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Are the arts responsible for gentrification?

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26 September 2016

Episode 259

30 minutes


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We take a look at the relationship between the arts and gentrification in Madrid, Belgrade and London. Are artistic communities the driving force behind new neighbourhoods or is it the developers? And how well do the two work together?

26 September 2016

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Chapter 1

Artists rebuilding a community in Madrid

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Reina Sofia is one of Spain’s most important modern-art galleries. When it opened in 1992 the area was given an undeniable boost but true transformation came at the hands of a clutch of independent galleries. Liam Aldous reports.

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Belgrade’s overgentrified neighbourhood

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The Savamala district in Belgrade is one of southeast Europe’s most celebrated cultural hubs. But now a massive Belgrade Waterfront development is threatening the artistic neighbourhood, with its proposed shiny tower blocks and high-end housing and retail. Our Belgrade correspondent Guy De Launey went to the multi-purpose cultural space Mikser House and spoke to its creative director Maja Lalic.

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King’s Cross regeneration

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The area around King’s Cross station has long been in development. What was a goods yard and then a no-go area is fast becoming a destination that you want to spend a bit of time in. The people behind this are Argent – a big developer with a suitably grand plan. They’ve repurposed many of the old buildings and Robert Bound meets project director for retail Craig White and one of the new tenants – Paul Noble, founder of Spiritland, the bar with the best speakers in town.

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