EUROCITIES publishes report on Cultural Mobility

19 AUGUST 2013

EUROCITIES' new study is the result of a survey completed by 24 cities in 15 European countries and explores trends and support actions for cultural mobility.

Eurocities logoCities are increasingly keen to support cultural mobility. The growing recognition of culture in international policies, its impact on city attractiveness, economic development and social inclusion as well as broadening cultural audiences, experiences and markets, are some of the motivations uncovered by our latest study.

The report ‘European cities and cultural mobility: trends and support actions’ is the result of a survey completed by 24 cities in 15 European countries. It records how these cities are supporting the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, through funding and administrative support, as well as the kinds of the mobility taking place.

The report reveals a number of key trends when it comes to cultural mobility, including:

  • support for cultural mobility appears to focus on artists rather than on other cultural professionals;
  • public funding is often allocated to local cultural organisations responsible for mobility projects, though this is sometimes in parallel to specific mobility funds directly managed by the city in collaboration with local, national and international stakeholders;
  • support for mobility focuses mainly on Europe (EU and non-EU), but cities show a growing interest in emerging countries, especially in Asia and Latin America;
  • a real strength of actions developed by cities, compared to those by national European and international institutions, is the direct link with the artists and organisations they support;
  • evaluating mobility schemes is challenging and unsystematic, partly due to time and budgetary constraints.

The study concludes with a number of recommendations to European cities and the European institutions. These aim to reinforce the potential of cities to build stronger and closer relationships with creative forces operating on their territories, as well as strengthen cities’ role in cultural mobility policies to make support for mobility more effective and accessible.

The study was carried out between autumn 2012 and spring 2013 by On the Move in response to a request from Nantes as chair of our working group on the mobility of artists.

The full study is available on the EUROCITIES webpage, or can be downloaded here (pdf).

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Its members are the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities. It brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities and 40 partner cities, that between them govern 130 million citizens across 35 countries. Through six thematic forums, a wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events, EUROCITIES offer members a platform for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas. For more information, please visit the EUROCITIES webpage.

(source: EUROCITIES)