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About GCDN

An initiative of AEA Consulting, the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN) is an independent, international association committed to improving the quality of urban life through the contribution of the arts, culture and creative industries. 

The network fosters collaboration and knowledge-sharing among those responsible for creative and cultural districts, quarters and clusters in widely diverse contexts, providing rich and rewarding opportunities for cross fertilization and exchange. 

The forum engages leaders and opinion formers in culture and in urban development through convenings, research and collaboration in order to inform global, local and sectoral agendas.

Current Members

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, UAE

Adelaide Festival Centre – Adelaide, Australia

Alserkal Avenue – Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Arizona Arts, University of Arizona – Tucson, Arizona, USA

Auckland Live– Auckland, New Zealand

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership / California Cultural Districts Coalistion – San, Diego, USA

Better Bankside – London, UK

Brooklyn Cultural District (Brooklyn Academy of Music / DWTN Brooklyn Arts Alliance) – Brooklyn, New York, USA

Canberra Theatre Centre – Canberra, Australia

City of Providence Art, Culture + Tourism Department – Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Culture Mile (Barbican Centre / Museum of London / City of London Corporation) – London, UK

Dallas Arts District – Dallas, Texas, USA

East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – London, UK

Exhibition Road Cultural Group – London, UK

Genesis Holdings – Beijing, China

Goldsmiths, University of London – London, UK

Grand Center Arts District – St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Harbourfront Centre – Toronto, Canada

Harbour Trust – Sydney, Australia

HOTA, Home of the Arts – Gold Coast, Australia

International Festival of Arts & Ideas – New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Kingston Art District – Kingston, Jamaica

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura – Lugano, Switzerland

Melbourne Arts Precinct (Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Recital Centre) – Melbourne, Australia 

MiSK City – Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

MuseumsQuartier Wien – Vienna, Austria

National Heritage Board – Singapore

Navy Pier, Inc. – Chicago, Illinois, USA

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) – Newark, New Jersey, USA

New World Symphony – Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage – Lausanne, Switzerland

Onassis Foundation – Athens & New York, Greece/USA

Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar – Dublin, Ireland

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Quartier de la Création – Nantes, France

Quartier des Spectacles Partnership – Montreal, Canada

RAB / BKO (Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles / Brussels Kunstenoverleg) – Brussels, Belgium

Sharjah Museums Authority – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Southbank Centre – London, UK

The Kuwait National Cultural District – Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Lowry / Salford Quays / Arts Council England – Manchester, UK

The Music Center – Los Angeles, California, USA

Theater District Houston – Houston, Texas, USA

Times Square Alliance – New York, USA

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority – Hong Kong, China

Affiliate Members 

BuroHappold Engineering – Bath, UK

Cistri (Singapore & Hong Kong) & Urbis (Australia) – Singapore / Hong Kong / Australia

Grimshaw – New York, USA

Jason Bruges Studios – London, UK

Wordsearch – Singapore


Membership and Benefits

  • Regular convenings to share emerging best practices, hear expert panels, and discuss the place of cultural precedents and complexes in urban policy such as travel and tourism;

  • Access to members-only virtual forum for detailed sharing of information among members and discussion of opportunities and challenges on-line;

  • Access to members-only virtual roundtables and webinars;

  • Opportunities to establish strategic bilateral and multilateral partnerships for content, programming, skills training, and knowledge transfer;

  • Access to general research by AEA Consulting and others on topics of common interest. 

For more information on how to become a GCDN member, please fill out this form.