Dubai Culture hosts first ‘Creative Economy Youth Circle’ at SIKKA Art Fair

DUBAI, 25th March, 2018 (WAM) — The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Dubai Culture, hosted a “Creative Economy Youth Circle” for the first time at SIKKA Art Fair, with the aim of educating and empowering youth to become the main drivers of the creative economy.

SIKKA Art Fair, held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture, will draw to a close at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood on 26th March, 2018.

The “Creative Economy Youth Circle” was attended by Sheikha Latifa, key figures from the public and private sector and arts and cultural institutions, such as the Acting Director-General at Dubai Culture, Saeed Mohammed Al Nabouda; Chief of Creativity, Happiness and Innovation at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Hind Almualla; Director of Art Dubai, Myrna Ayad; Associate Dean at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, Hani Asfour, and Chairman of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Nasser Abdullah, as well as university students, academics, members of the “Youth X Hub” and a number of artists participating in the SIKKA Art Fair.


Regarding the event, Sheikha Latifa said, “Youth have always been at the centre of our leadership’s efforts, with decrees, decisions and initiatives focused on their pivotal role in the nation’s 47-year-long development. SIKKA Art Fair, in this context, is a manifestation of this ongoing support in the arts and culture sector, with a focus on creating a sustainable arts ecosystem that paves the way for a stronger, creative economy where young talents in the wider spectrum of the arts industry are active contributors to the national economy.

“Since its inception in 2010, we have attracted young talents, honed their experiences and placed them at the forefront of the sustainability challenge, which is now more urgent than ever. I believe that our collective efforts, alongside our stakeholders, put us on the right track, which has been set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and to which Emirates Youth Council has responded with the Youth Circle initiative.

“During the SIKKA Youth Circle, we have discussed with our partners the ways of engaging local youth more effectively in our diverse initiatives centred around the creative economy, while addressing existing structural or educational gaps and identifying concrete mechanisms to maximise opportunities for entrepreneurship in the creative sector,” noted Sheikha Latifa.

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