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Posted On: 30 April 2023 03:58 pm
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H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa speaks at the International Art Conference in Italy

Rikhia Basu
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H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani joined leading international advocates of the arts at 'Art for Tomorrow', a summit exploring the social and economic impact of the arts, held in Florence and Solomeo, Italy, from 26 – 30 April 2023. Art for Tomorrow convened an influential group of speakers including artists, government officials, leaders of cultural institutions, and patrons of the arts.

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa participated in the conversation “Heritage for Tomorrow,” which focused on how organizations are managing to preserve valued cultural assets while addressing urgent challenges such as mass tourism and climate change. Speaking in her role as Chairperson of Qatar Museums, which preserves and promotes the nation’s cultural heritage as part of its mandate, Sheikha Al Mayassa said,

“When it comes to Qatar, from the very beginning, our strategy for culture and museums was to develop our local and regional culture and celebrate our heritage: Islamic culture, Arab culture, and our Qatari identity. For example, when it came to the National Museum of Qatar, the jewel of the museum is the palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim, the son of the founder of Qatar, and we preserved it as it is. We wanted people to appreciate the size and scale, and see how their family lived, because showing how people lived in the past is interesting for us to study and understand. The notion of people living with their family is something that still exists today in our society, and we want to preserve that, even as we are building modern institutions and being part of a more global and connected world.”

Joining Her Excellency in the conversation were Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO; and Andreas Görgen, General Secretary, German Ministry of Culture. The discussion was moderated by New York Times journalist Farah Nayeri. During the panel, Her Excellency hailed Qatar’s exemplary cultural heritage protection strategies while underscoring the importance of heritage preservation to Qatar’s national identity and its people.

In addition to Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa, Qatar was well-represented at other Art for Tomorrow events throughout the summit. Qatari artist Shouq Al Mana discussed how her practice is rooted in culture, identity, and tradition that combines the past and present, and Qatar Museums Deputy CEO Sheikha Reem Al Thani hosted a conversation about the arts ecosystem and promoting the arts in other sectors.

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