As we continue our #CreativeCitesUK tour, we visit Manchester - a metropolis that has been credited with "inventing the modern city." From hubs for creative and tech entrepreneurship to the legacy of its Madchester music scene, Manchester is pulling out all the stops to put itself on the map of the world's creative cities.
Continuing our spotlight on Sheffield as part of our #CreativeCitiesUK project, we meet with Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick - two data artists who have embraced the city's legacy of making to create wearable fashion pieces that visualize pollution in the city. Commissioned part of an ongoing effort between Better With Data, Sheffield's branch of the Open Data Institute, and Sheffield City Council, Air Transformed makes understanding vital air quality data a tangible and experiential process.
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.
As we continue our spotlight on Glasgow, we talk to Land Art Generation Initiative and Glasgow City Council about their recent art and engineering competition, in collaboration with local platform EcoArtsScotland, which will result in a public art installation that will also generate clean energy. Wind Forest will be built on Dundas Hill, a site encapsulated by the ongoing Glasgow Canal Regeneration project, and will be visible from across the Scottish city.
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?
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.
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?
With centuries of heritage still intact, Edinburgh, Scotland, has many points of attraction, but none so popular today as the city's 12 cultural festivals, drawing in up to 4.5 million visitors each year. In the first of our #CreativeCitiesUK features, we delve into the iconic Fringe Festival, the independent art scene and the professional creative industries to find out what makes this historic city among the top ranking cultural economies in the world.