In Abu Dhabi, Paavo Nõgene, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, met on 11 April with Minister of State Noura Mohammad Al Kaabi. The minister was interested in cooperation in the fields of art and music and promised to fully support the signing of a cultural cooperation agreement between the two states.
The meeting in Abu Dhabi was made possible thanks to the high-level international culture summit, which brought cultural figures from 80 countries to the United Arab Emirates.
Paavo Nõgene, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, reported from Abu Dhabi that the meeting with the UAE Minister of State provided a unique opportunity to establish a new partnership and establish definite goals for cooperation. Nõgene confirmed that the conversation was very productive. Minister of State Al Kaabi was well-aware of the high level of Estonian musical culture. And based thereon, the state minister expressed the wish to have our musicians perform at the Abu Dhabi Festival and to initiate cooperation with the Dubai Opera. The state minister would like to see an exhibition of Estonian art in Abu Dhabi, which could be organised by the Art Museum of Estonia. Such invitations and offers clearly demonstrate that our culture has much to say and contribute to the world,” said Nõgene.
The state minister in turn promised to provide all the assistance necessary for concluding a cultural cooperation agreement between Estonia and the United Arab Emirates. If possible, she promised to already visit Estonia this summer, in order to be part of one of our most powerful expressions of national culture – the Song and Dance Celebration “Here I’ll Stay. The state minister and the secretary general also agreed to organise a visit by cultural and educational professionals to promote an exchange of experiences related to children’s musical education and museum work.
Estonian innovation was also of interest to the state minister and the related discussion covered the e-State, e-School, e-Tax Board and e-Health. Another topic of interest was the solution for the recycling of plastic containers, whereby money can be donated to ensure that children from underprivileged families are able to attend cultural events.