culture

Our culture forum works to promote the increased recognition of culture as a vital aspect of public policies, and to foster access to and participation in culture for all.


Culture is a vital aspect of urban life and cities host all kinds of cultural events, from popular events to high culture. For many European cities, culture is now so important that it is placed at the heart of cities’ strategic plans

Culture in cities should be recognised not just in terms of its artistic value but as a mechanism for social inclusion and urban regeneration.

Culture is central to the sustainable development of Europe’s cities. It is an engine for urban economic development and contributes directly to enhancing the quality of life of citizens.

We believe that culture and creativity in cities should be supported by public policies at all levels, including at European level, and that the role of culture in promoting economic development and social cohesion in cities must be recognised.

It is a platform for our members to network and exchange on policies and practices implemented in cities.

Our culture forum focuses on promoting culture as a means of social change; using culture to improve relationships between people, especially young people; promoting links between creative industries and culture; and exchanging best practice for improving quality of life through cultural experiences and development.

As well as acting as a platform for cities to share knowledge and best practice, our culture forum achieves its objectives by drafting position papers, organising events, and developing and implementing transnational projects.

2015 priorities:

  • mainstreaming culture in the EU agenda

  • safeguarding culture in the EU creative agenda

  • connecting the forum to other areas and stakeholders and testing innovative ways of working


chair

Ian Ward
Birmingham
Deputy leader of the City Council

EUROCITIES staff contact

Julie Herve
EUROCITIES Brussels Office
Senior policy advisor

members

Aarhus  Amiens Metropole  Amsterdam  Angers Loire Metropole  Antwerp  Athens  Banja Luka  Barcelona  Belfast  Belgrade  Bergen  Berlin  Beyoglu  Bialystok  Bilbao  Birmingham  Bologna  Bonn  Bordeaux  BrabantStad  Braga  Bratislava  Brest Metropole Oceane  Brighton & Hove  Bristol  Brno  Brussels  Brussels Capital Region  Budapest  Bydgoszcz  Cardiff  Chemnitz  Cologne  Copenhagen  Derry-Strabane  Dortmund  Dresden  Dublin  Dusseldorf  Edinburgh  Eindhoven  Espoo  Essen  EUROCITIES Brussels Office  Florence  Frankfurt  Gaziantep  Gdansk  Geneva  Genoa  Ghent  Gijon  Glasgow  Gothenburg  Hamburg  Helsinki  Istanbul  Izmir  Karlsruhe  Katowice  Kharkiv  Kiel  Klaipeda  Konya  Kyiv  Lausanne  Leeds  Leipzig  Lisbon  Liverpool  Ljubljana  London  Lublin  Luxembourg  Lviv  Lyon  Madrid  Malmo  Manchester  Mannheim  Metropole Europeenne de Lille  Milan  Munich  Munster  Murcia  Nantes  Netwerkstad Twente  Newcastle-Gateshead  Nice Cote d Azur  Nicosia  Novi Sad  Nuremberg  Odessa  Oslo  Osmangazi  Ostend  Oulu  Palermo  Paris  Pilsen  Porto  Prague  Rennes Metropole  Reykjavik  Riga  Rome  Rotterdam  Rzeszow  Sarajevo  Seville  Sheffield  Skopje  Sofia  St Etienne  Stockholm  Strasbourg  Stuttgart  Sunderland  Tallinn  Tampere  Tbilisi  Terrassa Metropolitan Area  The Hague  Thessaloniki  Timisoara  Tirana  Toulouse  Turin  Turku  Umea  Uppsala  Utrecht  Vantaa  Varna  Venice  Vienna  Vilnius  Warsaw  Wroclaw  Zagreb  Zaragoza  Zurich