The gap between Europe and the Arab world appears to be widening, with both societies clinging to what divides rather than what binds us. Though current global movements make encounters inescapable, distrust perseveres and conflict overshadows our joint future.
If we look at the world of art and culture, we can see an opposite trend. Museums in Western Europe are diversifying their collections and seem more interested than ever before in art from the Arab world. At the same time, many big museums have opened up in Arab countries, often modeled on European museums.
With, among others, Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates we will explore the relationship between Europe and the Arab world and the possibilities and necessity of art in bringing both societies together. What are the cultural values that bind and enrich us?
With music from the Andalusian Orchestra.
This programme is made in collaboration with Patrick de Vries.
As part of this cultural exchange between Europe and the Arab world we also organize the programme The 21st Century Museum: a place where cultures meet?