The Crystal Awards celebrate the achievements of leading artists who have shown exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world. The award was introduced in 1995 at the initiative of the Forum’s late friend Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Awardees are selected by the World Arts Forum.
A community of more than 40 cultural leaders is participating in the Annual Meeting 2016 in Davos to contribute to shaping the global agenda.
Cultural leaders take part in dozens of sessions in the programme on content related to the role of culture in society and to the other pressing issues of our time. Here is a snapshot of themes:
Special Focus on Cultural Heritage
A series of discussions with a multistakeholder group of leaders on how to protect cultural heritage at a time of catastrophic destruction….
With the collaboration of speakers from the Şahenk Initiative, Doğuş Group, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, UNESCO, the Victoria & Albert Museum and more. Sessions include:
Protecting Cultural Heritage (lunch session)
What kinds of partnerships are necessary for the protection of world heritage at a time of catastrophic destruction? On the agenda: war and iconoclasm, looting and financing of terrorism and unsustainable heritage tourism. Co-hosted with Doğuş Group.
Incredible Archaeological Discoveries (BetaZone session)
Explore what recent archaeological discoveries – such as the Göbeklitepe site in south-east Turkey – can teach us about the rise and fall of civilizations. Co-hosted with Doğuş Group.
The Digital Masterpiece (BetaZone session)
Explore breakthrough technologies that are changing our personal relationship to art and heritage with mathematician Martin Vetterli and media artist Sarah Kenderdine.
Cultural Norms and Popular Culture
Debates on the role of arts and culture at a time of growing populism, and in the context of a transforming media and entertainment landscape. Sessions include…:
Culture and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (panel)
What kind of shared culture do we want for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Opens with the world premiere collective viewing of the virtual reality film Collisions.
An Insight, An Idea Series (30 minutes, webcast live)
- Author and star video blogger John Green on what the wild success of his stories for young adults – including The Fault in Our Stars – tells us about youth aspirations.
- Actor and director Kevin Spacey on his acclaimed performance in the series House of Cards and the theatricality of American politics in this election year.
- World-renowned artist and Crystal Award recipient Olafur Eliasson on design that changes lives and communities.
Modern Times – What does today’s creative content landscape tell us about the direction of popular culture? With actors, film-makers, and business leaders.
The Soul of the City – What defines the soul of a great city? With artists, mayors, business and other leaders.
Cultural Leaders Dinner: Art and Politics – Should artists be concerned with beauty or with politics? A rich dialogue on the role of artists in today’s world.
Cultural Leaders engage across the programme with other leaders on panels, workshops, meals, visual displays, televised debates, and more on topics including…:
MIGRATION SOCIAL COHESION ECONOMIC GROWTH VIOLENT EXTREMISM GENDER PARITY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS FREEDOM OF SPEECH NEW MODELS FOR EDUCATION THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET THE DIGITAL ECONOMY DESIGN AND INNOVATION ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE NUTRITION