Presentation EURA Conference Madrid 2009

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Presentation of a paper I wrote for the 2009 EURA Conference in Madrid: 'European Capital of Culture: Community or Commercially Based?'

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  • Presentation EURA Conference Madrid 2009

    1. 1. European Capital of Culture Community or Commercially Based? www.eukn.org
    2. 2. Main questions <ul><li>What does the economic and instrumental focus of the European Capital of Culture event mean for cities? </li></ul><ul><li>What does this focus mean for the local inhabitants and local democracy? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Urban cultural festivals
    4. 4. A successful European Capital of Culture <ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Open discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated planning </li></ul><ul><li>Making culture part of existing policy </li></ul>
    5. 7. Goals of Istanbul ECoC 2010 <ul><li>Turning Istanbul into a world city </li></ul><ul><li>European integration </li></ul><ul><li>Improving cultural management </li></ul><ul><li>Improving cultural infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Urban transformation and restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Involving the Istanbul population </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating tourism </li></ul>
    6. 8. WORLD CITY
    7. 9. EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
    8. 10. <ul><li>“ The candidacy of Istanbul for ECoC 2010 should be regarded as a sign of our </li></ul><ul><li>commitment to the cultural convergence of Turkish civil society with the EU.” </li></ul><ul><li>Egemen Ba gis , former head of 2010 A dvisory C ommittee </li></ul><ul><li>“ Istanbul’s designation as a European Capital of Culture will further the </li></ul><ul><li>European political project, the European values and the sense of European </li></ul><ul><li>belonging.” </li></ul><ul><li>Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>“ ECOC 2010 is a major culture and arts activity to introduce </li></ul><ul><li>European culture to Istanbul and Istanbul to European culture, and </li></ul><ul><li>try to indicate the common roots of the city’s culture and Europe. We </li></ul><ul><li>want to use this event as a big PR instrument, a communications </li></ul><ul><li>project not only for the people of Istanbul, but also for the European </li></ul><ul><li>people. We should show them that Turkey is not too far away from, </li></ul><ul><li>or maybe already part of them.” </li></ul><ul><li>Nuri Colakoglu, former chairman of the 2010 Coordination Board </li></ul>
    9. 11. IMPROVIING CULTURAL MANAGEMENT
    10. 12. IMPROVING CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    11. 13. URBAN TRANSFORMATION/RESTORATION
    12. 14. INVOLVING THE ISTANBUL POPULATION
    13. 15. STIMULATING TOURISM
    14. 16. Lack of overall vision <ul><li>Soft & hard objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Especially governmental goals dominate </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in opinion  instabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Discontent </li></ul>
    15. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>Balance between economic and socio-cultural goals </li></ul><ul><li>Every goal has its downside </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrating the city, its people and its culture </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic project </li></ul>
    16. 18. Recommendations <ul><li>Involve the entire city </li></ul><ul><li>Do not let great expectations blind you from pitfalls </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that all voices are heard and given a chance to speak </li></ul><ul><li>Equal and transparent cooperation and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for sustainable results for the city </li></ul><ul><li>Do not expect too much </li></ul>
    17. 19. Simone Pekelsma, Researcher, EUKN [email_address] - +31-(0)70-344 05 11

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