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A new direction for culture in world cities
WCCF Newsletter - December

Local governments in world cities are approaching culture differently. This change is in response to a changing world order, increasingly divisive national politics, and crises of national identity in countries around the globe.

Our World Cities Culture Report 2018, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, explores how urban cultural policy is shifting towards more egalitarian and citizen-centred models.

The report is based on extensive data and practice research from 35 major global cities. It showcases a wide range of innovative cultural practices, opening culture to a greater range of people, practitioners, art forms and new spaces.

Download the report here.


Lisbon to host World Cities Culture Summit 2019

The 8th World Cities Culture Forum summit will take place next year in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

Delegates will gather to discuss the role of culture in building open and tolerant cities and in addressing environmental challenges. More information and the summit launch video here.


World Cities Culture Summit San Francisco 2018

A record 32 cities gathered in San Francisco for the summit, to discuss how culture and new technologies are transforming world cities.

Highlights included choreographer Alonzo King’s moving opening keynote speech, reminding us to become better listeners and shift our thinking from ‘me’ to ‘we’. The summit also included a lively and passionate debate on what cultural equity and diversity means in different cities, and how city leaders can achieve this, with examples from Amsterdam, New York, Zurich, Taipei and San Francisco’s SOMArts.

Further information on the summit and delegates here.


We welcome four new members

We are pleased to welcome Dublin, Helsinki, Nanjing and Oslo to our Forum, taking our global network to 38 cities.

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