It’s ‘A Matter of Time’!

The Sixth edition of the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi will take place at Manarat Al Saadiyat from 3-5 March, 2024, and will bring together leaders in art, heritage, media, museums, music, public policy, and tech from 90 countries, to explore our changing relationship with time.

Fiammetta Rocco, Dr. Rafal Niemojewski, Maya Allison, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Manal Ataya. Culture Summit 2022. Courtesy DCT Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, get set for a meeting of great minds. The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the new dates for the sixth edition of its leading global forum, Culture Summit Abu Dhabi. This renowned thought leadership gathering will return to Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi from 3 to 5 March 2024.

Held under the theme A Matter of Time, this edition will gather an exceptional collection of thought leaders from the various fields such as art, heritage, media, music, museums, public policy, and technology. They will investigate how the role that culture – which so often holds together past, present, future – could play in helping us navigate this moment of inflection in the way we relate to the notion of time. The sessions will shift away from ‘mechanical time’ – characteristic of our contemporary era – to a ‘new cultural time’, one that is realigned with the rhythm of human awareness and nature.

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2023 Teaser

Each day, the Summit programme will follow a specific sub-theme to unpack how our relation to time is evolving, examine the challenges this evolution represents for the culture and creative sectors, and provide focused, functional solutions. The agenda will feature keynotes, plenary sessions, panel discussions, artist talks, case study workshops, creative conversations, policy sessions, cultural performances, and a visual art exhibition.

The event’s key global partners include UNESCO, Economist Impact, Design Museum, Google, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and the Recording Academy®.

Performance by Kader Attou at Culture Summit 2022. Courtesy DCT Abu Dhabi.

Additional Culture Summit Abu Dhabi partners include Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, Arab World Institute, Berklee Abu Dhabi, Club de Madrid, Cultural Foundation, IFACCA, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, NYUAD and World Cities Culture Forum, and Zayed National Museum, among others.

Traditional Emirati performance. at Culture Summit 2022. Courtesy DCT Abu Dhabi.


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