This is the second of three posts sharing BOP’s cultural highlights of 2013. The descriptions are written by the BOP staff member who nominated them.
17 December 2013
16 December 2013
It’s the season when newspapers publish their ‘best ofs’ for the year. Just to show that we at BOP don’t spend all our time slaving away over reports, presentations and business plans, we’re joining in the fun by choosing our own cultural highlights of 2013 (as we did in 2011 and 2012). We’ll print them over the next three days, starting today with our choices of film, TV and pop music. The descriptions come from the BOP staff member who nominated them.
09 December 2013
Tomorrow (Tuesday 10th December) BOP and our friends at Ingenious will be hosting an event to mark the publication of a new edition of John Howkins’ much acclaimed book, The Creative Economy. First released in 2001, it was a ground-breaking study of the increasing importance of creativity and intellectual property in the economic system, and helped shaped much of the subsequent thinking on the subject. The new edition, which was published by Penguin last month, reappraises the creative economy concept for a new decade.
03 December 2013
Following on from the successful World Cities Culture Forum summit in Istanbul last month, a French-language version of the World Cities Culture Report is being launched today in Paris. BOP’s Paul Owens will be speaking at the event, while Matthieu Prin and Marine Shah of BOP will also be there. More details on the launch can be found here, while the report itself, Culture dans les Villes Mondes, will appear in due course on the World Cities Culture Forum website.
13 November 2013
Hot on the heels of the release of the 2013 World Cities Culture Report, the 2013 Summit has opened this morning in Istanbul. For the next three days delegates from 19 of the Forum’s 22 member cities will combine sessions of cultural policy debate with an exploration of Istanbul’s culture. Several BOP staff are there in our capacity as the co-ordinator of the World Cities Culture Forum.
08 November 2013
Last year BOP and the Mayor of London launched the World Cities Culture Report, a study of the cultural ‘offer’ of twelve of the world’s greatest cities, among them London, Paris, New York, Shanghai and Tokyo. The success of that report and the first summit meeting of the cities in London during the 2012 Olympics has led to another ten cities joining the associated network, the World Cities Culture Forum. They are: Amsterdam, Beijing, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Toronto.
31 October 2013
BOP has been doing more and more international work in the last couple of years. One strand of that has been an ongoing series of projects in Jordan. Working with the British Council and EUNIC, we are helping the country to devise ways of supporting and strengthening its small but growing creative economy. BOP has developed a ‘Call to Action’, which looks at the current challenges facing the creative sector in Jordan and proposes solutions for overcoming those challenges. These are being discussed in a three-day conference, Step into the Future, taking place this week in Amman. The event, which was opened by the Mayor of Amman, Akel Biltaji, includes a keynote speech from BOP’s director of research, Richard Naylor.
14 October 2013
The Audience Agency, the national audience development agency for England, has just launched a new website. Audience Finder aims to collect standardised data from arts organisations across the country, and use it to provide insights into audience behaviour and hence to improve the arts sector’s business decision-making. The website is supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery.
02 October 2013
Chris Gibbon, a senior consultant at BOP, will be speaking at the Arts Council of Wales’ annual conference tomorrow (3 Oct) in Cardiff. Chris’ subject is Creative Economies, and in particular the ways in which arts organisations can measure their economic impact.
23 September 2013
The Technology Strategy Board (“the UK’s innovation agency”) is becoming an increasingly important player in the creative industries public policy landscape. The inter-relationship between content and technology will define the future fortunes of the sector, and the TSB has allocated around £30m over the next four years to try and encourage innovation in this area.
It has also just published its new Creative Industries Strategy (2013-16), setting out the principles that will guide its choices. (BOP was commissioned to help support the process of developing the strategy, through workshops and consultations with sector representatives and additional research.) The Strategy identifies three key themes for the sector – convergence, transaction and data – as well as a series of four cross-cutting themes that the creative industries share with other sectors of the economy: knowledge-sharing, cross-sector innovation, design and sustainability. By focusing on these areas, the TSB hopes to help the sector in Britain maintain its competitive edge.
The TSB’s Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network has released a video in support of the strategy in which a number of prominent creatives, including the actor Andy Serkis, discuss the role of technology in their work.