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Showcasing City's culture

University to host four events for fifth annual Inside Out Festival

City University London is proud to host four events as part of the fifth annual Inside Out Festival. The festival brings together 11 universities from across London, in partnership with cultural venues such as Somerset House, to showcase the contribution they make to the capital's cultural life.

Events will take place throughout the week beginning the 20th October and the majority are free but require booking.

City's programme comprises:

Tuesday 21st October - Olive Tree Middle East Forum - The Middle East Today: A story too dangerous to cover?

This panel discussion is particularly poignant in light of the recent murders of foreign journalists in the region. City's Professor Suzanne Franks will be joined by Lyse Doucet, the BBC's chief International Correspondent, Rageh Omaar, ITV's International Affairs Editor and others to discuss the challenges for journalism in conflict zones - and the consequent implications for diplomats and decision makers.

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Tuesday 21st October - Creativity and Urban Development: Can cities have it all: culture, competitiveness, social inclusion and sustainable development?

The UK is awash with 'creative' cities, towns, sectors, quarters and organisations which look to jump on the 'creativity bandwagon' to raise their profiles, competitiveness and status. However, just attaching the word creative to a city or initiative or promoting and building cultural flagship projects do not always meet the expectation of city planners and city managers.

The complex circle of culture, competitiveness, social inclusion and sustainable development is a real challenge of city mayors and local stakeholders. There is no doubt that much creativity is required when aiming to square this circle. This discussion examines a range of international examples and possible solutions.

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Tuesday 21st October - Rare Earth

Cellist Séverine Ballon and pianist Mark Knoop, well-known to London audiences for their finely crafted, intimate performances, embark once again on an exploration of the limits of perception and virtuosity with a programme of ground-breaking new solo and duo works from four outstanding UK and New Zealand composers John Croft, Dorothy Ker, Michael Norris and Jeroen Speak

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Wednesday 22nd October - Getting Your Book Noticed Online

The advent of social media and new technology has had a huge impact on how books are marketed. What are the best ways for an author to get their book noticed today? What lessons can be learnt from the phenomenal rise of the self-published author? Join PR and social media expert Chris McCrudden (Midas PR), Justine Solomons, Founder of Bytethebook and publishing expert and acclaimed novelist and commentator Polly Courtney, for a panel discussion. The session will be chaired by Emily Pedder, Course Director of The Novel Studio here at City.

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Gail Marsom, Enterprise and Research Development Manager for the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City says: "We are delighted to be part of such a varied programme of events for this year's Inside Out Festival. Open events such as this help to showcase the excellent research and education that takes place here at City to the wider public. Previous festivals have demonstrated there is a real appetite for intellectual stimulation in London and I am looking forward to some lively debates!

The Inside Out Festival is curated and produced by The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) and sets out to showcase the fascinating contribution made by London universities to the capital's cultural life. For programme details visit:

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