Category: Publications

PUBLICATION | ‘If everyone says so …’ Press narratives and image change in major event host cities

I have just published this academic paper within the Urban Studies Journal. You can access it here   Abstract This paper looks into the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) programme as a leading example of culture-led regeneration intervention aimed at renewing or diversifying the economic base and positioning of host cities. One of the key claims…

ARTICLE | Closer to Marseille than to London … Europe and the EU as trumpeteers for British talent

On the day the United Kingdom decides whether to remain in or leave the EU, I share my personal take on the value of this relationship. This is a personal reflection informed by 16 years researching urban change and documenting the journeys of cities trying to rebuild their economic base while protecting their social fabric and advancing their cultural outlook.…

Book Chapter: Capitals of Culture and External Projection

  I have contributed to the ‘Llibre Blanc de la Cultura a Terrassa’ (White Book on Culture in Terrassa), published by the local authority (Ajuntament de Terrassa) in March 2015. My paper focuses on a discussion about what makes a ‘capital of culture’ and, more broadly, the range of ways in which cities can express and…

Remembering, Narrating & Re-connecting Space in Liverpool

On the 14 & 15 May I am contributing to “The Global City: Past and Present“, as part of an AHRC international research network that interrogates the city and its varied international projections & representations from a historical as well as contemporary perspective. I will present a paper focused on the varied cultural representations of…

Heritage, Pride and Place

Exploring the contribution of World Heritage Site (WHS) status to a  city’s future development In 2012, the Institute of Cultural Capital embarked on a year-long assessment of Liverpool’s status as a World Heritage Site. This work emerged in the context of the threat and eventual decision by UNESCO to place the Liverpool WHS on the ‘List of World…

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Evaluation: new design

Find here access to a completely re-designed version of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Evaluation Summary, including a more accessible and visually attractive overview of key statistics and related qualitative findings. You can also download a PDF version here. Check the Full Report and related Appendices in the dedicated London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Evaluation Project…

Cultural Narrative of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Full reference: Garcia, B. (2014) ‘The Olympic Games Cultural Narrative:  Ceremonies, Cultural Olympiads and Look of the Games as platforms to project the host city and nation”, Russian International Olympic University Herald, 2014(1), pp. 112-120. The Olympic Games is recognized worldwide as the largest sports mega-event – certainly the event attracting the largest amount of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

(2007) Living the multicultural Olympic city. Cultural policy and planning in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Summer Games

Garcia, B. ‘Living the multicultural Olympic city. Cultural policy and planning in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Summer Games’, in: Gold, J.R. & Gold, M.M. (Eds) Olympic Cities: Urban planning, city agendas and the World’s Games, 1896 to the present, London: Routledge, pp. 237-264 (2007)   This chapter studies Sydney’s experience as an Olympic city from…