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Arts & Culture Summit 2012

Subscribe to RSS RSSFriday, 5th October, 2012

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October 2012 - Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston

The Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Albert Bore is hosting an Arts & Culture Summit which seeks to re-position the cultural offer of Birmingham - locally, nationally and internationally, in order that it makes the maximum impact on economic growth in the city.

The focus of the Summit will be to secure a broad commitment from public and private sector, the third sector and the cultural sector to develop and support new ways of working together to sustain and grow culture in Birmingham.


The objective of the event is to identify actions which will best support the development of Birmingham as a world class cultural centre.

Our aim is for a vibrant, diverse and robust sector which: 

• Plays a more effective role in attracting inward investment

• Grows jobs in culture and the creative industries

• Supports growth of jobs in the wider economy

• Develops innovation and creative skills, especially amongst young people

• Makes Birmingham a first class place to live for all our residents

• Improves wellbeing

• Supports community cohesion and a sense of Birmingham identity                                                     

Over two days, we will create a clear plan for:

• Working together with cultural organisations, public, private and third sectors on supporting the delivery of a shared cultural vision

• Introducing news ways of funding cultural development

• Reviewing our approach to promoting Birmingham’s reputation through our cultural offer

• Strengthening leadership of the sector in the city

• Tackling barriers to the growth of creative businesses

• Ensuring we have the creative skills we need for the future

• Improving the responsiveness of the sector to local need and building on delivery out of the city centre to address areas of low engagement

• Embedding cultural planning throughout the delivery of our Vision for Birmingham (eg Birmingham Baccalaureate, Smart City, Inclusive Economy).                                                                                                                                                     

The theme for Day 1 is ‘Cultural Capital for Residents, Visitors and Businesses’ and the theme for Day 2 is ‘Skills, Sector Growth and Sustainability’.                                                                                                               

Speakers include:

Sir Albert Bore, Leader, Birmingham City Council

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader, Birmingham City Council

Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the Cultural Olympiad, London 2012

Darren Henley, Managing Director, Classic FM

John Holden, Visiting Professor, City University London

Graham Vick CBE, Artistic Director, Birmingham Opera Company                                                                                  

International speakers:

Julie Burros, Director of Cultural Planning, City of Chicago

Xavier Fourneyron, Deputy Director, Cultural Affairs, City of Lyon

Reinier Weers, Senior Project Manager, Rotterdam Festivals    

There will also be a series of workshops for delegates to book in advance.                                                                           

If you would like to attend this Summit please return your completed booking form to Frances Murphy at Please note delegate spaces are limited.

The programme, together with confirmation of booking and workshops will be sent to delegates prior to the Summit. If you have any queries about this conference please call Frances Murphy on 0121 303 3743