Urban Knights is a programme of events, which provokes and promotes practical approaches to urban change. The programme brings together people who are actively producing alternatives to our given city infrastructures, norms and perceptions. Established in 2013, Urban Knights has taken place in Dublin, Berlin, Aberdeen and Vienna. On Tuesday 6 December the programme will take place in Bristol with a focus on ‘Urban Tourism’.
Urban tourism is considered as a form of urban regeneration, as it has the potential to generate substantial economic, social and environmental benefits. Equally, cities as destination spots and party capitals can cause local upset and unrest as residents are pushed out due to higher costs of living and, or feelings of alienation and neglect. This issue of Urban Knights addresses how artistic and cultural practices are positioned in relation to urban tourism and city branding.
Confirmed speakers include academic Johannes Novy, Graeme Hogg, artist and co-founder of the Cube Microplex Cinema, and Andrew Kelly, Director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas.
Each speaker will present their ideas for 10 minutes, followed by questions and conversations with the audience. The session will be moderated by Teresa Dillon, Professor of City Futures, Watershed and UWE.