Singapore 2019

August 27-29 | Co-hosted by the National Museum of Singapore

New Collaborations: Creating Cities Together

The Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN) Annual Convening brings together civic and cultural leaders from around the world and provides a unique forum for the development of new ideas and collaborations. This year’s event will be held in Singapore, August 27-29, 2019, co-hosted by GCDN member National Museum of Singapore, in partnership with the British Council, The New York Times, Wordsearch, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Centre for Liveable Cities, Chijmes, The Esplanade, and The Asian Civilisations Museum; sponsored by BuroHappold and DesignSingapore Council.

Cities are changing at a formidable pace.  The arts and culture have repeatedly demonstrated their strategic value in defining urban character and identity; improving liveability; attracting investment, knowledge workers and tourists; and building community and social capital. Distinctive urban clusters that combine a rich cultural life with compelling public spaces and architecture – cultural districts – have been integral to this success. Billions of dollars are being committed to cultural infrastructure globally. But this investment is difficult to get right. The conditions in which culture and creativity thrive need to be nurtured, especially as the economic, social and political circumstances that gave birth to them change.

This requires carefully constructed and managed partnerships and alliances between the private, public and non-profit sectors. How constitutive members collaborate with each other, across institutions and disciplines; with local communities and their changing demographics; with city stakeholders; with diverse funders; and with other urban agendas is crucial to their success. This year’s convening will take collaboration as a theme to ask vital questions for the leadership of cultural districts and share insights through two days of engaging discussions, workshops and social events.

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

All information is subject to change. Last updated on July 15, 2019


GCDN Membership provides free registration to the convening for two representatives – please contact us if you require the code to book your complimentary tickets.

Speakers Include

Manal Ataya, Director-General, Sharjah Museums Authority – Sharjah, UAE

Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive, Southbank Centre – London, UK

Michelle Boone, Chief Programming and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier – Chicago, USA

CHOU Mei, Group Director, Conservation & Urban Design, Urban Redevelopment Authority – Singapore

Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities (and Former Director, AHRC Cultural Value Project), School of Advanced Study, University of London – London, UK

Adrian Ellis, Director, AEA Consulting – Beacon, USA

Pierre Fortin, General Director, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership –  Montreal, Canada

Douglas Gautier, CEO & Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre – Adelaide, Australia

Sarah Gaventa, Director, Illuminated River Foundation – London, UK

Lucinda Hartley, CoFounder & CIO, Neighbourlytics – Melbourne, Australia

Sarah Ichioka, Director, Desire Lines – Singapore

Anna Jobson, Director, Change Management, University of the Arts – London, UK

Tim Jones, Manager, Culture Mile – London, UK

Vince Kadlubek, CEO and Founder, Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, USA

Phil Kim, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Jerde Partnership – Hong Kong, China

Michael Koh, Executive Fellow, Centre for Liveable Cities – Singapore

Dr Cheong Koon Hean, CEO Housing & Development Board – Singapore

Tita Larasati, Chairperson, Bandung Creative City Forum – Bandung, Indonesia

LEE Jia Ping, Programme Director, Think City Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dane Lim, Director of Marketing & Digital Communications, People’s Association – Singapore

Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership – New York City, USA

Carolien Nederlof, Co-owner, Imagine Leisure – The Hague, Netherlands

Daniel Payne, Principal, AEA Consulting – Beacon, USA

Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority – Hong Kong, China

Michael Rodrigues, Managing Director, Time Out Australia – Sydney, Australia

Victoria Rogers, VP/Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – Miami, USA

Sanjoy K. Roy, MD TeamWorks/Jaipur Literary Festival – New Delhi, India

Pier Luigi Sacco, Special Adviser to the EU Commissioner for Education and Culture, European Commission – Milan, Italy

Helle Søholt, Founding Partner and CEO, Gehl – Copenhagen, Denmark

Andrew Tan, Former CEO of Maritime Port Authority & National Environment Agency; Founding Director & Fellow of the Center for Liveable Cities – Singapore

Angelita Teo, Director, National Museum of Singapore – Singapore

Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance – New York City, USA

Mathew Trinca, Director, National Museum of Australia – Canberra, Australia

Pichit Virankabutra, Acting Director of Creative City Development and Acting Director of CEA KHON KAEN, Creative Economy Agency – Bangkok, Thailand

Fiona Waters, Regional Director – Greater China, Cistri – Hong Kong, China

Kulapat Yantrasat, Founding Partner and Creative Director, wHY – Culver City, USA

Anupam Yog, Adviser, GCDN – Singapore

Laura Zucker, Senior Associate, AEA Consulting – Los Angeles, USA




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Convening attendees enjoy special rates at the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore at Bras Basah. Please use the form below to book your rooms.


Please note that this provisional timetable is subject to change.