The event will take place at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi and at other locations throughout the United Arab Emirates. CultureSummit 2018 is hosted by the Department of Culture and Tourism—Abu Dhabi and is presented in conjunction with The Rothkopf Group, an interactive media and advisory firm specializing in international issues, and TCP Ventures, LLC, an international advisory firm focused on issues associated with arts and culture.
All workshop discussions will explore how policy, technology/new media, artists, arts institutions, and philanthropic communities can create new and effective collaborations to address global issues. All sessions will have the goal of producing specific recommendations for future impactful projects.
A special portion of the program will take place at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi—an unprecedented and highly anticipated cultural collaborative institution—with events and tours scheduled exclusively for participants of CultureSummit 2018. A truly universal museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s unique exhibition design explores connections between civilizations and cultures.
The below agenda includes titles of proposed sessions at CultureSummit 2018. The program is currently being finalized as we confirm participants. Please check back often for updates!
*Tentative Agenda – Subject to change
These discussions will each focus on one of the topic areas for the Workshops plus the proposed output of new collaborations from the Incubator. As a consequence, final day plenary discussions featuring specific deliverables might include:
Arts Education in Under-Privileged and At Risk Communities
Arts Education and Cultural Preservation
Using the Arts to Combat Extremism
Next Generation Arts Policy Challenges
Next Generation Challenges in Funding and Philanthropy
The CultureSummit Incubator: Collaborations for 2018 and Beyond
Committed to conserving, promoting and leveraging the heritage, culture and traditions of Abu Dhabi emirate, the Department of Culture & Tourism—Abu Dhabi is charged with the development of a leading cultural landscape with the aim of supporting the evolution of Abu Dhabi into a world-class, sustainable destination.
The Rothkopf Group (TRG) is an interactive media and advisory firm specializing in international issues with a unique practice of convening and serving communities of leaders as they plan and prepare for disruptive changes in their industries, regions and globally.
TCP Ventures was established with the objective of producing and curating events and experiences at the intersection of arts, culture and social impact. It’s work is part of a broad spectrum of event, educational, advocacy and other initiatives undertaken by its founders in the U.S. and Worldwide.
Unprecedented in scale and scope, Saadiyat Cultural District is set to become a global cultural hub, housing the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural assets, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi—all designed by Pritzker prize winners. The majority of Abu Dhabi Culture Summit events will take place throughout the day in Manarat Al Saadiyat.
During April, Abu Dhabi temperatures are typically around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night. It rarely rains, so pack for sunny weather outside. But most indoor spaces and hotels are heavily air conditioned, so we recommend bringing a light jacket, sweater, or scarf everywhere you go.
Attire for CultureSummit’s daytime programming is “smart casual” and our evening programming will be closer to business/business casual. None of our activities require formalwear.
In general, we recommend dressing slightly on the conservative side, avoiding any very short or very tight attire. Women are not required to cover their heads or hair in most social settings.
Many fine dining and high-end restaurants may add a service charge (usually around 10%) and a tourism levy of 6% to your bill. These charges are often included in the menu prices and the menu will denote when they are.
If you are very happy with the service, it is not expected but quite common to leave a tip on top of the already included (16%) fees & service charges. If these charges are not included, then you may like to add a 10-15% tip to the total bill.
For more FAQs, check out the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi website.
After the daytime program and before dinner, we encourage you to explore Abu Dhabi by visiting some key cultural landmarks.