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.

European Parliament report: ECoC Success Strategies

This study, conducted over a period of seven months in 2013, is a response to the European Parliament 2012 call for a comprehensive assessment of the long-term effects of hosting the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) Programme, and the potential organisational and policy implications of these findings. The main aim of the study is to examine and interrogate…

Plenary at the European Culture Forum

I was pleased to provide an overview of my research on the European Capital of Culture Programme at the 3rd EU Culture Forum, which attracted 1,200 delegates. In my paper, I reflected on the main findings of the study I have conducted for the European Parliament on the vision, success strategies, immediate impacts and long-term…

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad evaluation just published

In November 2011, the major stakeholders in the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival commissioned me as Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) to produce an assessment of the multiple impacts of hosting the Cultural Olympiad. The final report has been published in April 2013. Download the Full Report or ExecutiveSummary. The ICC received a broad…

Arts Professional: A cultural blueprint

Published in September 2012, issue 257 (http://artsprofessional.co.uk/Magazine/view.cfm?id=6460&issue=257) Full article below   A cultural blueprint Beatriz Garcia reflects on the Cultural Olympiad and the learning that can be passed on to Games hosts of the future.   The London 2012 Games mark precisely 100 years since the first official commitment to presenting cultural and artistic activity…

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,…