Does being the City of Culture have a positive social impact on a region?

This month we welcomed the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to our events space for an evidence session as part of their social impact of participation in culture and sport inquiry.

In attendance along with seven MPs were Rebecca Ball, Director of Sunderland City of Culture 2021, Dr Beatriz Garcia, Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital in Liverpool, and Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull City of Culture 2017.

The session was a lively discussion to assess the impact of cultural events on a region and is part of an ongoing inquiry linked to the City of Culture programme.

We were proud to welcome such an interesting event to our building and are pleased to support the growing cultural presence in Sunderland.

The whole session was broadcast live on YouTube and you can catch it all here.