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World Cities Culture Forum Leadership Exchange Programme
New Leadership Exchange Programme announced today

Today, the World Cities Culture Forum, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, is excited to announce the launch of the second Leadership Exchange Programme.

The Leadership Exchange Programme is designed to grow cultural leadership in world cities, encourage collaboration, raise ambition, and enable cities to learn from one another.

The programme supports exchanges between cities around a common challenge. The programme is open to all Member Cities of the Forum. Exchanges will be selected by an independent Jury and will be announced in April 2020.

Four exchanges were funded in 2018, supporting collaborations between nine cities. These cities shared examples and best practice around ensuring affordable space for artists; recycling discarded materials for use as art supplies in schools and non-profits; promoting local culture in neighbourhoods; and celebrating and engaging marginalized communities.

Deputy Mayor of London for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE said: “If you want to be a successful city in the 21st century, culture has to be part of the mix. Culture brings people together, builds civic pride, boosts the economy, regenerates neighbourhoods and gives tourists a reason to visit. All major cities need smart innovative policies to ensure culture thrives and all citizens benefit from it. The Leadership Exchange Programme is a fantastic opportunity for city leaders to share their best ideas, be inspired and develop solutions to the problems global cities face.”

Kate D. Levin, Bloomberg Philanthropies and former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, said: “As cities grapple with challenges cultural projects can serve as the testing ground for solutions that bring communities together and improve the quality of life of residents. The Leadership Exchange is a unique opportunity for cities to learn from each other while also spreading ideas that work.”

Further information on the Leadership Exchange Programme can be found in our press release in English here, or in Spanish here.

For more information about previous exchanges please see our 2018 Leadership Exchange Case Study Report here.