"Investing in culture: the social and economic impacts", the first international conference of its kind in the Arab world was Held in Bahrain National Theater, on January 19, 2016. The conference was organized by Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage and the French Foundation "Thinkers & Doers.
More than 300 participants from organizations active in the cultural field, including the head of the Arab World Institute in Paris and former French Minister of Culture Mr. Jack Lang, the Director General of Dar Al-Athar Al-Islammiyah HE Sheikha Hussa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Qatar Museums HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Al Thani, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Nationality, Passports & Residence Affairs HE Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, owner of “Gallery institution” Kamel Munawar, the representative of “Art Dubai Foundation” Antonia Carver, the responsible of The Middle East program of World Monuments Fund Alessandra Peruzzetto, a number of official figures, ambassadors accredited in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and journalists from international and local media.
At the opening session of the conference, speakers showcased how investing in culture can be turned into a real channel for communication between civilizations and cultures, support sustainable development and strengthen cooperation between the public and the private sectors.
They also explained how can be turned into a real asset for prosperity and a benefit for all. The former of Culture Jack Lang said that the reason for the increasing of the number of visitors to the Louvre from one million to 10 million are the investments the government spent in restoring and modernizing the museum.
At the closure of the opening session Mr. Jack Lang, awarded HE Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa the medal of Arts and Letters of the French Republic (Officier de L'ordre des arts et des lettres), in recognition for her efforts in investing and promoting culture.
The conference hosted many workshops and panel discussions held at the Bahrain National Museum and the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage. Participants discussed the benefits of cultural projects, the evaluation criteria for identifying the right projects, and the importance of the involvement of the young generation in the culture industry.
At the end of the conference, Bahrain Musical Band held a musical show led by Maestro Maysa Jonoshi.
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