This course is for you if you would like to explore the role and value of the arts and culture in today’s cities through using Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK as a case study.
Background Approximately half of the world’s population live in cities or towns. In Europe, more than 80% of its citizens live in urban areas. Cities and their surrounding areas are seen as key drivers of economic development and wealth creation. Following the severe economic downturn across the world, these same cities and urban areas are facing major challenges to their future progress. Capital developments have been put on hold or cancelled and public and private sector investment has been severely scaled back. Jobs have been lost not only in manufacturing but in the professional, financial and service sectors and arts and culture are in danger of becoming an optional extra.
This course will examine some of the arguments for continued investment in the arts and cultural and creative industries.
The sessions will be led by experts and practitioners in the performing and visual arts, heritage, city marketing and the creative economy.
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