Cities of Culture, 30 years on.
Who has the edge?

18-19 October 2018 | Liverpool

In October 2018, the Institute of Cultural Capital partnered with Culture Liverpool, CreArt and the British Council for a 2-day international symposium dedicated to discussing the long term impact of hosting major events and the value of culture as a catalyst for change.

Conversations featuring cities from the UK, Europe and beyond, discussed the rewards that can be reaped by event-led regeneration, but also the barriers to, and risks of, success — in particular, what it takes for cities to maintain a distinctive and competitive edge, in an era where becoming a ‘city of culture’ is a common aspiration.


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Dr Beatriz Garcia

Session 1 | Impacts 18

Director, Institute of Cultural Capital
Member, European Capital of Culture Selection Panel
Member, International Olympic Committee Culture & Heritage Commission

Dr Garcia has been at the forefront of research on the rhetoric and impact of culture-led city regeneration interventions since 1999. Major projects include a review of all evidence on 33 years of the European Capital of Culture programme (1985-2018); the pioneering Impacts 08/ Impacts 18 programme on Liverpool 2018; and the first nation-wide legacy assessment of a Cultural Olympiad, focusing on the London 2012 Olympic Games. 


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Jude Kelly CBE

Session 3 | The Risks of Success

Former Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London

Founder and CEO of WOW - Women of the World Foundation

Born and raised in Liverpool, in 1997, Kelly was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts. Her work has been recognized with several awards and her recent TED talk has over 1.4 million views in 2018.

She has founded a range of arts institutions including the international artists space METAL, with bases in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend on Sea.


Prof Ann Markusen

Session 4 | Bigger is not always Better

Professor Emerita and Director of Arts Economy Initiative - University of Minnesota
Principal of Markusen Economic Research

Markusen is currently researching occupational approaches to regional development, as well as artists, arts organisations, cultural industries, and cultural activity as regional economic and quality-of-life stimulants. She has worked in cities as diverse as Berkeley, Seoul, Glasgow and Kyoto.

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Ulrich Fuchs

Session 6 | Cities on the Edge

Cultural Manager
Member, European Capital of Culture Selection & Monitoring Panel

Fuchs has been a member of the European Capitals of Culture Selection and Monitoring Panel since 2014. He was the Vice-Director of the European Capital of Cultural Marseille from 2010 to 2014. Marseille, reputed as a stronghold of violence, drug dealing and gang warfare, became Capital of Culture in 2013 and has since used a strong cultural programme to drive development in the city. He was Deputy Managing Director and Programme Director of Linz European Capital of Culture 2009, and was Project Manager of the team preparing Bremen’s application to be European Capital of Culture 2010.

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Maria Balshaw CBE

Session 7 | Connected Cities

Director of Tate
Accounting Officer - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Balshaw has overall responsibility for Tate’s strategic direction and day-to-day operations, working with a talented group of colleagues to further Tate’s mission to promote the public understanding and enjoyment of British art, and of twentieth-century and contemporary art. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015.


In Conversation

Mayoral Addresses

Panel Chairs