Category: European Capital of Culture

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.…

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…

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…

Project: European Capitals of Culture policy group

In 2009 I attracted funding from the European Commission to establish an international network of researchers and programmers working on the European Capital of Culture initiative. The group focused on finding a common and replicable framework for programme assessment and delivery. This collaboration led to a series of workshops, managed by Liverpool via the Impacts 08…

European Capital of Culture

I have researched the European Capital of Culture initiative since 2002. My research has focused on studying the regeneration potential and long-term cultural legacies of hosting the event, as distinct from other economic, physical and social impacts. With this in mind, I have developed a set of cultural indicators and longitudinal qualitative methodologies that complement…

(2007) Building on the European Culture Capital as impulse for cultural and creative development

Garcia, B. (2007) ‘Building on the European Culture Capital as impulse for cultural and creative development’, in: Change through the Cultural Economy. Perspectives of a Sunrise Industry, The State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Essen, Germany (17 Sep 2007) [presentation] Seventeen years on, Glasgow is still remembered for its achievements as 1990 European City of Culture.…

Symbolic maps of the city

Garcia, B. (2007) ‘Symbolic maps of the city: Visualising conflicting narratives to capture the meaning(s) of place’ in: Mapping the City Seminar, Impacts 08, CAVA, City in Film and Institute for Popular Music, Liverpool (7 Nov)   In the context of culture-led regeneration initiatives, the representation of a city becomes a strongly contested issue. Local…

Impacts 08 – The Liverpool Model. European Capital of Culture Research Programme

Additional information and links: Impacts 08 website | Programme summary Impacts 08 – The Liverpool Model, is a joint research initiative of the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, which evaluates the impact of Liverpool’s hosting the European Capital of Culture title in 2008. The research, commissioned by Liverpool City Council, is the…

City of style… and substance

Garcia, B. ‘City of style… and substance. Tracing the legacy of 1990 on Glasgow’s creative communities’, presented at: Creative Clusters Conference (Belfast, October 23-26, 2005) [powerpoint slides] Glasgow’s reign as 1990 European City of Culture is regarded as a successful example of culture-led regeneration. Claims of success focus on Glasgow’s ability to use a cultural…

Exchanging culture for style

Garcia, B. “Exchanging culture for style… Glasgow’s image transformation from ‘City of Culture’ into ‘Scotland with Style’ (1983-2004)”, presented at: Festivals and Events: Beyond Economic Impacts, Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference, Napier University (Edinburgh, July 6-8, 2005) [powerpoint slides]   This paper explores discussions around city marketing and event branding strategies as catalysts in the…

De-constructing the City of Culture

Citation: Garcia, B. ‘De-constructing the City of Culture: The long term cultural legacies of Glasgow 1990’, in: Urban Studies (2005: vol 42, n5/6) (pp. 1-28) This paper evaluates the success of the European Union City/Capital of Culture programme as a model for culture-led regeneration through assessing the long-term cultural impacts of Glasgow’s experience in 1990.…

(2002- 2005) Cities and Culture Project: Understanding the Long-term Legacies of Glasgow 1990, European City of Culture

Lead Investigator: Research funded by the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (CCPR, University of Glasgow).  From January 2002 to December 2005, Dr Beatriz Garcia was the principal investigator of a research project on Cities and Culture, using Glasgow 1990 European City of Culture as a case study. The research was conducted at the Centre for Cultural…

(2004) Reinventando Glasgow como Ciudad Europea de la Cultura. Impactos en turismo cultural (1986-2000)

Garcia, B. in: Font, J. (Ed.) Casos de turismo cultural: de la planificación estratégica a la evaluación de productos. Barcelona: Editorial Ariel (pp. 31-56) [indice en español] Este caso explora el desarrollo de estrategias de turismo cultural en el entorno urbano de Glasgow (Escocia) tras la obtención del título de Ciudad Europea de la Cultura…

Second to what?

Garcia, B. (2004) “Second to what? Glasgow’s Cultural Role in Scotland, the UK and beyond” presented in: Second Cities Symposium, Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies, University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 30 April – 1 May, 2004) [powerpoint slides] Traditionally known as the ‘Second City of the British Empire’, Glasgow’s history as a world leading industrial…