Last minute ideas for the Destination City review

A review of Destination City, due out shortly, is likely to recommend that the future programme drops costly events like the “spectacular” 2023 version of Bartholomew Fair. Instead it should focus on promoting the Square Mile’s unique culture and heritage, improving the public realm of streets and spaces, and building stronger partnerships with key organisations … Continue reading “Last minute ideas for the Destination City review”

Citizens Forum gets first-hand report of Destination City review

The second Citizens Forum event about Destination City, held yesterday evening, was a great success on several counts. It was a fascinating venue, the content was highly relevant, drinks and food generous, and the overall style engaging. I also figured out a technical fix to deal with my hearing problem, which may be more generally … Continue reading “Citizens Forum gets first-hand report of Destination City review”

What residents want from Destination City – and what they can offer

Councillor Brendan Barns has reported back from the first Citizens Forum event with some fascinating insights from the residents who attended. Brendan organised the informal event as the Resident Representative on the City Envoy Network with a remit “to represent the collective views of residents on the Destination City agenda”. Here’s background on the programme. … Continue reading “What residents want from Destination City – and what they can offer”

Why the Square Mile needs Citizens Forums 2.0 – and more

Last night’s Citizens Forum about Destination City attracted some 60 residents from the Square Mile, but unfortunately confirmed my fear that it would be therapy with free drinks rather than genuine engagement. (Ref: yesterday’s post and Arnstein’s ladder). Councillor Brendan Barns, the Resident Representative on the City Envoy Network, who organised the event, has a … Continue reading “Why the Square Mile needs Citizens Forums 2.0 – and more”

Residents get a chance to shape Destination City 2.0 – maybe

The City of London’s flagship programme to attract visitors is currently under review – and on Monday residents will have a chance to say what they think is needed. What will make the Square Mile a better place to live, as well as work and visit? So far the only formal consultation has been for … Continue reading “Residents get a chance to shape Destination City 2.0 – maybe”

Another question about Destination City – and BIDs

Update: the Old Bailey venue for City Questions yesterday was very grand … but from my point of view not much use, because the acoustics were so terrible. I couldn’t hear Brendan Barns initial speech about Destination City, or subsequent discussion, and so didn’t want to pitch in. I’m submitting my question by email. As … Continue reading “Another question about Destination City – and BIDs”

City planners report on residents’ priorities for Destination City

Back in the summer residents were invited to a workshop to contribute ideas on how to draft the City Plan 2040 in support of the Corporation’s Destination City programme to attract more visitors. The results are now published as part of an overall Consultation Statement, and align with a new direction for the programme. Residents … Continue reading “City planners report on residents’ priorities for Destination City”

A reset for Destination City as Liveable City may be on the way

On Monday this week the City Corporation publicly signalled a reset in the direction of its flagship Destination City programme, with more emphasis on promoting existing cultural and heritage attractions, rather than big events with bought-in acts. Residents will be offered more say. The Culture, Heritage and Libraries committee had papers on an evaluation of … Continue reading “A reset for Destination City as Liveable City may be on the way”

Corporation dropping funding for Bartholomew Fair and rethinking Destination City

Following the meeting yesterday of the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources committee it is pretty clear that its flagship Destination City programme to attract visitors is going to change. My report here and video recording here. No longer, it seems, will the Corporation back and organise big events like Golden Key (£1m for one day … Continue reading “Corporation dropping funding for Bartholomew Fair and rethinking Destination City”

Bartholomew Fair evaluation published … no more Corporation funding?

The City Corporation has published an evaluation report on Bartholomew Fair – held over three weeks in September – detailing visitor numbers, their spending, preferences, and the partnerships formed to put on 250 events in 17 locations across the Square Mile. The Fair was part of the Destination City programme – which is now under … Continue reading “Bartholomew Fair evaluation published … no more Corporation funding?”