what is

Culture Summit is a forum that convenes leaders from the fields of the arts, design, heritage, media, museums, public policy and technology, to identify ways in which culture can transform societies and communities worldwide. In April 2019, Culture Summit welcomed over 480 participants from 90 countries, and presented a series of expert-led panels and workshops on art, museums, cultural heritage, media and technology.

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 2019’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.

2019 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.