Dubai Culture to create platform for artists


Artists perform during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Dubai Culture. — Photo by M. Sajjad
Artists perform during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Dubai Culture. - Photo by M. Sajjad

Dubai - Student interactions are the main focus at the Dubai Culture.

By Kelly Clarke

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Published: Wed 9 Jan 2019, 7:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 9 Jan 2019, 10:07 PM

The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) plans to harbour more creativity and innovation within the UAE culture and creating concrete sectors for working artists, a senior official said as the organisation marked its 10th anniversary on Wednesday.
Saeed Al Nabouda, acting director-general of the authority said: "We no longer just want to see engineers with a creative side, we want to see artists; real artists coming through and representing the UAE. If you are a poet, you will have an industry, if you are a painter you will have a dedicated sector to work in. We want to ensure you have a platform to focus only on that creativity and we will make sure you will be well paid too," he told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a cultural celebration at the Cultural and Scientific Association in Dubai.
Remarking on the 10 years gone by, Al Nabouda said while it is good to celebrate past successes - such as the launch of the Sikka Art Fair in 2010 and the opening of Etihad Museum in 2016 - it's now time to "take things to the next level".
"And it's the young generations that will drive this. We are going to see a lot more creativity and innovation being embedded within our culture. And our focus is to create a robust creative industry more rooted in our culture and traditions," he said. 
With student interactions the main focus at the Dubai Culture, Al Nabouda said nurturing a talent while a child is still young and in the classroom will help turn the UAE into a country that, in the future, exports its cultural around the globe.
And with the Ministry of Education and the Dubai Education Zone noted as the authority's first partner on a federal level, that relationship will continue to grow, he said.
"We understand that culture starts in school. Currently we have six permanent heritage centres within schools here; one was established in 2018 at Zayed University. We need to be on the ground with students, encouraging them to tap into that creative side."
Dubai Culture - 10 years on
>2008 - After the creation of the Dubai Cultural Council in 2004, the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority was established in 2008
>2009 - Dubai Public Libraries transferred to Dubai Culture
>2010 - Sikka Art Fair is founded
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai Patrons of Arts Awards is launched to honour contributors to Dubai's art scene
>2012 - Launch of Soul of Dubai and A.I.R Dubai
>2013 - Organisations grew to 340+ employees; Heritage sites transferred to Culture and Arts Authority; Launch of Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre
>2014 - The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority becomes first governmental department to adopt and apply the second generation (G2) of 'Tasheel' platform for self-service; Awarded best M-government service in Dubai within Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart Government Award 2014 for 'Dubai Culture' mobile application.
>2015 - The Dubai Culture participates at opening week of Expo Milano 2015; Awarded Princess Haya Outstanding Government Social Responsibility Excellence
>2016 - Etihad Museum opens on December 2, 2016; The Department of Strategy in the Culture and Arts Authority in Dubai launches draft sectoral strategy 
>2017 - At World Government Summit, 'Creatopia Creative Platform' was selected as the most creative case

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