How did European cities react to the cultural emergency during the coronavirus pandemic?
What kind of direct and indirect measures have been put in place to support cultural and creative sectors in cities to overcome the crisis?
What will be the short and long term changes for cultural and creative sectors and how should these changes be reflected in cities’ future strategies?
What can cities do from their part to create favourable conditions for arts and culture, but also creative businesses to flourish? In case of a long-lasting economic crisis, ongoing uncertainty and tourism sector breakdown, what is the role for culture in cities’ future development?
We will strive to answers these and similar questions in a series of online conversations with creators, cultural institutions, representatives of different administrative and political bodies responsible for culture in various cities, and other actors in the cultural and cultural-political life in European cities.
Contact: Tanja Kos (tanja.kos[at]motovila.si)
• Mateja Demšič, Head of culture department, City of Ljubljana
• Vuk Radulović, Head of the sector for international cooperation, Foundation Novi Sad 2021
• Alexandra Sabino, Advisor to the Deputy-mayor for Culture, City of Lisbon
• tba, City of Tartu / Tartu 2024
Moderated by Ragnar Siil, an international cultural policy expert, Founder and Director of Creativity Lab – leading cultural policy and creative industries think tank and consultancy in the Baltic Sea Region. Formerly, he has held positions of Estonian Undersecretary for the Arts, chairman of the European Union expert group on cultural and creative industries, key expert for the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture&Creativity Programme and expert at the European Creative Industries Alliance. Ragnar is a director of board at Cultural Policy Designers Network, he has advised many European cities with becoming European Capitals of Culture and members of UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Ragnar’s doctoral research at Estonian Business School focuses on developing creative cities.