Category Archives: Culture

Aarhus 2017 – a practical example of instrumental use of culture

The Danish city of Aarhus has been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2017. Looking through the application which the city submitted to the EU commission there are several good examples of how culture is seen as instrumental … Continue reading

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Culture as a tool in cities

In these times of austerity a prevalent theme is the utilisation of culture – in other words culture must be seen to do something and preferably more than just one thing. The prevailing discourse is that the days of ‘art … Continue reading

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A tale of two cities pursuing the European Capital of Culture title.

Earlier this week, two Danish cities submitted their applications to become European Capital of Culture in 2017. The decision on the winner will take place in August this year but what are in the bids? The central theme of the … Continue reading

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What happened to our cultural utopia(s)?

Should art and culture be useful in resolving societal issues and do artists need to relate to current affairs? – and also should politicians relate to contemporary art? Last night the Danish Minister for Culture, Uffe Elbæk, hosted the second … Continue reading

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Key Takeaways from the Urban Gardening Growthshop

Yesterday approximately 100 people attended the Urban Garden Growthshop in Aarhus to green the city. Alongside the planting activism the organisers, Center for Urban Kunst, had put together an interesting seminar. The seminar speakers included both academics and practitioners from … Continue reading

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What is creativity and why is it crucial to cities?

On Saturday, 5 May, I will be giving a talk about the importance of creativity in cities at the Urban Gardening event in Aarhus. This is a key issue for me and for Centre for Cities and Creativity. In a … Continue reading

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Key takeaways from the first Gaming Forum in Athens.

Yesterday I had the pleasure to participate in the first Gaming Forum in Athens through an invitation from British Council in Greece. The event was hosted at The Hub in Athens, a great space for this type of event which … Continue reading

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Mission 2062 postcard follow-up

My first coffee meeting following after sending handwritten postcards from Mission2062 was with one of the most experienced cultural leaders in Denmark, Christian Have. Christian was very supportive of our mission and agreed with the main points mentioned on the … Continue reading

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5 postcards from a mission to the future

Last week I was fortunate to be part of British Council’s Mission 2062 at the beautiful old Parisian theatre La Gâité Lyrique. After returning to 2012, I have decided to send 5 traditional hand-written postcards to Danish cultural leaders about … Continue reading

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