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World Cities Culture Forum hosts its first public session
"What next for culture in world cities?"

For our first ever public session at the Moscow Summit, we brought together delegates to map the changing cultural landscape and share insights into the future. They also took questions from an audience of Muscovites interested in culture.

Key questions

  • What impact will accelerating economic growth and globalisation have on cities?
  • Who will decide the future of culture? What are the respective roles of government, cultural organisations, civil society and corporations – and how will they change in order to meet new challenges?
  • What is the future of informal, grassroots and ‘fringe’ cultural life? Is underground and folk culture under threat?
  • What ideas are the new world cities and megacities bringing to the cultural conversation?


Ekow Eshun, writer and broadcaster


Kajsa Ollongren, Deputy Mayor, Economic Affairs, Art and Culture, City of Amsterdam

Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs

Ana Méndez de Andés, Advisor to the Councillor for Culture and Sports, City of Madrid

Vladimir Filippov, Deputy Head, Moscow Department of Culture

Mr. Hongseog Goh, Chief Officer, Culture Headquarters, Seoul Metropolitan Government

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