Shaping a European Capital of Culture

 

Welcome! You are on the website of S ECoC, Shaping a European Capital of Culture. S ECoC is a program for cities to become one of the coming years successful in their candidacy for ECoC. This website shows you the announcement and the program of the first edition.

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The first edition of S ECoC took place from 8 to 10 October 2018 in Wroclaw, Poland. Wroclaw was successful ECoC in 2016 and, moreover, a perfect place to organize S ECoC 2018. S ECoC initiators are Nele Hertling (ECoC Berlin 1987), Hugo De Greef (ECoC Brussels 2000 and ECoC Bruges 2002) and Steve Green (a member of the selection panel for the European Capitals of Culture for five years and for three years he chaired the panel) and Ulrich Fuchs (ECoC Linz 2009 and ECoC Marseille 2013) many other speakers were present. The organisers of this edition were A Soul for Europe and Culture Zone Wroclaw. The City of Wroclaw was inviting the S ECoC and supports all the needs of the initiative. Present were European cities with the ambition to become European Capital of Culture ECOC in one of the following years.

Many cities in all the countries of the European Union want to become ‘one year’ European Capital of Culture, ECoC. They must apply for that title and after a thorough evaluation of an international EC selection panel, they get the title, or they don’t. Making an application is already an exhaustive process and a challenge for the city. During the bidding phase, the candidate city is already growing into an engaging cultural community. But to really get the title, the bid must be thorough, exceptional and of a high-quality. Until now there was no open and far-reaching initiative that helped a city prepare itself carefully.

That is why the program S ECoC, Shaping a European Capital of Culture, is needed. S ECoC meets the demand of many. That was proofed during the first edition S ECoC 2018.

The initiators of S ECoC – Nele Hertling, Hugo De Greef, Ulrich Fuchs, Steve Green – together with the organisers A Soul for Europe and Culture Zone Europe will evaluate this first edition. They will announce soon the future of the S ECoC initiative.

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S ECOC 2018

Rafał Dutkiewicz

The European Capital of Culture has been one of the most important initiatives in the post-war history of Wrocław. Wrocław is not the same city, in a positive sense. This was achieved due to hundreds of cultural projects, many of which were carried out on an international scale. The number of tourists visiting Wrocław and proportion of its citizens participating in culture doubled. The ECoC accelerated the establishment of numerous cultural institutions, such as the National Forum of Music, the Pan Tadeusz Museum and the Theatre Museum. We are currently taking measures to sustain the positive trends initiated by the European Capital of Culture.
(Rafał Dutkiewicz, mayor of the city of Wrocław)

Dr. Volker Hassemer

The instrument of the “European Capital of Culture” is so valuable and sheds such an impressive light on the importance of cities and their culture for the development of Europe, that every effort is worthwhile to make the great year of the respective cultural capital as sustainable and ambitious as possible.

(Dr. Volker Hassemer, spokesman for A Soul for Europe)

‘BIDS AND PIECES’.
Shaping a European Capital of Cultureaims and mission

S ECoC will bring together professionals from all over Europe, involved and engaged in as well as passionate about developing cultural life in cities and regions through a special city programme.

S ECoC is a unique three-day training programme with lectures and panel discussions to help you prepare,  compile or optimise the bid or bid book with which your city wants to apply for the title of ‘European Capital of Culture’. In the event you already attained the title, S ECoC can help you with its implementation. A one-time opportunity!

S ECoC offers advice and recommendations, inspiration and the experience of former nominated and successful cities to guide you through the many possibilities and information sources, highlighting the do’s and don’ts, sumarizing all kinds of reports and evaluations, and discussing different aspects of the complex preparation process. A great variety of topics and issues will be discussed systematically (motivation, artistic programme, citizens’ participation, communication and marketing, the European dimension, long term planning, sponsorship,…), responding to all your questions.

S ECoC takes place in an informal but professional conference context, and aims to be an inspiring exchange amongst fellow cultural professionals. Team members of current, recent and former ECoC, as well as representatives of the European Commission and former members of the ECoC selection comittee will actively participate.

S ECoC attempts to unite a diverse group of people bringing culture to the heart of urban life.

For whom the S ECoC programme is intended

S ECOC addresses and invites cities in Europe, urban cultural departments, ECoC teams, socio-cultural and artistic organisations, involved in projects or dreaming of becoming ‘European Capital of Culture’:

Are also very welcome to subscribe to this training programme: other cities, not selected for the ECoC title but fostering an intense cultural city life, and all artistic organisations, universities, cultural and tourism networks and institutions… to subscribe for this training programme.

