The third Academy Camp made it clear that European and international cooperation is one of the key features of each European Capital of Culture. The event highlighted the necessity of an early start for the planning and training of European and international projects to build sustainable international cooperation settings. Watch and learn from our key experts in this webinar on the topic of 'Enhancing European and international cooperation of ECOC'.
Webinar chapters (part 1)
Introduction: Dimensions of international cultural cooperation and opportunities for ECoCs
The Academy Camp 3 Part 1 began with an introduction in which Sylvia Amann highlighted the importance of the European dimension in ECOC and the possibilities that this EU level opens up in terms of cultural exchange, narratives and policies. It is important now more than ever to reflect on principles such as cultural diversity and cultural rights in this post-pandemic era.
How to best cooperate with Capitals of Culture outside and within Europe? ECoC networks and Capitals of Culture initiatives in the world
Steve Green presents the Capitals of Culture’s networks around the world, highlighting the best features and the possible political issues. He also points out that environmental sustainability will be more and more important in the coming years.
Sustainable cooperation with EU cultural networks and international initiatives – the example of networks of arts residencies
Heidi Vogels brings an interesting example of networks of residencies. Residencies programs are indeed an opportunity to open up a space for artistic development and research. Not only can they be a political tool, but also a catalyst for exchange in the fabric of the city or place.
Lessons learnt from international cooperation of the Vezsprém Puppet Theatre
Another interesting example of cooperation in an international context is brought by Viktória Szántó. She talks about some projects in which the puppet theatre in Vezsprém takes part in, underlining that participating in an Erasmus+ project has given them the opportunity to identify with the European values.
Cultural and artistic cooperation with Canada – programmes for international cooperation and recommendations
Sylvain Cornuau concludes the day by talking about international cooperation in the context of Canada. The priorities now should be equity, diversity, inclusion, climate change and innovation. He recommends expanding in terms of collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders.
Webinar chapters (part 2)
Communicating Cultural Capitals on international level – Experiences from Linz and Linz09 – European Capital of Culture
Prof. Georg Steiner
Prof. Steiner talks about strategies for international capitals of culture explaining how the city branding changed since Linz has been European capital of culture in 2009: they decided to make a slogan focused on culture as a factor of transformation. Tourism after pandemic will have to be more individual, playful, hybrid, poetic, alive, namely the tourism industry will have to offer smart-tourism experiences. He also gives some suggestions to bring culture and tourism closer such as creating new shared narratives and/or new thematic tours in cooperation with museums.
Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020 – International communication and open call for projects
Irena Kregar Šegota
Irena Kregar Šegota presents the example of Rijeka as ECOC 2020. She mentions the need to find a new narrative in order to compete with the other applicants. In order to do that, they translated their values into strong cultural programs. She reminds the audience of the importance of building strong partnerships with public bodies, European networks and media.
EU-funding programmes for cultural organisations – Creative Europe and Erasmus
Barna Petrányi talks about the possibilities offered by Creative Europe and Erasmus+. Creative Europe focuses on media, cross-sectoral and culture, with priorities such as social inclusion, new technology, international dimension and sustainability. Erasmus+ instead has a stronger focus on mobility exchange of experts and best practices. He also reminds us that it is important to build a project which is well-thought and consistent, but it is important as well to consider a lot of time is needed to prepare such projects.
EU- and international funding for individual artists – i-Portunus and further support schemes
Philipp Dietachmair & Jenneken Aarssen
Philipp Dietachmair talks about the relevance of cultural mobility through the example of i-portunus. This example of cultural mobility was relevant during the pandemic as it became fully digital and inspired more reflections on the future of cultural mobility opening up questions of climate change and travelling more responsibly.
EU-funding programme for across borders cooperation – Culture in INTERREG
Fanni Bobak brings attention to the next call for international cooperation: Interreg. There will be 4 priorities and one is culture-related: socio-economic development through heritage, culture and tourism. She exposes to the audience the expected results such as creating accessible cultural and natural heritage and expanded community involvement. In the end, she also points out that partnerships from different countries are important in these kinds of projects.