Houston 2020

January 30 - February 01 | Co-hosted by the Theater District

A City in Transition: Culture and Resilience in the Age of Climate Change

Welcome to the GCDN Regional Convening – Houston 2020.

Open to all GCDN members, although predominantly aimed at the Americas, the Regional Convening brings together a smaller contingent of the network for a day and a half of highly focused and contextualized conversations, workshops and activities.

Co-hosted by GCDN member Theater District Houston, this year’s event is being held in Houston, starting with the evening of Thursday, January 30 and finishing lunchtime Saturday 1 February. The program is lined up with contextually relevant sessions on disaster recovery – of which the Theater District has had direct and highly challenging experience – and will also progress some of the areas flagged and, in some cases, explored in Singapore: the social impact of cultural districts, strategies for protecting cultural production, the impact of and institutional responsibilities in the context of the climate crisis, and the relationship between the creative industries and cultural anchors – paving the way to Lugano 2020.

We will also take the opportunity to visit some of Houston’s cultural hubs including the Arts District Houston, East End Houston Cultural District and Houston Museum District – and, on Friday, have a night at the opera! Program details later this month.

GCDN is an initiative of AEA Consulting. Find out more about GCDN here and please contact us if you have any questions.

All information on this webpage is subject to change – last updated on November 26, 2019.


This event is by invitation only. GCDN Membership grants free registration for one representative and access to additional paid tickets – please contact us if you require the codes to register.


Stephen Costello, Chief Recovery Officer, City of Houston

Marci Dallas, Executive Director, Fresh Arts

Adrian Ellis, Director, AEA Consulting; Chair, GCDN – Beacon, USA

Fire Chief Gary Friedel, Ret., Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Area Disaster Recovery Alliance Committee

Stephen Klineberg, Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research; Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University

Perryn Leech, Chair, Theater District Houston

Kathryn McNiel, CEO, Theater District Houston


All details and timings subject to change.



Please call +1 713 228 9500, or visit this webpage and use the promotion code GCDN to book your stay at the Lancaster Hotel – and contact us if you have any issues or questions.