The main points raised by the audience and debated were:
How to be a successful place when lacking a "centre" and a clear narrative? The narrative is crucial because it drives investment and needs to be based on shared objectives. The aim must be to retain local identity (of the three towns) within the city-region identity.
How can we seek to create places for "encounter"? Beyond the walls of venues, there could be a strong role for festivals in delivering new opportunities for large audiences to engage
BCP needs to be connected - locally, nationally and internationally. We need to look outward and be ambitious (a "movement of courage"
There are lots of transport and parking and infrastructure challenges. These need solutions to enable the cultural agenda and are a challenge to take to the LEP
Anchor institutions appear not to be fully engaged. They have a big role to play in helping to strengthen the outward message, as well as providing key infrastructure such as workspace
Its about places, not just place. BCP is a service merger, not a merger of identities and there should be scope for local variation
A clear channel or mechanism for creating partnerships is needed
There is potential for a funding scheme focussed on small pots to catalyse collaboration
A wider "Cultural Partnership" could help and would balance the branding of places with the whole
Mapping of assets and activity is currently missing so can't inform planning, or masterplanning or pipelines of capital infrastructure projects linked to new development
Independent (non-funded) cultural sector needs to be engaged - what are the routes?
Networks are lacking
Arts development capacity is needed
The two videos below capture the key points.