What is Culture Summit?

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi took place from Sunday 7 April to Thursday 11 April 2019.

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 2019 edition, Culture Summit was attended by 450 delegates from 90 countries.

The Summit is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi in collaboration with five global partners that curated and led 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 was Cultural Responsibility & New Technology. A series of panels, performances and workshops throughout the event engaged participants on their ideas about the role of culture in improving our world.

 

Theme – Cultural Responsibility & New Technology

How can cultural agents be more engaged in addressing global challenges?

Can creativity and technology be harnessed for positive change?

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2019 addressed the theme of Cultural Responsibility and New Technology to reflect the urgency of our times. It brought 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 showcased creative solutions by key participants in the cultural and creative industries, and generated new strategies and thinking on topics including cultural diversity, heritage protection, artistic freedom, public art and digital activation.

The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, Culture Summit and its partners are working together on recommendations and actions that were discussed during the Summit.


CULTURE SUMMIT ABU DHABI 2019 PROGRAMME


Culture Summit Abu Dhabi took place from Sunday 7 April to Thursday 11 April 2019.

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

08:00 – 09:00      Registration

08:30 – 16:30      Bait Al Gahwa Experience

09:00 – 09:15      Welcome Remarks

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

09:15 – 09:30      Keynote Address

HE Noura Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE

09:30 – 10:10      Opening Panel: Cultural Diplomacy and Responsibility in the Age of New Technology

Moderated by HE Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, UAE

Speakers:

HE José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister, Spain

HE Jorge Fernando Quiroga, President of Bolivia (2001-2002), Member of the Club de Madrid

Bernardino León, Director General, Emirates Diplomatic Academy

10:10 – 10:50      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

John Defterios, Emerging Markets Editor & Host, Marketplace Middle East, CNN

Shashi Menon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nervora”

11:05 – 11:20      Performance by Marcos Lutyens

11:20 – 12:00      How can museums creatively embrace the digital age?

Moderated by Troy Therrien, Head Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Speakers:

Lizzy Jongma, Senior ICT Project Leader, GLAM (Dutch Digital Network for War Collections WW2)

Emeka Ogboh, Artist

Apinan Poshyananda, Artistic Director, Bangkok Art Biennale

Kudo Takashi, teamLab, Artist collective/Digital Art Museum, Tokyo

 12:00 – 12:40      How can we define popularity vs. populism?

Moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts

Speakers:

Farooq Chaudhry OBE, Producer, Akram Khan Company

Munira Mirza, Executive Director, Culture, Kings College London, Former Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education, Greater London Authority, UK

Lars Nittve, Curator, Art Critic, Writer. Former Director Tate Modern, M+ Hong Kong, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden

12:40 – 13:20      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

Marylene Barret Audouin, Cultural Heritage Conservator, iTE

Ala Younis, Artist

08:00 – 09:00      Registration

08:30 – 16:30      Bait Al Gahwa Experience

09:00 – 09:10      Introduction by Mohammed Al Otaiba, Summit Moderator

09:10 – 09:30      Performance by Xuefie Yang

09:30 – 10:15      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

10:15 – 11:00      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:

Anne-Marie Afeiche, Director, National Museum of Beirut

Paolo Fontani, Director of the UNESCO Office in Baghdad

Ali Ould Sidi, Adviser, Ministry of Culture, Mali

11:15 – 11:30      Performance by Haytham El Wardany

11:30     12:15     How can museums activate the past in our present?

Moderated by Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Interim Director, Curatorial Affairs, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Speakers:

Apinan Poshyananda, Artistic Director, Bangkok Art Biennale

Antonia Carver, Director, Art Jameel

Wanda Nanibush, Curator of Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Shahzia Sikander, Artist

12:15 – 13:00      Can visual culture be global?

Moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts

Speakers:

Elana Brundyn, Chief Executive, Norval Foundation, South Africa

Axel Rüger, Director, Van Gogh Museum, The Netherlands

Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator, Te Papa Museum, New Zealand

08:00 – 09:00      Registration

08:30 – 16:30      Bait Al Gahwa Experience

09:00 – 09:05      Introduction

09:05 – 09:30      Performance by Kawita Vatanajyankur

09:30 – 10:15      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

10:15 – 11:00      What constitutes public art?

Moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, UK

Speakers:

Oliver Beer, Artist

Michael Craig-Martin, Artist

Farshid Moussavi OBE, Architect

Wael Shawky, Artist”

11:15 – 11:30      Performance by Saul Williams

11:30 – 12:15      How can new technologies support heritage in emergencies?

Moderated by Oliver van Damme, Programme Specialist for Planning and Coordination, UNOSAT

Speakers:

Dr Emma Cunliffe, Research Associate, Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University

Kristen Parker, Cultural Heritage Consultant

Yves Ubelmann, President, ICONEM

Martin Roeske

12:15 – 13:00      How are the new publics shaping our new museums?

