The Culture for Cities and Regions final event took place in Ghent on 25 October 2017. For one afternoon, cities and regions, external experts and invited representatives from European institutions and other cultural networks, connected and presented concrete examples of how cities tackle current challenges when it comes to cultural policies. These challenges include: innovative local support to creative entrepreneurship; bringing culture to neighbourhoods; new creative uses for heritage spaces; and local innovative financing schemes for culture.

The event was the opportunity to wrap-up three years of exchanges and learning on successful practices of culture as a key element for local and regional development. The main finding of Culture for Cities and Regions was that cities and regions are drivers of innovative cultural policies that add value to urban and regional development. The initiative also demonstrated high demand from cities and regions for peer-learning to exchange experience and strengthen cooperation on cultural policies.

Indeed, one of the key objectives of the Culture for Cities and Regions initiative was to ensure transferability of results and long-term impacts in participating cities and regions. To reach that goal, we realised that increased cultural investments at regional and city levels should be supported through long-term programmes at EU level. Ensuring that EU funding is available to develop similar peer-learning projects over the long term will help mainstream cultural policy and promote links between innovation and culture across our cities and regions, and make them more attractive places to live.

The Culture for Cities and Regions team

Culture for Cities and Regions in a nutshell

Culture for Cities and Regions is an EU-funded initiative managed by EUROCITIES and KEA European Affairs. During the course of the initiative, Culture for Cities and Regions:

  • Delivered a catalogue of 71 case studies containing detailed and searchable information on local/regional cultural initiatives;
  • Organised 15 thematic study visits involving politicians and local policy makers;
  • Arranged tailor made coaching for 10 cities and regions willing to implement concrete solutions on the ground;
  • Directly benefitted about 150 cities through their active involvement in study visits and coaching activities.

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Reading corner

Rediscover the catalogue of case studies and its 71 examples of smart cultural investment in cities and regions.

You can download all reports on Culture for Cities and Regions study visits here. Reports on the coaching visits and the related presentations are also available on our website.


Press release

Cities are drivers of innovative cultural policies that add value to urban and regional development. Increased cultural investments at regional and city levels should be supported through long term programmes at EU level.

These were the main findings of ‘Culture for Cities and Regions’, the three-year initiative, financed by Creative Europe and run by EUROCITIES and KEA European Affairs.

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Quotes

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, said:

“The Culture for Cities and Regions initiative is a great example of the added value of EU funding. Such peer-learning processes are very difficult to implement without it – at least at such a scale – and it allows for the involvement of a high number of professionals working in the field of culture and creative industries at local level. Sustaining and strengthening this component of the initiative over the long run would certainly contribute to delivering greater social, economic and cultural impacts across Europe in a cost-effective way.”

Philippe Kern, CEO, KEA European Affairs, said:

“The Culture for Cities and Regions project highlights the importance given by cities to mainstreaming culture in a wide range of urban policies. Culture is everywhere. Cultural workers are yet to make the most of these new cultural policy trends.”

Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

“There is a need for us all to continue to work together in challenging times. We do not know what is around the corner but by learning, sharing and networking, under the umbrella of a long-term Culture for Cities and Regions programme, we can face issues head on and plan for a brighter cultural future.”

1095 days of Culture for Cities and Regions, plus one: our final event in Ghent

While anthropologists struggle to define exactly what culture is, cities are focussing on what culture can do: Foster entrepreneurship, generate huge returns on investment, strengthen communities and improve the quality and richness of life for citizens.

Culture for Cities and Regions (CCR) drew to a close with a final event, the culmination of three years of cities putting their heads together to more effectively foster culture, spark investment, and harvest its returns.

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Hands on! What happened during Culture for Cities and Regions capacity-building workshops?

The four workshops’ objectives were to share, discuss and improve policy making. Discussing concrete case studies from cities and regions involved in Culture for Cities and Regions, the workshops focused on specific tools developed at local level and their replicability in other contexts. Experts provided guidance and recommendations according to their own experience and what they have seen during Culture for Cities and Regions.

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Inspirational speech from Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council

Programmes such as Culture for Cities and Regions allow cities to develop and grow. It is imperative therefore that we build on the successes we have already seen and experienced. It is also important that the EU continues to support peer-learning programmes between cities, so they can keep learning from each other. This was the main message from Ian Ward during the conclusions of the event.

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MY CREATIVE CITY OF THE FUTURE …

So, what is it that cities want/need/like for the creative city of the future? City representatives stated their vision. Editor’s pick:

Tuula Haavisto, City of Helsinki (FI)


My creative city of the future will involve citizens in both planning and producing. This means that the city is not only a producer of cultural services but also a platform for citizens and other actors to present their activities.

Heleen Vanden Bergh, City of Antwerp (BE)


My creative city of the future likes to challenge people of all ages to participate in the cocreation of social-cultural projects, in order to empower them.

Jaakko Laurila, City of Tampere (FI)


My creative city of the future doesn’t only bring culture to neighbourhoods, but helps local communities to bring the culture there by themselves.

John Svensson, City of Lidingö (SE)


In my creative city of the future we will use our long, rich and various heritage as a tool to create cohesion among our citizens and inclusion of our new citizens, no matter their origin.

Read all the contributions here!

 

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Contact :
Cécile Houpert - project support officer culture
cecile.houpert@eurocities.eu