What is CultureSummit?

CultureSummit is the world’s first high-level summit that convenes leaders from the worlds of the arts, media, public policy, and technology to identify ways that culture can play a central role in raising awareness, building bridges, and promoting positive change. Last year’s inaugural event was attended by approximately 500 delegates from 80 countries, including internationally acclaimed visual artist Idris Khan, Academy Award-winning composer and conductor Tan Dun, Macarthur Award-winning choreographer Liz Lerman, former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Dr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, UAE Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

CultureSummit 2017 hosted representatives from the following esteemed organizations:
  • Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Center
  • Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
  • Bahrain Authority on Culture and Antiquities
  • China National Symphony Orchestra
  • Culture Connect
  • El Sistema
  • Ford Foundation
  • Found Sound Nation
  • International Music Council
  • John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center
  • Sesame Workshop
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
  • Tate/Art Basel
  • UNESCO
  • Vienna Boys Choir
  • Weill Center for Music, Carnegie Hall
  • West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • This year’s program, titled Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and Far, Creativity and Purpose, will focus on partnerships that are unique, different, and that blend tradition and innovation. Workshops, presentations, and performances throughout the event will engage participants in expanding their ideas about the role of arts and culture in tackling 21st century regional and global issues. This year, a special portion of the program will take place at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi – an unprecedented and highly-anticipated cultural collaboration – with events and tours scheduled exclusively for participants of CultureSummit 2018.

    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.

    450
    Participants
    80
    Countries
    65
    Workshops

    CULTURESUMMIT ABU DHABI PROGRAM

    Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and Far, Creativity and Purpose

    This year’s program will focus on partnerships that are unique, different, and that blend tradition and innovation. Workshops, presentations, and performances throughout the event will engage participants in expanding their ideas about the role of art and culture in tackling 21st century regional and global issues.

    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

    Day 1 Theme: Unexpected Collaborations

    9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    Morning Modules—Manarat al Saadiyat
    Possible session topics:
    Redefining Creativity in a Connected World
    Borderless Collaboration: Globalizing Creativity
    The Creativity Premium: Policies that Promote Creativity
    Can Creativity Be Taught?
    Success Stories: Cases Studies in Unexpected Collaborations
    Applying the World’s Most Creative Minds to Its Most Challenging Problems
    Each session will be 40 minutes in length. High-profile moderators will be animating the sessions.

    2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Afternoon Workshop and Incubator Meetings—Manarat al Saadiyat
    Possible session topics:
    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

    4:00–6:00 p.m.

    Optional Local Workshop Programming for MENA Attendees

    Day 2 Theme: Art, Tech, New Media and Culture Redefined

    9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    Morning Plenary Sessions—Manarat al Saadiyat
    Possible session topics:
    The Big Disruptions: Visionaries Make Their Predictions
    New Frontiers in Interactivity
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Arts: When the Artist is a Machine
    Next Generation Culture Policy Challenges
    The New New Media: What We Have Yet to See
    Arts and Culture on Demand: The Changing Models

    2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Afternoon Workshop & Incubator Meetings—Manarat al Saadiyat
    The second day sessions would zero in on ideas presented the first day and narrow them down to 1-5 that each group would like to focus on as their active projects through 2018.
    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

    4:00-6:00 p.m.

    Optional Local Workshop Programming for MENA Attendees

    Day 3 Theme: Setting Goals and an Agenda for the Year Ahead

    9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    Morning Plenary Sessions–Manarat al Saadiyat

    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

    Desert Arts Experience

    An additional day of official programming will include activities for Thursday afternoon and evening following the 2.5-hour drive from Abu Dhabi) that would combine offerings including tours of heritage sites in Al Ain as well as other cultural activities featuring artists from desert and border regions throughout the Middle East and around the world. Visual arts from these people and a sample presentation will take place during the main summit but one or more performances and conversations or roundtables will be offered during the Al Ain segment of the program and dinner. This will be a farewell dinner for all participants, more relaxed and casual than the previous dinners—designed to focus on personal relationships and UAE hospitality.

    Steering Committee

    HE Mohamed Al Mubarak

    Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

    HE Mohamed Al Mubarak

    HE Noura Al Kaabi

    UAE Minister of Culture, Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi & twofour54

    HE Noura Al Kaabi

    David Rothkopf

    CEO of The Rothkopf Group

    David Rothkopf

    Carla Dirlikov Canales

    Classical Singer; CEO, TCP Ventures

    Carla Dirlikov Canales

     

    Check back for participant developments!

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    Department of Culture & Tourism
    Abu Dhabi

    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

    The Rothkopf Group

    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, LLC

    TCP Ventures, LLC

    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.

    Location

    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.

    Tipping

    Tipping is not expected, but is commonly practiced. Gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff are at your discretion.

    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.

    Currency & Exchange Rate

    Please check out the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi currency converter.

    Standard Electricity

    Abu Dhabi’s electricity supply is 220/240 volts at 50 Hz. Square three-pin sockets are standard. It is advisable to bring a plug adapter with you, though most hotels can supply adapters for other kinds of plug and they can be bought locally.

    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.

    Louvre Abu Dhabi

    Designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, the newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi museum was built to transcend boundaries, preserve heritage, and inspire change. In April 2018, the museum will host exclusive CultureSummit programming for leaders from every corner of the world at one of its highest profile events yet. At the crossroads of the Middle East, perhaps no location is better suited for a summit focusing on “Unexpected Collaborations”.

    Learn more about the Louvre Abu Dhabi

    Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

    Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be co-located on Abu Dhabi’s ‘Museum Island’, Saadiyat, joining Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat, and other institutions in Abu Dhabi’s cultural hub. Set to be the largest of the global Guggenheim museums, the stunning design by Frank Gehry will showcase international collections that foster a transcultural perspective on the history of art.

    Learn more about the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    General visiting hours are from  9:00am to 10:00pm Saturdays through Thursdays and from 4:30pm to 10:00pm on Fridays. All visitors must wear long, loose fitting, ankle length trousers or skirts. Women must wear a headscarf.

    Learn more about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    The NYU Abu Dhabi campus and Art Gallery

    Located just a few minutes away from Manarat Al Saadiyat in the Saadiyat Marina District.

    Learn more about The NYU Abu Dhabi campus and Art Gallery

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