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Guest speaker John Newbigin, Chair of Creative England, joins Ahmed Al Anzi, moderator, for an insightful discussion with Zayed University students

Riwaq Al Fikr 2016 24th Apr 2016

Riwaq Al Fikr / Abu Dhabi Festival Debate explores the growth of cultural and creative industries in the UAE with the next generation

Riwaq Al Fikr, the annual Abu Dhabi Festival debate series, returned yesterday with a stimulating talk at Zayed University focusing on the growth of creative and cultural industries in the UAE over the past 10 years, and the potential challenges the industries might face.

John Newbigin, Chair of Creative England, gave a keynote presentation of his working experience spanning over 20 years across the cultural and creative industries. The event also saw individual presentations by students from Zayed University’s College of Arts and Creative Enterprise and its College of Communication and Media Studies as part of a debate moderated by the emerging designer and media personality, Ahmed Al Anzi (aka ‘The Contemporary Bedouin’).

Examining numerous growth initiatives within the creative industries implemented across the UAE over the past 10 years, the talk focused on the many projects that are set to boost the sector now and into the future. Touching upon tourism strategies and investments spurred by the Expo 2020, the talk also highlighted the importance of culture as an economic driver, with the imminent opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi and other major cultural projects.

Riwaq Al Fikr is an annual discussion series, part of the Abu Dhabi Festival community & education programme, offering insightful dialogue on popular cultural topics. Since 2010 Riwaq Al Fikr has held 18 sessions, providing over 30 hours of stimulating intellectual discourse to students and the general public.