The Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture project supports capacity building and peer-learning activities for European Capitals of Culture (#ECoCs). This 30-month project is running with the goal to provide ECoCs with practical support where skill gaps have been identified, with a robust technical assistance structure, Academy Camps, podcasts, webinars, a set of tools such as the experts' database, practical and theoretical expertise and knowledge while enhancing networking opportunities for the ECoCs delivery teams. Thanks to these training programmes and online tools, the European Capitals of Cultures will be able to develop their knowledge and skills and draw from the available profiles when seeking specific expertise.
The first evaluation cycle of experts took place in September 2020 with 246 eligible applications, out of which 95 were approved by a jury. The second evaluation cycle of experts took place in February 2021 with 174 eligible applications of which 82 were admitted to the platform. The Selection Panel is responsible for assessing the applications received, that will feed the pool of experts set up to serve the ECoCs teams. Candidates are assessed by a selection panel of five members, approved by the European Commission, with knowledge and experience in the fields identified: Mercedes Giovinazzo from Interarts, Jordi Pascual from UCLG, Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens from ENCATC, Becky Riches, Cultural Project Manager with experience on the Matera 2019 ECOC team, and Caroline Kadziola, part of the Mons 2015 team. Learn more about the selection process here.
Although this second round of evaluations slightly received fewer applications compared to the first one, we are confident of the quality of experts that are admitted to the platform. The call for experts will remain open until February 2022 and the next round of evaluation will take place in September 2021. The pool of experts is published on the website and updated after each evaluation cycle. In total, we have 177 experts. The European Capitals of Culture delivery teams will soon be invited to browse and take advantage of the database.