A City Conversation 2023

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The UK City of Culture in 2013 brought the most significant singular injection of investment our Arts & Culture sector had seen to date. 10 years since feels like a good time to take our pulse, to look back assess where we are at and consider what the future might hold.

It has been a turbulent decade, from significant Cultural investment, legacy programmes, a new cultural strategy to Brexit, Covid, the collapse of Stormont, a cost of living crisis and a climate emergency. How have these local and wider political, societal and economic shifts impacted the arts and cultural sector and how do you feel about it all?

The Arts & Culture Strategy Co Delivery Group invite a conversation among artists, organisations, venues, audiences and volunteers to share their thoughts and energies – as part of an open, inclusive, honest and constructive City Conversation. This will enable us to reflect together on what we have learned and begin to articulate where we go from here, helping to inform a range of cultural strategies now being developed as well as a further conversation planned by the UK Department of Culture Media and Sport to take place in Derry-Londonderry in September 2023.

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