THE S ECoC PROGRAMME

The S ECoC training carries out an attractive and diverse conference programme, complemented with common dinners, lunches, cultural and social activities for the participants.

S ECoC starts off with a warm welcome on the evening of 08 October. During the three days the working programme will consist of different formats. Several plenary informative lectures will be held by experienced ECoC organisers on ECoC history, facts & figures, completed by more personal experiences.

Discussions will be organised and stimulated both in plenary as well as in smaller groups. Topic- oriented smaller discussion groups will elaborate themes such as ‘the cultural strategy of the city’, ‘the development of an artistic ECoC programme’, ‘how to install the ECoC team’, ‘the impact on citizens’, ‘the invitation to tourists’, ‘how to handle the global budget’ and ‘how to work on legacy issues’.

Reports and conclusions will be addressed and confronted with successful bids and examples of good practices. Former ECoC will describe and outline their successful ECoC project. Recently nominated ECoC cities will give an outline of the actual ‘state of affairs’ of their ECoC preparation process.

The programme will generate constructive conclusions and insights as well as information tailored to meet everybody’s needs in order to be well prepared and to become a strong candidate for the ECoC title. A closing lecture will feature the key topics and essential conclusions.

The actual programme details will be published as soon as they are available!

Lectures
Discussions
Informal
Exchange
Conclusions
The preparation of an intelligent and consistent bid or bid book to apply for the title of ‘European Capital of Culture’ implies a long process of negotiation, consulting, planning, policy development and decision-making. The ‘why’ and the ‘how’!

A wide range of topics will be addressed during the S ECoC training, linking the basic motivation from the very start (why bid for the ECoC title?) to issues regarding making your mark and leaving foundations for the future (the ‘how’: new architecture? social innovation? artistic sustainability? tourism?), while wandering down a multitude of paths. The goal is to make your city a better city.

The experiences reported in the plenary introductions, coupled with examples of good as well as bad practices will open up discussion themes such as integrating the international and the local dimension, defining and respecting a realistic timing of the artistic programming-creation-production stages, setting up an efficient team, …

A session might entail increased attention to the overall urban cultural sector of your city as well as a better insight into the corresponding strategy to develop a collaboration with artistic and financial partners or with creative and touristic industries and local organisations. The local dimension is indeed crucial. It necessitates cooperating with citizens and civil society. It’s not just about informing them, it’s about involving them!

An exchange of ideas on how to involve cultural foundations and foreign cultural institutes might enhance the international radiance of your programme bid, and integrate and shed light on the European dimension. This criteria is critical, marking the difference between a national city of culture and an ECoC!

Regarding finance and budget matters, you can benefit from advice on sponsorship, working with the local business sector, as well as on the actual planning, organisation, control, monitoring and evaluation of the budget.

MENTORS – SPEAKERS – WORKSHOP LEADERS

A select group of experienced former directors and collaborators of ECoC projects joined by experts in city development will guide you during the training, with inspiring lectures. Some will also manage the group discussions and respond to the questions and issues that might arise. Moreover, several experts will be available for the entire duration of the training, for informal meetings and individual discussion.
More names will be added in the upcoming weeks.

STEVE AUSTEN

Steve AUSTEN (1944). Dr. h.c. Studied economics and has been active in the European public domain since 1966, concentrating on the arts,heritage, cultural policy, international cooperation, civil society issues and entrepreneurship.

TREVOR DAVIES

Trevor Davies (1949) holds a UK passport (still) and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has gathered some 40 years of experience with establishing / managing arts festivals and large-scale projects/ institutions both in the UK and in Denmark. Trevor Davies was director of  the European Capital of Culture Copenhagen 1996 (1992-97) and was project manager of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture (2008-13).

HELLA DUNGER-LÖPER

Hella Dunger-Löper (* 21. Dezember 1951 in Hildesheim) ist eine deutsche Politikerin (SPD). Von 2004 bis 2011 war sie Staatssekretärin in der Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung. Von Dezember 2011 bis Dezember 2016 war sie Europabeauftragte des Landes Berlin vertrat das Land Berlin als Bevollmächtigte beim Bund.

