Global cultural leaders to convene in Jakarta, Indonesia for New Cities Summit, June 9 – 11
- The Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), a federation of major arts hubs in cities worldwide, to lead cultural conversations at the New Cities Summit
- Leading architect Ole Scheeren and Asian Civilizations Museum Director Alan Chong feature in speaker lineup
Jakarta, Indonesia and Paris, France, May 19, 2015. Leading figures from the worlds of arts, design and heritage will gather at the New Cities Summit in Jakarta on June 9 – 11, 2015 to discuss the transformative role of culture in the future city.
Cultural conversations at the annual New Cities Summit are led by the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), a federation of global centers of arts and culture initiated by the New Cities Foundation, Dallas Arts District and AEA Consulting.
The transformative role of well programmed and designed public spaces and the impact of cultural tourism on cities will be focal points of discussions at this year’s Summit. Panelists include leading German architect Ole Scheeren, Principal of Büro Ole Scheeren – the practice behind the new headquarters of China’s oldest auction house that is set to open in Beijing – and Alan Chong, Director of the Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore.
GCDN members and those interested in more focused cultural conversations will meet the day before the Summit, on June 8, to discuss cultural districts and the challenge of meeting diverse expectations and demands within communities.
Cultural Sessions at the New Cities Summit 2015 include:
Animating Our Public Spaces
New Cities Summit – June 9, 5pm – 5.45pm
This panel will discuss successful strategies in the design and animation of public spaces and strategies of successful cultural place making. Speakers will question how cities can animate and humanize public space through intelligent cultural programming.
Theresa Famularo, Founder and Director, Cre8ion
Leslie Koch, President, The Trust for Governors Island
Ole Scheeren, Architect, Buro Ole Scheeren
Shilo Shiv Suleman, Street Artist, Fearless Collective
Marcus Westbury, Founder/Creative Director, Renew Newcastle, Australia
Veni, Vidi, Vici – Cultural Tourism in the Century of Cities
New Cities Summit - June 10, 11.20am – 12.30pm
This session will explore the role of cultural tourism in the economic and social life of cities. Speakers will ask how cities can strike a balance between the needs and demands of visitor and community alike.
Alan Chong, Director, Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore
Joe Sidek, Director, George Town Festival, Malaysia
Cultural panels will fit into the wider program of the New Cities Summit. The overarching theme for this year’s event is Seizing the Urban Moment: Cities at the Heart of Growth and Development.
The New Cities Summit will be held at the Ciputra Artrpreneur, a new 10,000 square meter center in Jakarta dedicated to art, incorporating a gallery, museum, theater and conference facilities.
John Rossant, Chairman of the New Cities Foundation and Co-Chair, GCDN, said: “Public space and cultural attractions are vital ingredients for thriving, economically vibrant and attractive cities. Now in its third year, the Global Cultural Districts Network has already succeeded in establishing a much-needed network of knowledge sharing for cultural leaders in cities spanning from Hong Kong to Dallas. We are excited to be coming to Jakarta this June to strengthen this network and spark new ideas for the cultural future of cities worldwide.”
Adrian Ellis, Director of the GCDN, said: “Jakarta, like much of Asia today, is undergoing rapid transition. Planning the public realm is both more important and more challenging than it has ever been. Intelligent design and appropriate animation strategies are transformative for resident and tourist alike. These are the issues we will be exploring.”
Discover the full New Cities Summit speaker program at newcitiessummit2015.org.
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About the New Cities Summit
Organized by the New Cities Foundation, the New Cities Summit is the premier global leadership event on the future of cities. Fostering positive urban change, the high level gathering advocates cross-sector collaboration through network building, cutting-edge forums and lively discussion. The Summit showcases and disseminates the best ideas on the future of cities and generates concrete, scalable solutions capable of being adopted and replicated across the world. The speaker program is constructed by the New Cities Foundation, with the support of its members and partners, to reflect the most incisive, innovative thinking on the future city. The New Cities Summit 2015 will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 9 – 11, following past editions in Dallas (2014), São Paulo (2013) and Paris (2012).
The Global Cultural Districts Network was first launched at the New Cities Summit in São Paulo in 2013, in response to the vital need for knowledge sharing, original research and new partnerships among cultural districts, both planned and existing, across the world. GCDN members convened again at the New Cities Summit in the Dallas Arts District in 2014.
About the New Cities Foundation
The New Cities Foundation’s mission is to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects. In all of its activities, the Foundation works with leaders from business, government, academia, civil society, the media and the arts. Each year, the New Cities Foundation organizes the New Cities Summit, the leading global event on the future of cities. The Foundation also organizes other global initiatives including Cityquest – a community of the builders of large-scale new city projects and their partners – and Cities on the Move, an event and leadership platform on the future of urban mobility. An independent, non-profit organization, the New Cities Foundation was created in 2010 and is financed by its members and partners. Overall, its members include some of the most forward-thinking companies, universities, cities and city organizations from around the world. The New Cities Foundation’s Founding Members are Cisco and Ericsson. The Foundation is based in Geneva and its head office is in Paris.