Expert session:
The dynamic of a 24h city

Toulouse Nocturne association & London government

Christophe Vidal Copyright Jean Chiscano

Toulouse Nocturne association

Toulouse Nocturne is leading the debate on people’s rights and obligations in the city of Toulouse by night and day. It also contributes to the public debate regarding the city’s night-time policy, looking at how we can reconcile the needs of workers, sleepers and revellers in terms of transport, safety, health, culture, urban planning and trade. This think tank is an independent association of local residents, experts, professionals working on the ground, and those with ideas about the city at night. While mainly focused on the city of Toulouse, it sometimes extends its scope to the national or even international arena.Toulouse Nocturne has two satellites: Paris Nocturne, Montpellier Nocturne.

Christophe Vidal

The president of Toulouse Nocturne association and Toulouse’s mayor of the night 2014. He is also editor of the magazine Minuit (Midnight) in Toulouse.
He has been elected Nightmayor at the end of 2013 (independant of any political party). In 2014, Toulouse Nocturne has organised the first Estates General of Toulouse, published a book of the night with 80 workers testimonies in all professional sectors. It has also organised the Night Ceremony which reward night workers. Christophe Vidal met all election municipal candidates in 2014 in order to raise awareness them to the issues related of the night. He also did it for the last Regional elections. In 2015, Toulouse Nocturne has published a prevention guide Your guide to risks at night.


Night Time Commission London

The London Government will be represented by Shain Shapiro (Founder & Managing Director – Sound Diplomacy)and Laia Gasch (special policy advisor for the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture). They will tell about the plans for a Night Time Commission for the UK capital. In March mayor Boris Johnson confirmed a six month investigation into what should be done to protect and manage the night time economy, which is worth £66 billion a year to the UK and employs 1.3 million people.

The night time economy is a key part of the capital’s cultural offer, helping attract the millions of visitors that have helped the capital break records as the world’s most visited destination, with four out of five saying culture is a key reason for coming to London.

The commission follows the Music Venues Rescue plan, published last year and supported by the Mayor, which recommended the appointment of a night time economy champion, who would bring together businesses, residents, local authorities, transport, police and emergency services to build positive relationships, review policies aimed at balancing competing priorities and maximising the full potential of the sector.

The Night Time Commission London will be represented by:

Laia Gasch

Laia is special policy advisor for the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture at the Mayor of London’s Office.  Originally from Barcelona, she has lived in London for over 20 years where has built up a reputation as a cultural activist. She has worked for a number of like-minded organisations leading major national and international projects for example as a producer for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. She  worked at the BBC where she led an award winning project, and developed creative projects including for the London International Festival of Theatre, The Big Chill festival and Tate Modern.  

Shain Shapiro

Dr Shain Shapiro is the founder and Managing Director of Sound Diplomacy, the leading global advisory on Music Cities, providing music strategy and research to cities and governments. He is also the co-founder of Music Cities Convention, the first music conference dedicated to music industry development and city issues. He has consulted with the Arts Council, Greater London Assembly, UK Music and a dozen other governments and institutions, delivered a TEDx talk on the value of music to cities and spoken on the topic at the European Parliament. Shain is assembling the Music Board and Night TimeCommission for the Greater London Authority, sits on the advisory boards of We Love Hackney and the Night Time Industries Association and is the BPI (UK Major Labels) ‘Music Cities’ representative. He holds a PhD from Birkbeck, has spoken at over 50 industry events and was the in the top 10 Creative Entrepreneurs in Britain in the British Council’s h100 list.

Night time economy

Expert session: The dynamic of a 24h city

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