awards 2018 - Edinburgh

EUROCITIES 2018 Edinburgh – ‘Creative Competitive Cities'.

The EUROCITIES awards recognise outstanding achievement by EUROCITIES members in the delivery of local activities or practices which improve the quality of life for citizens and will be judged in the context of the theme of the annual conference. Entries are judged by an independent jury of five members: city expert, academia, EU institutions, media and NGO. Jury members change every year.

This year the EUROCITIES 2018 awards will recognise projects by our members to foster ‘Creative Competitive Cities’ through new forms of participatory democracy. EUROCITIES 2018 provides us with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the success of our Cities4Europe campaign and how cities engage their citizens in the decision-making process to help shape a better common future. We will be looking in particular at the cultural and creative sectors that drive cities’ competitiveness and enrich the quality of life of our citizens by ensuring their inclusion and prosperity. They will be presented in Edinburgh in November in the three permanent categories: cooperation, innovation and participation.


  • cooperation - How cities create effective partnerships between city departments, stakeholders, private partners and other cities to harness talent and create cultural and creative opportunities for citizens. We are looking for projects that, for example, activate cooperation in the use of public spaces, or on creative events to support access to culture.

  • innovation - How cities use their cultural heritage in innovative ways to give their city a competitive edge. We are looking for projects that, for example, encourage creative sector start-ups and an ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ in using cultural heritage, or that promote social innovation and inclusion through culture.

  • participation - How cities successfully engage citizens in a dialogue about urban/city policy or directly in the decision-making process through creative or cultural projects. We are looking for projects that, for example, promote social inclusion or initiatives engaging young people or marginalised communities


Awards entry forms must be submitted by 31 May 2018, 12 noon CET. Shortlisted cities will be notified by 16 July and asked to make a short video about their project.

For more information, please contact:

Ciara Drohan, communications coordinator, EUROCITIES:
Steve Vance, senior economic development officer, City of Edinburgh Council: