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Belfast initiates culture shift

13 Jun 2016

Belfast City Council welcomed international cultural authority Charles Landry to address its annual Culture Forum at City Hall today, Monday, 13 June.

Over 150 cultural, statutory and business sector delegates gathered to initiate a culture shift, placing the arts at the centre of the city’s growth and regeneration.

Organised by the council in partnership with Arts & Business NI, the event brought together a network of practitioners and policy makers to set priorities for culture and arts development in Belfast.

Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston commented: “The delegates considered how Belfast’s culture and arts can shape how we’re viewed internationally, how we can nurture new talent and provide creative career progression, make culture more sustainable, ensure that Belfast’s culture has a genuine impact on the people who live here and visit the city and finally, addressed how we can get recognition for the vital economic contribution that culture makes.

“The Culture Forum has offered a superb opportunity to shine a light on these issues - and now, we need to work collaboratively to progress them to Belfast’s best advantage”.

Keynote speaker Charles Landry added: “Genuinely ambitious cities embrace culture as being fundamental to their regeneration. But it requires a real culture shift to translate that thinking into improvements in quality of life and the economy. Luckily, I’ve seen plenty of the required ambition evident in Belfast.”

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Charles Landry, international cultural authority was keynote speaker at this year's Culture Forum at Belfast City Hall. Speakers gather at Belfast City Hall in advance of the Culture Forum Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston and Charles Landry, international cultural authority.