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How will Festival Cities survive? Cases Edinburgh, Galway and Helsinki

Representatives from Helsinki, Edinburgh and Galway will discuss festival cities’ pandemic-proof strategies.

Edinburgh and Helsinki are renowned as summertime capitals of culture and Galway, in turn, is the current European Capital of Culture. The current pandemic has caused most events to be cancelled over the past months. How has the crisis impacted these cities’ identities? How have local communities been taken into account? How do you establish a sense of place in a virtual environment?


Julia Amour, Festivals Edinburgh, Director

Marilyn Gaughan Reddan, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture’s Head of Programme

Mari Männistö, the City of Helsinki’s Culture Director

The event will be hosted by the Director of the Finnish Institute, Emilie Gardberg.

Present is a series of discussions focusing on the future of cultural events. Covid-19 forced a rapid shift online for the cultural sector. For a variety of reasons, such as an aging population and an increasing emphasis on carbon neutrality, some of the newly introduced practices may prove to be permanent. Present will showcase some of these best practices and tools for creating impactful experiences. These topics will be explored by prominent Finnish, British and Irish professionals. The conversations will be documented by Finnish business illustrator Virpi Oinonen.

The event will take place in Zoom. The event link will be sent to those registered. More info and registration here. 


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