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Building a global cultural city

Assisting Chengdu to assesses its cultural position internationally and where opportunities lay

The Chengdu Municipal Government has devised a long-term vision to become a global cultural city, promoting Chinese culture and creativity internationally through the context of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

We worked with the Chengdu Municipal Government and the Chengdu Media Group to advise on the programme design and international speakers lineup for its first high level cultural conference World Cities Culture Tianfu Symposium 2018. In addition, we produced research to assesses Chengdu’s cultural position internationally and where opportunities lay.

The report, launched at the event, investigates the relevance of cities and culture in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative. Here it uses a framework of both hard and soft measures to better understand Chengdu’s place in the world and to ask whether Chengdu has the right policies and global characteristics to build a network of cities through culture.

BOP have since been commissioned to manage a new Belt and Road World Cities Cultural Centre in partnership with CMG on behalf of Chengdu.

If you would like to hear more about this work, please get in contact with Yvonne Lo.