holly aylett

Holly Aylett

Senior Research Fellow

Expertise: International cultural policy, European film and audiovisual policy, culture and creative industries for sustainable development, UNESCO’s Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 2005

Contact: Ukccd1@gmail.com

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Academia: BA in English Literature and MA (Honorary), Cambridge University; Certificate of Education, The London Institute

Professional Background:

Holly Aylett is a Senior Research Fellow and member of the Culture and Modernisation Project at the Global Policy Institute. She set up a series of conferences for stakeholders and government on the role of the creative industries in strategy for development. Her research and consultancy is focussed on strategies for culture and development and the implementation of UNESCO’s Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 2005.

Holly Aylett is director of the UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity, founder member of the International Federation of Coalitions (IFCCD http://www.ficdc.org/), a network of over 600 cultural and creator organisations, which represents civil society at national, regional and international level, and at UNESCO.

Holly Aylett is a documentary filmmaker, and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Creative Industries. Formerly, she was managing editor of Vertigo Magazine. UK’s leading independent film quarterly (1993-2010) and is a founding Trustee of the Independent Film Parliament, a forum for sectoral feedback to government on film and audiovisual policy.


Selected Publications

An International Instrument for Cultural Policy, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol 13 no 4 2010, pp355-375: ISSN1367-8779

Strategies for European Film Policy in Cultural Diversity-Our Common Wealth. The Essen/RUHR 2010 Bellini Manual on prospects of Cultural Diversity. Bonn: German Commission for UNESCO, 2007, Chapter 3, p 136-147.

Report from The Independent Film Parliament to The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, January 2006, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Vol 3 no 2, November 2006.

The Cultural Value of Film, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Vol 2 no 2, Nov 2005.


Selected Conference Papers

The Status of the Creative Industries in Strategies for International Development, IFCCD Congress, Bratislava, September 22 2012

Regulating for the Citizen’s Interest in UK Policy for Digital Britain: a response to Lord Carter’s white paper report, Digital Britain; Digital Arts Media and Technology Action Group, (DAMTAG), London Metropolitan University, October 28th 2009


Selected Films

Nicaraguan Journey (Channel 4, 1st Prize Philadelphia Peace Festival, 1985) Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Tales Beyond Solitude (South Bank Show and Best Documentary, Havana Film Festival, 1989); Footnote in History – Christa Wolf and the East German Writers (1991 South Bank Show); Adventures with Javier Mariscal (1992 Arena, BBC); and Battle for the Gulf, (1997 Middle East Broadcasting), a six-part oral history series on the Gulf War.