Global Cultural Districts Network

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Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN)
FounderAdrian Ellis
HeadquartersLondon and New York
Key people
Beatrice Pembroke (Director)

The Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN) is a federation of global centers of arts and culture. Its members represent cities, cultural districts, and cultural institutions from around the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, China, and Singapore.[14]


GCDN was founded in 2013 by Adrian Ellis, and established by AEA Consulting, the New Cities Foundation, and the Dallas Arts District. Beatrice Pembroke was appointed as Director in March 2018 and Adrian Ellis is Chair.

The network’s formation was stimulated by a series of conversations among cultural leaders, who were aware that, though forums for cultural institutions to meet and discuss common issues did exist, there were none for those responsible for cultural districts.


GCDN’s 40 current members represent cities, cultural districts, cultural institutions, non-profits, foundations, and private initiatives from around the world, including Australia, the UK, Canada, the US, Dubai, China, and Singapore.


GCDN's current members include:

Affiliate Members[edit]

GCDN affiliate members are organizations and individuals who share a professional interest in contributing to the governance and operation of international cultural districts.

GCDN’s affiliate members include:


GCDN members are invited to regular convenings to share emerging best practices, hear expert panels, and discuss the place of cultural precincts and complexes in urban policy, economic development, and related areas of public policy such as technology, travel and tourism.

Past GCDN meetings include:


GCDN regularly commissions and publishes academic research. Some of the network's publications include:

  • The Social Impact of Cultural Districts (2019) – A study and report commissioned by the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN) and written by Professor Geoffrey Crossick.
  • Governance Models of Cultural Districts (2018)[12][13] – Research co-commissioned with the University of the Arts London and conducted by James Doeser[14] and Anna Marazuela Kim.
  • Beyond Concrete Barriers: Innovation in Urban Furniture and Security in Public Space (2018) – Research initiated by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and conducted by Jon Coaffee.
  • Cultural Infrastructure Index (2016-2019) – Annual survey seeking to measure investment in capital projects in the cultural sector.
  • Branding Cultural Districts and Destinations (2017) – Research co-commissioned with Future Places and directed by Juan Carlos Belloso.


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  2. ^ "Home". Jason Bruges Studio. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  3. ^ Harris, Gareth (9 April 2015). "New Cities Summit heads to Jakarta this summer". The Art Newspaper.
  4. ^ "Quartier des spectacles earns praise from foreign urban planners". 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  5. ^ "Montréal, entre Dallas et Édimbourg - La Presse+" (in French). 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  6. ^, Zone radio -. "Archives | L'heure de pointe Toronto | ICI Radio-Canada Première". L'heure de pointe Toronto | ICI Radio-Canada Première (in French). Retrieved 2016-06-28.
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  10. ^ "Re-Imagine the Metropolis". 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  11. ^ Mike Rawlings Mayor of Dallas, Texas (2014-04-29). "Dallas Is Embracing Opportunities to Innovate". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  12. ^ "Involve communities to stave off gentrification, cultural districts warned". ArtsProfessional. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  13. ^ "How can cultural districts be democratic?". ArtsProfessional. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  14. ^ "Reports, Reviews, Journalism, etc. – James Doeser". Retrieved 2018-10-26.

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