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Leadership Exchange Programme launched
Four Leadership Awards across nine World Cities
02.05.2018

The World Cities Culture Forum, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture, is excited to announce the first-ever Leadership Exchange Programme, designed to support World Cities to develop best practices for advancing cultural projects and shaping public policy.

As Mayors around the world invest in cultural projects ranging from cultural facilities and arts programming, to affordable workspace, tourism, engagement and sustainability, the Leadership Exchange Programme is an opportunity to bring cities together. Through peer-to-peer learning they will share the best ideas and approaches from around the world.

In the inaugural programme nine cities will collaborate and develop creative solutions to urban challenges across four exchanges:

  • Urban affordability for the creative sector - The City of Toronto, led by not-for-profit creative placemaking organisation Artscape, will host Austin, Amsterdam, London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Warsaw to share strategies to retain and grow affordable creative spaces.
  • Re-purposing waste creatively - London will participate in an exchange with New York City to explore the innovative ‘Materials for the Arts’ programme, where waste materials from different sectors are diverted from the waste stream and repurposed by schools and cultural non-profits.
  • Culture and reconciliation - Sydney and Toronto will collaborate in a city-to-city exchange, sharing new ideas for celebrating Aboriginal communities and promoting their visibility.
  • Culture in local communities - Buenos Aires will work with London to explore the newly launched London Borough of Culture, which will shine a spotlight on local culture and get citizens involved with culture on their doorstep.

Keep up to date with the development of these exciting projects across social media using #wccf_leadership.

Further information on the Leadership Exchange Programme can be found on our press release here.