6th July 2009, 02:00PM
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD

John Holden, Visiting Professor, School of Arts, City University, and Demos Associate (Chair)
Bill Ivey, Director, Curb Centre for Cultural Policy (Keynote speaker)
Tony Hall, Chief Executive, the Royal Opera House and Chair of Creative and Cultural Skills
Ed Vaizey, Shadow Minister for the Arts
Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey
Samuel Jones, Demos

Demos is delighted to launch Enabling the Expressive Life, an important collection of essays examining the role of culture and cultural policy, at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.

As our politics, economy, and society undergo momentous change, we need spaces in which to renegotiate values, to express our beliefs, and to encounter those of others. Demos' new essay collection argues that culture and creativity are the spaces we turn to in these times of uncertainty. Yet these sectors are increasingly squeezed in the current economic climate, and we urgently need concerted policy to support them.

The collection features contributions from across the cultural spectrum, and from David Lammy, MP; John Holden, Demos Associate and Visiting Professor, City University; Andrew Missingham, Creative Consultant; Roshi Naidoo, Author of The Politics of Heritage; and Celia Hannon and Peter Bradwell, Demos authors of Video Republic.

At the launch, keynote speaker Bill Ivey, Director of the Curb Centre for Cultural Policy at Vanderbilt University and advisor to President Barack Obama on the transition of the federal cultural agencies, will introduce his idea of ‘the expressive life’. He argues that every citizen should enjoy the benefits of a vibrant, expressive life, but that this expressive life can flourish only after we satisfy a set of basic cultural rights. An expert panel will respond to these arguments in a discussion chaired by John Holden.

Click here if you would like to attend. Please note that spaces to this event are limited. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow for a prompt start; refreshments will be served from 1.30pm. For additional information or to inform us of any access needs, contact or call 0207 367 6333.

Demos is grateful to the Cultural Leadership Programme for its support of this event and publication.

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