going to Abu Dhabi to talk at: Imagining the Future: New Worlds, New Arts, New Models : Symposium at NYUAD:

The Unifying Arab Awakening:

a Collective Consciousness = power of the people vs. the people in power

Egyptian actor and filmmaker Khaled Abol Naga was one of the millions gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the January 25 revolution.  In this public lecture Mr. Naga will share his micro-experiences of those momentous events (where he filmed rare, unreleased footage for his upcoming documentary TAHRIR el TAHRIR) and his macro-reflections on the transformations currently unfolding in the Arab world and beyond.  In addition to his work for stage and film, Mr Naga is a human and child rights activist, and has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007.  He has also hosted local and pan-Arab television and radio talk shows since 1999.

This event is part of Imagining the Future: New Worlds, New Arts, New Models — an international artists’ colloquium at NYU Abu Dhabi curated by Anna Deavere Smith and Gideon Lester.

Khaled Abol Naga Egyptian actor and filmmaker


Imagining the Future: New Worlds, New Arts, New Models


April 20-22, 2011

Workshops | and Public presentations

What is the future of art-making, creativity and culture in our increasingly globalized world as political, economic and technological powers shift? What kinds of institutions can best support and present the work of pioneering artists, and provide ideal experiences for the next generation of audiences? This three-day colloquium will bring together leading artists, curators, policy makers, economists and scientists from around the world to share ideas and strategies through a series of public and private presentations, performances and discussions.

Convened by
Anna Deavere Smith Director, Anna Deavere Smith Works, NYU
Gideon Lester Director, Arts Collaboration Lab, Columbia School of the Arts