H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has inaugurated Culture Summit 2021 alongside the announcement of a massive new study which aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural and creative industries worldwide
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak - © Department of Culture and Tourism - AD
The study is set to be conducted by DCT Abu Dhabi in collaboration with UNESCO. The announcement was made alongside Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO during the opening remarks of Culture Summit 2021, which launched its first virtual edition yesterday, under the theme of The Cultural Economy and the Economy of Culture.
“For any nation and society to blossom, it is imperative that art and culture are front of mind of its policy - and decision makers,” says HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi.
“The cultural and creative industries were one of the hardest hit during this pandemic. As part of our ongoing efforts to promote, support and invest in the cultural and creative industries, not just here in Abu Dhabi, but globally, we are proud to be partnering with UNESCO to launch a new global study aiming to assess the impact of COVID-19 on this sector and the social and economic consequences of these impacts on a global level.”
Audrey Azoulay, Director General, UNESCO © UNESCO_Christelle Alix
The three-day event, which runs until 10 March, will convene more than 100 global experts across the design, heritage, media, public policy and technology industries. Aligned with the 'International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021', featured is a series of keynote speeches, panel discussions, conversations, case studies, artist talks, performances and film screenings.
“To act in response to the crisis, we first need to understand it, to measure it. This is an essential step, a first step, because in many respects, the scope of the crisis makes it difficult to quantify,” says Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO. “That is why we decided to launch with the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, a global study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural economy."
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