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Culture Summit Abu Dhabi

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Culture Summit Abu Dhabi encourages participants to share ideas about the role of culture in improving the world
Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 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.

The fourth edition of Culture Summit (and the first virtual event) took place from 8-10 March 2021. Inspired by key discussions from the 2019 edition, on the financial support and sustainability of the culture sector in the face of rapid societal and economic change, Culture Summit 2021 examined opportunities to renew the cultural and creative industries in a post-COVID-19 environment and how the creative economy can be a positive force for societies and economies.

Under the theme ‘The Cultural Economy and the Economy of Culture’, the Summit explored the topics of community and responsibility, diversity and pluralism in cultural expression, digitalisation of cultural content and equitable access, an increased focus on engaging local communities and transversal cross-government policy approaches. Participants discussed post-COVID sector recovery and transformation, envisioning a new system that is more resilient and adaptable to ongoing crises.

The Summit also highlighted the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021, to showcase how the creative economy can advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in education, economy, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequality and sustainable cities and communities.

During the 2021 Summit programme, participants presented panel discussions, case studies, keynotes, artist talks and performances developed in collaboration with international partners including UNESCO, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, The Economist Events, Google, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Design Museum, London. Other 2021 contributors included the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, Berklee Abu Dhabi, Image Nation, twofour54, Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Institut Français, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the World Bank.

For more information, visit the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi website.
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Did You know ?

The 2017 Culture Summit featured Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun and former United States Secretary of State Dr Madeleine Albright, along with other leading creative and political figures.

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Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

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Daily 9 AM- 8 PM

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