Birmingham Arts and Culture Summit

By on 17/10/2012 in Leader, News

Leading figures from Europe and the United States will gather in Birmingham tomorrow to discuss the importance of arts and culture to the economic growth of the city.

The Arts and Culture Summit on October 18-19 will look at ways both the private and public sector can best support the development of Birmingham as a world class cultural centre.

Confirmed speakers for the event, hosted at the University of Birmingham's Bramall Music Building, include:

  • Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the Cultural Olympiad
  • Julie Burros, City of Chicago Director of Cultural Planning
  • Xavier Fourneyron, City of Lyon Deputy Director, Cultural Affairs
  • Reinier Weers, Rotterdam Festivals Senior Project Manager

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, said: “This summit is an opportunity to discuss the how we can work with a wide range of partners to reinvigorate the cultural life of the city.

“Culture plays a vital part in so many areas of life in Birmingham, from our economic development through to social cohesion and wellbeing.

“As a consequence, every member of my cabinet has a role in arts promotion and in this new era we want to work closely with those who have knowledge and expertise in the cultural sector.”

Live updates from the event will appear in the panel below and we will tweet using the hashtag #brumarts

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