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Culture to regenerate remote areas

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Tue 6, October 2020
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Leveraging on the experience of current, past and future 4 ECoCs, from the four corners of Europe, the
activity aims to define the role of culture in remote or sparsely populated areas.

How culture can be regenerative and what is the impact in terms of: attractiveness for artists, community building and future development.

Can small villages be the ideal place to re-think and re-design new cultural practices, also taking into account the restrictions of the Covid pandemic?

AGENDA

PART 1- Remoteness: presentation of the experiences of the four European Capitals of Culture: Matera 2019, Plovdiv 2019, Galway2020, Kaunas 2022

Q&A

PART 2 - focus and discussion on the following topics

1. The role of culture in (small) community building
2. Artists and remoteness: how to leverage on creativity to create new opportunities
3. Re-thinking inhabited areas and future perspectives: how to move forward?

PART 3 - wrap-up and conclusions

Live twittering coverage

Erminia Sciacchitano, Minister's Cabinet, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Italy.
Marilyn Gaughan Reddan, Head of Programme, Galway 2020 European Capita of Culture, Ireland.
Gina Kafedzhian, Deputy director Programme, Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019, Bulgaria.
Ana Kočegarova, Head of Programme, Kaunas 2022, Lithuania.
Rossella Tarantino, Generale Director, Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation, Italy.
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Workshop
Empowering citizens
Foundation Matera-Basilicata 2019, Galway 2020, Kaunas 2022, Plovdiv 2019 Foundation
English (EN)
Zoom

Session summary

The four Capitals of Culture from the four corners of Europe - Kaunas 2022 (Lituania) from the North, Matera 2019 (Italy) from the South, Plovdiv 2019 (Bulgaria) from the East, Galway 2020 (Ireland) from the West - reflected on the role of culture in remote areas.

The discussion focused in particolar on the following aspects and questions:

How culture can be regenerative and what is the impact in terms of attractiveness for artists, community building and future development in remote areas?

Can small villages be the ideal place to re-think and re-design new cultural practices, also taking into account the restrictions of the Covid pandemic?

Take away message

The European Capital of Culture project is a big crash test for cultural institutions on the territory, a way to push forward limits and boundaries.

Big projects like the ECoC lead communities and remote areas to interact and connect with bigger actors such as sponsors or national cultural institutions and this is fundamental to empower local communities to work on long-term capacity building that makes the whole project sustainable.



Rossella Tarantino

Matera 2019 has drawn attention to the internal areas of the Basilicata region: 3 main long-term events had been organised and produced there in order to develop relations and self-consciousness and the encounter between international artists and the local community leads to a new awareness in territories far from mainstream artistic and cultural dynamics.

 

 

Marilyn Reddan

One important thing about an ECoC is that it takes you to non-ordinary places, remote areas where culture and people can express themselves. Our landscapes became our gallery and our rural areas became our theatres

Gina Kafedzhian

Culture is generative by itself: if it is genuine and honest; it is generative. We aim to heal many wounds of our country through culture. ECoC has been for us an opportunity to give a platform to local and typical cultural organization.

Ana Kogecarova

We're trying to decentralise our proposal and make sure that everyone has the chance to actively participate in our cultural proposal

Our programme was an opportunity to encourage people to come together into communities and let them understand how much they can do together

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