This report compares twelve major cities across the world and concludes that culture is critical to how a city wants to present itself on the world stage.
In London, culture has a critical role in ensuring its economic prosperity:
- 1,030 museums and galleries contributed to the city's ability to attract 15 million international tourists in 2011.
- The city's 214 theatres and their world-renowned productions result in more than £500m in ticket sales per year, while the 566 screens of London's 108 cinemas generated over £235m in revenue in 2010.
- With 349 live music venues, 10 major concert halls, 337 night clubs and 37,450 restaurants, London provides its residents with a vibrant cultural environment appealing to industries and talents from around the world.
- 99,360 international students came to study in London higher education colleges in 2010 - 57 of which specialise in culture.