STEVE GREEN

Steve Green was a member of the selection panel for the European Capitals of Culture for five years; for three years he chaired the panel. During this time over 80 cities from 14 EU member and candidate countries presented their bids. He was the lead author of the panel’s pre-selection and selection reports.

DOMINIKA KAWALEROWICZ

Dominika Kawalerowicz (1986) completed Cultural Studies at Wrocław University and the Academy for Culture Leaders at the University of Economics in Cracow. Since graduation she has been actively involved in non-governmental organisations, and since 2012 has worked in the office of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, where she leaded the programme team.

MATTIJS MAUSSEN

Mattijs Maussen worked in 15 teams bidding and implementing European Capitals of Cultures. The S ECoC program is strengthened with this experienced independent expert. In his ongoing work with European Capitals of Culture he has worked with 15 cities that competed all together with more than 100 candidate cities for 14 titles – 11 teams were successful.

GERALD COLLEAUX

Gerald Colleaux, member of the European Capital of Culture” Action team at the European Commission, will be present at S ECoC Wroclaw 2018. To be able to inform the participants in detail about the procedures for submitting the application for the ECoC title, Gerald Colleaux will participate in the S ECoC program in Wroclaw.

HUGO DE GREEF

Hugo De Greef (1953) was the founder of the Kaaitheater (1977) in Brussels and worked for twenty years as general manager of this contemporary theatre organisation. He was general manager of other art centres as well and of Brugge 2002 European Capital of Culture. De Greef was also artistic director of Brussels 200 European Capital of Culture.

NELE HERTLING

Nele Hertling (1934) worked, inter alia, at the Academy of Arts Berlin West, directed te artistic programme of Berlin European Capital of Europe 1988 and was founder and director of the Hebbel Theatre. She is a member of and collaborates with different cultural and culture/ political organisations and initiatives, such as A Soul for Europe.

KRZYSZTOF MAJ

Krzysztof Maj (1976) started his career in journalism, worked in the social and cultural field as well as for urban local governments. Since 2012 he has been the general director of the office managing the programme of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016.

KATARZYNA MLYNCZAK

Katarzyna Mlynczak (1980) graduated in Economics and Dutch Philology and holds a PhD in political science. She is a lecturer and member of the ART TRANSPARENT Managing Board. In the Wrocław 2016 ECoC office she was responsible for international relations.

DORIS PACK

As former chairman of the EU Committee on Culture and Education she was at the basis of the current European policy regarding the ECOC. She knows the initiative through and through. But she can also be passionate about the ups and downs of this most important cultural initiative of the EU.

MENTORS AND SPEAKERS

An select group of experienced former directors of ECoC projects joined by experts in city development will guide you during the training, with inspiring lectures. They will also manage the group discussions and respond to the questions and issues that might arise. Moreover, these experts will be available for the entire duration of the training, for informal meetings and individual discussion.

TREVOR DAVIES

Trevor Davies (1949) holds a UK passport (still) and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has gathered some 40 years of experience with establishing / managing arts festivals and large-scale projects/ institutions both in the UK and in Denmark. Trevor Davies was director of  the European Capital of Culture Copenhagen 1996 (1992-97) and was project manager of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture (2008-13).

NELE HERTLING

Nele Hertling (1934) worked, inter alia, at the Academy of Arts Berlin West, directed te artistic programme of Berlin European Capital of Europe 1988 and was founder and director of the Hebbel Theatre. She is a member of and collaborates with different cultural and culture/ political organisations and initiatives, such as A Soul for Europe.

FREDRIK LINDEGREN

Fredrik Lindegren (1968) is currently working as head of the Culture department in the municipality City of Umeå, Sweden. He was manager, from the start, of Umeå2014 European Capital of Culture bidding procedure, and artistic director of the resulting Umeå2014 programme.

CAROLINE KADZIOLA

Caroline Kadziola (1975) is translator English and Russian and Master in International Relations (University Mons). In 2014 she directed the international relations department of Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture. Today she is communication and development Director of the Foundation to acknowledge and expand the legacy of this ECoC project.

HUGO DE GREEF

Hugo De Greef (1953) was the founder of the Kaaitheater (1977) in Brussels and worked for twenty years as general manager of this contemporary theatre organisation. He was general manager of other art centres as well and of Brugge 2002 European Capital of Culture. De Greef was also artistic director of Brussels 200 European Capital of Culture.

