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Festival Cities: Cultural Capitals

Festival Cities: Cultural Capitals

The relationship between cultural festivals and their host cities is continually changing. Festivals wield the ability to reposition cities within competitive global networks with wide-reaching impacts on social, economic, and morphological dimensions of cities. In response to the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic, festivals and their host cities are having to reinvent strategies to deal with the effects on finances, patterns of programming, and audience safety.

Speakers Info

Sunniva Ramsay, Programme Manager: International and Creative Sector Connections - Festivals Edinburgh
Divya Bhatia, Director - Jodhpur RIFF
Vidhya Mohankumar, Founder and Principal - Urban Design Collective
Dr. Shwetal Patel, Writer and Researcher
Festival Management
Festival Marketing
Planning and Governance
Production and Stagecraft
Programming and Curation

About the event

The relationship between cultural festivals and their host cities is continually changing. Festivals wield the ability to reposition cities within competitive global networks with wide-reaching impacts on social, economic, and morphological dimensions of cities. In recent years, as festivals become more embedded in urban life, this relationship has grown to encompass perceptual and reputational impacts as well – regenerating cities into hubs of creativity, buzzing with cultural activity and invention. World-over, host cities have capitalised on the energy of festivals, placing culture closer to the centre of city development and economic planning.

In response to the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic, festivals and their host cities are having to reinvent strategies to deal with the effects on finances, patterns of programming, and audience safety. Bold ideas have come to the fore to build resilience and guide the sector through the recovery process.

This panel discussion charted the ways in which festivals are rooted within their cities and the joint responsibilities and possibilities to think about the future of shared public spaces, community celebrations, and cultural life in a post-Covid world. The session explored the role of festivals in (1) addressing pressing priorities like well being and sustainability, (2) championing diversity, pluralism, inclusion and accessibility, and (3) being a mechanism to revitalise local arts and culture.

Panelists included Divya Bhatia (Festival Director, Jodhpur RIFF), Sunniva Ramsay (Programme Manager, International & Creative Sector Connections, Festivals Edinburgh), and Vidhya Mohankumar (Founder and Principal, Urban Design Collective). The discussion was moderated by Shwetal Patel (Independent Curator, Writer and Researcher).

The event was held as part of the British Council’s Festival Connections, in partnership with Arts and Culture Resources India (an Art X Company initiative), annual expertise, knowledge and networking programme between India and the UK.

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  • Sign-language interpreters

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New Delhi - 110 001

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