كلمة سعادة هدى إبراهيم الخميس ـ كانو في الندوة الحوارية: “كوريا والإمارات: الإرث الثقافي وآفاق التلاقي” من مبادرة “صون التراث الثقافي” ” استكمالاً لجهود المجموعة منذ تأسيسها، في إحياء التراث العريق واستعادة روائع الموروث المحلي والاعتزاز بالهوية الوطنية المتسامحة والمنفتحة على العالم وتستهدف الاحتفاء بالموروث
H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, and Peter Wheeler, CEO, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, signed a Letter of Cooperation during the Abu Dhabi Festival 2019 Press Conference.
This year the Festival’s central theme is the ‘Culture of Determination’, as it joins forces with the Special Olympics World Games that are also taking place in the UAE capital during the month of March. Both parties seek to identify opportunities to enhance the strategic value of individual exchange projects between ADMAF and the Special Olympics, by promoting artistic co-operation and collaboration leading to joint commissions, artistic creations and presentations.
ADMAF showcased a selection of artworks by Emirati and UAE-based artists reflecting the core values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan at Abu Dhabi Art. The pavilion was centred around Zayed: The Soft Power and commemorated five of the core values that honour the Founding Father’s legacy: Wisdom and Peace, Tolerance and Respect, Sustainability and Environment, Human Development and Knowledge, and Unity.
The ADMAF Pavilion featured artworks by Abdelghani Al Nahawi, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Dr. Ahmed Al Faresi, Nayef AlBalooshi, Maha Ali Abdullah, Hussain AlMoosawi, Patricia Millns and Ranim Orouk, resulting from an open call where artists across the UAE were invited to submit works they felt fitted the chosen theme. The pavilion also allowed art lovers, artists and collectors the opportunity to network through an engaging and in-depth programme of events, tailored to suit all ages.
Ewa’a Shelters featured in strategic collaboration with the ADMAF Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art 2018. The artwork, created by artist Jennifer Simon, highlights the ambitious vision of Ewa’a Shelters in enhancing its pioneering role in the field of caring for, and rehabilitating, victims of human trafficking.
Founder of ADMAF, H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, visited The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and met with its president, Deborah F. Rutter. Also in attendance was Timothy O’Leary, General Director, WNO, and Gary Gintsling, Executive Director, NSO, as they discussed future projects of mutual interest.
On November 7, 2018, H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF, was awarded the esteemed Middle East Institute Visionary Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership in empowering artists and communities across the Arab world, and bringing Arab culture to a global audience. The award was bestowed upon Her Excellency in a special ceremony hosted yesterday at the Institute’s 72nd Annual Awards Banquet and Conference at Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Washington, D.C.
The Middle East Institute Visionary Award recognises an Arab individual or institution for outstanding work in the region. Awarded for her dedication to the art and culture industry in the Middle East, inspiring artists to create, generations to innovate, and communities to unite and prosper, Huda I. Al-Khamis Kanoo was presented the award by Alicia Adams, Vice President of International Programming at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Also in attendance was Dr. Paul Salem, President of the Middle East Institute, along with hundreds of top officials, analysts, and business leaders representing a diverse cross-section of the Middle East-focused community.
Upon receiving the award, H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo said: “We live in uncertain, troubling times in the Arab World, and the role of the Middle East Institute is more relevant and vital now than ever, in its efforts to shine a light on the region, helping the US and the world at large to understand more about us and our culture. So it is personally a great honour to be presented with the 2018 Visionary Award.”
The UAE’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Yousuf Alotaiba, welcomed the ADMAF Founder to the beautiful UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, in a meeting to discuss Art and Culture, and its importance to all peace-loving people around the world. Discussions centered on making sure every available effort is being made to ensure UAE artists and culture can be shared with all.
On November 2, 2018, ADMAF founder, H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, attended the Reina Sofia School of Music for the celebration of the 80th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sofia, which took place in Madrid. The Reina Sofia School of Music is a strategic partner of ADMAF and the Abu Dhabi Festival on cross-cultural collaborations. The celebration consisted of a concert by Freixenet Symphony Orchestra of The Reina Sofia School of Music, conducted by Placido Domingo with Raquel de Benito and Samuel Palomino on the viola, and Hayk Sukiasyan on the cello. The repertoire included Bach’s Symphony No. 6 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF, and H.E. Mattar bin Lahej, Executive Manager of the Al Jalila Centre for Children signed a Letter of Cooperation on October 17, 2018, with both parties agreeing to coordinate their efforts in supporting various education programmes and initiatives that help local communities of students and parents.
Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children offers a safe, joyous and creative environment that welcomes children from 4 to 16 from different nationalities, and was established in 2014 under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, while Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein chairs its Board of Trustees. It is a non-profit centre, founded on the belief that culture is essential to understand both ourselves and the world in which we live today. The overall aim is to enrich the cultural lives of children, to create awareness of their surroundings, and to embrace their creativity and future aspirations, to prepare them to welcome their future.
International strategic partnerships are central to the Foundation’s work in cross-cultural diplomacy and a number of these long-term relationships are with US cultural leaders. During October 2018, H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo visited New York and met with some of the Foundation’s collaborators, discussing news and taking time to plan for future work together. During the trip, she met with Russell Granet, Acting President and CEO of the Lincoln Center, Alvaro Domingo, Vice President of Operalia, Sir Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, renowned Emirati composer Mohammed Fairouz, Greg Scholl, Executive Director of Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, and Kara Medoff Barnett, Executive Director of American Ballet Theater.