Mumbai is first Indian city to join World Cities Culture Forum

04 December 2017
  • Announcement comes as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan meets Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis at the start of his six-day mission to India and Pakistan.

Mumbai confirmed today that it will join the World Cities Culture Forum, the leading collaborative network of world cities that share a belief in the importance of culture for creating thriving metropolitan environments.

The Mayor met Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, to promote London as open and welcoming to the exchange of ideas, visitors, talent, creativity and business from Mumbai. It forms part of the Mayor’s six-day mission to India and Pakistan to strengthen cultural and economic ties with London. Sadiq is the first major British politician to embark on a trade mission to both countries in recent times.

Mumbai will be the first Indian city to join the Forum, which was launched in London in 2012. It is a leading collaborative network that has grown from 12 to 33 member cities that share research and best practices, advancing the vital role of culture in their cities. Today cities have more and more in common and the Forum provides the opportunity for members to learn from each other and the pioneering work on culture happening in cities around the world - from Austin to Tokyo, Buenos Aires to Sydney.

The Forum publishes reports and convenes members through a programme of events including the annual World Cities Culture Summit which is hosted on a rotating basis by member cities. Summits have been held in London, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Moscow and Seoul. San Francisco will host the next Summit in 2018. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Culture helps create thriving urban centres, contributes to a city’s success and underpins sustainable urban development.

“Mumbai has fantastic cultural and creative industries - from the 900 films made a year in Bollywood to Lakmé Fashion Weeks, from its museums to its temples. 

“London established the World Cities Culture Forum and I am delighted that Mumbai is the first Indian city to join the Forum in 2018, sharing its experiences and learning from other members cities. It is a perfect end to our time in Mumbai.”

Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries and Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum, Justine Simons OBE, said: “Culture is a golden thread that runs through our cities, defining their character and acting as the catalyst for ideas and innovation. But as cities grow there are serious challenges and the World Cities Culture Forum is working on practical solutions to ensure talent and creativity can flourish. I am absolutely thrilled that Mumbai is the first Indian city to join the Forum and look forward to welcoming them to the network in 2018.”

Director British Council India, Alan Gemmell OBE, said: “We are delighted Mumbai is joining the World Cities Culture Forum during the visit of the Mayor of London. This is a fitting legacy of the UK-India Year of Culture for two world-class cities with culture and creativity at their heart.

“So far, the UK-India Year has reached over five million people with exhibitions like India and the World, a collaboration between the British Museum and CSMVS. Through these partnerships, and digital initiatives like Mix the City Mumbai, we have been celebrating the modern-day relationship between our countries, connecting with young people and inspiring them to build a relationship for the next 70 years.”

Honourable Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, said: “We are pleased to be joining the Mayor of London’s World Cities Culture Forum during the UK-India Year of Culture. Mumbai and London are global cities attracting the best creative talent from around the world and have culture at the heart of their plans to improve people’s lives and promote their cities on the global stage.”

The Forum has just launched a new Leadership Exchange Programme, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture. It is the first-ever exchange designed for cities to share ideas to solve common challenges across the globe. As Mayors around the world invest in cultural projects ranging from cultural facilities and arts programming, to affordable workspace, tourism and sustainability, the World Cities Culture Forum Leadership Exchange Programme is an opportunity to bring cities together.

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Notes to editors

  1. The WCCF is a leadership network of 33 global cities. Senior city officials masterminding culture in major cities around the world come together to share research and best practices, advancing the vital role of culture in their cities. The Forum publishes data-driven research reports and convenes members through a programme of events including themed symposia, regional summits and more recently a leadership exchange programme supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts and Culture. These activities feed into the annual World Cities Culture Summit which is hosted on a rotating basis by member cities.
  2. The 33 member cities are – Amsterdam, Austin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chengdu, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich. www.worldcitiescultureforum.com
  3. The World Cities Culture Forum is an initiative of the Mayor of London, organised and coordinated by BOP Consulting: http://bop.co.uk