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URBAN REGENERATION, ARTS PROGRAMMING AND MAJOR EVENTS

URBAN REGENERATION, ARTS PROGRAMMING AND MAJOR EVENTS The potential of arts activity as a tool for urban regeneration has been widely discussed since the early 1980s. In parallel, notions of “cultural/urban tourism” and “arts/city marketing” have gained great popularity among marketers, city planners and cultural policy‐makers alike. Major events are seen as effective catalysts for city regeneration processes as they are able to merge tourism strategies with urban planning and can boost the confidence of local communities. However, arts programming has yet to achieve a position that allows it to be perceived as a relevant contributor to the success and legacy of large‐scale urban events. This article explores the contradiction between the celebrated potential of the arts in urban regeneration processes and their poor position within major events. In so doing, it compares the experiences of three cities, each host to major events with strong arts and cultural components: Glasgow 1990 – European City of Culture; Sydney 2000 – Olympic Games and Olympic Arts Festivals, and Barcelona 2004 – Universal Forum for Cultures. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Cultural Policy Taylor & Francis

URBAN REGENERATION, ARTS PROGRAMMING AND MAJOR EVENTS

International Journal of Cultural Policy , Volume 10 (1): 16 – Mar 1, 2004
16 pages

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1477-2833
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1028-6632
DOI
10.1080/1028663042000212355
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Abstract

The potential of arts activity as a tool for urban regeneration has been widely discussed since the early 1980s. In parallel, notions of “cultural/urban tourism” and “arts/city marketing” have gained great popularity among marketers, city planners and cultural policy‐makers alike. Major events are seen as effective catalysts for city regeneration processes as they are able to merge tourism strategies with urban planning and can boost the confidence of local communities. However, arts programming has yet to achieve a position that allows it to be perceived as a relevant contributor to the success and legacy of large‐scale urban events. This article explores the contradiction between the celebrated potential of the arts in urban regeneration processes and their poor position within major events. In so doing, it compares the experiences of three cities, each host to major events with strong arts and cultural components: Glasgow 1990 – European City of Culture; Sydney 2000 – Olympic Games and Olympic Arts Festivals, and Barcelona 2004 – Universal Forum for Cultures.

Journal

International Journal of Cultural PolicyTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2004

Keywords: city marketing; urban regeneration; cultural tourism; arts programming; events; legacy

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