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Local Cultures in Global Settings

Iris Ceramica Group and UAE Modern present a series of events dedicated to Dubai. The first session will take place at 6:00 pm on April 20, during Milano Design Week, at the Iris Ceramica Group showroom

Local Cultures in Global Settings Iris Ceramica Group UAE Modern
By Redazione The Plan -

Ahead of Milano Design Week, Iris Ceramica Group and UAE Modern, in Media partnership with THE PLAN, present Local Cultures in Global Settings, a series of events that focus on the city of Dubai as a living laboratory where a new globalized identity is being constructed, offering an opportunity to rethink the relationship between culture, nature, and technology.

The first talk is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, at the Iris Ceramica Group showroom at 4 Via Santa Margherita, Milan. The session will include a preview of an international contest for architects and designers, also named Local Cultures in Global Settings.

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The initiative has grown out of collaboration between Iris Ceramica Group, as promoter, and, as curator, UAE Modern, a cultural hub dedicated to sustainability and circular economy founded by Massimo Imparato and Monica Mazzolani.

Over the coming months, the events to follow will take place in London and Dubai, the final destination of this journey aimed at creating cultural bridges between people, institutions, and businesses. The speakers at the various sessions will be prominent figures from the design world.


The global scenario and local culture

The panel discussion scheduled for April 20 at the Iris Ceramica Group flagship store in Milan will see the participation of three speakers: Khalid Shafar, a designer from Dubai who blends traditional Arab crafts with contemporary design in his creations; architect and designer Abeer Seikaly, originally from Jordan, whose career is distinguished by her artistic, cultural, and social research; and Lidewij Edelkoort a Dutch trend forecaster, publisher, humanitarian, design educator and exhibition curator. Furthermore, in 2020 she founded the World Hope Forum; a platform to inspire the creative community to rebuild a better society.

How does multiculturalism influence the local context and how, conversely, does local culture evolve into a global scenario? The three speakers will discuss the challenges, limitations, and opportunities that can grow from an inclusive approach in which the local and global dimensions complement each other.


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