Sierra Leonean designer, Maryann Kaikai of Madam Wokie, has been invited to participate in the 2019 Abu Dhabi Culture Summit from Sunday 7 April to Thursday 11 April 2019. Culture Summit Abu Dhabi is a forum that convenes leaders from the fields of the arts, heritage, media, museums, public policy and technology, to identify ways in which culture can build bridges and promote positive change.
The Summit is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi in collaboration with five global partners that will curate and lead on their specific area of expertise. These partners are the Royal Academy of Arts, UNESCO, Guggenheim, The Economist Events and Google.
The theme of this year’s programme is Cultural Responsibility & New Technology. A series of panels, performances and workshops throughout the event will engage participants on their ideas about the role of culture in improving our world.
This years Culture Summit will include 450 participants from 90 countries. Speakers will include Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Director of UNESCO; Anne Marie Afeiche, General Director, National Council Of Museums; Ould sidi Ali, Coordinator, Timbuktu heritage; Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation; Karen Okonkwo; Ala Younis, artist; Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister of Spain; Timothy Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts; and many more.