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

Forces of Art – Curating Dakar as an ‘art world city’

Forces of Art: Perspectives from a Changing World is a thought provoking and wide ranging book bound to challenge assumptions and stimulate new ideas about how crucial art and culture are. Bringing forward new understandings of the ways arts and culture shape societies across the world – Forces of Art is a research initiative in…

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Wellness, culture and the city

The topic of wellness is often discussed in terms of individual health and well being; and the current Covid-19 situation has increased our attention to this. In addition, employers are increasingly becoming aware that they share some responsibility for their employees mental health, as well as physical health. Whilst some positive steps have been made,…

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Snack survival

One of the big stories in these Covid-19 times has been the consequences of ‘working from home’. The obvious one is that people do not use city centres, and the businesses that reply on passing trade are hit badly. The ‘poster child’ for this phenomenon has been the sandwich chain ‘Pret A Manger’; but, it…

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Creative Cities in African Contexts

Dr Jenny Mbaye and Prof Andy Pratt have just had a special symposium section of the leading journal International Journal of Urban and Regional Research published. The special issue comprises of five papers which introduce the first critical overview of the phenomenon of creative cities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of this symposium is to…

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Intercultural dialogue and world peace

Andy Pratt has been involved in advising a team at UNESCO and the Institute for Economics and Peace on a project initiated by the UN Security Council. There is a general appreciation that cultural dialogue can help to secure peaceful social relations, especially in post-conflict situations. There has been work done on methods and techniques…

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Creative economy and recovery from COVID-19

Andy Pratt has contributed a blog to the AHRC Policy and Evidence Centre blog on ideas for reforms of the cultural labour market – the gig economy, or, precarious working. It suggests ways that we can use this moment as a step change to reform dysfunctional and socially damaging work conditions; as well as helping…

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Racism and COVID-19

In June, Diana Yeh organised a webinar Racism and COVID-19 to examine the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on racialised minorities. In Europe and the US, this is starkly evident in the staggeringly higher proportion of rates of infection and deaths (in the UK, over 90% of doctors), of households losing jobs and income and…

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CCCI’s contribution to MA Erasmus Mundus GLOCAL (Barcelona)

On May 11th, Dr Jenny Mbaye was invited – albeit virtually – by the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona to give a lecture to an international cohort of students enrolled in the prestigious MA Erasmus Mundus GLOCAL – Global Markets, Local Creativities. Drawing on over 15 years of experience as…

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The H2020 Project is one year old, with three more years remaining. The City team comprises of Andy Pratt, Jenny Mbaye and Toby Bennett. In February the team met with all project colleagues at Barcelona University to discuss progress and to finalize plans for the fieldwork. This was a successful meeting and everybody departed eager…

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