Moderated by Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Speakers:

Madeleine Grynsztejn, Director, MCA Chicago

Suhanya Raffel, Director, M+, Hong Kong

Aaron Seeto, Director, MACAN, Jakarta

Kulapat Yantrasast, Architect, WHY

08:00 – 09:00      Registration

08:30 – 15:00      Bait Al Gahwa Experience

09:00 – 09:05      Introduction

09:05 – 09:15      Al Ayyala Performance

09:15 – 10:00      Can we burst the bubble?

Moderated by John Prideaux, US editor, The Economist

Speakers:

Joyce Baz, Head of PR & Communications Middle East & North Africa, Google

Amani Khatatbeh, Founder and Editor, MuslimGirl.com

Jason Leavy, Managing Director, MENA, VICE Media

10:00 – 10:45      Which new actors for heritage in emergencies?

Moderated by Alessandra Borchi, Coordinator of the Heritage Emergency Fund, UNESCO

Benjamin Charlier, Legal Advisor, Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law, International Committee of the Red Cross

Valery Freland, Executive Director, ALIPH

Lieutenant-Colonel James Hancock, Partnership Directorate, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

11:00 – 11:45      Can we debate freedom of expression?

Moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts

Speakers:

Khaled Hourani, Artist

Monica Narula, Artist, Founder, Raqs Media Collective

Alexander Kellner

11:45 – 12:15      Indexing Architecture

Conversation between HE Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi, Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE, and Kate Goodwin, Architect, Royal Academy of Arts

12:15 – 13:00      Closing Panel and Remarks

Moderated by Mohammed Al Otaiba, Summit Moderator

Speakers:

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts

Anna Paolini, UNESCO representative to the countries of the Gulf and Yemen

John Prideaux, US Editor, The Economist

13:00 – 13:30      Closing Performance by Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Culture Summit is an invitation-only forum convening leaders from the arts, heritage, media, museums, public policy and technology. To register your interest in participating, please email info@culturesummitabudhabi.com

450
Participants
90
Countries

Speakers

Anne Marie Afeiche

General Director, National Council Of Museums, Lebanon

Anne Marie Afeiche

Ali Ould Sidi

Coordinator, Timbuktu heritage, Mali

Ali Ould Sidi

Richard Armstrong

Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Richard Armstrong

Alessandra Borchi

Coordinator and Operations Manager, UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund

Alessandra Borchi

Elana Brundyn

Chief Executive, Norval Foundation

Elana Brundyn

Benjamin Charlier

Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross

Benjamin Charlier

Farooq Chaudhry

Producer, Akram Khan Company

Farooq Chaudhry

Emma Cunliffe

Research Associate, Newcastle University / Blue Shield

Emma Cunliffe

Lazare Eloundou Assomo

Director for Culture and Emergencies, UNESCO

Lazare Eloundou Assomo

Madelaine Gynsztejn

Director for Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Madelaine Gynsztejn

Khaled Hoorani

Artist

Khaled Hoorani

Elisabeth Jongma

ICT Project Leader, Netwerk oorlogsbronnen/ Network Was Collections

Elisabeth Jongma

Alexander Kellner

Director, Museu Nacional/UFRJ, Brazil

Alexander Kellner

Timothy Marlow

Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts

Timothy Marlow

Michael Craig Martin

Contemporary Conceptual Artist

Michael Craig Martin

Munira Mirza

Executive Director, Culture, King's College London

Munira Mirza

Farshid Moussavi

Architect, Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Farshid Moussavi

Alexandra Munroe

Samsung Senior Curator, Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Alexandra Munroe

Wanda Nanibush

Curator, Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of Ontario

Wanda Nanibush

Monica Narula

Artist, Raqs Media Collective

Monica Narula

Lars Nittve

CEO, Nittve Information Limited

Lars Nittve

Emeka Ogboh

Artist

Emeka Ogboh

Kristin Parker

Special Collections Archivist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kristin Parker

Megan Quennell

Curator, Modern & Contemporary Maori & Indigenous art, Te Papa

Megan Quennell

Suhanya Raffel

Museum Director, M+ Museum Hong Kong

Suhanya Raffel

 HE President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Former Prime Minister of Spain

