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.

The symposium will include the presentation of the results of 15 years interrogating the long term impact of cultural interventions in cities around the world; from Impacts 08 to Impacts 18. Looking back into the 10 year legacy of Liverpool becoming European Capital of Culture, the city is the only place to have fully documented its journey from inception; amassing over two decades of evidence on the impact and value of cultural interventions on this scale.

The two-day event will highlight this unique research, as well as other distinct themes and discussions, such as;

  • When being a ‘city of culture’ is everyone’s aspiration: Who has the edge? What are the legacies? Where is the evidence?
  • Bigger is not always better: Can world cities slow down? Can mega-events be sustainable? From mega to micro events in world cities.
  • Connected cities: Closer of further apart? European cultural networking post-Brexit.


Key speakers from around the world – Hull to Marseille, from Manchester to Barcelona, from London to Paris and Shanghai – will be involved in rethinking questions surrounding cultural interventions, including; Jon Snow, Lord Michael Heseltine, Maria Balshaw CBE, Jude Kelly CBE, Professor Ann Markusen and Darren Henley OBE.