Impacts 08 contribution to 25th anniversary in Brussels

As promised, you are now able to download Beatriz Garcia’s presentation from the 25th anniversary celebrations in Brussels. To access the presentation, just download it here: ppt Beatriz Garcia at 25th ECoC Anniversary, Brussels 2010

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ECoC 25th anniversary

We are just back from two days in Brussels, celebrating the 25 years of European Capitals of Culture. You will find some material from the conference on here. The second day of the conference saw some great discussions emerging from the morning panel on legacy and impact of European Capitals of Culture as well as from afternoon sessions, giving the floor to former hosts of the title. 

Beatriz Garcia was part of the morning panel, presenting the longitudinal Impacts 08 research and underlining the importance of combining hard economic facts with narratives of cultural and social impacts that European Capitals of Culture can have! Watch this space to download Beatriz’ presentation from the day. 

The morning panel consisted of the following Members: 

  • Vladimir Šucha Director DG EAC, European Commission
  • Guillermo Corral van Damme, Director General for Cultural Policy and Industries, Spain
  • Robert Palmer
  • Beatriz Garcia, Director IMPACTS 08
  • Danuta Glondys, Researcher on the European Capitals of Culture

New website: Documentation Centre on European Capitals of Culture

This is a new and exciting website initiated by the current Mayor of Athens and his cultural advisor. It presents a variety of information on former and future European Capitals of Culture and contributes to exchanging good practice.  To access the new site, go to

There is also a section on research, which holds a series of reports, presentations and research projects across a variety of themes on ECoCs. Click here to visit the research section.

Impacts 08 – Final Report now online!

The Impacts 08 research programme slowly comes to an end and the final report ‘Creating an impact: Liverpool’s experience as European Capital of Culture’ is now available online! The report was launched on 12 March 2010 at the successful conference ‘Beyond Impacts’ in Liverpool.

The final report is the result of a 5 year research programme and looks at the social, economic and cultural effects of Liverpool hosting the ECoC title in 2008.

Researcher workshop and Impacts 08 findings

This Thursday (11 March 2010), researchers of our ECoC policy group will be meeting for an intensive workshop discussing specific research themes to assess the impact of European Capitals of Culture. The Impacts 08 team will be joined in Liverpool by partners from the Ruhr.2010 (Germany), IRIS (Norway) and the Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles (France). Watch out for news on our blog!

The workshop takes place a day before the Impacts 08 conference where the final report will be launched. The report presents the findings of the 5 year research conducted by the Impacts 08 team, assessing the impact of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture. To find out more about the conference, you can follow what’s happening on and access further information on

Turku 2011 – Evaluation Programme and Research Projects

Turku’s European Capital of Culture title in 2011 will be thoroughly researched by the University of Turku and Abo Akademi University. The programme runs from 2010 to 2016 and covers a variety of research themes and co-operation projects assessing the impact of Turku 2011. This is an exciting development and ties in with ECoCs who integrate research into their programme.

To read more about Turku’s research ambitions, click here and read the research project description.

UK City of Culture 2013 – Shortlist announced

Building on the success of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture in 2008, the UK government has now initiated a national title in the UK to become City of Culture.

The first city holding the title in 2013 will be announced this summer and a shortlist of candidates has been made public last week. The UK cities racing for the title are: Birmingham, Derry, Norwich and Sheffield. To find out more about this initiative, go to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).