Join our webinar on culture as a rocket fuel for urban regeneration!

  • culture
  • economy
  • environment

Through the EU-funded ROCK project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to a webinar - 'Culture as a rocket fuel for urban regeneration: a critical look' - on 22 November. The webinar will explore how culture is being used as a development strategy in many European cities, particularly those hit hard by deindustrialisation, and how culture policy can contribute to more just, sustainable and healthy cities.

Culture can become a means to attract capital, to improve the image of a city and to promote unity and cooperation. Without necessarily building flagship cultural venues, cities are betting on culture and using it to re-brand themselves.

Using the examples of Liverpool and Nantes, the webinar will examine some of the consequences of culture-led urban regeneration.

  • The European Capital of Culture (ECoC) title awarded to Liverpool in 2008 led to a massive investment in culture and events. A decade on, the national and international reputation of the city continues to be influenced by this title. A joint research initiative, Impacts 08, commissioned by Liverpool City Council, has evaluated the social, cultural, economic and environmental effects of Liverpool’s title. The way the city sees itself and is seen by the rest of Europe, has been transformed, and culture is unmistakably at the heart of the city’s rebirth. Dr Beatriz Garcia, who directed Impacts 08 and reviewed the first three decades of ECoC legacies throughout Europe, will guide us through the research.
  • Nantes, and particularly the Island of Nantes, suffered from deindustrialisation when the shipyards were abandoned. The resulting brownfield led to a decline in social cohesion and sense of belonging. Since the early 1990s, local policymakers have been pioneers in using culture, and latterly the creative industries, as a driver for territorial change and growth. SAMOA Nantes (West Atlantic Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency) is in charge of two major projects: the Island of Nantes urban redevelopment project and the Creative Factory, a centre for creative productions in Nantes. Lucie Renou and Marieke Zeegers will explain how the Island of Nantes has been transformed into a vibrant creative ecosystem.

The webinar will also discuss the role of culture in sustainable city planning and of culture policy in creating more liveable, sustainable cities. Many urban networks and organisations are already responding to the need for sustainable city planning - the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, for example, which develops novel research that builds on urban planning and policy, social inequality and development studies. What then is the role of culture? Culture is a means to support a city vision which is intelligent, citizen-centred, socially-just and environmentally sustainable. This part of the webinar will bring out lessons from the case studies and cities that are convening culture and environment through city planning and development, presented by Lucy Latham, Julie’s Bicycle policy and cities programme lead.

Join us for this interactive discussion on Friday 22 November 2019 from 11.00 – 12.30 CET via GoToWebinar.

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