European Capitals of Culture - Regional Development and Culture
The session discussed in detail the advantages of European Capitals of Culture and the contribution the initiative can have on regional development.
The panel was hosted by the Northern and Western Regional Assembly and introduced by Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament. She introduced the session, highlighting the benefits that culture can bring to regions.
The regions present at the session included Aarhus 2017, Leeuwarden 2018, Matera 2019 and Galway 2020 - all European Capitals of Culture have programmes in their respective regions.
The legacy that European Capitals of Culture can bring to a region is significant - culturally, in developing the sector, socially in creating engagement with culture and participation in cultural programmes that citizens would not have engaged with previously and economically in terms of visits to a region and potentially infrastructure where this is part of European Capitals of Culture.
Take away message
Legcay is important for European Capitals of Culture and should not start post the European Capital of Culture year but at time of submission of the European Capital of Culture bid. This should be closely linked to cultural strategies and ambitions of the city and region for culture and regional development.