Under the Culture for Cities and Regions project, EUROCITIES and our partners organise coaching visits to ten cities and regions.
The aim is to support the ongoing and future efforts by cities and regions to harness creativity at local level and to develop clear and long-term cultural strategies.
The first such visit was hosted by Bratislava in October 2016. Cultural experts from Birmingham and Lincoln discussed with their Slovak peers ways to make the cultural and creative industries key drivers for urban development. In its recommendations, the coaching team concluded that Bratislava should prioritise developing its policy strategy on culture and creative industries in order to build capacity, trust, and interconnections, and should also consider the coaching visit “as an opportunity to create a platform and basis for the future”.
In December 2016, a second coaching team, bringing together experts from Birmingham and Lisbon, headed to Kaunas. This Lithuanian city is shortlisted to become European Capital of Culture in 2022 and is in the process of preparing a local cultural strategy. The coaching team was asked to give advice on two main issues faced by Kaunas: how to improve cooperation between Kaunas city and the Kaunas district; and how to valorise the city’s modernist architectural heritage.