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Conference Information

The Intercultural Cities Conference will take place 1st to 3rd May 2008 at:
St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

The main conference website where all logisitcs info is here:

What’s it all about?
As part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, the Intercultural Cities Conference will look at migration, diversity and urban life in a fresh way. The conference will not only provide an opportunity for International city leaders and experts to look at how different cultures can live together but how mixing can be turned to economic, social and cultural advantage. New thinking is needed on how diverse communities can co-operate in productive harmony instead of leading parallel or antagonistic lives.

Who will be there?
The three day programme, mainly taking place at St George’s Hall, will feature political leaders, policy makers and practitioners from major cities, including London, Madrid, Berlin, Lyon, Stuttgart, Rotterdam, Turin, Naples, Istanbul, Bremen, Marseilles, Gdansk, Leicester, Manchester and Liverpool who will be sharing their experiences and provide real examples of how being intercultural can bring social, cultural and economic advantages.

Experts and speakers from across Europe as well as the US, Canada and Australia include globalisation guru Saskia Sassen, New York Times writer Gregg Pascal Zachary, head of CEOs for Cities (a network for urban leadership based in Chicago) Carol Colettaworld renowned economic geographer Ash Amin, the world authority on cultural diversity and city planning Leonie SandercockLord Bhikhu Parekh, who says it is time to rethink multiculturalism, Keith Khan who leads the campaign to make the London 2012 Olympics anunprecedented intercultural festival, and many more.  

The final day of the conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore examples of intercultural dialogue in and around Liverpool.

The conference format will break with convention in pursuit of maximum interaction between delegates and speakers, employing exciting techniques such as a Pecha Kucha and a World Café as well web 2.0 social networking run by Kisky Netmedia. There will be a virtual newsroom, run by the Media Diversity Institute, in which delegates will have the chance either to generate copy for a conference publication, or to be trained to be a journalist to report on the conference itself.

The conference will also offer the opportunity to enjoy an evening at Anfield, the world renowned home of Liverpool Football Club.

Who’s it for?
The conference aims to engage and inspire everyone interested in the intercultural city, particularly those responsible for planning and regenerationlocal economycommunity cohesioneducation and cultural services.

Who’s it not for?
If you like conferences where big name speakers hold forth from the stage whilst a passive audience snoozes in the stalls, or if you enjoy conferences where you never meet anyone new apart from a chance encounter in the coffee queue, then the Intercultural Cities Conference is probably not for you.

How to book…
Delegate rates start from just £120 (+VAT) and £360 (+VAT) for the two main days of the conference conference. To book your place on the conference click here.

The Mersey Partnership is the official accommodation booking service for this conference.  Rooms have been reserved in five city centre hotels, something to suit most budgets.  To view these hotels and to make a reservation please click here.  Please note that there are a limited number of rooms available and they are allocated on a first come first serve basis.


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