Category: Life in general

LockDown Diaries

Reflections from a non-stop travellerrediscovering life in her city while isolating at home Here you have a collection of diary entries about what inspires or puzzles me every day, while watching out of my apartment window. For a professional who makes a living out of international travel, spending weeks on end alone at home has…

ECoC hearing at the European Parliament

On the 4th December 2019 I was in Brussels presenting at the European Parliament. It was a public hearing to the Culture and Education Committee on the legacies and challenges of the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) Programme. I shared with MEPs the wealth of evidence that exists about what works (or not) for ECoCs…

Essay | No one-size-fits-all models of success

When it comes to culture-led regeneration, there are no one-size-fits-all models of success   Today, culture-led regeneration is either an aspiration or established achievement of countless cities worldwide. From Glasgow to Liverpool, from Barcelona to Bilbao, from Lille to Marseilles, and from Baltimore to Detroit, cities are looking for – and finding – ways to transform…

International Symposium | Cities of Culture, 30 years on

Culture Liverpool and the Institute of Cultural Capital have partnered with the British Council, and the CreArt European Network to host #Impacts18, a two-day International Symposium which will take place 18-19 October. This global conversation will see cultural heavyweights from across the world join in Liverpool to discuss culture as a catalyst for urban change.…

DEBATE | On the need for both ‘black’ and ‘white’ narratives around mega-event impacts.

We need to acknowledge both the black AND the white (plus some grey, also)   As academics, we have no choice but to jump onto the sound bite bandwagon if we want to remain relevant in the era of the 140 character statement. Punchy headlines and short articles (“800 words max, please”) have become important vehicles for…