What: Culture and sustainability

We believe culture can act as a powerful catalyst for local transformation.
It can be a key element to sustainable and territorial development – a mission that also requires the cultural sector to build alliances beyond itself.
Using culture as a way to build new processes of urban regeneration, we – as citizens – can act to make our city a better place to live in and to shape its future the way we dream it of. Because: the city is us.




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Tools and methodologies which may be used for addressing imbalances and asymmetries in partnerships. Development of peer ethics and peer protocols in different types of situations and partnerships

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PilotCities2015_EUROPE The “Culture 21 Actions” toolkit providing guidance for cities aiming to evaluate, design and implement cultural policies contributing to sustainable development was adopted at the first United Cities and Local Governments’ Culture Summit, held in Bilbao on 18-20 March 2015 under the title “Culture and Sustainable Cities”. The ‘Culture in Sustainable Cities. Learning with Culture 21 Actions’ programme, jointly…

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You will find here “Culture 21: Actions”, the reference documents issued during the First Culture Summit of UCLG, organised in Bilbao in March 2015 . It reaffirms UCLG’s commitments  to the relationship between citizenship, culture and sustainable development and serves as an addition to the Agenda 21 for Culture, by providing more practical orientations to local governments.

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Below is a collection of Culture Action Europe’s documents produced between March 2014 and February 2015, in the context of Creative Europe first year work plan. CAE would like to thank the European Cultural Foundation for its support in developing this research and editorial work.

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You will find here statements produced by Culture Action Europe on different political topics:  

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You will find here Background Notes on European Capital of Culture:

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Your will find here CAE’s 2013 reflection paper on culture and urban/territorial development.

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An introduction to Culture Action Europe’s 2013 reflections papers by Luca Bergamo, Culture Action Europe Secretary General.

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You will find here a report by Dédale “A contribution from cultural and creative actors to citizens’ empowerment” through the Eclectis project ( European Citizens’ Laboratory for Empowerment: CiTIes Shared A European cultural cooperation project (2013-2014))