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Culture for Cities and Regions: Reshaping Cities and Regions Through Smart Investment in Culture

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 the EU level. These were the main findings of Culture for Cities and Regions, the three-year project financed by Creative Europe and run by EUROCITIES and KEA European Affairs in partnership with ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network). One of the key objectives of the project was to ensure the transferability of results and long-term impacts in participating cities and regions. The project started in January 2015 and ran until September 2017. During the course of the project, Culture for Cities and Regions:

  • delivered a catalogue of 71 case studies containing detailed and searchable information on local/regional cultural initiatives;
  • organized 15 thematic study visits involving politicians and local policy makers;
  • arranged tailor-made coaching for 10 cities and regions willing to implement concrete solutions on the ground;
  • directly benefited about 150 cities through their active involvement in study visits and coaching activities.

Cities are facing new challenges when it comes to cultural policies and adopting flexible approaches to urban and regional development. Culture can be used to support economic activities, encourage civic pride and support cross disciplinary and transnational interactions to enable creative skills to contribute to innovation. As Philippe Kern, CEO, KEA European Affairs, has pointed out, "the Culture for Cities and Regions project highlights the importance given by cities to mainstreaming culture in a wide range of urban policies. Culture is everywhere. Cultural workers are yet to make the most of these new cultural policy trends".

For more information, please contact: Clémentine Daubeuf, cdaubeauf@keanet.eu, Alex Godson, alex.godson@eurocities.eu or visit www.cultureforcitiesandregions.eu