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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.

The Global Cultural Districts Network produces The Three Bells podcast, which examines how our cultural ecology is changing and why – especially within the dense concentrations of human activity in urban areas. Through interviews with cultural, civic, and thought leaders, the podcast explores their preoccupations, insights, and self-confessed blind-spots. The podcast's ambition is to alert our listeners to emerging developments; help to make sense of a challenging time; identify latent opportunities; and navigate those busy crossroads a little more confidently. 

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

Better Bankside – London, UK

Brooklyn Cultural District – Brooklyn, New York, USA

Canberra Theatre Centre – Canberra, Australia

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

Creative Estuary – Thames Estuary, UK

Culture Mile – London, UK

Dallas Arts District – Dallas, Texas, USA

East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – London, UK

Exhibition Road Cultural Group – London, UK

Fondation Fiminco – Romainville, France 

Goldsmiths, University of London – London, UK

Harbourfront Centre – Toronto, Canada

HOTA, Home of the Arts – Gold Coast, Australia

JAX District – Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  

Kingston Art District – Kingston, Jamaica

Kulturdistriktet – Østerbro & Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura – Lugano, Switzerland

Melbourne Arts Precinct – Melbourne, Australia 

MuseumsQuartier Wien – Vienna, Austria

National Museum of Singapore & Bras Basah.Bugis Arts and Heritage District – Singapore

Navy Pier, Inc. – Chicago, Illinois, USA

Newark Museum of Art – 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

Perth Theatre Trust – Perth, Australia 

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Powerhouse Museum – New South Wales, Australia

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

Quartier de la Création (SAMOA) – Nantes, France

Quartier des Spectacles – Montreal, Québec, Canada

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

Sharjah Museums Authority – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Southbank Centre – London, UK

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center – Athens, Greece

The Bentway Conservancy – Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

The Kuwait National Cultural District – Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Lowry / Salford Quays – Manchester, UK

The Masswascut Collaborative – Providence, Rhode Island, USA

The Music Center – Los Angeles, California, USA

TO Live – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority – Hong Kong, China

Affiliate Members 

BuroHappold Engineering – Bath, UK

Grimshaw – New York, USA

Iregular – Montréal, Québec, Canada

Jason Bruges Studios – London, UK

RIOS – Los Angeles, California, USA

WHY – Los Angeles & New York, USA & Paris, France

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. 

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