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Imagine 18 is the final application of Valletta for the title of European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 2018 in Malta. The working title of the candidacy of Valletta is V.18. This book plots the development of our bid from concept to the fulfillment of the proposed Cultural Programme in 2018 and its planned legacy. We have chosen chapter titles that loosely follow filmmaking; a genre that exhibits parallels with any creative process from fledgling idea to final output. Here, we outline why film has particular relevance as a Leitmotiv for the road ahead in realising Valletta 2018.
Bid book Italy English
Matera has chosen to use its candidacy as a sandbox, as a way of opening up to new and unexpected forms of making culture. One example: today Matera is, by a long chalk, Southern Italy’s leader in open data available for use in an extraordinary variety of ways, from science to artistic creativity. This “open” candidacy has shown the city that anybody can reinvent themselves in new roles and perform a role in the great play of cultural production. This has come as a surprise even to us politicians and administrators. But unlike in the past, our concern is not that the situation might escape our control. On the contrary, we want Matera and Basilicata to invent and adopt new, risky and open ideas, just like the future we have decided to embrace.
Bid book Croatia English
In 2020, Europe will designate the first Capital of Culture from Croatia, a country still synon- ymous with insecurity, hardship and war, for everything that frightens Europe. That is pre-cisely why Europe needs Rijeka, a city known for remaining an oasis of normality in an abnormal context, primarily during the 1990s. This stub- bornness is what gives Rijeka its European and cultural determinant, although it is barely known. Rijeka is a somewhat tired city that needs to re-imagine itself. In this way, Rijeka needs Europe. We have to reach beyond our own habitual memories and narratives, as a thriv- ing port, a prospering industrial city, because that city simply does not exist any longer. It slid away at the end of the last century, together with 25,000 lost jobs, leaving aban- doned halls, chimneys and power plants. We need different eyes, encounters with the Other, an identity of curiosity and solidarity. We need a common project to gather us in our desire to invent the future rather than wait for it.
Bid book Lithuania English
We are now poised to create a future for Kaunas by fully acknowledging our past and thus shaping our present. Inherit- ing confusion, we have always been and still are at the crossroads of ideas, ideolo- gies and systems. Think of Kaunas as of a multi-storey apartment block with shared ownership but limited responsibility and accountancy. The amount of social turbu- lence the citizens of this City have gone through during the past hundred years could easily be enough to delete Kaunas from the political let alone cultural map of Europe. But we are still given hands to hold the City same as our two rivers do. We have learnt to live on the confluence and we can even help others by precisely showing how to do it, because we know we are not alone in this and a good deal of Eu- ropeans can identify with our experiences and benefit from them. Therefore, we decided to employ the world we are given: our confusion of the past and confluences of the present, and turn them into a productive consciousness of the future by creating a new story for Kau- nas. And the idea of the European Capital of Culture is something we positively need to bring this story to life, because culture is the only means effectively capable of tying the past, present and future together.
Bid book Luxembourg English
This is exactly where our candidacy must pick up; not just to give culture a wider-reaching role than it has previously had, but also to use culture to create social consensus and the innovative impetus to formulate a sustainable future for our city and our region. Thanks to its small size and closely linked community, our region lends itself as a laboratory, in which artistic means can be used during our year as European Capital of Cul- ture to formulate and test out scenarios for the future – and to share them with other like-minded European cities.
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.
Bid book Romania English
Timișoara 2023 Bid Book
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.
Bid book English
Pafos2017 - European Capital of Culture - Bid Book
Bid book English
Online bid for Leeuwarden-Ljouwert’s application for European Capital of Culture 2018.