Turku Research Programme – project outlines available

Turku 2011 will examine the Capital of Culture with regard to creative industries, well-being and the long-term effects the year will create.

In an earlier post (see here), we have already mentioned the ambitious and exciting research programme for Turku 2011. You will now find more details on the multidisciplinary research projects by clicking here.

There are a series of different research projects conducted by a variety of academic stakeholders in Turku. Furthermore, the University of Turku will be leading the Turku 2011 evaluation programme during a long-term period of 2010 to 2016.


Cultural and creative industries – EU consultation!

The European Commission has recently published a green paper with the title ‘Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries’. The paper highlights the importance of the sector to the economic growth of the EU and raises questions on how to improve support and policy action from Europe in this field.

This green paper has been mentioned many times at the 25th anniversary celebration of ECoCs in March this year. It may present a unique opportunity for the sector to provide feedback to policy makers in Brussels. The EU has opened the consultation which is open until 30 July 2010. So don’t miss out of this chance to have your say (including feedback on access to potential EU funding).

To read the Green Paper and the consultation documents, go the European Commission’s Culture website.

Economic impact of Liverpool’s ECoC

The economic impacts of European Capitals of Culture help to underline the economic value that the year-long event can bring to a city. Impacts 08 has now published its latest report on ‘Economic Impact of Visits Influenced by Liverpool European Capital of Culture in 2008’ , presenting detailed figures on visitor numbers and additional spent in Liverpool in 2008.

Hard facts such as the economic impact only tell half the story of impacts that European Capitals of Culture can have on the city hosting the title. To read more about the whole impact of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture, read the full Impacts 08 final report on here.

Turku workshop cancelled

Our ECoC policy group has been affected by the travel chaos caused by the volcanic ash. Due to flight restrictions, our workshop meeting in Turku this week has been cancelled. But fear not, news about the developments of our group work will be available soon and our recommendations about impact research for ECoCs is advancing. Please continue visiting our blog for updates and news or contact us if you would like to talk to us.

Best of luck to all the travelers out there!

New thematic reports

Impacts 08 has published two new thematic reports on Liverpool’s European Capitals of Culture. To access more thematic reports of Impacts 08, click here.

Happy Easter from the ECoC policy group!

In all the languages from our members and associate members

Hyvää Pääsiäistä                Joyeuses Pâques           God påske                                    Milostiplné prežitie Veľkonočných sviatkov         Frohe Ostern     

Stavanger – research questionnaire

As you may know from previous posts on this blog, the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) has conducted some research on Stavanger’s European Capital of Culture in 2008. The principle study was based on surveys amongst citizens in the region of Stavanger. This is a great example on a citizens survey researching participation and attitudes. You can access the full questionnaire on here.