Culture, Tourism & Sport Conference

This national conference looked beyond our sector and debate how devolution, changes to local government funding and wider public service reform, could open up new delivery and investment models for culture, tourism and sport.

Location: Bristol Date: 22nd - 23rd February 2017


Taking place against the backdrop of a new government and the negotiations to leave the EU, the critical challenge facing local culture, heritage, tourism and sport is how to sustain valued frontline services. As such this event took stock of what this new landscape means for our relationship with central government and the national funding agencies, and for our role as local leaders of culture, heritage, tourism and sport.


In addition to great study tour options, representatives from VisitEngland and Historic England, Sport England and Arts Council England took part in a panel debate.

The keynote speakers were:

  • Mike Jackson, Chief Executive, North Somerset - Post-Banksy: using culture to drive the regeneration of Weston
  • Wanye Hemingway MBE, Hemingway Design - Urban Festivals, bravery and generosity
  • Dame Kelly Holmes, Founder and President, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust - Athletes as Vehicles for Social Change

cCLOA Vice-Chairs, Polly Hamilton and Debbie Kaye lead a workshop session on Placemaking, drawing on our joint publication with LGA -  People, culture, place: the role of culture in placemaking.  You can view their presentation pdfPlacemaking presentation Feb 2017 Final.pdf.

Sport England also lead a session on the lessons learnt and impact of our joint Commissioning project, drawing on case study examples from two cCLOA Executive members – Richard Hunt, Suffolk and John Wileman, Nottingham.  You can view the combined presentation ppthere.