Zayd Minty is a cultural management professional and researcher. He has worked, primarily in South Africa: on local cultural policy initiatives and creative city strategies; in post-apartheid museums, community arts centres, festivals and networks; and with public and contemporary arts projects. He has a special interest in understanding how culture could be better mobilised for social and spatial transformation, and the implications thereof for governance and the fostering of cultural leadership. As manager of the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department, he penned the only existing cultural policy (2014) for an African municipality. He was central to the city’s successful bid for the World Design Capital 2014 title, through his founding leadership of the Creative Cape Town programme. He runs Creative City South – which serves as a platform for documenting and popularising urban cultural policies and practises for sustainable cities in the global South. He is a research associate at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) at the Cultural Policy and Management Division of the School of Arts.
Claudia Seldin is a Brazilian architect and urban planner with a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Urbanism from the Graduate Program in Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (PROURB/FAU-UFRJ) in Brazil, with two collaborative periods at the Fakultät Architektur und Urbanistik of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany. She is a former assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at UFRJ and is currently working as a postdoc researcher at PROURB/FAU-UFRJ, where she co-leads the lab “Culture, History and Urbanism”. Her research focus on the existing relationships between cities and culture, and in contributions of social movements to alternative ways of thinking urban space. She is the recipient of the 2016 Capes Dissertation Award in Architecture and Urbanism (given by the Brazilian Ministry of Education) and of the VIII Milton Santos Award for best article in a journal (given by the Brazilian National Association of Graduate Research in Urban and Regional Planning in 2017). She is also the author of “Urban Images and Resistances: From Capitals of Culture to Creative Cities” (2017) and the co-editor of “Cultures and Resistances in the City” (2018). https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Claudia_Seldin https://ufrj.academia.edu/ClaudiaSeldin
Graham is a Director of ZAG Projects. He was previously Director of the Community Arts Project/The Arts and Media Access Centre, and for CAPE TV. He edits blog contents on Creative City South.