World Summit on Arts and Culture

imagesIn 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.

Programming an international conference


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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
  • Cultural visioning
  • Cultural partnerships
  • Fundraising
  • Broadcasting partnerships

Current and recent clients include:-

  • Hull City Council
  • University of Hull
  • Parabola –  Edinburgh
  • York City Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • DHA consulting
  • CW8 – Warwick Arts Centre
  • The Biscuit Factory – Newcastle
  • Sunderland Cultural Partnership
  • Visit York – now ‘Make it York’
  • Wakefield BEAM
  • Coventry City Council
  • Milton Keynes Council

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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

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
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Sierra Leone

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.


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