The DGAM represented by the Director General Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim
participated in the third Edinburgh International Culture Summit, that hold between 24 and 26 August 2016 at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, during the city’s world-renowned summer festivals.
Every August, Scotland’s capital plays host to some 25000 artists and 1000 producers, participating in over 35000 performances across 350 venues. the Culture Summit brings together Culture Ministers, policy-makers, from around the world in a unique and dynamic forum for developing arts and cultural policy with relevant conversations around a suite of key themes: Culture and Heritage, Culture and Economics, and Culture and Participation.
The opening ceremony was attended by: Ken Macintosh
MSP, Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament - Fiona Hyslop
MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Scottish Government - The Rt Hon Matt Hancock
MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, UK Government - Francesco Bandarin
, Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO, Paris- Prince Amyn Aga Khan
, Aga Khan Development Network, Geneva with Cultural Ministers and senior policy-makers from a wide range of cultures.
Prime Minister of Scotland
welcomed in her speech during the evening, which was held in honor of the summit, of the presence of the Director-General of Antiquities and Museums, Professor Mammoun Abdulkarim
praised for his efforts and the efforts of his colleagues in Syria to defend Syria's cultural heritage
in his speech at the Scottish parliament, represented the DGAM role in defending the Syrian Cultural Heritage during this difficult and challenges circumstances, in addition to the role and efforts of the national concerned parties and the Syrian experience to protect its cultural heritage that represent a unique part of the human heritage. This participation was a key opportunity to showcase and share the challenges and best-practices of the Syrian conservation efforts at a unique multilateral meeting and to bring our perspective to bear on the current global debate on the key issues facing culture today.
The Director-General presented an evening lecture at the Royal Institute of Physics
, upon the invitation of the World Heritage Directorate in Edinburgh, in which he talked about the reality of antiquities in Syria during the crisis and the efforts carried out by the Directorate for the Protection of antique objects in museums and mitigate the damage through cooperation with government institutions and the local community in many areas in Syria.
It worth to mention that the Edinburgh International Culture Summit is an initiative of the Edinburgh International Festival, the British Council, the Scottish and UK Governments and the Scottish Parliament, where the Summit is held.
Every two years, artists, arts leaders, and Culture Ministers from across the globe come together to discuss substantial issues of mutual interest during the largest celebration of arts in the world – the Edinburgh Festivals.