A blog telling stories about culture and sustainability in cities of the Global South
We are informed by the movement to place culture and sustainability at the heart of local government policies spearheaded by Culture 21. Culture and cities are important for a number of reasons. They speak to core issues of identity, belonging and representation; simultaneously impacting on the economy, the social, and the spatial .
With cities in the global south fast becoming home to the majority of people on the planet, we need to ask what strategies and tactics are being innovated at the urban level there, to address the challenges of sustainability.. Can these stories help those of us involved in cultural development with relevant new ideas to help improve practise? There is a paucity of popular writing on culture and cities from the perspective of the global South. By telling you inspiring, context driven stories about culture in the global South, this blog sets out to fill the gap a bit and help shift perspectives towards a more empowered view of the postcolonial. More..
Can cultural projects targeting at-risk youth effect sustainable socio-economic transformation in cities, and if so how?
Is Cape Town’s diverse, democratic public sphere shrinking and if so in what way? What possibilities do new cultural spaces offer? What actions may be needed to improve the situation?
Name changing of public spaces in resource tense, racialised societies? What are the alternatives for more productive dialogue, towards real transformation?
Can a transformed South African creative economy ecosystem come to being without state investment in industry support bodies?
The Newtown Cultural Precinct project in Johannesburg has been in a slump for many years. Can city planning save it and if so how will it change?
Can working with memory and memorialisation further reconciliation? An examination of projects in Cape Town.
We explore how monuments to conflicted pasts can be turned into opportunities for constructive dialogue and societal change?
Our urban lives and spaces are shaped by our traumas and dreams. How is this expressed in Vietnamese cities? What is the role of our artists and heritage institutions?
Mural Villages as a cultural policy instrument? Exploring the possibilities and the pitfalls: the case of the Tam Thanh fishing village in Tam Ky, Vietnam.
Revaluing Community Arts Centres in South Africa as convivial spaces of learning, sharing, creative expression and identity formulation.
Medellin's transformation, from a city of violence to one of innovation and social dynamism, is the result of concerted and significant investments into cultural programmes and infrastructure since 2004.
A call is made for a research agenda that furthers the use of culture for inclusive and sustainable urban development in South Africa.
Telling the story of the development of the Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy 2014 - the only existing municipal cultural policy in Africa.
Africa's first local cultural policy was an exercise in participatory planning, drawing on the optimism of cultural bodies in Cape Town, who had been denied access previously to use their voice.
Exploring the origin of the concept of urban cultural policy, what does it mean, and why is it important ?
A new UNESCO report details how cultural policies can be better reshaped to further the diversity of creative expression, and so foster sustainable development and peace.
What can we learn from the archives of the 1980's, a time of political and cultural resistance globally? We look at the period and a project that commemorated its importance.
Looking at the discourse building, culture initiative, BLAC, and its projects to further dialogue, publishing and advocacy in a divided Cape Town (1998-2003). How have things shifted since?
Plotting the path, and critiquing, the development of South Africa’s post-apartheid cultural policy.
The coupling of race with cultural policy has long roots in South Africa. If we understood this better, and worked with the symbolic more creatively, could it help us bring about a non-racial future?
An introduction to a series of articles looking at the role of culture in the urban and social transformation of cities. Focussing on Cape Town: a reflection from the personal perspective of a cultural activist.
WDC14 had notable successes, but ultimately did not achieve its primary objective to use design as a tool for transformation in Cape Town. Why did this happen?
The power of networks and a tight deadline. The conditions and the processes behind Cape Town's successful bid for World Design Capital 2014.
Design and the Divided City: Culture and the transformative potential of Creativity. Part one in a series on Cape Town's journey to becoming World Design Capital 2014.
Drawing on two Cape Town case studies, we look at how municipalities could support its communities and the arts by providing "cultural spaces".
Cultural spaces, are convivial and inspiring environments for sharing, inspiring and growing. This homage to an '80s space in Durban, South Africa recounts what makes them work.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a vital learning space, towards addressing sustainability challenges by mobilising culture, creativity and innovation.
Cape Town's looming water crisis is an opportunity to explore participatory democracy, as a way to solve complex problems together.
The cultural district project in Newtown, Johannesburg is a 41 year old initiative which started as an organic cultural cluster, before it was taken over by local government.
Scaling up an idea of what creative city could be, for a sustainable and just future in Indonesia, we meet a collective working nationally, but building from ground up.