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Ex Post evaluation of the 2014 European Capitals of Culture (Umeå and Rīga).
Cultural strategy Serbia English
In the Central-Eastern Europe, Novi Sad is perceived as an open and exciting city with a number of impressive and internationally recognisable cultural institutions, events and creative minds. This is a city where various European and local identities meet and merge, where old cultural values are constantly revived and new ones created with the support of the international and local public. However, it is also a city that knows it can do more and better. This is why we see our candidacy for the European Capital of Culture as a top platform for joint creative experiment, dialogue and new encounters in the cultural scene of our city, whose devel- opment contours have already being set on that basis. This means that the ECoC Novi Sad 2021 programme proceeds from the broadest concept of culture as a mode of life and expression, from aesthetic behaviour and meeting people’s needs to a model for communication with others and one’s sur- roundings. It encompasses all the horizontal and vertical aspects of culture affecting the quality of urban life, giving a chance to all those who want to become actively involved and creatively participate in the project. In order to make this vision a reality, we have pushed into the background the tra- ditional, institutionally orchestrated access to culture, creating cultural programmes through open, creative communication and new creative platforms. We believe that the demystification of culture is possible only if it comes out into the streets and other public places, if it appears in unexpected locations and among people who are not frequent attenders at elite cultural events.
Novi Sad 2022 Financial Strategy in Serbian
Bid book Hungary English
Currently, Veszprém is stuck out on a limb, isolated between two dominant economic axes – Vienna- Bratislava-Gyôr and Budapest-Székesfehérvár. The feeling of being stuck is a good excuse for being lame and the perceived comfort serves as a self-deception that’s all too easy to embrace. We share the identity crisis that has come upon many other smaller cities of Europe. Being small is not only beautiful. Being small can be cute, unique, boring, and risky. Being small also makes us vulnerable. We want to prove that a small city can live a life where being a Veszprémer, a Balatoner, and a European citizen are fundamentally intertwined. We need to find Veszprém’s regional leading role in cultural guidance, through intense co-operation in reshaping our region. Under these circumstances, how can we not seize this chance of becoming a European Capital of Culture and pulling ourselves out of the mire by our own hair like Münchhausen? And wouldn’t it be naughtily amusing to be named ECOC in the same year as a British city – the two deviants of Europe? The news and scandals constantly overshadowing the original meaning of being European – if ever there was one. We like to believe that Europe means the union of peoples, a coming together of a diverse yet interconnected cultural mind-set. People who are united within a system of various big and small goals, dreams and fears. But Europe is a big challenge these days; we have to find and learn new ways to make it work, and evidently this isn’t something we can do alone. Europe was here earlier than anywhere in Hungary. Balaton used to be the emblematic meeting point for East and West, even when the two blocks were otherwise out of reach to each other. And even when joining the EU was not even in our daydreams. We want to reclaim this role of ours as a meeting point – but this time without limitations, fears, mistrust or secrets.
Report Hungary English
This is the report of the selection panel (the “panel”) for the competition for the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in 2023 in Hungary.
Report Belgium English
This report follows the virtual meeting on 29 April 2021 between the Panel and the team of Veszprém, one of the European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) in 2023.
This is the report of the monitoring and advisory Panel following the second monitoring and advisory meeting concerning the 2015 European Capitals of Culture, Mons (Belgium) and Plzeň (Czech Republic), which took place in Brussels on 9 April 2014.
Bid book Romania English
Timișoara 2023 Bid Book
Report Romania English
This is the report of the selection panel (the “panel”) for the competition for the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) in 2021 in Romania.
Bid book Greece English
Eleusis differs radically from the stereotypical image of Greece as a country with beautiful beaches, where people are carefree and relaxed, and spend their lives enjoying the sun and sea. Eleusis is a reflection of an entirely overlooked - but at the same time very real - aspect of Greece: productive Greece. Some 30% of the country’s GDP is produced in Eleusis and the wider Thriasian Plain area, a percentage that is roughly equal to the national contribution of tourism to GDP. Eleusis is Greece’s productive engine, and the ECoC encounters it at one of the most critical times of its history, the time of crisis. In ancient Greek, crisis means decision, and Eleusis’s desire to candidate for the title of ECoC at this momentum is related to the entire city’s irrevocable decision to turn page in its history and make its definitive transition to a new growth model. In the case of Eleusis, the title of ECoC will act as a catalyst for a series of developments at national, local and European level, which are critical for the city’s future.