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World Cities Culture Report Shanghai Symposium

In April 2012 an inaugural symposium was held in Shanghai. Organised by BOP and Shanghai Theatre Academy, and hosted and sponsored by the Shanghai Theatre Academy Metropolitan Cultural Audit Centre, the Shanghai Symposium marked the first opportunity for the partner cities to get together to discuss the draft of the World Cities Culture Report 2012, and to exchange ideas about culture’s role in public policy. The brochure of the event is available for download here.

Download the event brochure below. It contains detailed information about the programme and delegates.

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Representatives from eight cities attended the two-day symposium. Through a series of keynote speeches, presentations and discussions they explored issues of mutual interest, and agreed the first steps to a programme of further research.

More information can be found about the Shanghai Symposium on its associated website (Chinese only):

We would like to thank the following for participating and speaking at the Shanghai Symposium:


Esma Firuze Küyük, Assistant Expert of Culture & Tourism, Istanbul Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism


Joseph Gaylard, Director of Visual Arts Network of South Africa, Johannesburg office

Khumbu Sithole, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, Gauteng Tourism Authority


Justine Simons, Head of Cultural Strategy, Greater London Authority

Adam Cooper, Senior Cultural Policy Officer, Greater London Authority

John Howkins, Visiting Professor, Shanghai theatre Academy & BOP Associate

Prof. Andy Pratt, King’s College London

Paul Owens, Managing Director, BOP Consulting; Director, World Cities Culture Forum

Matthieu Prin, Project Manager, World Cities Culture Forum

Richard Naylor, Director, Research, BOP Consulting


Prof. Abdul Shaban, Centre for Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

New York:

Kate D. Levin, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City

Donna Keren, Senior Vice President, Research and Analysis, NYC & Company

Danai Pointer, Director of External Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City


Carine Camors, Urban Economist, IAU Ile-de-France

Odile Soulard, Urban Economist, IAU Ile-de-France


Wei Lou, Chairman of Shanghai Theatre Academy, Director of School Committee

Jinhai Zhu, Deputy Director, The Development Research Centre of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government

Ping Yu, Director of Culture and Technology Department, Ministry of Culture, P.R. China

Prof. Changyong Huang, Vice President, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Dr Marina Guo, Shanghai Theatre Academy


Yusaku Imamura, Counsellor on special issues to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Chairman, Specialist Committee for Cultural Policy, Tokyo Council for the Arts; Director of Arts and Cultural Projects, NLI Research Institute

Katsuhiko Funaki, Director of Cultural Policy, Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government