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Network of European Cultural Capital Cities and Months

In 1990 another important event took place. The European Union and the city of Glasgow, then Cultural Capital of the year, held a meeting of the then organizers and coordinators of Cultural Capitals in order to benefit from their collective experience. As a result the Network of Cultural Cities of Europe was formed, and a big step taken towards a more concrete, practical and close collaboration between all Cultural Capitals. Since then the Network also undertakes as one of its many tasks to promotion of the idea of European Cultural Capital City in order to persuade the peoples of Europe through such concept the essence and value of culture.

The membership of the Network is limited to representatives and organizers of former and future cities of Culture and cultural months, representatives of the cities themselves, of national government and also of the founding personalities.

These people worked together with their governments, their municipalities, institutions, organizations, artists, intellectuals and citizens. They analyzed situations, they selected the right people to organize new projects and they coordinated the events of the Cultural Capitals of Europe.

The main aims and objectives of the Network are as follows:

Furthermore, members of the network have been regularly involved in international forums on general matters of European cultural affairs and on themes related to city planning and development in relation to arts and culture, sponsoring and tourism. They are also regularly asked to forward information to journalists, researchers and university students, interested in the various aspects of the program.

The Network of Cultural Capitals and Cultural Months of Europe serving both the Cultural Capitals and the European Union has had a significant cultural impact and contributed to a deeper understanding of the diversities of European cultures.

From what has been said up to now, it is clear that the event is not only what a cultural city offers and does on its own, but the contribution of all the Cultural Capitals and Cultural Months together as a whole.

Each city shows its cultural heritage, its traditions, its physiognomy and its contemporary creations.

Over the years, and linked by the Network to pass on the experiences made, this cultural event has become an outstanding European institution.

Another area of activity has been the direct generation of specific activities and projects which have come about because of the network members and their contacts. Some of these projects have been:

Furthermore, a research study was commissioned by the network to John Myersough about the impact of the institution of cultural capitals and cultural months of Europe, on culture, tourism, employment, economics, finance and sponsorship from Athens ’85 to Lisbon ’94.

Mile stones of the Network have been:

On Sunday the 16th of October at Pnyka (the seat of the ancient Athenian assembly) all the Networks and participants made a declaration on the importance of culture, dialogue, freedom of expression and respect to the diversities of cultures, especially in a period of terrorism and wars.

To underline the fact that the network was becoming in fact a network of networks’ following networks participated:

    the network of the European Capitals of Culture & Cultural Months

    the network of Cultural Capitals of the Volga region

    the network of the America's Capital of Culture

    the network of the Capital of Catalan Culture

    the network of Cities of Culture of Central Europe

    the network of Cities of Culture of Canada

    the network of Women Artists of the Mediterranean (F.A.M.)

The Municipalities of the Region of Attica participated as well since it was involved in the organizing of cultural events when Athens was the first Cultural Capital of Europe in 1985.

Moreover there came personalities like Sergey Kirienko, who is the special envoy of the President of Russia, Mr. Putin, Mr. Volker Hassemer as ex Senator for Culture of Berlin (West) and other personalities. Mr. Jack Lang, ex–Minister of Culture of France, who was a close collaborator of Melina Mercouri, was invited but due to other commitments could not attend and send instead his greetings to the participants of the symposium.

Mr. Sifounakis, President of the Culture Committee of the European Parliament, Mrs. Jacqueline Pacaud, Member of the European Commission, the 24 ambassadors in Greece of the E.U., the Ambassadors of Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Lebanon and Jordan and institutes like the Goethe institute and French, British, Italian, Spanish institutes, participated as well while coverage was guaranteed by the local and international mass media.

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