“Culture, Cities and Identity in Europe”, the study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee and carried out by Culture Action Europe and Agenda21 for Culture-UCLG.
Can culture help us overcome the systemic, political and identity crises currently shaking the European Union? What role can culture and cities play in strengthening social and territorial cohesion, engaging in dialogue and building trust in our complex societies? Can culture bring hope, new narratives and a second Renaissance to Europe? Starting from these questions, the conference explored the role of culture for sustainable economic growth, its potential to reconvert cities, culture’s capacity to enhance social integration and to build shared European identity.