HE President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Axel Ruger

Museum Director, Van Gogh Museum

Axel Ruger

Shahzia Sikander

Artist, Shahzia Sikander Artist

Shahzia Sikander

Troy Therrien

Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Guggenheim Museum

Troy Therrien

Zelfira Tregulova

General Director, State Tretyakov Gallery

Zelfira Tregulova

Yves Ubelmann

President, Iconem

Yves Ubelmann

Kulapat Yantrasast

Architect and Founder, Why

Kulapat Yantrasast

Ricardo Karam

TV Presenter & Founder, TAKREEM

Ricardo Karam

Ala Younis

Artist

Ala Younis

 John Prideaux

US Editor, The Economist

John Prideaux

 Joyce Baz

Head of PR & Communications Middle East & North Africa, Google

Joyce Baz

Apinan Poshyananda

Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Bangkok Art Biennale

Apinan Poshyananda

 Amar Bakshi

Founder, Shared Studios

Amar Bakshi

Maher Chmaytelli

Head of the Middle East and North Africa Breaking News Desk, Reuters

Maher Chmaytelli

Jason Leavy

Managing Director, MENA, VICE Media

Jason Leavy

Wael Shawky

Artists, Egypt

Wael Shawky

Carolina Guerrero

Journalist and Broadcaster, Radio Ambulante

Carolina Guerrero

Mina Al Oraibi

Editor-in-Chief, The National, UAE

Mina Al Oraibi

Paolo Fontani

Director, UNESCO Office in Baghdad

Paolo Fontani

John Defterios

Emerging Markets Editor & Host, Marketplace Middle East, CNN

John Defterios

Lieutenant Colonel James Hancock

Lieutenant Colonel, NATO

Lieutenant Colonel James Hancock

Kate Goodwin

Head of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts

Kate Goodwin

Shashi Menon

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nervora

Shashi Menon

Karen Okonkwo

Founder, TONL Media

Karen Okonkwo

Kudo Takashi

teamLab, Artist collective/Digital Art Museum, Tokyo

Kudo Takashi

Neha Dixit

Independent Journalist, India

Neha Dixit

Olivier van Damme

Programme Specialist for Planning and Coordination, UNOSAT

Olivier van Damme

Aaron Seeto

Director, MACAN - Jakarta

Aaron Seeto

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Founder and Editor, MuslimGirl.com

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Valery Freland

Executive Director, ALIPH Foundation

Valery Freland

Anna Paolini

Representative to the countries of the Gulf and Yemen, UNESCO

Anna Paolini

Oliver Beer

Artist

Oliver Beer

Culture Summit 2019 Featured Artists

 BASEL ABBAS AND RUANNE ABOU-RAHME

Abbas and Abou-Rahme work together across a range of sound, image, installation, and performance practices

BASEL ABBAS AND RUANNE ABOU-RAHME

 MOHAMMED KAZEM

Mohammed Kazem is one of the leading conceptual artists in the United Arab Emirates

MOHAMMED KAZEM

 HANNAH PERRY

Hannah Perry works in installation, print and video

HANNAH PERRY

 MARCOS LUTYENS

Marcos Lutyens’s practice centers on the investigation of consciousness to engage the visitor’s embodied experience of art

MARCOS LUTYENS

Participants

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Organised By


Committed to conserving, promoting and leveraging the heritage, culture and traditions of the Abu Dhabi emirate, the Department of Culture and 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.

 

Partners




 

Official Airline Partner

 

Etihad Aviation Group is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising seven business divisions – Operations, Commercial, Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), Human Resources, Finance, Support Services and Transformation. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was established by Royal (Emiri) Decree in July 2003. Etihad Airways currently serves 84 passenger and cargo destinations in 49 countries. Etihad Airways’ fleet is one of the youngest in the world and, as of 31 January 2019 comprises 102 passenger and cargo aircraft.

Location


Manarat Al Saadiyat opened in 2009 as the first multi-disciplinary creative space on Saadiyat Island, offering the community a creative platform where they could engage with exhibitions, events and immersive creative experiences. Set in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Cultural District, the venue has been the central location for its annual anchor event, Abu Dhabi Art, which has been held at Manarat Al Saadiyat since its inception. In 2017, the newly renovated Manarat Al Saadiyat launched a new public programme reflecting the growing public interest in the culture of the Emirate. The refurbished space and its diverse programme of activities offer a vibrant and interactive platform for the community to engage with a variety of artistic activities that bring the vision of Saadiyat Island to life. With an ongoing programme of daily workshops, classes, activities and events, Manarat Al Saadiyat now includes an Art Studio specifically designed to engage visitors of all ages in a variety of creative activities, a Photography Studio offering the highest levels of technical expertise, The Garden Pavilion, an outdoor area, providing the perfect space to host a multitude of events, and a 250-seat auditorium and three gallery spaces for temporary exhibitions. The new café and brasserie, Larte, offers a modern interpretation on northern Italian and European classics.

The venue is open daily from 9am until 8pm.

To find out more about Manarat Al Saadiyat’s ongoing programming, please visit manaratalsaadiyat.ae or follow Manarat Al Saadiyat on social media at:

During April, Abu Dhabi temperatures are typically around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night. Most indoor spaces and hotels are air conditioned.

Attire for CultureSummit’s daytime programming is “smart casual” and our evening programming is business/business casual. None of our activities require formal wear.

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 in one of its highest profile events to date. At the crossroads of the Middle East, perhaps no location is better suited for a summit focused 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 contemporary 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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يسعدنا في #القمة_الثقافية_أبوظبي 2019 التي انطلقت تحت شعار "المسؤولية الثقافية والتكنولوجيا الجديدة" أن نكون جزءاً من الاحتفال بـ #اليوم_العالمي_للمتاحف وبدورها الرائد والمهم في حياتنا ومجتمعاتنا وكان هذا الموضوع محوراً رئيسياً من محاور محادثات القمة. تابعوا قناتنا على اليوتيوب لتشاهدوا جميع الحلقات النقاشية التي شارك فيها أبرز مدراء المتاحف والقيّمين والفنانين

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Looking back at some of the art and performances featured at #CultureSummitAD2019. This year’s summit aimed at curating a balance between dynamic art and engaging panels

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