Category: European Capital of Culture

Comment| Valletta 2018 opening weekend

‎ Valletta 2018 launches its year with Erba ‘ Pjajez, “Four squares” involving multiple repeating shows throughout the city, a good concept to ensure as many local citizens & visitors as possible experience the opening party of their European Capital of Culture It is Important for locals too that all events were in Maltese rather…

Impacts 18 | Legacies of Liverpool as #ECoC

Impacts’18 is a longitudinal research programme dedicated to capturing the long-term effects of hosting the European Capital of Culture title on the city of Liverpool. Using the data baseline and methodological framework established by Impacts 08  — a five-year study on the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of Liverpool 2008  — Impacts 18 offers a…

My research on the ECOC programme

I have researched the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) initiative since 2002 and have documented the experience of all ECoC hosts (over 65 cities, in more than 30 European countries) since the initiative’s launch in 1985. My research has focused on studying the symbolic regeneration potential and long-term cultural legacies of hosting an ECoC, as well as…

PUBLICATION | ‘If everyone says so …’ Press narratives and image change in major event host cities

I have just published this academic paper within the Urban Studies Journal. You can access it here   Abstract This paper looks into the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) programme as a leading example of culture-led regeneration intervention aimed at renewing or diversifying the economic base and positioning of host cities. One of the key claims…

ARTICLE | Closer to Marseille than to London … Europe and the EU as trumpeteers for British talent

On the day the United Kingdom decides whether to remain in or leave the EU, I share my personal take on the value of this relationship. This is a personal reflection informed by 16 years researching urban change and documenting the journeys of cities trying to rebuild their economic base while protecting their social fabric and advancing their cultural outlook.…

My research trajectory since 1999

I have interrogated cities and event-led cultural policy-making since 1999. I started by revisiting the cultural legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games to inform my work on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festivals. This was followed by research on the legacy of Glasgow 1990 as European Capital of Culture; the experience of Cultureshock – cultural programme for…

Cultura urbana para la Inclusión Social en Latinoamérica

The European Commission and Iberoamerican General Secretariat have invited me to contribute to ‘Urban Culture for Social Inclusion in Latinoamérica’, an international seminar hosted in Brussels, on the 21 April 2016. This will open the doors to important discussions and knowledge exchange between European city experiences and Latino American cities. * La Comisión Europea y la…

Liverpool 2018: 10 year ECoC legacy

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supports ICC research programme on the ten year legacy of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture   The Institute of Cultural Capital has been allocated funding from the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund to kick-start an exciting new programme of research on the ten year legacy of Liverpool as European Capital…

Public Service Media contribution to society

Find below my contribution to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) ‘Knowledge Exchange 2015‘, an excellent forum dedicated to discussing ways of debating, evidencing and pushing forward the societal values of Public Service Media across Europe. The event attacted 100 participants from 32 countries, representing 31 different broadcasters. I spoke on the importance of capturing cultural…

Cultural value, media events & city narratives

Presentation at AIMAC 2015 (Aix-en-Provence & Marseille)   My paper abstract, below: Ever since the widespread acceptance that the arts can have economic value, artistic interventions have been commonly interrogated through an economic and, often, purely instrumental lens. Economic or – at most – socioeconomic effect narratives and associated methodologies to capture such effects have…

Urban Cultural Projects: Practice, Research, Policy

I have been invited by the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center to join an international research gathering at the university’s Paris campus. The event is a select convening of about 25 researchers, practitioners and policymakers around the theme of urban cultural placemaking. It has been organised as part of the Center’s efforts to develop a more international and…

The cultural value of event-led city regeneration

I am in Helsinki presenting the paper ‘The cultural value of event-led city regeneration. What makes a European Capital of Culture sustainable’ . My presentation is part of the international symposium Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures: Theories, Policies, Practices, organised by the University of Jyväskylä as part of a COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) research programme. Find my…

Remembering, Narrating & Re-connecting Space in Liverpool

On the 14 & 15 May I am contributing to “The Global City: Past and Present“, as part of an AHRC international research network that interrogates the city and its varied international projections & representations from a historical as well as contemporary perspective. I will present a paper focused on the varied cultural representations of…

Urban Myths?

Urban Myths? Transforming narratives of place via the media representation of one-off international cultural events Paper presented at: Mediated City – Los Angeles Hosting a major one-off cultural event has become a key aspiration of cities attempting to renew or change their local economic base and position themselves as world, international or national cultural centres.…

Plenary Panel at Forum Avignon Bilbao

I presented the paper: European Capitals of Culture as a platform for artists to shape and change institutions within the panel dedicated to debate ‘Artists as promoters of cultural and social change in our cities. In the debate I was joined by David Trueba, journalist and film director; Vito Acconci, artist and architect; Jochen Sandig, Artistic Director…

Collection of films on my views about Liverpool and cultural regeneration

I have finally had the chance to tidy up the links to a series of films produced under the series ‘Culturefighters’ by Kosice 2013 European Capital of Culture with support from the British Council. The films were produced back in 2011 and cover a range of topics in the format of ‘mini-masterclasses’ around the notion…

European Parliament report: ECoC Success Strategies

This study, conducted over a period of seven months in 2013, is a response to the European Parliament 2012 call for a comprehensive assessment of the long-term effects of hosting the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) Programme, and the potential organisational and policy implications of these findings. The main aim of the study is to examine and interrogate…

Plenary at the European Culture Forum

I was pleased to provide an overview of my research on the European Capital of Culture Programme at the 3rd EU Culture Forum, which attracted 1,200 delegates. In my paper, I reflected on the main findings of the study I have conducted for the European Parliament on the vision, success strategies, immediate impacts and long-term…

Research links: A ‘City of Culture’ initiative for Italy?

Claudio Bocci, Director of Institutional Relations at Federculture and Ravello LAB committee member, has built on the evidence provided by Impacts 08 on Liverpool 2008 and the Cities and Culture project on Glasgow 1990 to advance discussion about a potential City of Culture initiative in Italy. Find his paper in Italian (with English version at…