Culture to regenerate remote areas
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.
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.
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
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.
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