Taking place at the under threat Stour Space, The Creative Work And The City symposium discussed some of the issues facing creative hubs in London and Southeast Asia.

The symposium was presented by Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy at Queen Mary, University of London, which is investigating the role of hubs and importance to the creative industries and culture.

The symposium included three panels:

Symposium Panels

  1. Discussion on the Mayor of London’s new Creative Enterprise Zone initiative
  2. A comparison between hubs in east London and ones dotted around Southeast Asia
  3. How planning law and its effect impact creative hubs in the UK and elsewhere.

Haphazard Discussions

Haphazard Business will draw upon the knowledge being accumulated at events like this symposium and will develop it own event series later in the project.

Symposium Introduction

Creative hubs and clusters are essential sites of cultural and creative production and consumption. These now global sites very much represent the urban regional growth promise of the creative and culture sector. In East London there are multiple manifestations of this activity – much of it under threat. This said new initiatives like the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone have the potential to ameliorate some of the pressure already inherent in the creative and cultural sector but made even more so by certain market forces. Globally many cities face similar problems – how to best support creative and cultural production as a mechanism of regional growth and renewal.

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