Topic: Culture, sport and tourism

An essential ingredient for place making. How can communities and local government work together to make local life fun and enriching and attract visitors for economic development?



The Future of Public Service Broadcasting

The Future of Public Service Broadcasting, a report from the  Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, examines funding, the public service remit, and technology platforms in a context of rapidly changing, and growing, broadcasting models. Its findings and implications for democratic engagement are discussed in this briefing.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Lasting legacies: lessons from Cities of Culture

This briefing looks at the UK’s City of Culture designation in more detail and profiles the previous City of Culture hosts. Winning cities host a year-long programme of creative events and activities to showcase their cultural offers to the world and bring people together.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Briefing

Clare Tourism Strategy 2030 – Guiding our Journey to a Vibrant New Future

In the following briefing, we examine the preparation of the tourism strategy which will be a critical platform for economic regeneration in Clare over the next decade. This briefing will be of interest to local authorities across the globe given the central role played by tourism, especially in rural communities.

Ireland Briefing

Primer time for new councillors

Our new series of primers should help recently elected councillors understand more about key council services, writes Janet Sillett.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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Swift Read: Cultural services and building back better

While cultural organisations continue to face significant challenges, the sector is resetting and looking ahead to ways they can support the post-pandemic recovery: this swift read spotlights a variety of relevant examples.

England & Wales Briefing
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Planning tensions of artificial turf

The use of artificial turf as an alternative surface for sporting fields has been a topic of contention among local governments, communities, and climate experts. This briefing examines this tension, with a focus primarily on the urban heat impacts of artificial turf.

Australia Briefing

Becoming a water sensitive city: lessons from the City of Gold Coast

This briefing explores City of Gold Coast’s water strategy which articulates clear and tangible actions to be completed by 2024 and aligns them with long-term goal of becoming a Water Sensitive City – moving the city into a sustainable future whilst maintaining its unique water-abundant lifestyle.

Australia, South Africa Briefing With case study

Backgrounder: Cultural services

This backgrounder introduces you to the arts and culture sector and local authority cultural services, covering libraries, museums, theatres, arts services, and leisure services. It is part of a series of backgrounders, covering key local authority topics, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

England & Wales Publication

The evolving role of libraries in communities

This briefing will look at why it is essential for local governments to aid the transition to digitalised platforms, and how this can be done through infrastructure and operational activity changes. It also looks at the trends in library service delivery.

Australia Briefing