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MOU to identify areas of mutual cooperation in areas of arts, culture and education both within the UAE and abroad

H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo and Pr. Eric Fouache signing MoU at Emirates Palace 20th Apr 2016

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signifying a mutual agreement to identify areas of cooperation in the arts, culture and education. Signed by H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Festival, and Pr. Eric Fouache, Vice-Chancellor of Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi at Emirates Palace, the signing takes place in the midst of ADMAF’s annual Abu Dhabi Festival (3– 30 April) which sees multiple events hosted at the University as part of the Festival’s programme.

 

Commenting on the signing, Mrs Kanoo said: “Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has been a long-time supporter of ADMAF, and in return the Foundation has offered numerous cultural and educational opportunities to students of the University. As we sign this MOU, we are looking to solidify these opportunities to see the two organisations work together as we continue to educate the next generation of leaders on the importance of the arts and cultural understanding.”

 

Prof. Fouache added: “These are the type of important initiatives Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is keen in taking part in and providing them with our skills and expertise. Arts, education, culture and creativity are assuming an increasingly important role in the future plans of the country. At Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, we embrace this extremely important field and are pleased to join hands with distinguished partners such as ADMAF to further this endeavour.”

 

Under the MoU, both ADMAF and Paris Sorbonne University will collaborate to identify areas of cooperation, inclusive of programme development to foster creative and critical thinking among students and young people; the opportunity for students to study abroad as part of mutual cultural initiatives; and the opportunity to host internship programmes, events and conferences throughout the year.

 

Under the MOU, both ADMAF and Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi will work together to identify areas of cooperation, inclusive of programme development to foster creative and critical thinking among students and young people; the opportunity for students to study abroad as part of cultural initiatives; and the opportunity to host internships, events and discussion platforms.

 

Previously, Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has collaborated with ADMAF in the presentation of concerts and performances by the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (2011); ‘Debussy: Poet of the Avant-Garde’ (2012) featuring the leading pianist Hugues Leclère and Emirati soprano Sara Al Qaiwani; the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (2014); and the Abu Dhabi International Poetry Festival (2015). Several members of ADMAF’s Nationals’ Gallery professional development resource for Emirati artists are graduates of the University’s Art History and Museums Studies degree programme, including Dana Al Mazroui, Nassra Al Bunainain, Faiza Mubarak and Afra Al Hamed. Events hosted at Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi as part of the 2016 Abu Dhabi Festival have included Yann’Sine In Concert (in association with Alliance Francaise) and Ministry of Science Live!

 

Celebrating 20 years since its establishment, ADMAF continues to expand its network of strategic partners, collaborating with many organisations from the non-profit cultural, education and health sectors as well as the private sector. Ensuring AMDAF’s work accesses and engages audiences across the whole of the UAE, this network helps strengthen ADMAF’s commitment to establishing Abu Dhabi as a hub of cultural exchange and innovation. Learn more about ADMAF’s various initiatives and an interactive version of ADMAF’s special 20th anniversary publication and film at admaf20.com.