Long known for being the building site of the Titanic and for its aerospace engineering programs, more recently, Belfast became a hub for tech companies and startups, with a thriving film and TV production industry.
It’s been almost 10 years since Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture – a turning point that shaped the city into what it is today – a creative, musical metro center that explores how to heal, do business and build a tourist industry without losing its larger-than-life character.
As we continue our #CreativeCitesUK tour, we visit Manchester - a metropolis that has been credited with "inventing the modern city." From hubs for creative and tech entrepreneurship to the legacy of its Madchester music scene, Manchester is pulling out all the stops to put itself on the map of the world's creative cities.
Continuing our spotlight on Sheffield as part of our #CreativeCitiesUK project, we meet with Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick - two data artists who have embraced the city's legacy of making to create wearable fashion pieces that visualize pollution in the city. Commissioned part of an ongoing effort between Better With Data, Sheffield's branch of the Open Data Institute, and Sheffield City Council, Air Transformed makes understanding vital air quality data a tangible and experiential process.
Known for its legacy in metalwork, Sheffield post-industrial economy is shaped by more than cutlery and steel. Notoriously dubbed the ugliest town in the UK by George Orwell in the 1930s, the South Yorkshire city has reinvented itself into a place that embraces its heritage in arts and making through a wave of private-public partnerships that champion innovation in creative output. Continuing our #CreativeCitiesUK series, we delve into the makers, initiatives and spaces that have contributed to Sheffield's creative transformation.