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World Cities Culture Report 2012-2014

This report examines the cultural offer of 24 of the world’s greatest cities. It gathers evidence on 60 cultural indicators, assessing both the supply of and demand for culture, and reports on the thinking of cultural policymakers in those places. The level of detail of the cultural data collected across the cities is unprecedented, and represents the primary achievement of this research.

However, what makes the project even more valuable is its exploration of attitudes to cultural policymaking in the world cities. The potential for culture to contribute to economic and social development is understood by all the cities, but it plays out in different ways depending on the particularities of each place. Bringing an analysis of policymakers’ priorities together with the data gives a much more rounded picture of culture’s role in, and value to, world cities.

The first version of this report brought together 12 cities and was launched at the inaugural World Cities Culture Summit in London held at the same time as the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The report was expanded in 2013 and 2014 to include the 12 additional cities who have joined the World Cities Culture Forum since 2012.

The report’s content has already been translated into seven languages. It is available for download on our website in English, Russian, Spanish, Korean, French, Japanese and Turkish (note that some of these translations might be based on the 2012 and 2013 versions of the report).