European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

European Capitals of Culture - Regional Development and Culture

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Tue 8, October 2019
12:30 - 13:30
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European Capitals of Culture (ECoCs) is one of the most successful programmes in the EU, promoting cultural diversity in Europe and contributing to the long-term development of cities and regions. Running since 1985, over 60 different European cities and regions have hosted the title year.

This session "Regional Development and Culture" will examine how opportunities associated with the ECoC model can provide an exceptional model for using culture as a tool to drive long-term societal innovation and growth – and how practitioners and policy-makers can work more closely to map this. Four cities/regions will be present to discuss their experience in preparing and delivering European Capitals of Culture in different contexts across four years: 

  • Aarhus 2017 (DK)
  • Leeuwarden 2018 (NL)
  • Matera 2019 (IT)
  • Galway 2020 (IE)

Experts from these cities/regions will explore the significant local development potential of cultural methodologies in terms of the relationships between the urban centre and the wider regional/rural hinterland in the context of the ECoC programme and its legacy. 

The session will be introduced by Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament.



Marilyn Gaughan-Reddan, Nienk Hoepman, Rosella Tarantino, Lene Øster
The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities
East-Jutland, Galway, Leeuwarden, Matera
Building CoR - JDE building, Room Atrium 5.
Address: Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels

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