The third Academy Camp organised within the framework of the Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) project took place from 24 to 26 November 2021, with the central theme being “Enhancing European and international cooperation of European Capitals of Culture”. The Academy Camp followed a hybrid format, with online presentations and on-site working groups and debates in Veszprém, ECoC 2023, held at the House of Arts.
This Academy Camp was developed by Inforelais and Interarts in close cooperation with Veszprém – Balaton 2023, and aimed to provide a forum for learning, training, as well as for constructive exchanges between participants. The training was led by Sylvia Amann, director of Inforelais, and was joined by numerous experts and ECoC representatives, namely Steve Green (Prasino), Heidi Vogels (TransArtists’ AIR Platform NL), Viktória Szántó (Kabóca Puppet Theatre Veszprém), Sylvain Cornuau (Canada Council for the Arts), Prof. Georg Steiner (Linz Tourismus), Irena Kregar Šegota (Rijeka ECoC 2020), Barna Petrányi (Pro Progressione), Philipp Dietachmair and Jenneken Aarssen (European Cultural Foundation), Fanni Bobak (Interreg Danube Transnational), Rita Habab (Veszprém – Balaton ECoC 2023), Paulina Maloy (Wroclaw ECoC 2016), Dovilė Butnoriūtė (Kaunas ECoC 2022), and Marjolaine de Bonnafos (Esch ECoC 2022).
The training was split in three sessions, which addressed the following topics:
- The added value of international cultural cooperation – Partnerships
- Managing international cultural cooperation – Communication
- Managing international cultural cooperation – Financing
European and international cooperation is one of the key features of each European Capital of Culture. The Academy Camp highlighted the necessity of an early start for the planning and training of European and international projects to build sustainable international cooperation settings. Within the context of communications, it is crucial to understand the main transformation in international cultural communication and in cultural tourism, in particular with respect to online communication. Partnerships and synergies are especially important to achieve international visibility given the limited budgetary opportunities.
Regarding the legacy and funding of the ECoCs, the Academy Camp recognised that it would be of a great benefit to reflect further on the sustainability of the long-term impact of the ECoCs, and that multiannual EU projects could provide the necessary financial means after the ECoC’s year. The cross-departmental cooperation approach within the ECoC structures is pivotal to being able to fully benefit from and manage EU funds. Finally, a shortcoming is the sole emphasis on culture-related EU funding. The ECoCs should take the opportunities from other EU funding instruments, namely the EU Cohesion and Rural Development Programmes, for their effective implementation and ensure the sustainability of their legacies.
Webinar and podcasts
In support of this third Academy Camp, the project produced a webinar and a podcast series comprising 5 episodes, which show insights from professionals on the various aspects of the added value of international cultural cooperation and the management of the international cultural cooperation in terms of finances and communications. Below you can find snippets of each of the podcast episodes.
European and international dimension | Ep. 1 Sylvia Amann
European and international dimension | Ep. 2 Philipp Dietachmair
European and international dimension | Ep. 3 Viktória Szántó
European and international dimension | Ep. 4 Sylvain Cornuau
European and international dimension | Ep. 5 Georg Steiner