KATARZYNA MLYNCZAK

Katarzyna Mlynczak (1980) graduated in Economics and Dutch Philology and holds a PhD in political science. She is a lecturer and member of the ART TRANSPARENT Managing Board. In the Wrocław 2016 ECoC office she was responsible for international relations.

ULRICH FUCHS

Ulrich Fuchs (1951) worked and still works in the academic world, and has a lot of experience in cultural management of artistic projects, amongst which several European Capitals of Culture (Bremen, Linz, Marseille-Provence).

DOMINIKA KAWALEROWICZ

Dominika Kawalerowicz (1986) completed Cultural Studies at Wrocław University and the Academy for Culture Leaders at the University of Economics in Cracow. Since graduation she has been actively involved in non-governmental organisations, and since 2012 has worked in the office of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, where she leaded the programme team.

THE ORGANISATION BEHIND S ECoC

The initiators of the S ECoC training are Hugo De Greef, Ulrich Fuchs, Steve Green, Nele Hertling and Bloeme van Roemburg.

In the past 31 years the title of ‘European Capital of Culture’ has had a positive impact on the cultural, social and economic dynamics of more than 60 cities throughout Europe. Year after year, new cities propose their candidacy. However, a city only receives the title when the bid (book)s meet the prerequisite high standards. A well-considered plan and high-quality programme are vital – it is not just a matter of displaying attractive touristic or artistic cultural assets.

Although attention to very specific local identities, context-related accents and interpretations is self-evident, the process of preparing, deciding, implementing a multi-layered and high-quality plan can be considered as a comparable challenge for all candidates. Regarding the do’s and don’ts and best practices, a lot of knowledge and expertise has been built up over the years. Meanwhile however, the wish to share these experiences and insights, and to bundle the existing information, reports and recommendations into an inspiring context of meetings and exchanges became reality. From within A Soul for Europe, and a mixed team of initiators, in close collaboration with Culture Zone Wrocław, the ‘Shaping a European Capital of Culture’ S ECoC training programme saw the light. From 2018 it is set to grow in the coming years.

The S ECoC Team

 

Nina Lütjens is culture manager (FH-Potsdam), born in Kiel and since 1991 living in Berlin. Since 2013 she is working for the Foundation Stiftung Zukunft Berlin as Senior project manager.
She engaged in the initiative Nachbarn in Europa (‘Neighbors in Europe’) and in this context worked for the joint projects to Wrocław 2016 ECoC by Berlin and Breslau/ Wrocław under the title “Berlin-Breslau 2016. Europäische Nachbarschaft” (‘Berlin- Breslau 2016. European Neighborhood’).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Shaping a European Capital of Culture (S ECoC)

Learn and inform yourself of what’s required during a three-day in-depth training programme in Wrocław (Poland), from Monday 08 October until Thursday evening 10 October!

The training is structured around a framework comprising an opening evening, and a plenary sessions, testimonies, a wide range of talks and readings, discussion sessions for groups, and evenings with social and cultural activities.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also included in this format as well as a welcome and farewell reception…

Details on the programme, schedules and location, will be published soon on this website, on our Facebook page and in our newsletters.

The S ECoC is set up and developed by A Soul for Europe, Stiftung Zukunft Berlin and Culture Zone Wroclaw. The S ECoC program is not funded nor have financial sources to cover the initiative. Although all the organisations initiating and organising this program are aware of the need of such a training. The organisations-initiated S ECoC are working on the training from their existing structures, teams and facilities. The city of Wroclaw is supporting the S ECoC by offering the use of the townhall and by inviting the participants at a closing diner. None of these organisations or institutions can invest in S ECoC with extra budget. S ECoC is therefore financed only by the participants fee. And it guarantees therefore the quality of the program to act independently.

The S ECoC training programme and corresponding fee of €1.550 includes your stay for three nights in a 3-star hotel, meals, conference programme and social and cultural activities. S ECoC offers the subscription of a second person of the same city, administration or organisation at a price of 1.300,00 €.

The actual programme details are published here

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation and an invoice. Your subscription will be finalised after payment of the invoice.

More info: info@secoc.eu

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Initiated by Nele Hertling, Steve Green, Hugo De Greef and Ulrich Fuchs.

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Our work is to inspire a deep and positive dialogue about Europe, helping a new generation connect to current policy makers – and to influence emerging ones.

We hold forums around Europe strengthening the understanding between political, cultural and business opinion formers. As we connect communities three topics frame our discussions: Culture and Citizenship, Cities for Europe and Culture in an Interdependent World.

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