(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
ABU DHABI, 23rd March, 2017 (WAM) -- CultureSummit 2017 Abu Dhabi will kick off in two weeks, and will bring together a group of the world's top creative minds to discuss culture and the significant role they play in addressing the universal challenges faced in our present time.
Over the course of five days, from April 9th-13th at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, nearly 300 participants from over 80 countries around the world, including key players involved in the fields of government, arts, philanthropy, heritage preservation, education, media, science and technology, will explore in a multidisciplinary approach a wide range of topics all focused on answering how cultural tools can be used to help address significant international challenges and seize emerging opportunities.
"The UAE may be a relatively young nation," Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Chairwoman of the Media Zone Authority and TwoFour54, said, "but we have been steadily growing and emerging as a foremost regional and world-class hub for culture, technology, and media. The country has blossomed into a melting pot for people from more than 200 different nationalities and backgrounds, all the while preserving our own long history and rich heritage. Moreover, the UAE is now home to A-list international cultural organisations including the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and New York University, among others. The inaugural global Cultural Leadership Summit, set to be hosted in Abu Dhabi, further cements the UAE's status as a prestigious international cultural destination. This, in turn, provides ample support for our efforts to start building the future we want right now, as directed by our wise and forward-thinking leaders."
In tune with Abu Dhabi's growing cultural presence in the region and the world, CultureSummit 2017 Abu Dhabi will be shaped by the global nature of its audience and participants, its action-driven programme, and the live performances it will feature by some of the world's leading artists. The international initiative seeks to indicate the foundation for a new cultural platform that would encourage new collaborations, bridge cultural gaps between communities, and become an advocate for the arts and artists across the world. The summit will also celebrate and honour the achievements of distinguished leaders for their crucial contributions to cultural diplomacy, and the vital influence their accomplishments have had on the world.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, said, "It is our mandate and responsibility to promote Abu Dhabi's rich cultural heritage and sustain its growing art scene, side by side with the diverse vibrancy of cultures it embraces, and from within its distinctive location in the world. It is through international events like the CultureSummit 2017 Abu Dhabi, that Abu Dhabi's unique and tireless efforts towards the preservation of culture and advancement for arts are naturally revealed. The programme of this summit was carefully and thoroughly curated to ensure a balanced and diverse audience, likely to result in real collaborations and making a long-term difference on shaping cultural outcomes worldwide."