The UAE Minister of State, HE Zaki Nusseibeh Hosted a Message of Solidarity: Online Cultural Marathon Symposium.

The UAE Minister of State, HE Zaki Nusseibeh sends a global message of unity and solidarity in response to this challenging time by hosting a live social media event happened on Thursday, 16th of April at 10 AM.

Held by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the online cultural marathon symposium was regulated by the Ambassadors of UAE in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Belgium, France, Milan, Madrid, India, Singapore, China, and Australia that lasted for over 24 hours. The symposium unfolded with the participation of museums, artists, design specialists, and cultural institutions going in-depth on the effects and impacts of COVID-19 pandemic and offered solutions and future insights globally.

The programme begun at 9 AM under the standard time of UAE, at the National Gallery of Singapore. With the support of HE Mohamed Balfaqeeh and the participation of the Senior Curator of the Singapore National Gallery, Russel Storer discussed how the cities can be re-imagined as Cultural Hubs.

Headed by the former Consul General in Hong Kong, HE Nabila Al-Shamsi together with the Art Consultant and Former Director of Art Basel Hong Kong, Magnus Renfrew discussed Travelling Art and Art Fairs at 11AM. Ambassador to India, HE Ahmed Albanna headed the 1PM talk with Sajay Rag of the Jaipur Literature Foundation as he gives noteable discussion on Book Fairs in the age of non travel.The Design Market on Hold topic was elaborately expounded at 3 PM by HE Abdulla Al Shamsi, the Consul General to Milan with the additional inputs of the Icon Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Annalisa Ross at the Salone del Mobile Italy. The Ambassador to Germany, Hafsa Al Ulama leaded the 5PM topic with the Cultural Advisor and the Founder of Cultural Bridges, Monika Kraus explaining music and concerts in the digital age. At 7PM, the Ambassador to France, HE Ahmed Al Ali supported the CEO of Luma Arles, Mustapha Bouhayati as he delved about the private foundations and funding to support the arts. HE Mohamed Abuhabab, Ambassador to Belgium Europe headed the Director of Art Brussels, Nele Verhaeren as the delays of Art Fairs and galleries and how it has created impact to the artists was pointed out at 9PM. As the Impact on Museums and virtualizing experiences were intricately discussed at 11PM, HE Majid Al Suwaidi, Ambassador to Spain lead the MACBA Barcelona Director, Ferran Barenblit on his explicit points.

The Arts and Auction Markets were explained with intricate details from the Director of Middle East Sotheby’s, Roxane Zand at 1AM guided by the Ambassador to the United Kingdom, HE Mansour Alboulhoul. Providing in depth discussion with thorough insights, the Smithsonian Institution and Ambassador-at-Large, Dr. Richard Kurin together with the Ambassador to the USA, HE Youssef Al Otaiba tackled the Public Funding and Private Support in Arts at 3AM.

Multinationalism and Culture in age of non-movement were delved further at 5AM as Ambassador to Canada, HE Fahad Alraqbani lead the Director of Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Henry Kim as he gave a complex discussion.HE Abdullah Al Saboosi, the UAE Ambassador to Australia lead the last theme discussion with the theme Far Away but In The Middle of Everything. The Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture of National Gallery of Victoria, Ewan McEoin layed the end topic at 7AM.

As the country expands its efforts in supporting the arts community, the live conference acted as a meeting ground for Arts professionals all over the world, to explore ways and bring up solutions to recover and reemerge from the crisis.

Concluding the successful Online Cultural Marathon Symposium, HE Zaki Nusseibeh said, “A crisis is a call for unity and in response, we are pleased to contribute this initiative. The participation and collaborative efforts of Art Professionals and their presence in this online gathering is a remarkable start of our recovery. With excellence and full commitment, let us continue to work together to move forward to a greater height.”

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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