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City of Surrey Wins Bid to Host Creative Cities Summit 2016

Child making handprints with paint on paper.

May 20, 2014

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey has been chosen to host the 2016 Creative City Summit, an annual meeting of over 200 thought leaders and influencers from across Canada’s arts sector who come together for this three-day event to exchange ideas and learn from their peers.

Arts and Heritage sectors have been internationally recognized as key elements in enhancing the urbanization process, particularly in diverse and rapidly growing cities such as Surrey, and bolstering tourism is a key enhancement strategy in the City’s Cultural Plan.

“The City of Surrey is excited to host the 2016 Creative City Summit,” says City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts. “Hosting leaders and influencers from Canada’s arts sector will bring fresh ideas to our local cultural development, and will give national profile to Surrey’s arts and culture achievements.”

“Together with our many partners from the arts community, this will be a wonderful opportunity for the City to showcase its unique cultural diversity, numerous arts and heritage venues, and impressive public art collection to Summit participants,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of the City’s Culture Development Advisory Committee.

Developed in 2011, Surrey’s Cultural Plan mobilizes it arts and heritage resources, to enhance urbanization to achieve a dynamic, sustainable and socially cohesive City with an enviable quality of life. For more information visit

The Creative City Summit offers content that is national in scope and addresses the breadth of issues within the practice of local cultural development for cities of different sizes and geographies. Other winners of Summit bids include Kelowna in 2015, Halifax in 2017, Mississauga in 2018 and Saskatoon in 2019. For more information about the Summit visit


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