ABU DHABI / WAM
‘Reframing Museums’, the global virtual symposium on future models for the arts and culture sector, was opened on Monday.
The symposium has received over 1,000 registrants and brings together over 60 speakers from five continents to address new responsibilities and challenges facing museums today, as well as showcase opportunities for the arts and culture sector.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, who opened the symposium, also delivered a keynote speech.
In the Chairman’s opening keynote, Al Mubarak spoke about why Abu Dhabi was the ideal location in which to convene the symposium, saying, “We are especially proud to have Louvre Abu Dhabi and NYU Abu Dhabi co-convening these incredibly vital discussions at a time when culture and museums are more crucial than ever.”
“Abu Dhabi’s long-term commitment to developing an artistically conscious and creative city gives us an important voice in today’s global conversations around arts and culture. Today, we are honoured to open a symposium bringing the world’s brightest, most respected leaders and thinkers in their fields together to address the challenges and opportunities facing museums.
“At DCT Abu Dhabi, we have turned to creativity and innovation in the face of adversity to strengthen our cultural offering to our communities, both physically and digitally. With safety set as an absolute priority, we also worked very hard to re-open our cultural sites to the public as soon as we could. It is recognised by our leadership that access to the beautiful cultural and heritage sites that we have on offer in Abu Dhabi is critical to the wellbeing of our society.