The news feed from the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City, University of London

RAW Academy: Hip Hop, Aesthetics and Politics

From October 27th to 31st, Jenny was invited as a faculty member to the Session 3 of the Raw Academy, directed by the Journal Rappé, a satirical televised news show created by Senegalese rappers Xuman and Keyti. The RAW Academy is an experiential residential study programme for the research and study of artistic and curatorial practice…

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‘Future of African Cities’ – AfriLabs Annual Gathering x The CoWorking Summit

On October 18-20th, the annual gathering of AfriLabs was co-organized by AfriLabs, Hivos, District, Progrss, Wasabi, The French University and The American University in Cairo (AUC) and the Coworking Summit, in Cairo (Egypt). This annual gathering focused on trending tech hub practices, local innovators and creative solutions to relevant African issues with the conference being themed ‘Future…

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Andy sent to Siberia

Andy spent a few days in October in Yekaterinburg in Western Siberia at the 4th Urals Art Fair. Andy gave lectures on precarious labour in the cultural economy, and on methodologies for evaluating creative cities (based on their local capacities). The strand that Andy was speaking in was “art as an enterprise”.The event was fascinating,…

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Hull City of Culture

Hull is UK City of Culture this year, and Andy gave a keynote at the ‘Spaces and Flows’ conference in that city. The paper was entitled “The problem(s) of evaluation: urban cultural regeneration”, which was a salutary reminder of the positive and negative experiences of cities and culture; in particular urging policy makers and academics…

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New e-magazine involving CCI students

Emilia Milaj from CCI has been involved in setting up a new e-magazine, Why Magazine. Emilia says: Why Magazine has been created to provide new innovative journalism. The audience is the artist, immigrant, a working person, millennial and anyone who is struggling with Generation Y reality and wants some reassurance that they’re not alone. Hence the audience is…

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Urgent utopias and Future Trends in urban Africa

On October 7th, in the framework of an exhibition called #FutureTrends co-curated by the architect and urbanist Dele Adeyemo, Jenny was invited to participate in a panel discussion on the theme of ‘urgent utopias’ examining the wider urban, cultural and sonic dimensions of African futurity. The event, Stadtklang x FutureTrends : Sounds of Urgent Utopia, took…

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The state of the Arts: Zurich

Andy took part in a seminar held at Zurich School for the Arts and Film (ZdHK) on “New cultural policies and challenges: artists as arts managers”, the seminar participants were half from Asia, and half from Europe; the objective being to explore a range of perspectives and approaches. The event grew out of a collaboration…

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Cultural Policy Task Group and Arterial Fund in Abidjan

On Sept. 29th-30th, along with members of the Executive Committee, Jenny was invited to participate in a strategic meeting organised by Arterial Network in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire at the Secretariat of the Network, located in the offices of the MASA (African Performing Arts Market). The meeting focused both on the priorities of action of its…

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