In 2003 I attended the 2nd World Summit on Arts and Culture in Singapore. Arriving the moment that Jonny Wilkinson kicked England to victory in the Rugby League World cup against Australia my task was to convince the Australian run event to come to NewcastleGateshead. Following a successful bid and site visits we hosted the 3rd World Summit in summer 2005. The climate was similar to Singapore ( inside) and the programme focussed on culture and transforming people and places. We gathered together one of the best list of international speakers ever seen on the same platform and hosted the event at the Sage Gateshead, Doubling the previous summit attendance some 550 people from over 75 countries attended the 5 day event which is still fondly remembered for the inspirational speakers, venues, cultural programme and a stunning event at Alnwick Gardens hosted by the Duchess of Northumbria. Amongst the speaker highlights were Lord Puttnam, Albie Sachs, Rick Lowe, Sir Ken Robinson – the full list is here and their presentation remain on the IFACCA web site.
Culture Creativity Place offers advisory services to local authorities, cultural organisations and city marketing agencies. Andrew Dixon has worked with over 80 local authority areas and has over 30 years experience of promoting places through culture. The company has special expertise in
Bidding for cities ( UNESCO, EU Capital of Culture, UK City of Culture)
Culture and regeneration
Current and recent clients include:-
Hull City Council
University of Hull
Parabola – Edinburgh
York City Council
Leeds City Council
CW8 – Warwick Arts Centre
The Biscuit Factory – Newcastle
Sunderland Cultural Partnership
Visit York – now ‘Make it York’
Coventry City Council
Milton Keynes Council
Andrew Dixon leads the company from its base in Edinburgh and works with a small number of experienced associates on specific projects.
Contact us by e mail at email@example.com
Telephone 07850 572195
Andrew Dixon’s CV can be found on Linked IN – includes
Leading the bid for Hull to be UK City of Culture 2017
Adviser to York on UNESCO City of Media Arts
Programme Director Wolrd Summit on Arts and Culture
Bid director WOMEX – world Music Expo
CEO Creative Scotland
CEO NewcastleGateshead Initiative
CEO Northern Arts
Exec Director Arts Council England.
Bid team NewcastleGateshead EU Capital Culture
Led World Cup bid Newcastle
Champion – Case for Capital £250 million strategy Angel of the North, The Sage Gateshead, Baltic, Theatre by the Lake Keswick
Honorary Doc Civil Law – University of Northumbria
Visiting Professor Cultural Policy – University of Hull
Adviser to Leeds, Wakefield, York, Coventry, Milton Keynes
Culture Creativity Place has been working on a voluntary basis with Sierra Leone as part of the cultural partnership with Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. The project builds on the strong links established by William Wilberforce who helped create Freetown as a safe haven for emancipated slaves.
Hull City Council and the University of Hull will be working with partners in Sierra Leone to help deliver cultural and education projects as a legacy of being UK City of Culture.
The country, just recovering from civil war, has many challenges but its people remain optimistic and welcoming. Its economy and education system has now been devastated by Ebola and the need for support has never been greater. Sierra Leone will one day be a major tourism destination but has to tackle major issues around infrastucture, skills and the economy. My company wants to help Freetown, in a small way, to rebuild through culture. We will be supporting the Conforti Community School project, ‘We own TV’ (a collective of filmmakers ) and advising on the National Government’s ambitions to build a new performing arts centre.
If you are interested in supporting any of these projects please get in touch and we can advise on ways to channel funds and equipment.
Scale of the challenge Education the key Infrastructure Conforti campus
Your contribution to putting Hull on the national and international map as UK City of Culture 2017 is much appreciated by the City Council, especially in the enthusiasm and engagement you engendered in our residents and businesses. – Councillor Stephen Brady – Leader Hull City Council
You started the delivery of possibly the biggest step change in the City for 100 years….all about change of local aspiration and outside perception. – Dominic Gibbons Managing Director Wykeland Group (Developers) – Hull
Thank you so much for your help and advice at a critical moment in York’s bid for UNESCO Media City status –
Kersten England CEO York City Council
Huge congratulations on your victory and designation of City of Culture for 2017. We couldn’t be more delighted – it’s a great compliment to the work you put into it. –
Sir Peter Bazalgette Chair Arts Council England.
I don’t think I ever remember people getting behind a project like you have managed to do with this, Nicola Baker Hull Bondholders
You put incredible energy into your role and we have always found you to be open, supportive, and challenging of the status quo.- Stewart Murdoch – Dundee City Council
Andrew has been a strong champion of many Gateshead projects from grassroots theatre group The Lawnmowers to the Angel of the North – Mick Henry Leader- Gateshead Council
A great ambassador for the cultural sector, our city and the region as a whole. Lord Shipley ( Ex Leader Newcastle City Council)
Andrew Dixon was a keynote speaker at ‘ Great Places’ – the Australian National Planning Congress in Melbourne in May 2015. Speaking on culture and places he talked about the turnaround of NewcastleGateshead as a cultural destination, the bid for Hull to be UK City of Culture and the way that culture can help create identity, pride and prosperity for towns and cities. http://www.planning.org.au/whatson/national-congress
It was never in doubt that ‘great places’ are core to planners’ raison d’etre, but hearing from the people responsible for some of the world’s greatest places was inspirational. Engaging and passionate presentations included New York’s Mitchell Silver and the UK’s Andrew Dixon. Both brought enlightening international perspectives for what planning can bring to places, through more than just land use decisions and development control. Andrew and Mitch both focused on how cultural influence and meaningful engagement were vital tools in a planner’s place-making armoury.
Hull estimates that it will receive over £60 million economic benefit from hosting UK City of Culture and the award has already helped accelerate other developments such as the regeneration of the Fruit Market area, the growth of audiences for Freedom Festival and investment in public realm. CCP advised on programme, budgeting, and then fundraising and partnership development. We helped lay the foundations for partnerships with Arts Council England, BBC, BFI, health agencies, University of Hull, regional and national cultural organisations and local businesses, securing over 20 sponsors and significant public funding.