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2.02.2018 Friday

How to become a European Capital of Culture? Training with lectures and discussions initiated by A Soul for Europe in Wrocław!

In the past 31 years the title ‘European Capital of Culture’ has had a positive impact on the cultural, social and economic dynamics of more than 60 cities throughout Europe. Year after year, new cities are candidates for the title. However, a city only receives the title when the bid(book)s meet the prerequisite high standards. A well-considered plan and high-quality programme are vital – it is not just a matter of displaying attractive touristic or artistic assets.

Although specific local identities, context-related accents and interpretations are self-evident, the process of preparing, deciding, implementing a multi-layered and high-quality plan can be considered as a comparable challenge for all candidates. Regarding the do’s and dont’s and best practices, a lot of knowledge and expertise has been built up over the years. Initiated by Hugo De Greef, Ulrich Fuchs, Steve Green and Nele Hertling, the „Shaping a European Capital of Culture” (S ECoC) programme saw the light, to share these experiences and insights, and to bundle the existing information, reports and recommendations into an inspiring context of lectures and panel discussions, meetings and exchanges. 

This unique four-day S ECoC training will take place from the 14th to the 17th of May 2018 in Wrocław, Poland, and it is organised by A Soul for Europe, Culture Zone Wrocław (previous ECoC Wrocław 2016 Office), City of Wrocław and Stiftung Zukunft Berlin.
  
SECOC addresses and invites cities in Europe, urban cultural departments, ECoC teams, socio-cultural and artistic organisations, involved in projects or dreaming of becoming ‘European Capital of Culture’, especially:
– candidate ECoC cities (until 2033) from all countries of the European Union, 
– cities from EFTA and EEA countries, as well as candidate countries and potential candidates (until 2033) for EU membership, 
the already nominated cities.
– Academic, cultural and touristic networks and institutions are also welcome to subscribe.

Information on the S ECoC training may be found on the website www.secoc.eu.

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