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How Can Arts and Culture in Cities Prosper After the Pandemic? Panel discussion

Festival of the Future City
Illustration of some of the Festival of the Future City themes

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Our panellists assess the viability of arts and cultural activity and organisations as the pandemic, and its impact, continues, and look at how we can build better futures.

Culture and cultural organisations – as well as artists, writers and poets – have all faced huge difficulties over the past 18 months. At the same time, culture remains essential to cities. Who is leading the way out of the pandemic? Which cities can offer guidance? What are the views and ideas of artists and writers? Should the funding system change and – if so – how can it be made more democratic?

Emma Harvey (Trinity Community Arts), Euella Jackson (Rising Arts Agency) and LaToyah McAllister-Jones (St Pauls Carnival) discuss the issues. Anna Farthing chairs.

Chenine Bhathena (Creative Director Coventry 2021) is no longer able to attend due to illness.

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Anna Farthing

Anna Farthing is a producer, director, curator and consultant with a special interest in placemaking through creative public engagement. She became Arts Programme Director at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust in 2018, and has since established an arts and culture team that delivers a programme of design improvement and creative activity across ten sites. Previous projects as creative director include Chatsworth Renewed, Larkin: New Eyes Each Year for Hull UK City of Culture, The International Agatha Christie Festival, Bristol Doors Open Days and launch programmes for M Shed, The International Slavery Museum and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. She began her career directing theatre, opera and film; more recently she has contributed to several civic cultural strategies.

Image credit: Christopher Wilkins
Emma Harvey

Emma Harvey is CEO of Trinity Community Arts, a charity formed to manage the Trinity Centre, Bristol, a grade II* listed building, community arts centre and independent live music venue. She has been with Trinity since 2007 and has a background in the charity sector and in visual arts. She is interested in localism, and developing inclusive spaces, platforms and technologies.

Image credit: Paul Blakemore
Euella Jackson

Euella Jackson is Engagement Producer at Rising Arts Agency, helping underrepresented young creatives take up space, leadership and strategic decision-making positions in the sector. She is Co-Director of Fam Films Productions and in 2019 was awarded RISE Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Image credit: Ruby Walker

LaToyah McAllister-Jones is Executive Director of St Pauls Carnival CIC, which works to promote and celebrate African Caribbean culture and traditions and to run an accessible and inclusive world-class Carnival and supporting events. As well as using Carnival to inform, engage and inspire people socially and artistically, the CIC works with local people to increase economic benefits to the community. She is an Associate Non-Executive Director of NHS North Bristol Trust, a member of the Bristol One City Culture Board and a member of the Bristol Festivals Board.

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Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol. This year – due to the pandemic – the festival brings together live on-stage, live online and pre-recorded events. Check the project page for details and follow #FutureCity21 on Twitter.

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