People, Stories, Culture. It is the subject and the theme of the second Culture 2030 Meeting, organised by Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture, to be held from November 7 until November 10, 2019, at EKEDA (Workers’ Centre of Eleusis). The Culture 2030 Meeting focuses on the people in the cultural sphere, their stories and the way these stories have reshaped and continue to reshape both the cultural sphere and the cities.

At the meeting, Ștefan Teișanu will coordinate the working group How to become a European Capital of Culture forever, which will take place on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 and which will also engage other professionals from member cities of the Culture Next network – Kaunas, Dublin, or Oulu, among others.

We have done our best to claim the title of European Capital of Culture and so we are now doing our best to find out why our cities are interested in this title, what they are seeking to gain and how it relates -if at all- to the development or non-development of our cities

says Ștefan Teișanu, Director of the Cluj Cultural Centre, founder of Culture Next and coordinator of this working group. In a working group with speakers from current, upcoming, former and candidate European Capitals of Culture, including some who have won the title and some who have lost in the bidding process, we are confronted with concerns and questions in a dialogue where the public not just asks questions or listens to the answers but takes the floor and actively participates. What happens in a city after the title year? And, conversely, what about the cities that claimed but never won the title of European Capital of Culture? How can these cities get the most benefits, regardless of the results of the competition?

Ștefan Teișanu, Director of the Cluj Cultural Centre, Romania

Food for Thought by:
Ana Čižauskienė, Head of International Relations and Programming, Kaunas 2022, Lithuania
Immie Jonkman, Member of the Artistic Team Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 and Member of the Artistic Team LF2028 (legacy organization), The Netherlands
Bojan Milosavljević, program coordinator and EU projects manager, Novi Sad 2021, Serbia
Tracy Geraghty, EU Lab Project Manager, Dublin City Council Culture Company, Ireland
Leena Palli, Senior Advisor, Oulu 2026, Finland

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