The Cultural Policy Designers Network co-hosted a Roundtable Discussion with Creative Manchester to explore the impact of Brexit on artists' mobility. This included a focus on the structural barriers to mobility, as well as the changing landscape of cultural relations. CPDN was represented through Tom Fleming, who moderated the session, and Toni Attard, who spoke of the changing cultural relations and mobility landscape. Offering fascinating and wide-ranging perspectives, other speakers featured were Dave Moutrey (CEO at HOME Manchester & Director of Culture for Manchester City Council), Marie Le Sourd (Secretary General, On the Move), Geoffrey Brown (Director of EUCLID) and Dr Charlotte Faucher (British Academy post-doctoral fellow, University of Manchester).
"Reminding how important culture and arts are ties in very much with education. You don't need to explain to a young child how important it is to draw or express yourself physically or to sing and move, those things that children feel instinctively. You only need to open your eyes to observe the youngsters to see that obviously the cultural aspect of our lives is something deeply important to us as humans," says Nikky Smedley (UK) an actress, dancer, choreographer, director, producer and author, best known for hew role as Laa Laa in the Teletubbies in the Episode 9 of Culture and Creativity in Times of Crisis series. Interviewed by Ragnar Siil of Creativity Lab.
"There's something fundamentally missing so far. We have seen a race towards rescue, but what we are not seeing is the argument around reframing. We need a new value proposition for culture and new articulation of economic value of culture towards something that more effectively knits together the intrinsic value of culture and things that build more balanced, fair and sustainable economy," says Tom Fleming (UK) expert with global reach on the creative economy, cultural policy and creative cities and regions in the Episode 8 of Culture and Creativity in Times of Crisis series. Interviewed by Ragnar Siil.
"Digital tools are developing all the time, but people still have the need to be with people. Culture is essentially a people business," says Silja Suntola (Development Manager, Creative Industries Research Unit at Xamk). "Creative businesses are built on personal passion and that will never go away," adds Outi Raatikainen (CEO of Pink Eminence). In the Episode 7 of Culture and Creativity in Times of Crisis, we talk about digital transformation, future of live performing industries, innovation and interdisciplinary approach, and how to overcome the skills gap. Interviewed by Ragnar Siil of Creativity Lab.
"There is so much uncertainty and confusion because of the crisis, so what I would ask the cultural policy makers to do is to really stay in touch with the people you are responsible for. Tell them as soon as you know what is going to happen and give them the first hand information," says Paul Stepan (Austria), Head of the Institute for Cultural and Media Economics, consultant and researcher on cultural and creative industries, in Episode 6 of Culture and Creativity in Times of Crisis.