Integrating a Plan B into Cultural Strategies of European Cities

Event date 22/06/2020 • 13:00  −  22/06/2020 • 14:30
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First online event in a series of online discussions on the cultural policies of European cities in the current crisis and beyond will focus on short-term measures and long-term considerations of culture strategies. We will host experts and officials from Tartu, Novi Sad, Lisbon and Ljubljana, sharing their insight into various aspects of the position of culture in urban development during and after the crisis. Ragnar Siil (EE), an international cultural policy expert, will moderate the online discussion.

The purpose of this series of online discussions titled A Plan B for the Cultural Policies of European Cities is for representatives of various European cities to exchange their experiences in providing support to artists, cultural creators and organizations during the crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Examples of good practices can serve as a model and a stimulus for European cities at a time when cultural entities must find new ways to operate.

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Do not miss autumn series of online discussions on cultural policies of European cities!

* Culture in the public space during and after the crisis: Thursday, 1 October 2020
* Shifting cultural content online during and after the crisis: Thursday, 5 November 2020

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]

Guest speakers:
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.


Online discussion moderated by Ragnar Siil


Monday, 22 June 2020, 13.00-14.30 CET


Monday, 22 June 2020, 12.00 CET

The series of online discussions is organized by the City of Ljubljana and the Motovila Institute (CED Slovenia) in cooperation with members of the European network of Creative Europe Desks. Ljubljana is a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2025.

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