Presentations of Brussels event now online

Last week, the ECoC Policy Group launched the final report, presenting a research framework for European Capitals of Culture. The launch took place in Brussels and saw some 60 delegates from 17 countries across Europe, discussing the recommendations presented in the report.

The presentations by Martin Thompson (Impacts 08 – University of Liverpool) and Neil Peterson (Liverpool City Council) are now available for download. To access Martin’s presentation on the research framework, click here and follow this link to access Neil’s.

Jordi Pascual, coordinator of Agenda 21 for Culture, and Ann Branch, Head of Unit ‘Culture Programme and Actions’ from the European Commission, participated in an exciting panel discussion in the afternoon.

Many thanks to all speakers and delegates who participated and contributed to an excellent exchange of views. Continue to watch this space for any updates on a possible future of the Policy Group.


Registration now open!

You can now register for the event ‘What Culture does for us: researching and evaluating European Capitals of Culture’ taking place on 13 July 2010 at the Istanbul Centre in Brussels.

To secure your place at this exciting event, please register your details on

What culture does for us’ is organised by members of the ECoC Policy Group. You can acess further details and the agenda for the day on the above website. Should you have any queries, please get in touch with the organisers by emailing Matti Allam on

Registration for Brussels event to open soon!

The work of the ECoC Policy Group will peak in the presentation of recommendations on a common research framework . As mentioned in previous posts, the recommendations will be presented at a final event in Brussels, taking place on 13 July 2010.

You will be able to register for the event from the week of 7 June 2010 onwards and participate in this exciting opportunity.

Watch this space for the link to the registration and for more details about the agenda of the day!

Correction: Save the date for Brussels – 13 July 2010

Note to our readers: in the last post, a small but significant mistake has sneaked into the text. The date for the ECoC’s policy groups final conference is Tuesday, 13 July 2010! Please keep this date in your diaries and get in touch with Matti on if you would like to participate in the event.

Save the date for Brussels

Our ECoC policy group is getting ready for the final touches on the presentation and publication of our recommendations on researching the impact of European Capitals of Cultures.

The result will be showcased at a final event in Brussels on 12 July 13 July 2010. The outcomes of our work will of course be published on our blog but if you would like to meet members of the group and take part in discussions, please join us for our final event. More details about the venue and agenda will be made available in the coming weeks but you can now register your interest by sending an email to Matti Allam on

Turku workshop reloaded

Our Turku workshop in April had to be cancelled due to the volcanic ash in the air which prevented us to fly over to Finland. We have now set a new date and members of our ECoC policy group will meet again on 17 June 2010. The workshop is open to members only but you will be able to read all about the outcomes of our work soon!

We have been busy writing up recommendations for a common research framework and the result will be available for download by July 2010. Stay tuned!

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.