Pictured: Fagus-Factory in Alfeld, Germany. Early example of Bauhaus architecture by Walter Gropius
What can the EU do to promote culture in the peri-urban spaces (outside of urban centres), the suburbs and the periphery?
The Brainstorming Report is the result of a Brainstorming Session which took place at Fagus-Werk, Alfeld on the 4th and 5th February 2020, as part of the Voices of Culture cycle focusing on ‘The role of culture in non-urban areas of the European Union’. It was published on the 30th of April 2020.
The report was presented to and discussed with representatives of the European Commission during a webinar on the 28th of April 2020.
The second topic in Voices of Culture 2019 – 2021 will ask questions about the role of culture in spaces outside urban centres in Europe. How can new priorities, policies, actions and funding streams better support culture in non-urban areas?
For many years, cultural policy-makers have been focusing their work on major cities and urban development. A relatively large proportion of the EU population, however, is not based in main metropolitan areas, but hail from rural areas, towns and suburbs. According to EUROSTAT data, only 40.4% of Europe’s population live in cities. With the EU aiming at achieving a more balanced territorial development more attention has to be paid to non-urban, rural and peri-urban areas in the coming years.
Several cultural issues are salient in areas outside of urban centres such as:
Successful applicants were be invited to a Brainstorming meeting and to a Dialogue meeting to share their input on several questions:
The discussion is of course not limited to these questions. Participants are encouraged to share their opinion on what other aspects they deem important.
The Brainstorming meeting for the topic took place on the 4th & 5th of February 2020 at Fagus-Werk in Alfeld, Germany. Travel, accommodation, food will be provided by Voices of Culture.
The Dialogue meeting for this topic took place on the 28th of April 2020 in the form of a webinar, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the European Union.
Travel, accommodation and food during the meetings will be provided by Voices of Culture.
35 organizations were selected through an open call for applications. The full list of participating organizations can be found below:
The call for applications is now closed. Results will be published on the 25th of November 2019.
Application deadline: 10th of November 2019
Announcement of results: 25th of November 2019