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Impacts 18: A Global Conversation

Cultural heavyweights from across the world are heading to Liverpool for a conference to explore big questions around the cultural sector and to also reveal the real legacy of 2008 European Capital of Culture.

Impacts 18: A Global Conversation

Cities of Culture 30 Years On: Who Has the Edge? is an international symposium taking place in October. It will see world-renowned speakers head to the Town Hall to discuss experiences in cities big and small, from Barcelona to Shanghai, Marseille to London and Porto to Los Angeles. They will debate topics such as what is a cultural renaissance in the 21st century, can culture continue to be the rocket fuel for urban regeneration, what are the risks to success, the impacts of local and international partnership working and is bigger always better.

On 17-19 October 2018, the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) is partnering with Culture Liverpool, British Council and the CreArt European Network to present the results of 15 years interrogating the long term impact of cultural interventions in cities around the world: from Impacts 08 to Impacts 18.

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Key speakers include:

  • Jon Snow – Renowned TV presenter and former student at the University of Liverpool.
  • Maria Balshaw CBE – Director of the Tate art museums and galleries.
  • Ulrich Fuchs – German culture expert, member of the European Capital of Culture selection committee, former artistic director of the European Capital of Culture years for both Marseille-Provence (2013) and Linz (2009).
  • Professor Ann Markusen – Leading scholar on urban planning, regional and industrial economics for the University of Minnesota.
  • Lord Michael Heseltine – Politician and businessman who played a key role in the city’s regeneration in the 1980s.
  • Jude Kelly CBE – Founder and Director of the Women of the World festival and former Artistic Director of the Southbank
  • Alice Webb – Director of BBC North and BBC Children’s.
  • Darren Henley OBE – Chief Executive of Arts Council England and author of a number of books specialising in art.
  • Tamara Rojo – Artistic Director for the English National Ballet.
  • Martin Green CBE – Chair of Middle Child theatre company’s Board of Directors and former Hull UK City of Culture chief executive and director.
  • Professor Michael Parkinson CBE – Adviser to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. Former director of the European Urban Studies Institute.

They will be joined by representatives from the city’s arts and cultural sector who played a key role in Liverpool’s bid to become Capital of Culture and the delivery of the acclaimed year itself.

A debate will take place around whether having the cultural accolade has made a difference to Liverpool since 2008. From changing media representations and perceptions of the city to being a catalyst for wellbeing; changing levels of cultural engagement across neighbourhoods, to shaping resident’s sense of place; from changing levels of visitor engagement with culture to enhancing governance and cultural leadership.

To complement the announcement of this internationally significant symposium and research, a brand new legacy website has been launched which looks back at Liverpool’s special culture year and includes key information documenting 2018. To find out more visit

Event Date: Wednesday 17th October – Friday 19th October 2018


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