Katie Popperwell

Katie Popperwell


Katie has over 20 years of experience in creative production, programming and cultural strategy and has devised international programmes of work in partnership with The British Council, Innovate UK and the Royal Society of the Arts.

Katie led the International Engagement Programme for the UK Gov cultural investment UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, devising a global programme of live and digital commissions, heading up major international delegations and leading a global research enquiry into the role of cultural partnerships in sustainable development.

Prior to this, she worked on major arts and cultural festivals including Manchester International Festival and 14-18 NOW. As a consultant she has developed cultural strategy for businesses, universities, charities and community organisations.

As a critic Katie has contributed to a variety of publications and is a former presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme Front Row. As a native Northerner and lifelong book-lover, she is proud to be a trustee of Manchester City of Literature, part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.


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