About The Conference

ENCC Shortcut Europe conference – Bury 2016
Cities and territorial challenges: the role of cultural centers in resilience and development dynamics

Representatives of ongoing social, political and economic transformations, European cities have to re-invent their mode of development and sustainability, taking into account democratic, social, economic and environmental challenges ; they need to connect to local issues as well as to globalized dynamics. What role do artistic and creative stakeholders, and specifically cultural centre, play in this landscape of development and change ? How do they offer spaces for experimentation to engage citizens  in new forms of participation, of economic, social or environmental resilience? How may they contribute to the interconnection of their local territories at a European and international level? What are the benefits and challenges of developing new relationships with local and international cultural centre and stakeholders? These are some of the issues that will be explored during the forthcoming ENCC conference in Bury – UK, February 2016.

Bury – UK is an interesting example of such challenges and dynamics. The city has focused on its cultural sector as one of the main assets in its development strategy, with Bury Arts Museum playing a key role in this process. In recent years Bury Arts Museum has prioritised building strong and productive partnerships with international culturalcentres, including those in China, Japan and Taiwan. Bury is therefore a fascinating example of a cultural centreworking internationally whilst also negotiating a myriad of local issues – while developing their model of international working Bury Art Museum have had to engage local authorities, partner organisations and local audiences, clearly informing them of the benefits of this model and how it contributes to the town’s territorial development.

The conference is co-organised by Bury Arts Museum and ENCC. It will provide participants an opportunity to meet people from across the cultural sector around the main topic, including local and international cultural stakeholders, policy makers, activists, academics. The event will also follow previous ENCC meetings by providing a forum for networking, capacity building and engaging in analysis and debate.



Why must culture be at the heart of sustainable urban development?
– published by the Agenda 21 for Culture (UCLG), January 2016

January 2016 policy paper published by the Agenda 21 for Culture (UCLG) strongly contributes to the acknowledgement of culture as a central element in the paradigm of sustainable cities. Inspired by the three models for Culture and Sustainable development, the analysis clearly shows that “there are multiple ways of viewing culture’s relationship with sustainability, and that myths about culture present obstacles to fully integrating culture into urban development planning and strategies.”

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What is the role of cultural industry in tackling climate change and promoting environmental sustainability?
– Sustainable Cultural Management – International Intensive Summer Course in Thessaloniki, Greece, 6 – 10 June 2016


Culture for cities and regions: call for participation in study visits, deadline: March, 21st
– the Culture for Cities and Regions initiative

Culture for Cities and Regions is an initiative of the European Commission, fully funded through the Creative Europe programme. The project is managed by a consortium led by Eurocities, with KEA European Affairs and the European Regions Research & Innovation Network. It aims to highlight successful cultural investments in European cities and regions, and to promote knowledge transfer to other cities and regions. Applications to participate in study visits are open to representatives from cities and regions from countries participating in the Creative Europe programme.

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Urban Development and Public Space: Culture as a Driver for Cities
– EU-LAC Foundation

This paper is the outcome of a round table event that took place on the 4th of June 2015 and which was organised in the context of the 8th EU-LAC Summit/ 2nd EU-CELAC Summit of 10-11 June 2015. This initiative, taken by EU-LAC Foundation in partnership with the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), with the support of the European Commission – DG DEVCO, EUNIC and More Europe, has the objective of strengthening relations between Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. More than 20 experts from different backgrounds – academics, members of international institutions, artists, journalists and specialists from private and public sectors and civil society – from those regions gathered to discuss the theme “Urban Development and Public Space: Culture as a Driver for Cities” and introduce the urban context of the Summit’s theme “Shaping our Common Future: working for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens”.

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Civic space in Europe survey
– Civil Society Europe 

Contribute to this survey on Civic space in Europe lead by CIVICUS and Civil Society Europe. Given recent developments, it aims to assess how operating conditions for civil society have changed in Europe over the past 12 months. A better understanding of the trends will better equip us to work together by responding collectively to common challenges. Your participation ensures a diverse range of views is included; findings will be made freely available for information and use.

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Report of the 8th ASEF Public Forum on Creative Cities
– Published by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), November 2015

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You will find here the report of the 8th ASEF Public Forum on Creative Cities which took place last November 2015 in Gwangju, Korea. The report highlights some of the most important topics discussed during the Forum: among others, how cities of today are trying to overcome inter-regional, cross-sectorial and inter-generational barriers, while including culture in their political and economic agenda.
The relation between the global development of creative cities and the rise of the creative economies has been recognised as one of the main priorities on the cultural agenda of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

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Build the City: Perspectives on Commons and Culture
– Published by Krytyka Polityczna and the European Cultural Foundation

A new anthology of essays, Build the City: Perspectives on Commons and Culture,powerfully confirms that the “city as a commons” meme is surging.

The essays of Build the City celebrate the idea that ordinary people – tenants, families, artists, the precariat, migrants, community groups, activists – have a legitimate role in participating in their own city.  The metropolis is not the privileged preserve of the wealthy, industrialists, investors, and landlords. It is a place where commoners have meaningful power and access to what they need. In developing this theme, this book is a timRebel clown army confronts the G8 Summit in Scotland. From “Build the City.”ely complement to the Bologna “The City as Commons” conference in November.

This carefully collection of 38 essays shows the depth and range of thinking now underway.  The book was published by Krytyka Polityczna and the European Cultural Foundation in September as part of ECF’s Idea Camp convening.

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