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Milan to host World Cities Culture Summit in 2021

Today it was announced that the next World Cities Culture Summit will take place in Milan.

The announcement was made on the final day of this year’s international summit in Lisbon, where city leaders and top cultural experts from 38 cities gathered together to share best practice.

Over the last three days, the city leaders have been exploring the importance of culture, identity and equity in world cities, and how culture enables cities to reflect and support all of the people they represent.

Cultural leaders from around the world have been sharing practical policies and actions that can ensure culture and creativity can thrive and contribute to the continued success of their cities.

Milan has been chosen to host next year’s summit due to its diverse population, cultural vibrancy and its role as a leading city for cultural workers.

Filippo del Corno, Deputy Mayor for Culture, City of Milan said:

“Hosting the World Cities Culture Summit is for Milan the greatest acknowledgement of a long- term process to become a capital city of culture. Thanks to the boost given by Expo 2015, Milan has placed culture and creativity at the heart of its development. During the Summit Milan will become the hub of a political debate about the key role culture can play to face the greatest challenges of our time: climate change, social inclusion, creative workforce, centre vs suburbs in our cities. All these issues will be addressed by city leaders coming from all around globe together in Milan. We are really looking forward to host them in Milan.”

Justine Simons OBE, London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, and Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum said:

“I’m delighted that Milan will be the next host of our World Cities Culture Summit. Culture and creativity are vital to the success of our cities, as they drive our economies, inspire young people and transform lives. The summit provides a great opportunity to share best practice across the world, and, as a global cultural capital at the forefront of the fashion and design industries, Milan will be a truly inspiring host for us all.”

Paul Owens, Co-Founder of BOP Consulting and Director of the World Cities Culture Forum said:

“Culture and creativity is at the heart of Milan’s social and economic development. Its creative and cultural industries are leading the way – with dynamic creative hubs throughout the city. The Summit will be a unique opportunity for our world cities to learn from Milan’s experience as well as share their own expertise, and build on important discussions around cultural equity and the quality of life for all communities in the city.”

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