The event will be held in English with live captioning in English
A session that explores the role of culture at the heart of resilient cities, with a focus on the potential of festivals in guiding us through crisis recovery.
Our speakers will explore the impact of digitisation and Covid-19 on citizen/audience behaviour and expectations when it comes to placemaking in our cities and regions. They will share perspectives on how festivals are developing imaginative responses to making cities safe, sociable and welcoming again.
An urgent question for our session speakers to address is the tension between festivals that support the visitor economy and those which build citizen engagement and social cohesion. How can we reconcile this dilemma whilst engaging beyond the city centres involving people from the peripheries? How is this challenge developing in the Covid-19 era? What can be done to engage hard-to-reach audiences, blending online and physical programmes, and how can this work be both local and global at the same time?
In the session, we will hear from city leaders and directors of large-scale city-wide festivals and capitals of culture.
This session will address three issues:
- Programming in this new world context
- The role of new audiences and young people and
- The tension between economic and social priorities in recovery
Stella Kanu – Executive Director, LIFT
Rachel Launay – Country Director, British Council
Dave Moutrey – Director of Culture, Manchester City Council
Chenine Bhathena – Creative Director, Coventry City of Culture
Richard Wakely – Artistic Director & CE, Belfast International Arts Festival
Assessore Filippo del Corno – Councillor for Culture, City of Milan
Fabrizio Grifasi – General and Artistic Director, Romaeuropa Festival