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Culture For Resilience: Cities & Festivals Looking Ahead

Live webinar on 19 October 2020: 1400hrs (UK) / 1500hrs (Italy)
British Council

British Council

Il British Council invita i docenti e i dottorandi all’evento virtuale
“Culture For Resilience: Cities & Festivals Looking Ahead”, all’interno della Stagione UK/Italy 2020

Culture For Resilience: Cities & Festivals Looking Ahead
Culture Salon 2, part of UK/Italy Season 2020: Being Present 
Live webinar on 19 October 2020: 1400hrs (UK) / 1500hrs (Italy)
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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 digitization 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, directors of large-scale city-wide festivals and producers of small-scale festivals that punch above their weight in terms of impact.

ChairStella Kanu – Executive Director, LIFT
Season hostRachel Launay - Country Director, British Council 
Speakers (UK)
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   
Speakers (Italy)
Assessore Filippo del Corno - Councillor for Culture, City of Milan
Fabrizio Grifasi – General and Artistic Director, Romaeuropa Festival


Per informazioni: 
Filomena Casamassa | Partnerships and Projects Manager
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