Cultural exchanges between nations are vitally important and engaging each other by conversing one on one together, is a good way to start. Five major organisations in the world of arts and culture, including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Google, UNESCO, the Royal Academy of Arts and The Economist Events, have come together to develop and deliver ‘five streams of programming to address themes of Cultural Responsibility and New Technology’ at the Culture Summit 2019: Abu Dhabi.
To be held April 7 – 11 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, the Culture Summit Adu Dhabi will be led by the Guggenheim Foundation. An international group of cultural influencers, museum directors, curators, and artists will be invited consider the role of museums into the future ‘… not solely as platforms for dialogue and understanding, but also as catalysts for transformative ideas and experiences’.
Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, and attended by delegates from 85+ countries, the Culture Summit provides a forum for invited leaders from the fields of the arts, heritage, media, museums, public policy, and technology, to identify ways in which cultural togetherness can help to build bridges and help to promote positive change.
Moderated by the Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Richard Armstrong, those entering the discussions will be asked to engage in the art of conversation and to bring forth positive, innovative, forward-thinking solutions to prescient questions:
• What are the influences shaping the next generation of global art museums?
• How can museums activate the past in the present?
• How can museums creatively embrace the “Digital Age”?
• How can museums, institutions fostering global citizenship, thoughtfully engage diversity that arises from new art histories while also honouring the legacy of the past?
In community or corporate life investing in people and quality processes produces sustainable and superior business performance. This is as important in an everyday business context as it is in a social environment, if the aim is to produce the best results. There is an impressive list of speakers involved; they come from all walks of life and all backgrounds and will be sure to have a great deal to contribute to the conversation.
Every culture on earth has traditions and the emotion invested in any tradition is the biggest part of their value. They are very often the glue that holds a community of people together.
However, from time to time we need question should all traditions be preserved at all costs or, just like all the other things we hold dear in both our culture and society, from time to time be held up to examination and scrutiny.
Then and only then can an informed decision be made to transform them for a new age.
The Culture Summit now in its third year, offers a unique opportunity for those wishing to see the cultural aspects of our world valued, to engage in a meaningful dialogue and to lead progressive change.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2019