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.
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.
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
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.