OECD Observer Roundtable on Culture and Local Development

Culture is currently on the agenda of cities, regions and territories. Where international or global perspectives put more emphasis on the technological dimension of culture, the local perspectives remind us that culture matters first as social capital. It reflects an identity that allows the originality and distinction of a local area. It gives rise to the trust and cooperation necessary to produce cultural goods, if the diversity of cultural expressions is respected.

On the occasion of the OECD Conference on Unleashing the Transformative Power of Culture and Creativity for Local Development, we asked our expert:

What government policies would you focus on to ensure cultural initiatives can promote local economic development, social inclusion and wellbeing in our cities and regions?

Nathalie Bondil - Director General and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada

Danielle Brazell - General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, US

Wanjiru Koinange - Co-Founder, Book Bunk, Kenya

Geoff Mulgan - CEO, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts – nesta, United Kingdom  

Caroline Norbury - CEO Creative England, United Kingdom

Walter Zampieri - Head of Unit for Cultural Policy, DG Education and Culture, European Commission


Secretary-General, OECD

Opening remarks

Closing remarks

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Opening remarks

Xing QU
Deputy Director-General, UNESCO

Opening remarks

Giovanni TRIA
Minister of Economy and Finance, Italy

Press release (IT only)

Mayor, City of Venice, Italy

Press release (IT only)

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