The Life and Death of the Arts in Cities after Mega-Events is a research conference and public outreach event being co-organized by Simon Fraser University’s Department of English, the University of British Columbia’s Department of Theatre and Film, and the Queen Mary Drama Department, University of London.
The conference aims to begin an international dialogue about the role of the arts in the production of urban mega-events, with a specific comparative focus on both the positive and negative cultural legacies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and the London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. This event brings together academics, artists, cultural presenters, and urban planners from Canada and the UK in order to re-imagine the impact and relevance of the visual and performing arts in such large-scale events.
Through panel presentations and roundtable discussions participants will generate new ways of understanding the pressured and paradoxical context of artists and cultural industries being commandeered to produce and promote much of the theatrical and affective experience of hallmark events, while at the same time frequently being subject to aggressive infrastructural and funding cuts once the event is over.
Generous financial support for this event has been provided by: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the Department of English, SFU; the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU; the Urban Studies Program, SFU; the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, SFU; the Office of the Vice-President, Research, SFU; the Department of Theatre and Film, UBC; the Faculty of Arts, UBC; the Queen Mary Drama Department, University of London; and the Queen Mary School of Geography, University of London.