens, channelling discussion aimed at generating solutions to the critical challenges and opportunities in a world transformed by Covid-19.
 
Living Cultural Ecosystems will take a sectoral perspective, looking at the severe impact of the pandemic on the culture sector and the resultant 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 consider the subject from a community perspective, examining the exponential increase in digital content creation and dissemination which arose from the pandemic’s disruption to the CCI.
 
Powerful drivers
Culture, Diversity, Power will explore how the CCI (Culture & Creative Industries), and broader cultural resources are powerful drivers in identity building and inclusion in a diverse global environment – both physical and digital.
 
Through a series of panel discussions, keynotes, presentations, screenings and conversations, Culture Summit Abu Dhabi will harness the expertise of attending intellectuals, artists, educators and creative professionals to examine urgent contemporary issues. 
 
This includes the impact of digital media and AI, creative ecosystems and indigenous practices, representation, and topographies of public spaces, among many others.
 
Partner organisations
Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2022 is organised by DCT Abu Dhabi in collaboration with global partner organisations bringing expertise in diverse fields, from culture and arts to media, technology and the economy. 
 
Partners include Unesco, Economist Impact, Google, the Design Museum London and The 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 the Culture Resource.-- TradeArabia News Service
 



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