Laia Gasch

Originally from Barcelona, Laia is a local activist, cultural agitator and anthropologist.

She is currently policy advisor for the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture at the Mayor of London’s Office where she champions culture as a vital ingredient to make the capital a better city for all. Laia is a believer in allowing informal culture to flourish as well as creating a healthy landscape for cultural institutions and individual artists.  Previously, she led major national and international high-profile projects including award winning Blast for the BBC, and a number of innovative projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the London International Festival of Theatre, Tate Modern and Southbank Centre. 

She is active in Hackney, where she lives since 1996 founding the first parent-run nursery in the borough, setting up a street market, volunteering for the local night shelter and currently Chair of Trustees at Chats Palace Arts Centre.

Related Sessions
Sunday 18 October 2015, 14.00 Frobisher Auditorium 2

'Cinderella Law': criminalising parental authority?

"Some of the freest speech I have enjoyed in years."
Baroness Ruth Deech QC, crossbench peer; chairman, Bar Standards Board

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