Terrassa visits Izmir, Turkey, in a peer-learning visit between Culture Pilot cities

Representatives of the Culture Service of the City Council of Terrassa participated last week in a peer-learning visit to the Turkish city of Izmir, in a meeting between the Culture Pilot Cities. From Izmir explained that the city emphasizes on the governance of culture, education and its economic dimension. The city also has a good background in the integration of a cultural dimension in the processes of urban regeneration, an aspect that is also being taken into account in recent years in Terrassa. In addition to a presentation of cultural policies in Izmir, the learning visit also addressed issues such as cultural mobility and the creation of networks in Europe and the Mediterranean and the connections between culture and social inclusion.

In 2016 Terrassa was selected to participate in a European project on culture in sustainable cities. Once the document “Cultura 21: Actions” has been adopted, with the commitments on the role of culture in sustainable cities, within the framework of the Culture Summit of the UCLG network – United Cities and Local Governments, in Bilbao, in 2015, and following the successful experience of the Pilot Cities program in 2014, the Network Culture Commission launched the program “Culture in Sustainable Cities: Learning With Culture 21 Actions in Europe”, postulated by the City Council of Terrassa through the Culture Service and with the support of the European and International Relations Service.

This program aims to enable European cities to participate in a learning process based on the principles and actions of Culture 21; Deepening the UCLG’s work in the field of culture and sustainable development, and the experience and knowledge of Culture Action Europe in the field of representation and taking into account the voice of the agents of civil society in culture.

Terrassa together with other European cities such as Gabrovo (Bulgaria), Galway (Ireland), Izmir (Turkey), Lisbon (Portugal), Namur (Belgium), Swansea (Wales – United Kingdom), Maastricht (Netherlands) and Timisoara (Romania), among others, is participating in an equitable learning process, sharing knowledge about the role of culture in sustainable cities.

In November 2016 TERRASSA already collected in an article an analysis of the self-evaluation of Culture 21: Actions, with results that placed the city above the global average in all areas. These, they considered aspects such as cultural rights; culture, equity and social inclusion; culture and education; heritage and diversity; culture and the environment; governance of culture; economy; urban planning and public space, and information and knowledge. 

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