Culture Led Regeneration & Local Art Communities

11th December 2008.

Liverpool will be the first city in the UK to experience this newly refocused ECOC programme, when it hosts the event in 2008. As preparations for the event reach boiling point (the finalised programme is due for discussion with the City Council next month), this Local Work intends to assess the role of culture, and in particular large-scale events such as Liverpool 2008, in cities. The primary concern in this paper is the impact that such events have on local arts and culture communities, the one group who would be expected to benefit the most from a year-long event focusing on the promotion of local culture.