Next May, from 10th till 12th, the city of Barcelona will host the annual convening of the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), an international meeting co-organized by Future Places, which will gather 120 delegates from 52 different cities and 25 countries carrying out discussions about the challenges and opportunities leaders face in planning and running cultural districts. Barbican from London, BRIC from New York and Alserkal Avenue from Dubai are some of the cultural districts attending the global meeting and discussing about the future of cultural districts worldwide

The meeting will start with a cultural tour around Poblenou in order to understand its transformation from derelict buildings and factories into fine arts and design schools, and old warehouses into offices for new media and high tech companies. El Raval will be the next stop, with a day meeting in CCCB and a tour through the streets of El Raval and its cultural facilities as a prime example of successful urban regeneration through culture. The meeting will end in L’Hospitalet Cultural District, an engaging project that aims to make culture an element of transformation and commitment to the growth of the city of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

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The Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), an initiative of AEA Consulting, is an international membership-based network that fosters cooperation and knowledge-sharing among those responsible for planning and running districts and clusters that include a significant cultural element. Founded in 2013, GCDN provides a context for cultural leaders to discuss emerging best practice across a range of issues related to the successful creation and management of cultural districts and cultural planning around the world.

GCDN - Barcelona Program - Agenda at a Glance

Find the full agenda here.