European Capitals of CultureΠοιειν Και Πραττειν - create and do


Various archives contain records of past and ongoing efforts

 Status: 16.4.2014

European Commission maintains a small archive which contains the official bids and the evaluation / monitoring reports as well as final reports of the EcoC cities. See

Official documents: European Capital of Culture for the years 2007 to 2019


The Documentation Centre in Athens existed merely from 2007 until 2009. but served already for researchers and cities preparing themselves as a valuable source of references. See


The University Network of European Capitals of Culture exists since 2007, and due to its yearly conferences accumulates studies and articles on ECoC related topics. It has its own series of publications which are linked to conferences held in the respective Capitals of Culture.

European Capitals of Cultures and their respective archives:

Ruhr 2010 have an official archive to safeguard their legacy with Dr. Alexander J. Schwitanski in charge:

Liverpool '08 has created an institute called 'Cultural Capital' to maintain a certain methodology to realize impact studies of not only the EcoC concept but as well of other large events like the Olympic Games. See

Wroclaw 2016 has a Center for Sustainable Futures of Wroclaw Communities and is setting up an archive to keep the records of the city at

Individual researchers like Greg Richards and Bob Palmer have their own collection of materials as they continue to advise both cities and the European Commission about European Capitals of Culture.

The archive of Poiein kai Prattein developed out of an online exhibition created parallel to the exhibition “20 years of EcoC history” which was curated by Spyros Mercouris and shown in Patras 2006. Since then Hatto Fischer has maintained the archive. The 'work of memory' is considered here to be the main attempt in order to obtain other insights than what is contained in official reports which have been degraded too much by having become 'spin doctor' like reports. Current research is now attempting to cover certain topics e.g. which cities had a special youth component, did something for poetry, developed theatre further, so as to be much more in tune with specific aspects of cultural developments in Europe. Some of the materials made available on the website include also premises for giving advice to cities like Sonderborg in Denmark, Wroclaw in Poland and Valletta in Malta. In the case of Valletta, preparations are under way to do 'cultural mapping exercises' and to host in 2018 a world wide Kids' Guernica – Guernica Youth exhibition showing peace murals painted on a canvas the same size as Picasso's Guernica (7,8 x 3,5 m) and to organize a world youth expo. Research and documentation has also to follow up what particular projects within the year contribute to the European dimension e.g. the newly established Museum of Civilization for Europe and Mediterranean in Marseille 2013 promises to link Europe and the Mediterranean region, something Valletta 2018 will continue by putting a greater emphasis on the South-North dialogue and therefore the link between Europe and especially the countries of the Middle East


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