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Tuesday, May 31 • 12:00 - 13:00
Breakout session: From A to District – Phasing in a Creative District in Benin City

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The Creative District in Benin City is a new district of some 30 acres adjacent, conceived as an intimate campus within the ancient Bini Kingdom walls with platforms for display, interaction, and commerce. Its constellation of facilities will showcase digital, performance and visual art inspired by the rich local history and projecting its living culture into the future. The Creative District will be anchored by the planned Edo Museum of West African Art  (EMOWAA), a new museum designed by Sir David Adjaye and intended to be a cultural and civic focal point, celebrating both traditional and contemporary cultural life of the region. 
Now in the very early stages of its development, the Creative District will take time to reach its full potential – perhaps only realized around 2026 when the museum is completed and open. Meanwhile, it will still need to serve essential strategic roles for Benin City, and do it in financially sustainable, if not profitable ways. An effective phased development strategy will be essential to achieving these goals, a fact shared by many other cultural districts. Drawing on the experience of GCDN members in attendance, this session will explore possible phasing strategies and how they might be informed by global practice.

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Sherif El-Itriby

Principal, AEA Consulting
With two decades of consulting and project management experience in the international cultural and business sectors, Sherif supports AEA’s global growth with a focus on our work in Europe, the UK and the Middle East. He joined AEA in 2019 from Cultural Innovations, where he served... Read More →

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Phillip Ihenacho

Founder and Principal, Amaya Capital
Mr. Ihenacho is a founder and partner of Amaya Capital, a principal investment company that is an active investor in infrastructure businesses in Africa. Amaya is the founding investor of Azura Power, an Africa-focused power generation business that is the largest private sector financed... Read More →
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Ore Disu

Director, The Pavilion, Edo Museum of West African Art
Ore Disu is the Director of the EMOWAA Pavilion, the research and collections facility of the Edo Museum of West African Art. Ore brings over 10 years of experience in cultural programming, research and stakeholder management to bear in the design and execution of early-stage programmes... Read More →

Tuesday May 31, 2022 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
LAC: Sala 3