Abu Dhabi summit to focus on cultural economy


(ANSA) – ROMA, 26 FEB – The fourth edition of the Culture
Summit Abu Dhabi will be held March 8-10 online.

Organised by Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism department, this
year’s theme is “the cultural economy and the economy of

The event will bring together leaders in the cultural field
as well as experts in art, cultural heritage, museums, media,
and technology with the aim to explore opportunities for
cultural innovation in a post-COVID world.

“The global challenges of the past year have truly
demonstrated the vital power of culture to improve our personal
and collective well-being. Yet, cultural institutions worldwide
continue to struggle to achieve funding structures to continue
operating,” Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu
Dhabi, told the emirate’s The National. “It is now more
important than ever to shed light on the critical role that the
culture sector plays as an essential driver of sustainable
economic and social development.” “In line with UNESCO’s 2021 International Year of Creative
Economy for Sustainable Development, the Culture Summit 2021
will discuss the challenges faced by creative and cultural
industries and explore “adaptable, resilient and collaborative
approaches” to rebuilding and sustaining them. In addition, the
summit will consider how art museums and biennials can adapt to
new realities, as well as how cultural institutions can boost
funding amid the uncertain economy,” the daily noted.

Other topics to be explored include, it noted, are: What is
the post-Covid cultural economy? How does mass migration impact
the cultural economy? What role can the cultural economy and the
culture and creative industries play in urban recovery and
resilience? This year UNESCO will be back as partner organization
alongside the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, Google
and the Design Museum in London.

Local partner organisations such as Louvre Abu Dhabi, Berklee
Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation are also taking
part. (ANSA).