The World Cities Culture Forum is a major global initiative on culture and the future of cities. It is a celebration of the importance of culture in the public and political life of world cities.
The World Cities Culture Forum was founded in 2012 by London, New York, Shanghai, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Johannesburg, and Istanbul. The Forum builds on the World Cities Culture Report initiative set up by the Mayor of London.
It has quickly emerged as a powerful new voice in the global cultural policy debate and now includes 22 members from around the world (Beijing is also a member of the Forum but could not participate in this year’s report). The organisation provides its members with the opportunity to discuss and examine culture at a city-to-city level.
It aims to:
• highlight the critical contribution of culture to the economic and social success of world cities
• build an evidence base about the many and wide-ranging ways in which culture impacts on a world city and its inhabitants
• foster learning from each other by examining common challenges and dilemmas and comparing approaches to cultural investment and development
• define a future cultural research agenda for world cities.
The Forum programme includes:
• an online platform for sharing and disseminating data, information and effective practice
• an annual summit, hosted on a rotating basis by member cities
• a World Cities Culture Report – published every three years as a compendium of data and analysis
• an ongoing series of collaborative research and policy events and publications.