Major conference to look at impact of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Dominoes. Photo: Tom Arran

The University of Hull is to hold a major conference focusing on the impact of Hull’s UK City of Culture year. 

Taking place over three days, Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 November 2019, the conference Cultural Transformations: What Next? Issues and Challenges for Future Cities of Culture from the evaluation of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 will see the release of a new Hull UK City of Culture 2017 evaluation report, along with a stimulating programme of insight and debate.

Over three days, it will explore the notion of culture-led urban transformations, encompassing perspectives from academics, practitioners, policy makers, funders and community members, and firmly embracing an international outlook.  Questions about immediate impacts sit alongside the investigation of longer-term implications, and the conference explores the challenges for Cities of Cultures to keep the transformative momentum going.  Delegates will share lessons and harness new knowledge to consider the next steps for Hull, policy makers and cities aiming to host future UK City of Culture or other cultural mega events.

Reflections on City of Culture legacies are offered by Oonagh McGillion (Derry City & Strabane District Council), Claire McColgan (Culture Liverpool) and Martin Green (formerly Hull 2017 Ltd). Keynote speakers, including film-maker, Sean McAllister and Professor Lynn Froggett (Professor of Psychosocial Welfare, University of Central Lancashire), join panellists from academia and the cultural sector, to consider issues for future urban cultural strategies, ranging from social equity to nurturing local talent and grassroots-led policy-making. A programme of performances, an evening networking event hosted by Absolutely Cultured at Humber Street Gallery, and an exhibition from Hull History Centre’s City of Culture Archive will also be included as part of the varied conference programme.

Findings from an extensive evaluation of Hull’s UK City of Culture year will be presented and explored during the conference. The report examines the impact of the year across five key areas including economy; place-making; arts and culture; partnerships and development; and society and well-being.

Led by the University of Hull’s Culture, Place and Policy Institute (CPPI), as part of the University’s strategic partnership with Hull 2017, the report includes comprehensive monitoring and evaluation data with in-depth stakeholder consultations, a residents’ survey and analysis of some of the key projects delivered such as the volunteering and learning initiatives and major programme highlights including Made in Hull, Land of Green Ginger, Look Up, Flood and Back to Ours.

The event will bring together cultural and business sector leaders, civic bodies, practitioners and policy makers with an interest in culture-led regeneration, funding partners, academia and representatives from local communities to examine the outcomes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Tickets are available now for the conference; to book or for further information, click here .

[University of Hull]