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 our imagination and inspiring us to fulfil our potential.
Download the documents below for information about the participating artists and cultural leaders, the cultural programmes and the exhibitions at the last Annual Meeting in Davos and Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin.
This year at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, from 11-13 September, 2013, artists and cultural leaders will share insights about how the arts and creative practices can nurture our creativity, help us make sense of our place in the world, and spur us into action; they will explore how we can design systems and spaces that enable intercultural dialogue, sustainable living and innovation; and they will allow us to glimpse the future at the intersection of art and technology. Highlights include sessions on cognition and design, on thinking like architects, on learning creativity and on nurturing traditional practices; a decision-making workshop with jazz musicians; walks with the architect of the futuristic Conference Center; 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 towards the organization’s stated motto of “improving the state of the world”. Awardees are nominated by the World Arts Forum, a foundation launched in 1991 and chaired by Ms. Hilde Schwab, to provide a platform for artists as key agents of intercultural dialogue. At the 2013 Annual Meeting, honorees included the documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy from Pakistan for the power of her films to impact legislation protecting the rights of women; the artist Vik Muniz for his work to use art as an element of inclusion, as featured in the award-winning documentary, Waste Land; and actress Charlize Theron for her tireless work to bring attention to the HIV epidemic in South Africa.
Click here for a list of all previous recipients of the Crystal Award
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