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The City as Creative Platform: New Urban Centres of Creative and Digital Services

As the global economy resets into a new mode following the global pandemic, to what extent will the creative sector play a role in facilitating growth, and which cities are the key players in that story?

World Conference on Cultural Cities

Since 2018 we have been supporting the evolution of the Tianfu Symposium in Chengdu. Created to exchange ideas around the role of culture & creative industries in developing the creative economy of cities and fostering international trade, the symposium ignites cultural exchange among cities worldwide.

Now, inspired by the policy-oriented approach of this symposium, the World Conference on Cultural Cities has emerged, building upon Tianfu’s foundation. Hosted over the course of a week, both Co-founder Paul Owens and Consultant Genevieve Marciniak represented BOP at the conference discussing the pivotal role cities play in the global economy.

Genevieve led a round-table on the role of design in cross-cultural exchange and collaboration across sectors, while Paul introduced City as Creative Platform, a City Ideas - commissioned study, spotlighting nine creative city hubs and the unique features that set them apart as thriving creative places.

Through case studies of Auckland, Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Austin, Montreal, Manchester, Berlin, and Barcelona, the report identifies the seven common features of cities that excel as creative platforms, outlining challenges and opportunities that growing cities like Chengdu face as they continue to develop their creative economy. 

It was a pleasure to be back in China, collaborating and exchanging ideas with colleagues from around the world on how cities are transforming the world’s cultural geography through design, digitisation, and globalisation.

Read the full report below.

World Conference on Cultural Cities, City Ideas

Co-founder Paul Owens and Consultant Genevieve Marciniak represented BOP Consulting at the World Conference on Cultural Cities in Chengdu, China.

Oct 23, 2023

Apr 3, 2024

Summit in West Kowloon District sends message of international collaboration.

International Cultural Summit Hong Kong

Marianna Lemus-Boskovitch

Feb 16, 2024

Rachel Kuhn and David Hingley discuss three key takeaways from recent high-profile closures.

Why are City-Centre Attractions Closing?

David Hingley BEM

Feb 15, 2024

Our team clears up a common misconception.

What is the Difference Between a Feasibility and Viability Study?

Rachel Kuhn

Jan 29, 2024

We at BOP are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Tim Joss in an accident last week.

Tribute to Aesop Founder and CEO, Tim Joss

Richard Naylor

Jan 23, 2024

Associate Director, Rachel Kuhn reports on Museum Connections Paris.

AI and Visitor Experience at Museum Connections

Rachel Kuhn

Jan 10, 2024

2023 was marked by our fastest-ever expansion. Our team reflects on this landmark year, highlighting key milestones and projects.

BOP’s 2023 in Review

Rebecca Davison-Mora

Dec 13, 2023

Our team shares how the framework behind BOP500 can power sustainable development in cities around the world.

Cultural Capability: Rethinking Culture for the 21st Century

Paul Owens

Dec 1, 2023

Senior Consultant Martha Pym travels to Casablanca to share how strengthening place and authenticity can ensure citizens have a place alongside tourism.

Africa Place Marketing Conference: Citizen Participation for Sustainable and Inclusive Territorial Marketing

Martha Pym

Nov 22, 2023

Co-founder Paul Owens joined by regional panel to discuss the Gulf’s rapidly growing sector and exciting possibilities for international collaboration.

BEYOND Conference, Ambition and Transformation: Emerging Creative R&D Practice in the Gulf

Callum Lee

Nov 14, 2023

BOP Consulting acted as the secretariat for the Creative Industries Council working group, offering pro-bono administration, communications and policy support.

Creative Industries Council Endorse Creative Climate Charter

Rebecca Davison-Mora

Oct 23, 2023

Co-founder Paul Owens and Consultant Genevieve Marciniak represented BOP Consulting at the World Conference on Cultural Cities in Chengdu, China.

World Conference on Cultural Cities, City Ideas

Genevieve Marciniak

Sep 12, 2023

Chief Economist, Jonathan Todd, travelled to V&A Dundee to present the findings of our five-year Impact Study with 'tialt' to museum staff and stakeholders.

V&A Dundee Impact Study Featured in the Scotsman, The Herald & Scottish Field

Teodora Lazar

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Genevieve Marciniak


Genevieve has a background in cultural policy including urban policy and cultural relations, and in operational planning, capacity building and development - with a depth of international experience.

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