How cities can harness the charged power of culture
At the next Tianfu Symposium of World Cultural Capitals, Chengdu, China officials were joined by world culture experts from the planet Cities Culture Forum to explore cultural development and urban opportunities for new economy.
Amongst were topics and experts from all around the global world, one discussion panel investigated the role of culture in growing city identity. Paul Owens, Director of the global world Cities Culture Forum, asked participants “How successful are cities in balancing authentic local culture because they grow into global cities?”.
Responding to his question, John Howkins, Chair of the street and Belt World Cities Culture Centre, drew attention to the role of technology and the brand new economy in defining future reputations and creating entirely new culture sectors along the way. That morning howkins was reflecting upon new initiatives launched at the symposium. Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Writers Association, Jidi Majia, proclaimed that “The wisdom of the social people will generate a far more open and stable dialogue – this is the wisdom of different people’s and various countries, great civilizations are inclusive and study from each other”.
City officials from Chengdu launched the Tianfu Smart Media City project, a fresh initiative which sets out an ambition to integrate multiple smart media initiatives, including technology platforms such as for example 5G and new economy technologies such as for example AI, to create a fresh reputation on the global stage.
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Participants enjoyed a presentation from Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum and star of the recent documentary exploring the success of the palace. Shan outlined the way the mission of the museum has gone to open out culture, bringing more of the cultural artifacts for the public to see and share in the hidden stories of the Forbidden City.
Conference attendees heard from Robert Govers, international place branding expert, who discussed the significance of cities applying an imaginative method of shaping city reputation. Many participants echoed the sentiments and words of Jidi Majia when he stated that “mysterious urban codes have a home in each great world city”, making this is of success perhaps, such as a good poem, close but slightly out of our grasp always. The poet was clear concerning the importance and the character of Chengdu, discussing it because the populous city where light and poetry emerges.
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