GCDN Conversations: Live from Lugano

On Wednesday, 2 June 2021, we partnered with LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura to hold a half-day virtual event featuring three high-quality discussions about the new realities and challenges for cultural districts and their constituents.

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The Three Bells – a podcast about culture in its urban context
produced by AEA Consulting and the Binnacle Foundation
for the Global Cultural Districts Network.

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Capturing Value and Preserving Identity

Commissioned by GCDN and written by Kiley Arroyo, the Capturing Value and Preserving Identity report aims to describe how a vetted suite of public finance tools and inclusive practices can help cultural districts and similar urban areas leverage existing assets to spur investment, create new revenue streams and advance equitable development.



A series of curated live sessions through which our members and the wider audience can exchange knowledge and share individual experiences with peers all around the world to collectively sort their thinking in these turbulent times.

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AEA Consulting's Cultural Infrastructure Index

AEA Consulting has released the 2019 Cultural Infrastructure Index. Now in its fourth edition, the Index seeks to measure investment in capital projects in the global cultural sector, identifying projects with a budget of US$10 million or more that were publicly announced or completed within a calendar year.

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Connecting civic and cultural leaders

Discover the story of GCDN in our new brochure

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The Social Impact of Cultural Districts

Commissioned by GCDN and written by Professor Geoffrey Crossick, the Social Impact of Cultural Districts report proposes a typology of the social impacts aimed at, and to some extent achieved by, cultural districts. These are illustrated with examples from current objectives and practice of GCDN members.


Meet our Members

Meet the people that make the network through a series of exclusive monthly interviews with leading GCDN members.


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The Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN) is an international federation committed to improving the quality of urban life through the contribution of the arts, culture and creative industries.

The membership network fosters cooperation and knowledge-sharing among those responsible for creative and cultural districts, and engages leaders in culture and in urban development through convenings, research and collaborations in order to inform global, local and sectoral agendas.

The GCDN is an initiative of AEA Consulting.