19th Oct

      Various Venues


Morning Plenary Programme

7.30am-11.30am | Titanic Hotel


Northern Cities

Session 5 | 8.30am-10am

(Breakfast Provided from 7.30 am)

What is the future for culture-led regeneration? Ways forward in European Northern cities


Breakfast Address|Joe Anderson OBE

Roundtable chaired by Alice Webb


  • Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

  • Carol Bell, NewcastleGateshead Initiative

  • Pat Power, Harcourt Developments

  • Cesare Torre, Genoa City Council


Cities on the Edge

Session 6 | 10am-11.30am  

What we can learn from the margins? The experience of port cities, small cities, remote cities of Europe.

Keynote | Ulrich Fuchs

Roundtable chaired by Sir Bob Scott


  • Ulrich Fuchs, Former Artistic Director - Linz 2009 and Marseille-Provence 2013| European Capitals of Culture

  • Cristina Farinha, Cultural Consultant, Porto

  • Prof Franco Bianchni, University of Hull and consultant to Matera

  • Dr Daiva Citvarienė, Kaunas 2022 European Capital of Culture


Liverpool Regeneration
Coach Tour

11.30am-12.30pm | Liverpool waterfront

Impacts 18 themed discussions while touring 30-years of culture-led physical transformation
from the Royal Albert Dock to the Baltic Triangle and the new, emerging Ten Streets district.


Afternoon Plenary Programme


2pm-6pm | Liverpool Town Hall


Connected Cities

Session 7 | 2pm-3.30pm

Closer or further apart? European cultural networking post-Brexit



Keynotes | Maria Balshaw CBE

Roundtable chaired by

Prof Michael Parkinson CBE


  • Maria Balshaw CBE, Tate

  • Alan Bishop, Creative Industries Federation

  • Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet

  • Kathy McArdle, British Council


Cities of Culture the next 30 years

Session 8 |5.15pm-6pm



Concluding Address | Steve Rotheram

Claire McColgan MBE

Key lessons & reflections | Dr Beatriz Garcia