Derry to be first UK City of Culture in 2013

Yesterday, the UK government announced the first UK City of Culture for 2013. Derry has been awarded the title and has the opportunity to transfer their bid of hosting UK City of Culture to an exciting year-long programme!

The UK City of Culture Programme builds on the success of the European title awarded by the European Commission: European Capital of Culture (ECoC). Liverpool was ECoC in 2008 and the city has made an impression in the UK that the government is now building on the programme at a national level.

It is important not to confuse the UK City of Culture title with the European Capital of Culture Programme! To read more abouth the UK’s initiative, visit the website of the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Derry will be hosting the national title at the same time as the European Capitals of Cultures in 2013 based in Marseille – Provence (FR) and Kosice (SK).

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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.

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!

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     

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).

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