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December 7, 2004
Creativity is key to modern city building, international expert tells Toronto
  
The Council Chamber at Toronto City Hall was overflowing this evening for a
presentation by Creative City expert, Charles Landry.

The event, which focused on Toronto's opportunity to become a Creative City,
was hosted by Mayor David Miller and Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto
Centre-Rosedale). Rae is Chair of the Mayor's Roundtable on Arts and Culture, a
group that represents the arts, culture, heritage, diverse communities,
creative enterprises and cultural industries of Toronto.

Landry, who hails from the U.K., is considered a leading expert on the Creative
City concept, where culture and innovation are used to revitalize cities. He
has worked in over 20 countries on projects for national governments,
international agencies and local authorities.

Landry is the author of several books including The Creative City: A Toolkit
for Urban Innovators. The book seeks to inspire people to think, plan and act
creatively in the city and to show how creative thinking can help regenerate
cities. Its aim is to make readers feel: "I can do that too," and to spread
confidence that creative and innovative solutions to urban problems are
feasible.

"Creativity should play a role in every part of our daily lives," said Mayor
David Miller. "When it comes to city building, it is vital that we constantly
challenge our own limitations, and force ourselves to re-imagine everything
about our city."

"This was a thought provoking presentation that has provided us with valuable
knowledge that we can adapt to the needs of our city," said Councillor Rae. "It
is inspiring to learn about the opportunities that lie ahead for Toronto."

"The importance of Toronto becoming a creative city is at the heart of our
Culture Plan for the Creative City," said Rita Davies, Executive Director,
Culture Division. "Charles Landry's presentation reinforces the role that
culture plays in positioning Toronto on the world stage."


Media contacts:
Rita Davies, Executive Director, Culture Division, 416-397-5323
Economic Development Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,
416-560-8726



 

 

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