Cities are drivers of innovative cultural policies that add value to urban and regional development. Increased cultural investments at regional and city levels should be supported through long term programmes at EU level.
These were the main findings of Culture for Cities and Regions, the three-year initiative financed by Creative Europe and run by EUROCITIES and KEA European Affairs. The initiative also demonstrated high demand from cities and regions for the peer-learning method it developed to exchange experience and strengthen cooperation on cultural policies.
Culture for Cities and Regions' video was produced on the day of the final event in Ghent, in October 2017. It captures participants' thoughts on the importance for cities to share their experiences through peer-learning schemes such as Culture for Cities and Regions, and highlights some of the results of three years of exchanges between cities and regions.
Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, calls Culture for Cities and Regions one of EUROCITIES’ best projects; Philippe Kern, KEA European Affairs' director reminds us why it is important to invest in culture; and Walter Zampieri, head of unit cultural policy at DG EAC, ensures that the European Commission is committed to continue exploring the topic and working with cities towards a bright cultural future for Europe.
EUROCITIES (Julie Hervé – senior policy advisor) and KEA (Arthur Le Gall – senior consultant) will also discuss the results from Culture for Cities and Regions and present stories from the 150 cities and regions we involved during the European Culture Forum in Milan, 7-8 December 2017. A dedicated session on cities and regions will examine how Culture for Cities and Regions and the JRC Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor can contribute to unlock the potential of cultural and creative industries for local development.
Watch the Culture for Cities and Regions video below or on the EUROCITIES YouTube channel: