Capacity building for European Capitals of Culture

Capacity building for European Capitals of Culture

December 12, 2019, 10:20 am

What is the ‘Capacity building for European Capitals of Culture’ project?

The ‘Capacity building for European Capitals of Culture’ project is a service contract for the European Commission run by the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

The project started in October 2019 and runs for 30 months, supporting capacity building and peer-learning activities for ECoCs. It aims to provide selected cities with practical support where skills gaps have been identified, with a robust technical assistance structure, a set of tools, materials, practical and theoretical expertise and knowledge while enhancing networking opportunities for ECoC organising teams.

Specific activities to help build ECoCs’ capacity will include Academy Camps, toolkits, webinars and MOOCs. As part of the project, a repository will be developed for relevant materials (e.g. documents and multimedia). Initially populated by the consortium, this will be continued by users themselves.

The project consortium brings together key European organisations representing the cultural sector across the EU led by the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL), a not-for-profit organisation that has been coordinating international projects for over 30 years.


European Capitals of Culture highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe and the potential of culture for urban sustainable development: they help to regenerate cities and raise their profile, breathing new life into a city’s culture


On 17 September 2021, the Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture organised an interactive meeting on “What are the digital challenges and opportunities for the future ECOC’s cities?” and on Audience development in the framework of the ENCATC Member Talks.


Culture Action Europe (CAE)


Interarts – Fundació Interarts per a la cooperació cultural internacional
  European network on cultural management and policy (ENCATC)
  United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) – Subcontractor
Association Européenne pour l’Information sur le Développement Local (AEIDL) – Lead partner

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