Emirates news agency – “Abu Dhabi Cultural Summit” discusses “the role of culture in times of crisis” in a teleconference


Abu Dhabi April 12 / WAM / Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
In cooperation with international cultural organizations, an exclusive live broadcast of a panel discussion
Entitled “Culture and its role in uniting the world in times of crisis” through its channel
On YouTube, in light of the postponement of the activities of the “Cultural Summit – Abu Dhabi”
2020 to next year.

His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department, chaired the panel discussion
It came under the title “Culture and its role in uniting the world in times of crisis”.
With the participation of Ernesto Autun Ramirez, Assistant Director-General for Culture at FAO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “UNESCO” and Alexandra
Monroe is chief curator of the art department “Samsung” for Asian art and great
World Arts Advisors at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Organization
Rebecca Lyons is director of education and acquisitions at the Royal Academy of Arts
Melanie Noronha, Senior Editor, Pioneering Thought for the Economist unit in Europe
Africa and the Middle East, and Marisa Henderson, Chair of Creative Economy at
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak told the followers of the session, “The cultural summit.”
Abu Dhabi “was primarily based on a shared belief in the ability of culture to effect change
Positive by inspiring societies to transcend their wounds and reach civilizational horizons
New .. And he added that culture is the link that unites us all, regardless of
Our identities or geographic regions as the world enters a new phase of isolation further
Ever in history.

He emphasized that culture is the antidote to societies and the lighthouse that guides you in
Times of crises .. Noting that the next version of “summit” activities
Cultural Abu Dhabi “will be held in March 2021 under the slogan” Cultural Economy
And the economy of culture. ”

The panel discussion started with a discussion of the impact of the global epidemic on
Artists and cultural institutions … said Ernesto Autun Ramirez, assistant
The Director-General of Culture at UNESCO, the health crisis hit the sector
Culture is in depth and has shaded the entire creative value chain with
Many artists and creators around the world have been unable to make ends meet.

He added that in light of the total or partial closure of 89% of all sites
World Heritage around the world, this situation is seriously threatening livelihoods
Cultural institutions incur heavy financial losses and are forced to lay off
Its employees have thus become the cultural system more fragile.

He pointed out that – although a lot of cultural content was transferred to
The Internet – But most people in need of access to culture find no way
To technology and the internet, and therefore we must do what we can
To reach them and find new solutions.

For her part, Marissa Henderson, chair of creative economics, discussed a conference
The United Nations Trade and Development, the gravity of the economic situation throughout
The world .. noting that the slowdown in industrialization and the decline in exports affect significantly
Developing countries in particular, especially since these countries are unable to provide
The same level of economic stimulus packages launched by developed countries.

And she said that the cultural and creative services were greatly affected .. and that
Technology services seem to be the lifeline for all of us now.

As part of her answer to the question of how cultural institutions deal with the situation
Present .. Rebecca Lyons, director of education and acquisitions at the Academy, spoke
Royal Art London, on the struggle the Academy is currently engaged in
An establishment created and run by artists that depend entirely on earning their revenue
Visitors, members, and donors.

She emphasized that the most important challenge for the Academy is how to get involved
The public and keep it in the absence of any sources of income .. indicating that the team
The Academy is doing its best to reduce the repercussions of this crisis while preserving
High morale of the community.

And Melanie Noronha, Senior Editor of Entrepreneurial Thought, told The Economist unit
In Europe – Africa and the Middle East, the media is much better off
Other aspects of the cultural economy … indicating the use of journalists
Technology for research and remote interviewing.

His Excellency then directed the conversation to Alexandra Monroe, Kabira
International art advisors at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Organization, wondering
For any other challenges – except for the Coruna virus – it faces museums and institutions
Cultural today.

Monroe replied that the culture itself as a concept does not suffer from any crisis on
Launch, but the crisis lies with the institutions and artists responsible for the production
Culture .. noting that the manifestations of solidarity shown by people around the world,
Like balcony parties, it is a standing culture in itself.

Speaking of the role of culture in this crisis, Ernesto Autun Ramirez said:
“The global nature of the crisis and its impact on cultural institutions as a whole is Fatah
The door to a new trend after it allowed these institutions to explore
Technology in new ways, and in many cases helped her attract an audience
Akbar .. What ultimately matters is that culture remains our identity, and it will reveal to us
This period of isolation is how important culture is in our daily life.

He hoped that post-crisis societies and policymakers would realize the extent of
The importance of supporting artists and the creative sector is often the culture sector
The last priority, and we hope that this will be reviewed after the crisis.

And on the innovative way in which cultural institutions and the sector respond
Overall for the crisis, Alexandra Monroe said the content was brought up by an organization and museum
Guggenheim through her channels on social media and its website
Achieved amazingly, reaching a wider audience and achieving greater levels of participation
And interact more than ever.

Marissa Henderson pointed out that the demand for the digital economy has increased more than
As ever, the use of the Internet goes far beyond the purposes of studying and working
Entertainment … because jobs in the creative sectors are among the most
Fragility, so it is essential to ensure a higher level of flexibility and protection.

Rebecca Lyons talked about the advantages and failures of museum virtual attendance
Noting the need to demonstrate an adequate level of flexibility and adaptation in reaching
The public and activating their participation .. She noted that flexibility is something that the artist acquires
By repeatedly trying and failing, the institutions should not be afraid to do so
Likewise, she said that art should be attractive and cooperative, and from here it stems
The importance of the audience meeting and interacting with digital content.

Melanie Noronha praised the initiative of cultural institutions around the world to provide
Its origins are in front of the public during these difficult times, stressing the necessity of citizen investigation
Weakness when translating content into digital format, the most important of which is the experience
Virtualization cannot provide the same level of splendor and inspiration as
The real experience.

His Excellency Muhammad Khalifa Al Mubarak affirmed that this is not the last time that
Where the creative sector will be exposed to such crises, and therefore we need
Possessing the tools necessary to enhance his immunity in the face of such conditions
In the future.

At the end of the session, the participants presented some final ideas .. they were encouraged
Rebecca Lions people all over the world get involved in projects
Creative by all possible means … stressing that culture and art are for everyone.

Alexandra Monroe called for cooperation in the next stage, noting
The need to take advantage of this new feeling of solidarity to urge the major institutions to
Helping her younger counterparts.

His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak concluded the seminar by announcing formation
A working group to monitor the data of the cultural sector and perform the necessary analyzes
To ensure that the challenges are effectively faced .. He noted that culture is constantly evolving
But in essence, it is a constant pillar that defines our identities, and that is why we must commit
In whatever circumstances.

The panel discussion was followed by a special presentation by the award-winning American songwriter and producer
Grammy Award and Emmy Award nominee Desmond Childe plus two
One of the cooperative musical performances curated by Berkeley Abu Dhabi.


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