13th July 2015

Culture, Soft Power and International Leadership

Venue: Barbican Centre, Auditorium 1, Level 4

Date: Monday 13th July

Time: 5 - 7.30pm

Culture, soft power and international leadership
Part of the Churchill 2015 – 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme
Panel debate with:

  • Bidisha - Writer and BBC broadcaster specialising in human rights, international affairs and the arts and culture.
  • David Cannadine - Historian and author
  • Vikki Heywood - Chair, Warwick Commission for Cultural Value; and Chair, Royal Society for the Arts
  • Graham Sheffield - Director Arts, British Council
  • Roger Gifford - UK Head of Nordic Bank SEB; and member of the City of London Corporation
  • Claire Fox - Director, Institute of Ideas; and panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze
  • John Kampfner - Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation
  • Nicholas Kenyon (Chair) - Managing Director, Barbican Centre

The relationship between culture, soft power and international leadership will be explored in this panel discussion which will feature key players from across the cultural and creative industries. This event is part of Churchill 2015 – 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme, which marks the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death with a wide-ranging programme of events and seminars, around the theme of 21st-century global leadership. The discussion will explore the skills, attributes and experiences that global leaders need in the 21st century and the way in which an understanding of the power of the Arts and culture can support leaders can change the world for the better.  It will also link back to Churchill’s own appreciation of the arts, his appeal to common culture and values in wartime, and use of language as soft power to build international coalitions. This event questions the place of culture in worldwide development, and its role in leaders’ response to today’s global challenges from climate change to migration to combatting violent extremism.

To reserve your place(s) please email culturersvp@barbican.org.uk or call 020 7382 7211.

Organised by Barbican Centre, British Council, Creative Industries Federation and the City of London Corporation. Part of the Churchill 2015 – 21st Century Statemanship Global Leaders Programme.