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CIRCE x UNESCO: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

A half-day symposium to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This event took place at City, University of London, Tuesday 23rd May 2023, and was attended by a wide range of acadamics, researchers, policy makers, artists and practitioners.

Published onJun 09, 2023
CIRCE x UNESCO: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

The opening of the CIRCE x UNESCO: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development event. © Ikin Yum

 The Centre for Culture and Creative Industries (CCI) and Creative Impact Research Centre Europe (CIRCE) and City, University of London came together to mark the annual UNSECO World Day of Cultural Diversity Development and Learning on May 23 2023 in London. The event invited participants to critically engage with the current position of cultural and creative practice in light of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The event brought together two new partnerships for CCCI. The first UNESCO Chair in Global Creative Economy was established within CCCI to promote debate and understanding of this field internationally. Creative Impact Research Centre Europe (CIRCE) is a transnational post-Brexit think tank, supported by the German Ministry for Media and Culture, within which CCCI hosts the London Cultural Diversity Laboratory, focusing on critical questions of creative diversity in periods of poly-crisis. 

CCCI were joined by speakers from CIRCE, the British Council, City’s Creatives in Residence and others.

  • Joseph Bell (City Creative in Residence), Musician

  • Chloe Carterr (City Creative in Residence), Spoken Word Artist

  • Darcy Dixon (City Creative in Residence), Multidisciplinary Creative

  • Teresa Koloma Beck (CIRCE), Research Director

  • Merje Laiapea (CIRCE), Artistic Programmer, Curator, Research Fellow

  • Jennifer Lim (BEATS/Moongate Productions), Actress, Artistic Director

  • Rehana Mughal (British Council), Director, Creative Economy

  • Laura Yuile (Multidisciplinary artist)

CIRCE’s Cultural Diversity Labatory’s project researchers reflected on some emerging themes from the day:

Paromita Saha on Creative and Cultural Ecosystems
Xanthia Mavraki on The Importance of the Symbiosis between Academia & Policy Making in Creative Industries
Si Long Chan on Diversity as ‘lived work’: emotions and space
Hannah Curran-Troop on The mutuality of cultural policy funding and creativity itself

Members of the Cultural Diversity Lab London.

The City, University team examines the structural inequalities in the cultural and creative economies, especially since the beginning of the pandemic. It questions whether the necessary measures subsidised by the state had a positive or negative impact.

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