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Sharing insights and learning from evaluation in the cultural sector.

Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and led by the Centre for Cultural Value in partnership with CultureHive, the Arts Marketing Association’s knowledge hub.

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How are UK Cities and Capitals of Culture evaluated?

What can we learn from the evaluations of large-scale cultural events, and what knowledge can we uncover to inform future practice and policy?

The Centre for Cultural Value’s Emma McDowell explores the methods, frameworks and principles that have underpinned recent UK Cities and Capitals of Culture programmes. Delve beneath the surface of the reports, discover key learning points and hear from the evaluations teams in our audio clips.

While the focus is on large-scale events, this learning resource will be of interest to people exploring evaluation projects of all shapes and sizes.

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Photo of a boat on a body of water with fireworks behind it, at night. People in silhouette watching from the edge of the water.
Image: Derry-Londonderry 2013 (Derry City & Strabane District Council)

How are UK Cities and Capitals of Culture evaluated?

Musician wearing a coat plays trumpet on a pebbly beach with the Humber Bridge in the background.
The Height of the Reeds, Opera North (Hull 2017) Photo: Tom Arber

People and processes: who’s behind evaluations of UK Cities and Capitals of Culture?

A crowd of people in an urban setting watch two actors perform. One is dressed as an astronaut and is holding the other on their shoulders. The second actor is reaching up to the sky.
© Without Wall's Urban Astronaut, Wakefield Council. Photo: Andrew Benge

My essential reads: the role of culture in place-based development

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Opera North's As You Are in the County Arcade, Leeds 2023. Photo: Justin Slee.

UK Cities and Capitals of Culture evaluation reports: a quick guide

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The Evaluation Learning Space is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and led by the Centre for Cultural Value in partnership with CultureHive, the Arts Marketing Association's knowledge hub.



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