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The World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF) is a network of 40 of the world’s major cities collaborating on research and policy around shared opportunities and challenges for culture and creativity in cities across the globe. Its members share ideas and data, promote innovative and equitable policy and advance positive change. 

As urban populations grow, so does the pressure on leaders to maintain their city’s distinctiveness, attract business and skilled jobs, and stay resilient and adaptable in the face of change.

 

WCCF members share the belief that culture is the key to their future as sustainable urban centres. BOP conducts comparative research to measure the impact and importance of culture and creativity, and shares it with the Forum so members can make evidence-based policy decisions.

During the pandemic, cities across the network have come together to reinforce culture and its role in our cities. To address inequity and injustice, support new models for cultural production and participation, new models of sustainability, address the climate emergency, behavioural change and public confidence. 

 

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BOP Consulting convenes and manages WCCF on behalf of the Mayor of London.

WCCF Programme teaser overview text here. 

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World Cities Culture Forum – Culture Counts 2021

Culture Counts: New Approaches to Evidence Based Cultural Policymaking
in World Cities

This Case Guide is co-produced with the participating cities of WCCF. All of the city examples in this document are presented as ‘use cases’ of cultural data in which we highlight relevant questions and outcomes, and direct readers to further readings.

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Culture and Sustainability Green cities Report Prepared for WCCF

The Green World Cities of Tomorrow: Culture and Sustainability – Special Report Prepared for WCCF Global Conversation

The report published by the World Cities Culture Forum looks at how major cities around the world are responding to climate change through cultural policies and programmes.

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Arts and Culture Capital, World Cities Culture Forum

World Cities Culture Report 2018

This is the most comprehensive report ever published about culture and the role it plays in shaping life in major cities worldwide. The report is based on extensive data and practice research to reveal how 35 major global cities are in the vanguard of policymaking.

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World Cities Culture Forum Report

WCCF Culture and Climate Change Report

The World Cities Culture Forum and Julie’s Bicycle worked with 14 of the network’s world cities, who provided inspiring case studies of how city leaders are putting climate and the environment at the centre of their cultural ambitions.

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World Cities Culture Forum - Culture and climate change

Culture and climate change handbook for city leaders

How can cities integrate environmental sustainability into cultural policymaking? Our new Handbook for City Leaders, highlights the role of culture in addressing the most important global challenge of the twenty-first century.

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Arts and Culture Capital, World Cities Culture Forum

Making Space for Culture – A Handbook for City Leaders

Our new ‘Making Space for Culture’ handbook for City Leaders explores how world cities across the globe are answering this question, from San Francisco to Shenzhen.

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Mapping culture spending in World Cities Culture Finance Report

World Cities Culture Finance Report

Our World Cities Culture Finance Report, is the first global comparative study to examine how much is spent on culture in world cities, by whom, and where the money goes.

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World Cities Culture Report

World Cities Culture Report 2015

The 2015 edition of the World Cities Culture Report is the most comprehensive report to date. Dedicated to the part culture will play in the life of world cities in years to come, the Forum now boasts a network of over 30 cities. Together they tackle the issues that will determine sustainable urban development: How can culture solve some of the biggest challenges of our urban environments? How do cities understand culture’s role in the way their citizens live, work and play? What will be the link between culture and urban citizenship?

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World Cities Culture Report 2014

World Cities Culture Report 2014

This report examines the cultural offer of 24 of the world’s greatest cities. It gathers evidence on 60 cultural indicators, assessing both the supply of and demand for culture, and reports on the thinking of cultural policymakers in those places.

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WCCF Reports

We have a particular interest in cities and have pioneered innovative approaches to understanding and nurturing creative eco-systems in cities around the world using wide ranging research and data to guide our thinking. Browse some of our recent reports to get a flavour of our work.

As part of our social responsibility, BOP supports these organisations:

  • Accumulate  Helping young, homeless people in London to build their skills, develop their wellbeing and improve their lives through creativity

  • Achates Philanthropy Prize Seeking to widen and deepen private support for arts and culture

  • Full Fact  Checking facts and fighting bad information because we all deserve information we can trust 

  • Hope not Hate  Striving to expose and oppose extremism

  • Julie’s Bicycle Mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate emergency

  • The Equality Trust Working to improve the quality of life by dismantling structural inequalities

We also

  • Work with the Social Mobility Foundation to host two pupils through their Aspiring Professionals Programme every year 

  • support our team with monthly contributions to enable them to enjoy their chosen cultural interests 

  • participate in a carbon offset programme to counterbalance the environmental impacts of our company activities.

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Join WCCF

To learn more about our work or for further information on how to join the network as a member city, please get in touch.

Genevieve Marciniak

Relationship Manager, WCCF

Genevieve is Relationship Manager of the World Cities Culture Forum.

Genevieve Marciniak - Relationship Manager, WCCF | BOP Consulting

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World Cities Culture Report 

Published every three years, our flagship research programme and publication provides an evidence base for cultural policy-making in cities. Through quantitative and qualitative research, the Report is produced collaboratively with the WCCF network.  The next report will be published in October 2022.

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Policy Research Programme

A series of in-depth investigations focusing on shared challenges and showcasing effective responses and case studies from our city members. You can find some of the final outputs of these investigations below.

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Global Dataset

The most comprehensive global index on culture in cities, available to all online and used widely by policy-makers, researchers, journalists and cultural industry professionals.

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World Cities Culture Summit

A major annual event bringing together Deputy Mayors and Heads of Culture to share knowledge and progress thinking around the transformative power of culture.  Cities have gathered for summits in London, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Moscow, Seoul, San Francisco, Lisbon and Chengdu.​

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Leadership Exchange Programme

A funded programme of city-to-city exchanges to support cities to learn from one another and develop best practice to address specific challenges.  In each Exchange, a team of city representatives and cultural leaders visit a member city facing common challenges to learn about innovative strategies, policies and programmes that they can apply. Key learnings are shared amongst the WCCF network. 

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Regional Initiatives 

A series of collaborative city-driven forums and research to identify, explore and share a regional agenda for culture, with events to date led by cities including Seoul, Buenos Aires, Chengdu, Nanjing, Amsterdam and São Paulo.

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