We are delighted to be partnering with OECD on a new conference on Culture and Creativity for Local Development taking place on the 6-7 December in Venice, Italy. 

This Conference is the first major OECD event examining links between culture and local growth, following the creation of a dedicated Culture and Local Development team.

The aims of the conference are:

  • to develop recommendations for economic and social policies that leverage culture and cultural heritage to enhance economic growth, job creation and social inclusion
  • to highlight 'what works' in policy governance arrangements and funding models

In partnership with OECD we have developed a range of content for the conference, and are hosting the following speakers:

Stephen Stenning, Head Arts & Society, British Council is chairing the plenary session 1: Understanding the transformative power of culture and creativity for local development. 10.00-11.15, 6 December 2018

Ojoma Ochai, Director Arts Nigeria, British Council is on the panel for the parallel thematic session B1: Creating creative jobs 14.00-15.30. 6 December 2018

Other key partners for this conference are Fondazione di Venezia, Citta de Venezia, UNESCO and the European Commission.