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Culture, Place and Policy Institute

Cultural Transformations - What's Next?

Issues and Challenges for Future Cities of Culture from the evaluation of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

In 2017, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 prompted a one-year, place-focused cultural programme designed to be a catalyst for long-term transformations.

With a remit to address deep-rooted challenges for the cultural sector, local economy, wellbeing and place making, a City of Culture designation comes with high expectations.  For Hull, the outcome was a cultural year defined by multiple successes.  Two years on there are lessons to learn and the task ahead is to maintain the momentum.

The University of Hull’s Culture, Place and Policy Institute have led the evaluation of the impacts of UK City of Culture 2017. Following the release of the interim report in March 2018, we invite you to join us for the release of the full evaluation report at our conference on 19-21 November 2019. We will revisit the notion of culture-led urban transformations, encompassing perspectives from academics, practitioners, policy makers, funders and community members, and firmly embracing an international outlook.  Questions about immediate impacts sit alongside the investigation of longer-term implications, and the conference explores the challenges for Cities of Cultures to keep the transformative momentum going.

Reflections are offered by Oonagh McGillion (Derry City & Strabane District Council), Claire McColgan (Culture Liverpool) and Martin Green (formerly Hull 2017 Ltd).

Keynote speakers, including film-maker, Sean McAllister and Professor Lynn Froggett (Professor of Psychosocial Welfare, University of Central Lancashire), alongside panellists from academia and the cultural sector, consider issues for future urban cultural strategies, ranging from social equity to nurturing local talent and grassroots-led policy-making.

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Photos: Thomas Arran, Chris Pepper.

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