Overview

The World Cities Culture Forum is a collaborative network of world cities that share a belief in the importance of culture for creating thriving cities. It is the only network in which the world’s leading cities can collectively set an actionable agenda for a sustainable urban future through culture.

By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Rapid urbanisation is transforming the ecosystem of our cities in unprecedented ways, meaning governments are facing increasingly complex challenges. Many of the great policy issues of our age, from tackling climate change to promoting equalities, are being led at the city rather than the national level.

As the urban population increases, so does the impact and importance of culture and creativity. Culture is the lifeblood of our cities, it is a major reason why people gravitate to them – to live, work or visit. Culture is deeply embedded in their social and economic fortunes, hence culture is now at the heart of public policy in most major cities.

 

The World Cities Culture Forum is a collaborative network of world cities that share a belief in the importance of culture for creating thriving cities. World cities, because of their political and economic influence, play a crucial role in setting the global agenda around sustainable urban development. The Forum is the only network in which the world’s leading cities can collectively set an actionable agenda for a sustainable urban future through culture.

The World Cities Culture Forum was founded in 2012 by London, New York, Shanghai, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Johannesburg, and Istanbul, and now includes 27 members from leading cities around the world. It is an initiative of the Mayor of London, organised and coordinated by BOP Consulting. The Forum works by convening a global network of senior policymakers and people of influence, who can speak knowledgably about conditions in their own cities, exchange ideas with international colleagues and promote innovation at home. The Forum also conducts comparative research on member cities to build a strong evidence base about the wide-ranging ways in which culture impacts on a world city and its inhabitants.

 

The Forum programme includes:

 

Events

 

  • The annual World Cities Culture Summit - hosted on a rotating basis by member cities, an unprecedented gathering of city leaders sharing ideas and knowledge about culture’s role in public policy in a world city context

 

  • An ongoing series of satellite collaborative research and policy events - such as themed symposiums, region-specific summits and research workshops

 

Research & Dissemination

 

  • The World Cities Culture Report - the document at the core of the Forum research programme as a compendium of data and effective practice

 

  • Policy briefings – follow-ups to each Forum event to report on the latest thinking of cultural policymakers in the world’s leading cities

 

  • An ongoing series of collaborative publications - such as the Transformational Cultural Projects Report, a collection of case studies about the transformational power of culture in world cities

 

  • Online knowledge exchange programme – via a secure online platform for member cities, as well as publically via the Forum’s online media platforms (public website, Twitter and Facebook feeds) and a bimonthly newsletter

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The World Cities Culture Forum is a major new global initiative on culture and the future of cities, which was initiated by the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority.

The World Cities Culture Report is researched and written by BOP Consulting on behalf of the Mayor of London and other city partners.

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