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March 15, 2011

Preamble

By Steven Flower

At the start of every calendar year a team of international students studying on the MA in European Urban Cultures*, visits Manchester to explore the linkage between the cultural and creative economy and urban regeneration. Over a period of three months, the students take in a set list of facts and figures, failures and success stories of culture led regeneration strategies in North West England, before moving over to Tallin, Estonia to complete the formal side of their Masters degree.

This has been taking place for the past 15 years, resulting in a rich body of evidence and research.  When the course started, the study of cultural and creative industries was still emerging from the margins.  Equally, there was also no Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, amongst others. Together with Dr Katie Milestone and Dr Robert Grimm, we felt the “set-list” had started to miss some of the exciting and emerging dynamics of Manchester.

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