11 publications found
Aarhus official programme
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.
Report Lithuania English
This is the report of the selection panel (the “panel”) for the pre-selection phase for the competition for the European Capital of Culture in 2022 in Lithuania.
Other Lithuania English
“Designing Happiness” is one of the “Kaunas 2022” programmes that encompass the improvement of the production, environment, and culture of communication.
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.
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.
This final report presents the findings of the ex-post evaluation of the European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) Action for 2015, which was undertaken by Ecorys and the Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services (CSES). The 2015 ECoC was hosted by Mons in Belgium and Pilsen in the Czech Republic. The evaluation investigated how these two cities developed their application and cultural programme, how they delivered their year, the benefits they gained and any legacy issues they experienced. The evaluation also puts forward conclusions, recommendations for the EU institutions and lessons for future ECoC title-holders and applicants to learn from.
This report follows the meeting in Brussels on 21 April 2016 between Aarhus, one of the two European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) in 2017, and the monitoring and advisory panel (the “panel”). Aarhus was selected in August 20122; its bidbook is available on the Aarhus2017 website. There was an informal meeting between Aarhus and the panel in October 2013 and a first formal monitoring meeting in November 2014.
The programme of the Open Air Factory of the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017 is both a point of arrival as well as one of departure; the former because it is the very same programme which yielded Pafos the aforementioned title back in 2012; the latter since it will now be called upon to fulfil the expectations of the citizens and the artists of Pafos and to bring about a shift in the mentality and way of life of its people and everyone involved in an artistic way or on a voluntary basis. The notion of openness is central to the programme of Pafos2017. This openness is not only a link to Pafos’ tradition of holding cultural events in open spaces; it is one which highlights a general sense of openness towards space, time and people. In a way, the programme ofFers fertile ground for co-operation between creators - local or foreign – between different communities, between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots and for building bridges between Pafos and the world. The motto of the programme of the Open Air Factory “Linking Continents - Bridging Cultures” as well as the spirit of the participating projects, reflect this very same need for co-operation and co-existence.