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18 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018

Liverpool | Impacts 18 international symposium


Registration is open for Impacts 18 | International Symposium - Cities of Culture, 30 years on. Who has the edge? Registration open for the event in Liverpool 18-19 October. This two day, international symposium, will place Liverpool in conversation with other cities worldwide to rethink the questions cities face today. 

In 2018, Liverpool looks back into the 10 year legacy of becoming European Capital of Culture. It does so as the first city to have fully documented its journey from inception, amassing over two decades of evidence on the impact and value of cultural interventions as catalysts for urban change.

On 18-19 October 2018, the Institute of Cultural Capital is partnering with Culture Liverpool, British Council and the CreArt European network to present the results of 15 years interrogating the long term impact of cultural interventions in cities around the world; from Impacts 08 to Impacts 18.


This two day, international symposium, will place Liverpool in conversation with other cities worldwide to rethink the questions cities face today, such as:

When being a city of culture is everyone's aspiration...

Who has the edge? What are the legacies? Where is the evidence?

During the Global Conversation, each session will evolve around one major research presentation, and respond to cultural themes through thematic lenses with key speakers from the cultural sector, including;

Keynotes and Roundtable Discussions

  • Impacts 18: Long term legacies of a European Capital of Culture
  • Keynote: Dr Beatriz Garcia, Institute of Cultural Capital
  • Roundtable chaired by Andrea Nixon: From European Capitals of Culture to UK Cities of Culture. Panellists: Beatriz Garcia, Phil Redmond, Claire McColgan, Martin Green
  • Beyond the post-industrial. 30 years on: what do we mean by cultural renaissance cities? Do we still need a 'rags to riches' narrative to appreciate cities of culture?
    • Keynote: Prof Ann Markusen, University of Minnesota: in conversation with Lord Michael Heseltine and Phil Redmond
  • The risks of success: What happens to cities when they become the 'model' to follow? Can cities enable creativity if they become 'too good to fail'?
    • Keynote: Jude Kelly, Women of the World
    • Roundtable chaired by Jon Snow: in conversation with Barcelona, Berlin, Nantes.
  • Bigger is not always better: Can world cities slow down? Can mega-events be sustainable? From mega to micro events in world cities.
    • Roundtable chaired by Darren Henley, Arts Council England: in conversation with London, Los Angeles, Shanghai.
  • What is the future for culture-led regeneration? Ways forward in the North
    • Roundtable chaired by Alice Webb, BBC North: in conversation with Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.
  • Cities on the edge: What can we learn from the margins? Port cities, small cities, remote cities of Europe.
    • Roundtable chaired by Bob Scott: in conversation with Marseille, Porto Kaunas and Genoa.
    • Connected cities: Closer of further apart? European cultural networking post-Brexit.
    • Keynote from Maria Balshaw, Tate.
    • Roundtable chaired by Professor Michael Parkinson: in conversation with the European Commission, CreArt Network and UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Impacts 18 is a longitudinal research programme dedicated to capturing the long-term effects of hosting the European Capital of Culture title on the city of Liverpool.

Earlybird symposium rate: £95