New Call: Join Pilot Cities programme in Europe

October 14, 2016, 10:10 am

We are happy to launch new 2016-2019 ‘Culture in Sustainable Cities. Learning with Culture 21 Actions’ programme (”Pilot Cities Europe”) in Europe.

Cities interested in participating should confirm their involvement before 30 November 2016. Results will be communicated on 15 December 2016. The overall duration of the project is expected to be approximately 26-28 months for each participating city. This includes a preparatory phase (7-8 months) and the implementation of the work programme (19-20 months, including and the organisation of the final conference and other dissemination activities). Initial workshops in each pilot city are expected to be held within 6 months from the agreement. The implementation of work programmes and parallel dissemination will take place between 2017 and 2019. Activities 1 and 2 are expected to take place in 2017, whereas activities 3 and 4 are expected to take place in 2018 and early 2019.

Cities interested in obtaining further information about the programme may contact UCLG’s Committee on culture ( In order to confirm their participation, each pilot city should provide a letter of commitment, signed by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor or Councillor in charge of this area.

For more information about the programme, visit our page and read the programme here.


In recent years, European cities have increasingly gained knowledge on the importance of cultural policies for local sustainable development, including the intrinsic cultural aspects which are essential for wellbeing and the exercise of human rights, as well as the contribution that cultural participation and resources can make to social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Indeed, sustainable cities require an integral approach, based on the combination of different perspectives and objectives as well as cooperation between public, private and civil society actors. Whereas a wealth of knowledge and good practice examples exists, much remains to be done to enable effective evaluation, peer-learning and the dissemination of existing intelligence.

The ‘Culture in Sustainable Cities. Learning with Culture 21 Actions’ programme, jointly devised by UCLG’s Committee on culture and Culture Action Europe, aims to address this gap, by providing opportunities for European cities to participate in a learning process, on the basis of the principles and actions included in Culture 21 Actions and on the experience and expertise of Culture Action Europe in representing and collecting the voices of the civil society cultural actors. 

The European programme is run in cooperation with Culture Action Europe and the CEMR.

CAE’s political advocacy work on the EU Urban Agenda is promoted in collaboration with European Cultural Foundation.