We have been selected by the European Commission to lead a brand new initiative, 'Culture for cities and regions', in partnership with KEA European Affairs and ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network).
This €1 million project, funded under the Creative Europe programme (European Commission DG Education and Culture) runs from January 2015 to September 2017. It aims to examine existing examples of culture as a key element in local and regional development strategies. It will also enable the exchange and transfer of knowledge to better understand successful examples of cultural investment and go into detail on policy planning and implementation.
The project will explore three main aspects: culture and the creative industries for local economic development and urban regeneration; cultural heritage as a driver for economic growth and social inclusion; and culture for social inclusion, social innovation and intercultural dialogue.
Through the project, we will:
produce a catalogue of 70 case studies
organise 15 thematic study visits
provide expert coaching for 10 cities and/or regions
We will work with a group of external experts. The study visits will result in policy recommendations that will feed into the European Commission’s work. All of the project’s findings will be shared on a website, due to be launched in March 2015.
Beyond a simple exchange of experiences, the project will ensure a real impact through the transfer of local good practices. Between 60 and 95 cities and regions of all sizes are expected to gain visibility at European level, and will benefit directly from the project, through their involvement in study visits and coaching activities.
Leading this initiative will be a unique visibility opportunity for EUROCITIES and our members, and the activities will feed into our strategic framework. It will also allow us to reinforce the work of our culture forum and its working groups.