Culture as a close-knit force and a strategic tool to advertise inclusivity and peace in the age of technology would be the centre of all discussions in Abu Dhabi this week, as Abu Dhabi gears up to assemble some of the most prominent figures from the world of art and culture.
The 2019 Culture Summit started from Monday (8thApril) at the Manarat Al Saadiyat. Experts and culture vultures from art organizations, museums and non-government organizations, such as UNESCO, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum were a part of the Summit. Talks and debates circled around ‘Cultural Responsibility and New Technology’.
At the opening session, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, stated that the title of the summit “encapsulates the present needs of technology and how the officials and individuals belonging to the cultural and creative sector can take accountability for the technological development.
Even though technology has become a tool, which will shape the future of art, Al Kaabi emphasized that this technology won’t drive them but they would control and drive it.
The minister stated that culture should not be cramped to a certain level as it is meant for everybody. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, stated that Abu Dhabi’s aim in hosting the summit is to “understand each other a little bit more, and learn from each other, in order to solve each other’s problems”.
On the other hand, Minister of State Zaki Nusseibeh, threw light on the positive and negatives of technology when he abated the introductory panel on ‘Culture Diplomacy’.
Other panel discussions on the opening day covered topics such as ‘how media can survive the age of technology’; ‘why heritage has become a priority in crisis’, and so on.
The five-day summit intends to locate ways in which culture can play a crucial role in creating awareness of global issues, building cultural bridges and promoting positive change.