Author: Beatriz Garcia

Dr Beatriz Garcia is an international researcher in cultural policy, cities and mega-events, based at the University of Liverpool. She is the director of the Institute of Cultural Capital (www.iccliverpool.ac.uk) member of the European Capital of Culture Selection Committee at the European Commission, and member of the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission at the International Olympic Committee.

The Olympics: The Basics (2012)

I have been working with Prof Andy Miah on a this new book, due for publication by Taylor and Francis in February 2012. It is titled ‘The Olympics: The Basics’ and features within the renowned Routledge series ‘The Basics’. We have created a special website to accompany this book. This site is a unique attempt to…

Local Dependencies for Global Festivals

2011, Jan 28-29, Birkbeck University, London Conference: LEARNING FROM BARCELONA: ART, REAL ESTATE AND THE PRE-OLYMPIC CITY This two-day workshop brought together for the first time academics, social activists and artists from Barcelona and London to discuss, through position papers and the showing of participants’ artistic  and cultural production, how the Olympic Games in each…

#media2012

2010, Dec 15: IOC Lausanne. #media2012: Citizen media as a platform for cultural representation  at the Olympic Games Paper presented at the Olympic headquarters in Lausanne in my role as member of the IOC Postgraduate Grant Selection Committee. The presentation outlines ongoing plans around London 2012 to build a community of citizen journalists who will…

The Cultural Olympiad as a platform to expand Olympic narratives

Contribution to panel within the #media 2012 conference at the Abandon Normal Devices festival in Manchester Panel Debate: Journalism, Sport & Culture: Integrated visions? What do the 2012 Games cultures of sport, cultural expression and media have in common? Is there scope to develop a common vision that promotes a wider contribution to the civic…

A cultural mega event’s impact on innovative capabilities

Full reference: Bergsgard, N.A., Jøsendal, K. & Garcia, B. (2010) ‘A cultural mega event’s impact on innovative capabilities in art production: the results of Stavanger being the European capital of culture in 2008’, International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, (vol 2, n 4) (pp 353-371)   Large cultural events are often catalysts for the development of…

Research links: A ‘City of Culture’ initiative for Italy?

Claudio Bocci, Director of Institutional Relations at Federculture and Ravello LAB committee member, has built on the evidence provided by Impacts 08 on Liverpool 2008 and the Cities and Culture project on Glasgow 1990 to advance discussion about a potential City of Culture initiative in Italy. Find his paper in Italian (with English version at…

Project: European Capitals of Culture policy group

In 2009 I attracted funding from the European Commission to establish an international network of researchers and programmers working on the European Capital of Culture initiative. The group focused on finding a common and replicable framework for programme assessment and delivery. This collaboration led to a series of workshops, managed by Liverpool via the Impacts 08…

Beyond Impacts

Lessons and legacies from researching Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture The five year Impacts 08 research programme I have directed since 2006 culminated with a major international conference in Liverpool on the 12th March 2010. This conference officially launched the final report on the impacts of Liverpool hosting the European Capital of Culture title in…

Cultural Policy

All my work considers the cultural policy rationale of cultural programmes staged within major national and international events. I have developed theoretical and methodological frameworks to evaluate how event cultural programming responds to the cultural policy needs and aspirations of the host-city and assess whether the process results in sustainable legacies such as long-term cultural, social,…

European Capital of Culture

I have researched the European Capital of Culture initiative since 2002. My research has focused on studying the regeneration potential and long-term cultural legacies of hosting the event, as distinct from other economic, physical and social impacts. With this in mind, I have developed a set of cultural indicators and longitudinal qualitative methodologies that complement…

Beijing cultural festivals… bigger but not always better

Originally published by the Centre for Olympic Studies, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, within their Beijing Olympic Games Series [link] Full text below The gigantism of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games was mirrored in the ambition of its cultural programme, though the nuance of its delivery is a more intricate story, where its vast investment into…

Developing a Profile for Culture within the London 2012 Games

Presentation to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad / Creative Programmers meeting in Liverpool, 19th November 2008 Summary: By 2012, cultural programming at the Olympics will be in its 100th year. Programming has evolved from medal-awarding Olympic Arts Competitions into Olympic Arts Exhibitions and since 1988 (in the lead to the Barcelona 1992 Games), four year…

New Beijing, New Media?

 Emergent Journalistic Practice at the Olympics In: 9th International Symposium on Olympic Research, International Centre for Olympic Studies, University of Western Ontario & Beijing Capital Universiy Chair: Andy Miah Panel: Ana Adi, Beatriz Garcia, Kris Krug, Garry Whannel, Tina Zhihui. Research into the role of the media within the Olympic Movement has focused predominantly on…

One Hundred Years of Olympic Cultural Programming

Full reference: Garcia, B. (2008) ‘One Hundred Years of Cultural Programming within the Olympic Games (1912-2012): Origins, evolution and projections‘ in: International Journal of Cultural Policy, (vol 14, n 4) (pp 361-376) The Olympic Games is recognized worldwide as the largest sports mega-event – certainly the event attracting the largest amount of media coverage globally. As well…