Posted on May 22, 2019

Cultural City Conference 2019 – Event Details

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Event: Cultural City Conference 2019

Date: 28 June 2019

Time: 9.30am-8.30pm

Location: Nuffield Southampton Theatres, The Spark, Solent Conference Centre and Solent Showcase Gallery

Join us for the second annual Cultural City Conference to discuss the future of Southampton and the role that Cultural organisations and us as individuals play in that future. Develop valuable partnerships and collaborations, be inspired by insightful speakers and play your part in establishing Southampton as a major cultural destination.


Full Programme

09:00 – Registration open at NST CITY

09:30Welcome – James Gough & Veronica Gordon 

09:50 – Keynote – Andrew Dixon “What are the characteristics and behaviours of successful UK City of Culture cities?” 

10:35Panel – Place Heritage – Clare Charlesworth (Chair), Dan Crow, Annie Reilly, Nazneen Ahmed, Beverley Dowdell

11:35 –  Mini Keynote – Zoie Golding “The Holyrood Experience” 

11:50 – Guests depart NST CITY to walk to THE SPARK – Grab & go coffee 


  • 1.1 Health & Wellbeing in Arts & Culture Rebecca Kinge & Matt Salvage
  • 1.2  Sustainability Dr. James Dyke
  • 1.3  Learn how skateboarding can unify culture & shape our city Steve Béga & Jamie Burton
  • 1.4  ‘Did you mean to do what they did?’ (Now the future is here) Rupert Rowbotham
  • 1.5 Understanding Southampton’s audiences Aida Pye
  • 1.6  Southampton: City of Music Prof. Martin James & Dan Mar-Molinero

13:00 – Lunch in the Spark Lower Atrium

13:50 – Keynote – Ruth Melville “The impact of Liverpool, and the ‘Story of Change’ for Transported (CPP)”

14:35 – Mini keynote – Alys Scott-Hawkins “What makes and artist friendly city?”

14:50 – Workshop 

  • 2.1 Health & Wellbeing in Arts & Culture Rebecca Kinge & Matt Salvage
  • 2.2 Sustainability Dr. James Dyke
  • 2.3  Learn how skateboarding can unify culture & shape our city Steve Béga & Jamie Burton
  • 2.4  ‘Did you mean to do what they did?’ (Now the future is here) Rupert Rowbotham
  • 2.5 Understanding Southampton’s audiences Aida Pye
  • 2.6  Southampton: City of Music Prof. Martin James & Dan Mar-Molinero

15:35 – Coffee break

16:00 – Keynote – Michaël Roumen – “International Projects and their legacy (Mayflower 400 NL) 

16:45 – Panel – International – Jennifer Anyan (Chair); Prof. Sunil Manghani, Prof. Peter Lloyd, Katie Daley-Yates, Michaël Roumen 

17:45 – Round up and final thoughts – Veronica Gordon and Guests 

18:15 – Next Steps for Southampton – Cllr Satvir Kaur

18:30 – Drinks reception at Solent Showcase Gallery (Band of Skulls DJ set) 



KEY NOTE SPEAKER – ANDREW DIXON Andrew Dixon has worked with over 80 local authority areas and has over 35 years experience of promoting places through culture and tourism as a journalist, Chief Executive and Director of Culture Creativity Place.

KEY NOTE SPEAKER – MICHAËL ROUMEN Arts administrator and consultant, specialising in public-private collaboration, entrepreneurial development and regional cultural policy. Represents artists from different disciplines and places: a poet from Genua, a musician from Berlin and a visual artist from Leiden.

KEY NOTE SPEAKER – RUTH MELVILLE  Ruth Melville is a freelance researcher and cultural policy practitioner. Acting as Monitoring and Research Advisor to Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture and critical friend for the Transported programme of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places

HOSTED BY – VERONICA GORDON Veronica Gordon is a Journalist for ITV Meridian, Deputy Manager at Unity 101 Radio presenting their Vibrant Vibes radio show covering the latest news from Southampton’s black communities. Former BEFFTA ’Black BAFTA’ Radio Personality of the Year.