Dear visitors, welcome to Event One 7.


Event One 7 is an non-for-profit research initiative in the field of creative placemaking. The current work focuses on the Southampton's City Centre Masterplan. In particular, the work focuses on the Cultural Quarter.


Think outside your city!

The Creative City Dialogue is an inspiring environment for different stakeholders to exchange perspectives and ideas about the future of place.

In context of Tourism and Leisure development, the Creative City Dialogue 2015 will elaborate on Southampton’s Renaissance[1]. The focus will be on the future of the Cultural Quarter from a local and international point of view.

The Creative City Dialogue understands place from a strategic perspectives and aims to contribute intelligent ideas in terms of adding constructive knowledge to the thinking processes of local stakeholders.

The Creative City Dialogue is not a Southampton event. It is a concept for Cities that are interested in harnessing creativity for innovative purposes. Therefore, the Creative City Dialogue can be hosted in any city around the world.

The title of the Creative City Dialogue 2015 is, “Creative Autodidacticism: A Cultural Planning perspective on Southampton’s Renaissance”.



[1](2013) Southampton City Centre - The Master Plan: A Master Plan for Renaissance. This Report was prepared for Southampton City Council by David Lock Associates, with a consultancy team including; Peter Brett Associates, Strutt and Parker and Jan Gehl Urban Quality Consultants, Scott Brownrigg Architects, Proctor Matthews Architects and MacCormac Jamieson and Pritchard Architects. Available: [online]


g opportunities please contact Martin Okoroego:


The event is being held at Westgate Hall. After recent extensive restoration, Tudor Merchants Hall has re-opened as Westgate Hall.


Once situated in St. Michael's Square where it was the town's fish market and cloth hall. It was dismantled in 1634 and the timbers were then used to construct this lovely building you see today.

It was then used as a store, warehouse and archaeological Store before becoming a new venue.

Over the years, it has seen the start of many historic journeys. Henry and his troops off to Agincourt, the Pilgrim Fathers off to a new life in America and the Allied troops off to the Normandy beaches for the D-Day landings and today the start of a new journey.



The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Sue Blatchford became the 792nd Mayor of Southampton on 4 June 2014 following her term as Sheriff of the city.


Dr. Cheryl Butler heads up the Culture & Creative Industries Unit of Eastleigh Borough Council and is responsible for cultural policy and the development of the creative sector including management oversight of The Point & The Berry theatres, the Sorting Office designer-maker studios & Techub an R&D space for digital and tech companies. Dr Butler has presented at national and inter-national conferences including London, Manchester, New York, Lille & Amiens on the effects of policy interventions on the development of the creative sector. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society and was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester for services to the culture sector. She sits on the PUSH Quality of Place panel and is a member of Creative Network South.


Dr. Brian J. Hracs is a lecturer at the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton. He is originally from Canada and received his PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto. He has worked with Richard Florida at the Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto and held a research fellowship at Uppsala University in Sweden. Brian is interested in how digital technologies and global competition are reshaping the creative economy, the factors that motivate 'talent' to move within and between cities and creative city strategies in urban and rural areas. He is currently co-editing a book entitled ‘The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age’ for Routledge and researching the processes and spatial dynamics of ‘curation’ through a study of record shops in Stockholm, London and Toronto. 


Dr. Roberta Comunian joined the Department of CMCI at King’s College London in September 2012. Previously she was Creative Industries Research Associate at the School of Arts, University of Kent and lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Southampton. She holds a European Doctorate title in Network Economy and Knowledge Management. She has been Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Newcastle (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies) investigating the relationship between creative industries, cultural policy and public supported art institutions. She has also undertaken research on knowledge transfer and creative industries within an AHRC Impact Fellowship award at the University of Leeds.  She has recently been awarded an AHRC research network grant to investigate the connections between Higher Education and the Creative Economy and has recently explored in various papers the career opportunities and patterns of creative graduates in UK.


Martin Okoroego is the founder of an independent urban research and creative place making consultancy Event One 7. He Holds an MA in Cultural Planning and Policy and has been researching on UK cities since 2011. He is from the city of Kiel which is in the northern German region of Schleswig-Holstein. Martin is a member of the British-German Association based in London. As originator of the Creative City Dialogue concept, Martin is interested in harnessing urban creativity for innovative purposes. His research led projects including Creative City Dialogue 2012 and 2013, the International Creative Heartbeat and Aspect of Africa: Modern Creativity for Global Citizens.

Saturday, 7th March 2015, Westgate Hall, Southampton, Registration at 1:50pm

Tickets: Please send your email address to:

Marta at

The event is free to attend, but registration is essential.

Event Programme
Creative City Dialogue 2015.pdf
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