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Nashville: Destination City, USA – Part 1

In the first of our 3 installments, we dig deeper into the DNA of the city of Nashville, TN, which has made headlines in the last few decades as one of the top ...
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Sheffield: The City of Steel Casts a Creative Future

Known for its legacy in metalwork, Sheffield post-industrial economy is shaped by more than cutlery and steel. Notoriously dubbed the ugliest town in the UK by George Orwell in the 1930s, the South Yorkshire city has reinvented itself into a place that embraces its heritage in arts and making through a wave of private-public partnerships that champion innovation in creative output. Continuing our #CreativeCitiesUK series, we delve into the makers, initiatives and spaces that have contributed to Sheffield's creative transformation.
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New York City: The Reprise of a Music City

Having spurred handfuls of musical genres and, in turn, had plenty of anthems dedicated to its unique vibe, New York City has long been a hotbed for music making, from inspiration to production, and, of course, performance. However, while the City has focused its energy and resources on TV, film and advertising in the last 20 years, the music industry has not received the same support - despite its globally recognized influence. Continuing our #CreativeCitiesUSA project, progrss takes a bite of the Big Apple and discovers how the music industry continues to flourish in the face of a changing urban landscape and how the City is finally paying attention.
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London Mayor Fights for Artists’ Rights to the City

Sadiq Khan has been working with a consortium of entrepreneurs and philanthropists, known as Studiomakers, to tackle issues of artist displacement through the newly established Creative Land Trust.
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Glasgow: Where Creativity Creates a Sense of Place

With an interesting history in which both arts and heavy industry play crucial roles, Glasgow has become more and more resilient to social and economic strife. In the latest installment of our #CreativeCitiesUK series, we delve into the city's creative industries and find they have an increasing influence on Glasgow's urban development, despite the challenges faced by independent and socially-driven companies. Can Glasgow follow in Edinburgh's footsteps, and rely on creativity and culture to change its physical and socioeconomic landscape?
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#Habitat3: Where is the Culture in the New Urban Agenda?

With culture at the core of his Glasgow-based urban design practice, Dele Adeyemo finds that the New Urban Agenda and the events at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, do not quite realize the importance of culture as a cornerstone for development.
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Desire Lines: How Edinburgh Artists Make Their Voices Heard

As part of our #CreativeCitiesUK series on Edinburgh, we delve into the innovative and influential grassroots lobby, by the creative and cultural industries, for the creative and cultural industries. Desire Lines is an actionable document proposed to the City Council, after including hundreds of Edinburgh's creative professionals in the conversation, and has certainly caught politicians' attention.
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The Makings of a Festival City: Can Luxor Learn From Edinburgh?

With history seeping from their pores, picturesque topography and similar population size, the cities of Luxor in Egypt and Edinburgh in Scotland have more in common that one might think. The political unrest in Egypt has impacted Luxor's tourism sector but its inability to capitalize on its cultural festivals, due in part to bureaucratic constraints and a lack of appreciation of modern cultural output, has left the Upper Egyptian city struggling to keep up. Can the heritage city build up a festival economy?