The critical importance of culture in a city’s success will be discussed at the top of the agenda when official representatives and cultural leaders from over 33 member cities will gather in Moscow for this year’s World Cities Cultural Summit to be held from October 5 to 7.
“The World Culture Cities Forum, whose summit Moscow will host this year, is a kind of cultural G20. Its members are 33 of the world’s key cities that generate major cultural programmes and many cultural initiatives and are tourist centres. Hosting such an impressive assembly is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Moscow’s achievements in this area,” said Alexander Kibovsky, Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Culture.
Moscow summit will aim to tackle not easy issues of financing cultural institutions, projects and individual artists in a time when the success of cities is creating its own challenges for culture and creativity.
Among main issues on the Moscow summit’s agenda include: the influence of urban development on the new creative atmosphere in megacities; economic development through urban festivals and cultural centers; the influence of technology on the development of creative cities; and new forms of support and services.
An in-depth international report on the development of culture in the key cities will be published after the summit.
“Moscow takes culture seriously. In recent years it has pursued ambitious new policies in a range of areas from social inclusion to regeneration to public space. The Summit will be an opportunity for our host city to showcase these policies and their results and for the other cities to learn from Moscow’s experience,” said Paul Owens, Managing Director of BOP Consulting, which manages the World Cities Culture Forum on behalf of City Hall.
The World Culture Cities Forum (WCCF) was established at the initiative of the London Mayor. Moscow joined the organization last year and will host the fifth Forum. Other host cities before it were Istanbul, Amsterdam and London, which hosted the summit twice.
The attendance of WCCF summits is usually confined to the heads of culture departments from the member cities. However, this year for the first time WCCF event can be attended by any culture professional during an open session to be held at the ZIL Culture Centre on 7 October.
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