Urban Knights is a programme of events, which provokes and promotes practical approaches to urban change. The programme brings together people who are actively producing alternatives to our given city infrastructures, norms and perceptions. urbanknights.org
Established in 2013 to date Urban Knights has taken place in Dublin, Berlin, Aberdeen and Vienna.
On Tuesday 6th Dec the first edition of the programme will take place in Bristol with a focus on Urban Tourism. Urban tourism is considered as a form of urban regeneration, as it has the potential to generate substantial economic, social and environmental benefits. Equally, cities as destination spots and party capitals can cause local upset and unrest as residents are pushed out due to higher costs of living and, or feelings of alienation and neglect. This issue of Urban Knights addresses how artistic and cultural practices are positioned in relation to urban tourism and city branding.
Confirmed speakers including academic Dr. Johannes Novy, artist and co-founder of the Cube Bristol, Graeme Hogg and Director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas, Andrew Kelly.
Each speaker will present their ideas for 10-mins, followed by questions and conversations with the audience. In keeping presentations short, the aim is to create a salon atmosphere where key thematics are introduced and time is provided for speaker and audience enagement. The session will be moderated by Watershed & UWE, Professor of City Futures, Teresa Dillon.
Academic focusing on the implications of city tourism as a powerful force of contemporary urban change, discussing examples from his latest publication 'Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City' (with Claire Colomb)
Artist and co-founder of the Cube Microplex reflects on the contributions that the venue has made over 18yrs to Bristol’s art scene and the transformations that have occurred in this period
Director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas, presents his views on the impact and influence of the strategic planning of culture on Bristol, including and programmes he has delivered across the city