“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
– Albert Einstein
Artists and cultural leaders have been part of the Forum’s programmes for decades – bringing new perspectives to tackle global issues, providing insights into their creative processes, rekindling the imagination and inspiring people to fulfil our potential.
Download the documents below for information about the participating artists and cultural leaders, cultural programme and exhibitions at this year’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, and the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin.
By any of the metrics that rule our lives, it is hard to quantify what happens when a painting offers us an entirely new way of thinking about the world; a performance awakens long-lost memories; a film inspires us to live life to the fullest; or making art takes us to a place of reckoning within ourselves. From 22 to 25 January at the Annual Meeting 2014, we will explore how the values embedded in the arts – creativity, determination, communication and imagination, among others – can provide a framework for how we live our personal and professional lives.
Artists and cultural leaders will share insights on subjects as diverse as identity, heritage and the future of music, among others. Highlights include one-on-one sessions with some of the world’s leading artists in the new series, Inside the Creative Mind; an exhibition organized in collaboration with leading institutions; a special screening of the newly released film on the life of Nelson Mandela; a cross-discipline performance exploring limitless creativity; and much more.
Each year at the Annual Meeting, the Forum presents its Crystal Award to artists and cultural leaders who have made significant contributions to improving the state of the world. They are nominated by the World Arts Forum, a foundation launched in 1991 and chaired by Mrs Hilde Schwab that provides a platform for artists to act as key agents of intercultural dialogue.
At the Annual Meeting 2014, those being honoured are actor Matt Damon, for his involvement in charitable works including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation and Water.org; tenor Juan Diego Flórez, for his efforts to encourage the creation of children’s and youth orchestras and choirs on a national level; conductor Lorin Maazel, for his engagement through The Châteauville Foundation to share his experience with the next generations of musicians; and artist Shirin Neshat, for her work that transcends the realms of art in reflecting the far-reaching struggle to assert human rights.
Click here for a list of previous recipients of the Crystal Award.