Study on European Cities and Capitals of Culture 1995-2004

European Commisson & Palmer/Rae Associates,
01 January 2004, Belgium

Study on European Cities and Capitals of Culture 1995-2004 Robert Palmer (former director of Glasgow 1990 and Brussels 2000) and his team at Palmer/Rae Associates have completed a six-month research study on the European Capitals of Culture and Cultural Months from 1995 to 2004. The report, commissioned by the cultural unit of the European Commission, updates the previous study on Capitals of Culture from 1985 to 1994 and offers a thorough documentation and analysis of the 29 cities that have hosted the title over the past decade. In addition, it revisits the cities that hosted the title prior to 1995 and looks at the long-term effects of the cultural event, and it offers a glimpse of the cities that will host the title over the next few years. Information was gathered from 40 cities and questionnaires and interviews were received from over 300 individuals. Research was done on many different aspects of the Capital of Culture including: organisation, management and finance, the cultural programme, social, economic and visitor impacts, capital investment, evaluation and long-term legacies. Special attention was also given to the European dimension of the event and the future of the EU programme. Never before has a report gathered so many experiences and points of view from people involved or connected to the European Capital of Culture scheme, and as such the report offers plenty of advice to future cities. Due to the scale and scope of the data received the report is divided into two parts. Part I contains the background to the European Capital of Culture scheme, the methodology of the study, an analysis of trends and findings, observations and conclusions to the programme as a whole and recommendations for the future. Part II contains individual city reports for the 29 cities that hosted the title between 1995 and 2004. The report provides a single source of information for organisers of European Capitals of Culture, municipalities and governments, cultural operators, researchers and journalists, and includes a comprehensive bibliography and inventory of published material relating to the subject. To download the report, CLICK HERE.