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Guide to Citizen Participation in Local Cultural Policy Development for European Cities

By Jordi Pascual i Ruiz, Sanjin Dragojević, and Hanneloes Weeda (Ed.)
European Cultural Foundation / ECUMEST Association / Interarts Foundation, Bucharest 2007

The European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), the ECUMEST Association (Bucharest) and the Interarts Foundation (Barcelona) announce the launch of the Guide to Citizen Participation in Local Cultural Policy Development for European Cities. In the book, Policies for Culture experts Jordi Pascual i Ruiz and Sanjin Dragojević explore the conceptual framework and the theories behind citizen participation in local cultural policy development and the mechanisms of how participation can be realised on the city level.

The guide, benefiting also from contributions by Corina Suteu (Foreword) and Philipp Dietachmair (Introduction), aims at identifying evidence in the field of participative cultural policymaking in Europe, concretely naming the decision actors in local cultural policies of today. At the same time, it puts forward the theoretical premises that frame the future evolution of local urban policies - those that directly influence the individual level of cultural participation and well being.

Starting from the experience of several European cities in elaborating participatory cultural policies, the guidebook introduces various concepts and practical approaches in order to encourage cities and local civil society organisations to approach such policies. The practice-based contents of this guide are built on the outcomes of a fact search and collection realised throughout 2006.

The publication is part of the project Active Citizens - Local Cultures - European Politics, started in 2006 with the support of the European Commission (budget line: Measures in Favour of Civil Society). It is accompanied by the documentary Culture Rocks City, filmed in Barcelona, Lille, Timisoara and Zagreb, realised in collaboration with SEE TV Exchanges (Brussels). The documentary is now to be seen at broadcasting channels all over Europe.

Available in English, French and Spanish versions, the guide will be distributed free of charge to a network of cultural operators and associations in Europe. A limited number of copies is also available free of charge upon order from ECUMEST (French and English copies), ECF (English copies) and Interarts (Spanish copies).

The guide is available in electronic format in the three languages from www.ecumest.ro/eng/detail.php?tip=n&p=1&lang=en&id=188 or www.policiesforculture.org/news.php?id=114.