European Cultural Capitals
European Cultural Capitals
|In collaboration with Robert Palmer and
Diane Dodd of ArtIdea, TRAM is engaged in a wide range of research and
advice work related to the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) event.
Robert Palmer is widely acknowledged as the leading expert in the field of European Cultural Capitals, having directed two previous events: Glasgow in 1990 and Brussels in 2000. Robert has also advised the European Commission and many of the cities on the design and implementation of the ECOC programme. Robert directed the evaluation of the ECOC between 1995 and 2004 for the European Commission and was special adviser to an 18 month process of evaluation of 12 cities in the UK, and selection of Liverpool as ECOC for 2008.
Greg Richards has been engaged in researching and analysing the ECOC event since 1999, producing reports on the ECOCs in Rotterdam and Porto (2001) and Salamanca (2002) as well as contributing to the 2004 report to the European Commission. In 2007 he completed the evaluations for both of the ECOCs in that year - Luxemburg and Sibiu (Romania). You can download a copy of the Luxemburg European Capital of Culture 2007 report here. The final report for Sibiu European Capital of Culture 2007 can be ordered from the ATLAS bookshop. The long-term monitoring study for Sibiu over the period 2001-2009 you can download here. He also gave advice on the production of the Final Report for Stavanger in 2008 - the text of which you can download here. Greg was one of the advisors on the successful ECOC bid of Plovdiv in Bulgaria (2019) and is advising Valletta, Malta on their research and evaluation programme. He also produced reports on the ECOCs in Guimaraes, Portugal (2012) and Maribor (2012), which can also be ordered from ATLAS.
We are always happy to talk to cities and regions about their plans for the ECOC or other major cultural events. Please contact Greg Richards for more information.
of this ongoing work, we have now produced a series of
European Cultural Capital
Reports, which update and expand the work carried out by Palmer/Rae in
2004. The fifth volume of the report (published in 2014) is available from the
|The European Cultural Capital event (ECOC) is arguably one of the most successful EU cultural programmes, attracting increasing interest from policy makers, academics and the media every year. As more and more cities are involved in competing for the ECOC title, there is also a growing need for information about and evaluation of the event and the host cities.|
|The European Cultural Capital Report aims to update the wealth of information contained in the original ECOC evaluation report produced by Robert Palmer, Greg Richards and other experts for the European Commission. In doing so, it aims to provide essential information for those organising, implementing and evaluating the ECOC.|
|This report seeks to cover the many different aspects of the event, including its cultural, economic, organisational, political and social implications. It provides an independent analysis of the ECOC, identifying trends and best practice which can help those involved with this and other major cultural events to take better informed decisions. By extending and enriching the data collected for the Palmer Report, this publication will provide new insights into the workings and function of the ECOC.|
|Regular updates will be produced which will keep a finger on the pulse of the ECOC and its stakeholders, providing timely and relevant information. Each edition of the ECOC Report will concentrate on different themes related to the ECOC, as well as featuring case studies of different cities or different aspects of management and organisation. This first issue concentrates on profiling the host cities in general and identifying trends in economic issues. In forthcoming issues, the spotlight will be turned on other issues, such as organisational issues, marketing, economic impact studies and tourism flows.|
|This publication should be of
interest to all those involved in the planning, organisation, analysis and
assessment of the ECOC, as well as cultural events in general.
|Main Contents, volume 1 (October 2007):|
Main Contents, Volume 2 (January 2009):
2008: Liverpool and Stavanger 2009: Linz and Vilnius 2010: Pécs – too little too late? 2010: Istanbul – new models for management? 2010: Essen for the Ruhr? Future candidate cities Programming trends Regions as Cultural Capitals
2005 – 2006: The lost years?Sibiu – building pride in the city
Main Contents, Volume 3 (January 2011):
3. News, Trends and development
3.1 Brussels 25th anniversary event
3.2 Spiralling bidding costs
3.3 From cultural planning to risk mitigation
3.4 2010 Istanbul – serving its citizens?
3.5 The regional dimension?
3.6 ECoC’s under pressure – the effect of the economic recession
3.7 Vilnius and Cork – failed cities?
3.8 Governance problems
3.9 Future candidate cities
3.10 ECoC research
4. The ECoC selection process
5. Tourism and the ECoC
6. ECoC legacies
7. Case study - Stavanger
8. Cultural capital crazy
10. Previous report contents
3 News, trends and developments
4 The ECOC selection process - transparency a growing issue
5 Future of the ECOCs � 2020 and beyond
6 Media attention for ECOC cities as tourist destinations
6.1 An ECOC attention cycle?
7 ECOC legacies - a longer term view
8 Case study Tallinn, 2011
8.2 Aims and objectives
8.5 The cultural programme
8.6 Marketing and communications
8.8 Cultural spending
8.9 Tourism impacts
8.10 Business and employment impacts
8.11 Legacy of the ECOC
8.12 Critical success factors
8.14 Overall conclusions and lessons for other cities
8.15 How does Tallinn 2011 compare with other ECOCs?
9 Cultural Capitals around the world
Volume 5 (2014)
|Greg Richards is Professor of Leisure Studies at Tilburg University and Professor in Events at NHTV Breda in the Netherlands. He has been involved in researching and evaluating the ECOC programme for more than a decade. He has conducted surveys during a number of ECOC events, including Rotterdam (2001), Porto (2001), Salamanca (2002) Sibiu (2007) and Guimaraes (2012). He also organised an international cultural event as a project in the Sibiu ECOC. He has also published widely on the impacts of the ECOC and was a member of the Palmer Report team in 2004. In 2005 he was appointed to the international jury for the selection of the 2010 ECOC in Hungary.|
Diane Dodd is a freelance consultant in the field of international cultural co-operation and local strategies for cultural development. Since 2007, Diane has worked for IFACCA (International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies) on European affairs and is a contributor to IFACCA’s international news bulletin, ACORNS. In 2006, she developed and continues to co-ordinate ConnectCP - an international online database of experts on cultural policy, planning and research.
She is currently working on the third European Capitals of Culture report with TRAM-Research (UK) and carrying out consultancy work for Fundación Burgos 2016 in preparation for their bid to be European Capital of Culture 2016 (Spain). She is the editor for the I and II Handbook on Cultural Management for the European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands).
Robert Palmer is an independent cultural adviser who works regularly on international projects and assignments. He has worked in the cultural sector for more than 20 years, and has advised the European Commission, Council of Europe and 10 different European Cultural Institutes on cultural matters. In 2004 he directed the evaluation team which produced the Palmer Report on the European Capitals of Culture for the European Commission. His experience as the Director of two Capitals of Culture - Glasgow in 1990 and Brussels in 2000 - made him uniquely qualified for the job. He was formerly Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage at the Council of Europe. He managed a range of more than 60 different work programmes including the monitoring of cultural and heritage policies, capacity building projects and training seminars, and activities linked to cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue to major exhibitions (www.coe.int/culture).
Order your copy of the European Cultural Capital Report from ATLAS
For more information on Cultural Capital research, contact:
Greg Richards, TRAM Barcelona