Tweet Chat Recap: Creating the Cultural City
In a globalized world, culture helps cities affirm their identities – Global Cultural Districts Network, @GCDNet
On Wednesday, May 20, we teamed up with the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN) to host a discussion on the role of culture in cities. Over the course of one hour, we invited a mix of thinkers, cultural leaders and urbanists from across the world to weigh in on this vital aspect of urban development.
Creating the Cultural City: Tweet Chat Highlights
Why is culture important in cities?
Culture enhances everyday life for citizens, providing inspiration, evasion, insight, challenge. @QDS_MTL
Also important to realise that cultures are contested, created and evolving all the time. It’s not merely a museum or an object. @unsungsongs
Culture not just an add-on to our lives or our cities -it is an expression of who we are, what we feel. @NickRKenyon
What are the challenges facing culture in cities? How can we tackle these?
Making sure that culture is of and for the whole of the city & that funding &focus is equally & morally distributed to serve all. @GCDNet
Challenges facing culture in cities? Elitism, rising living costs, lack of genuinely open fora for people to meet and debate. @makerversity
Like cities, culture is in flux – this is both the challenge and the inspiration. We are constantly evolving. @SharonAment
How can we ensure that culture is available to all citizens?
Public art and art in public spaces is a great way for everyone to enjoy art in cities. @GCDNet
Arts & culture orgs should act as citizen institutions in order to be gathering places cultivating diversity, connection, community. @deborahcullinan
How can cities attract artists and foster a creative environment?
Cities can foster creative environments by giving more physical space to artists and artists-citizens to express themselves. @Artofchange21
More festivals,art venues and cultural events to perform and innovate with their arts. @WidyDen
There’s a fixation on role of artists in cities. But what about a broader group of people creating, making, inventing, provoking. @makerversity
How can street art enhance public space?
It’s interactive and authentic in its nature, encouraging an ongoing dialogue between artists, people +place. @SharonAment
How can cultural districts balance the needs of both local communities and tourists?
If you make a space for locals it will naturally attract tourists who are after the real deal. @makerversity
There shouldn’t be “cultural districts” : authorities have to spread culture to every part of the city. @MarionWaller
Cultural districts are cities. Cities are cultural districts. If you separate them you lose something important. @unsungsongs
Featured Guests Included:
- Co-host – Global Cultural Districts Network, @GCDNet
- Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican Centre, @NickRKenyon, @BarbicanCentre
- Sharon Ament, Director, Museum of London, @SharonAment
- Rory Hyde, Curator of Architecture and Urbanism, V&A Museum, @roryhyde
- Alexandra Maier, Director, Marketing and Communications, Quartier des Spectacles, @QDS_MTL
- Marcus Westbury, Founder/Creative Director, Renew Newcastle, @unsungsongs
- Marion Waller, Lead Advisor, Reinventer Paris, @MarionWaller
- Makerversity, London, @makerversity
- Deborah Cullinan, CEO, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, @deborahcullinan
- Widya Anggraini, Jakarta Community Manager, urb.im, @WidyDen
- Alice Audouin, Founder, Art of Change 21, @Artofchange21
- Alternative Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv, @Alternativetlv
Thanks to all of our featured guests, and to the many others that joined in on Twitter. We hope you’ll join us again for our next Tweet chat session. For a full view of the conversation, check out our post on Storify.