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The cultural spillover can conceal an other one

Web review - 18/09/2015

The 32th edition of the European Heritage Open Days –on the 19th and 20th of September- is about to be successful. The variety of testimonies collected on the occasion of the 4th Forum d’Avignon Ruhr edition – on the 22th and 23rd of September – reaffirm the impact of spillovers on territories generated by public and private cultural investments. Spillovers have multiple dimensions : artistic, heritage, historic, economic and social.

The strategy that consists in bargain on culture is a winning one. The 2010 Forum d’Avignon’s survey in partnership with Kurt Salmon named : ‘what strategies for sustainable employment and urban development planning?’ takes an inventory of three different types. The latter seems still relevant in light of current trends:

  • Strategies for developing a unique identity, which  steer cities and regions to rejuvenate their images like the example of Los Angeles that wants to play a key role in contemporary art in the coming years with the opening of The Broad museum. It is also the case of Abidjan for the city develops fiscal tools to appeal film directors and audiovisuel starts.
  • Strategies based on appeal within the context of competition, which push regions having a rich cultural history to try capitalize on their images. It is the case of Arles that after its International Meetings of photography’s success may now boast be untitled  French Tech Culture thanks to its Cultural and Heritage Pole.
  • Strategies to reinforce social cohesion and improve living environment concern more territories with a low density and facing social challenges. For example, Sunderland runs for the UK city of culture label


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Drawing credit: Plantu, Cartooning for Peace for the Forum d’Avignon