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Beyond 08 Debate October 17, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business.

A selection of Liverpool’s most prominent luminaries gathered for a discussion on the cultural legacy of 2008 on Thursday night.

The ‘Beyond Capital of Culture’ event was held in the University of Liverpool’s recently refurbished Victoria Building and saw a panel of top Liverpool names discuss the future of the city.

The panel was chaired by BBC Radio Merseyside personality Roger Phillips and featured other Liverpool figures Cllr. Flo Clucas, Jack Stopforth; chief executive of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Rod Holmes; chairman of the Mersey Partnership and Mike Stubbs of FACT. Capital of Culture impresario Phil Redmond was also in attendance.
The panel appraised the culture year and the regeneration that it had inspired in the city. Cllr. Flo Clucas spoke of how Liverpool was “like a web”, with all sectors being interconnected – contributing to the success of the year.

Mike Stubbs joined the city leader by calling the assembled crowd to consider Liverpool as “one cultural whole” rather than a city with “individual cultural quarters”. The FACT boss suggested that the cultural impact of 2008 had helped contribute to Liverpool’s regeneration and economic recovery by improving the self worth and projected image of the city.

Responding to the challenge of planning for beyond 2008, the Panel suggested that, notwithstanding any unforeseen issues, all leadership figures in the city should continue to communicate, plan and work together to ensure Liverpool’s continued success.
Cllr. Clucas joined Jack Stopforth and Rod Holmes in celebrating the city’s joint public and private sector investment, which was felt to have driven the cities 2008 rejuvenation. Rod Holmes spoke of the importance of Liverpool One in providing a driver for new investment as well as creating a buzz in the city that has lifted the spirit of its residents.

The selection of Liverpool’s most influential names met in a large auditorium in the University’s Victoria Building. Before the panel discussion a reception event with drinks and canapés was offered to guests, who were from across the business community, university and creative industries.

The event preceded a panel discussion at the Anglican Cathedral, where controversial academic Dr. Tim Leunig defended his Cities Unlimited report. Dr. Leunig, who called for people in Liverpool to abandon the city and move south, stood by his views in front of the Cathedral’s panel, which included a number of the same panellists from the earlier Beyond Capital of Culture event.



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