Culture as a rocket fuel for urban regeneration: a ROCK webinar

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Through the EU-funded ROCK project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to a webinar on 'Culture as a rocket fuel for urban regeneration: a critical look'. Culture is used as a development strategy in many European cities, especially those where deindustrialisation hit harder. Culture can also become a means to attract capital, to improve the image of the city, and to promote unity and cooperation. Without necessarily building flagship cultural venues, cities are betting on culture and use it to re-brand themselves.

Speakers from Liverpool and Nantes will examine some of the consequences of culture-led urban regeneration in their cities:

  • Dr Beatriz Garcia has been at the forefront of debates about culture-led urban regeneration since 1999. Her pioneering work on the cultural impact and legacy of mega-events has informed city strategists around the world. Dr Garcia has directed Impacts 08 research framework on the multiple impacts of Liverpool as 2008 European Capital of Culture (ECoC) and reviewing the first three decades of ECoC legacies throughout Europe.
  • SAMOA Nantes (West Atlantic Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency) is in charge of two major projects: the Ile de 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 become host to a vivid creative ecosystem.

Together with Lucy Latham, Julie’s Bicycle policy and cities programme lead, we will also discuss the role of culture in sustainable city planning and how can culture policies contribute to more just, sustainable and healthy cities. Many urban networks and organisations are already responding to the need for sustainable city planning. 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 learn from the case studies and cities who are convening culture and environment through city planning and development.

When? Friday 22 November 2019/11.00 – 12.30 CET via GoToWebinar.

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