The Heart and Soul of the City, The Bloomberg Lumiere London Symposium

Lumiere London 2016

Friday 15 January, 2pm – 4.30pm. Bloomberg London Headquarters. 

In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies 

A one-day conference as part of Lumiere London 2016 of inspiring afternoon of talks from artists, city planners, philanthropists and cultural commentators.

Together at The Heart and Soul of the City,  they discussed and debated the life of the city, the public realm and how they can be transformed by events such as Lumiere London. This enlightening symposium offered an insight into the minds of some of the world’s most influential cultural and political speakers.

Chair Justine Simons OBE steered discussions around the following topics:

  • The politics of action in a public space: perspectives on staging disruptive acts within a world city.
  • Illuminating the soul: what role does LumiereLondon and events like it have in the audience’s spiritual life?
  • Art and reputation: can an event or piece of work that becomes widely popular be considered art?



  • Justine Simons OBE

Head of Culture, Mayor of London (Chair)

  • Anthony Bastic

Director and Founder of AGB Events, Curator of the Vivid Sydney Light Walk, Director of the Australian Garden Show Sydney

  • Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

Cultural Commentator

  • Anita Contini

Arts Program Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies

  • Illac Diaz

Founder of MyShelter Foundation

  • Janet Echelman

Artist, 1.8 London at Lumiere London

  • Tim Etchells

Artist, MORE NOISE at Bloomberg SPACE

  • Alan Jacobi LVO

Director, Unusual Services

  • Helen Marriage

Director, Artichoke

  • Tim Owen LVO RIBA FRSA

Senior Events Commissioner for Westminster County Council

  • Els Vermang

Artist, LAb[au], binaryWaves at Lumiere London


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