The Past and Present Preserved: Assuring Our Cultural Legacy in the 21st Century




Threatened by regional conflicts, natural disasters, and changing populations, the continuity of Asia's cultural legacy is at risk. In the last decade, Asia has seen dramatic economic and demographic transformation. With more than half of Asia's population living in urban areas, notions of community are being challenged and reshaped as the next generation moves away from traditional trades. Devastating news of both human-made and natural catastrophes at unprecedented scale reveal to us daily how fragile the arts can be without precautionary measures and response procedures in place. Asia's rich tangible and intangible heritage, whether ancient or recent, face serious threat.


The 2015 Arts & Museum Summit will approach these challenges and explore our responsibilities as stewards of culture. Through compelling keynotes and in-depth panel discussions, we will probe the key ethical questions facing preservation and explore the technologies, methods, and practices used to keep these traditions intact and relevant into and beyond the 21st century.



Arahmaiani, Artist, Yogyakarta
Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO, Paris
Chang Lin-sheng (Leslie Chang), Director, Aurora Museum, Shanghai
Chen Kelun, Deputy Director, Shanghai Museum
Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director/Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong
Vishakha Desai, Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President and Professor of Practice, School of International Affairs, Columbia University, New York
Laurent Gaveau, Director, Google Cultural Institute Lab, Paris
Sarah Kenderdine, Director, Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Vasif Kortun, Director of Research and Programs, SALT, Istanbul and Ankara
Wai Kit Lee, Founder, Western China Cultural Ecology Research Workshop
Sabrina Motley, Director, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, D.C.
Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Fairouz Nishanova, Director, Aga Khan Music Initiative, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva
Ong Keng Sen, Director, Singapore International Festival of Arts
Helen Philon, Cofounder, Deccan Heritage Foundation, London and Mumbai
Phloeun Prim, Executive Director, Cambodian Living Arts, Phnom Penh
Zeyba Rahman, Senior Program Officer, Building Bridges Program, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, New York
Ahmad Sarmast, Music Advisor & Project Director, Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Kabul
Rajeev Sethi, Chairman and Trustee, The Asian Heritage Foundation, New Delhi
Suresh Suras Shrestha, Chief Archaeological Officer, Focal Point for Serial World Heritage Nomination of Silk Road Activities in Nepal, Department of Archaeology, Kathmandu
Timothy P. Whalen, Director, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles
Winnie Yeung, Head of Heritage, Central Police Station Revitalisation Project, Jockey Club CPS Limited, Hong Kong
Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong


The 2015 Arts & Museum Summit is made possible through support from The Getty Foundation. Google is an Official Summit Partner. Additional support has been provided by The Julis-Rabinowitz Family Art Initiative, H2 Foundation for Arts and Education Limited, Hallam Chow, and Fanzhi Foundation for Arts and Education Limited.


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Event Details

Thu 19 Nov 2015 - Fri 20 Nov 2015
9 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Hong Kong
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Regular: HK$1,950 / Student: HK$780 / November 19 only: HK$975 / November 20 only: HK$975
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