European Capitals of Culture
are more than artistic and cultural events –
they are long-term orientated
urban and regional development projects!
For European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) it is not the main aim to create one year full of mega events for inhabitants and visitors or build spectacular new buildings. Anyway "Architecture" and "Urban Development" are mostly a very important fields for those cities: The basis for all the projects of an ECOC is an appropriate "hardware"! That means: artistic and cultural venues, which are targeted on a sustainable improvement of the local cultural offer, equally to the renovation of cultural centres, rededication of former industrial waste land, replacing of neighbourhoods or new buildings.
Furthermore European Capitals of Culture have to deal in a sustained way with the own city, its strength and weakness, its position in Europe, its inhabitants and their and cultural- and sociopolitical needs as well as how the ECOC can ensure long-term planned development.
During the ramp years a city is hard and intensively working on those questions for five to seven years!
Within the framework of our Study Tours, specialised on different fields, it is all about the elaboration of the complexity of cities and their unique feature: It will be our pleasure to expand horizons together with you, discover new dimensions, refect habits, develop ideas, learn from others and to hand over own know-how and experiences!
"This is the pleasure of traveling, that also ordinariness gains the reputation of an adventure by novelty and surprise."
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)