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Global Mayors: Cultural Leadership Through Crisis
A unique gathering of Mayors from global cities shared learnings from the pandemic, and made the case for culture in recovery

Our cities face the unprecedented challenge of recovering from the impacts of the pandemic. Culture will play a vital role in this recovery, boosting our economy day and night and inspiring, entertaining and bringing people together. Throughout this crisis, we have seen how people have turned to culture to connect with one another during isolation. Culture is in the DNA of our world cities, but it is under threat and deeply impacted by COVID-19.

On Thursday 29 October a panel of Mayors from cities around the world came together to reflect on learnings from their responses to the pandemic, and make the case for culture in recovery across our cities.

You can view a video of the panel in English here.

And in Spanish here.


  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
  • Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm
  • Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw


  • Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, London

This event was part of the World Cities Culture Forum’s ‘Global Conversation: one day digital conference on culture, COVID-19 and cities’ held for cities that are members of the WCCF network.

The conference was a key moment to reflect on the enormous impact of COVID-19. At the heart of the past 6 months are two fundamental questions: What have we learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic? And how can we position culture to support recovery and renewal in our cities?