In 2017 Stoke-on-Trent was branded by some as the “Brexit capital of Britain”. Many Stokies were angered by the label and the sense of being written off as “left behind” in post-industrial decline, and in answer to the negativity, the city decided to change perceptions for itself.
A bid for UK City of Culture, while lost to Coventry, caught the imagination of people across Stoke; in his 8-part video series, , Guardian video producer John Domokos tells the story of this transformation. Many challenges still remain, but there are also opportunities: Stoke lost a bid to host a new Channel 4 hub, but has a growing creative sector, two thriving universities and an ambitious new plan to build on its ceramics heritage.
Chaired by John Domokos, the panel includes Abi Brown, deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, who lead the City of Culture and Channel 4 bids; Anna Francis, a Stoke-based artist with a focus on "rethinking city resources", who is leading the Portland Inn project; Emma Bridgewater, who founded and runs one of the largest ceramics manufacturers to be based entirely in the UK, and champion of local manufacturers; and Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A and drinks reception brought to you by Guardian Cities, supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.
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