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Chapter 11 European Capitals of Culture y (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9780367186760 9780429202964 Year: Pages: 18 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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‘What is Europe? It’s not just a series of banknotes’, an interviewee remarked
when asked about European heritage. Our study of European Capitals of
Culture (ECoC), one of the main European heritage programmes, proceeds
in the same spirit, informed by the complex and disputed discussions of what
Europe is (see, for example, Sassatelli 2002 ) and how, within such shifting
grounds, European heritage might be interpreted (see, for instance, Delanty
2017 ; Niklasson 2017). Described by some as large- scale bottom- up cultural
programming (Immler and Sakkers 2014 ), the ECoC programme has seen several
cities across Europe compete for the title of European Capital of Culture
for more than three decades now. Our research has focussed on three cities,
Valletta as ECoC 2018 , Plovdiv as ECoC 2019 and Galway as ECoC 2020. We
are conducting a discourse analysis of the submitted bids as the key documents
related to each city’s participation in the programme; we are then investigating
four common themes that emerge from this analysis: Europe, heritage, diversity
and future.

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Europe --- capitals --- culture

Chapter 1 Heritages, identities and Europe (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9780367186760 9780429202964 Year: Pages: 18 Language: English
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Traditional arts practices and festivals have attracted increasing and diverse
attention in the European context since policymakers discovered ‘culture’ as a
resource in the 1980s (see, e.g., Kilday 1998 ). Their impact on their respective
communities of practice, modes of production and exchange value in contemporary
European society is under the spotlight from various angles within the
newly emerged fi eld of ‘festival studies’, which is deeply connected to policy
issues (Frost 2016 ). However, much of this interest is instrumentally concerned
with revenue potential, leaving key concepts, such as heritage, identity and
indeed Europe, defi ned in rather vague and often contradictory terms (Kockel,
Nic Craith and Frykman 2012 ; Logan, Kockel and Nic Craith 2015 ; K ø lvraa
2016 ; L ä hdesm ä ki 2016 ; Whitehead and Bozo ğ lu 2017 ). Moreover, the number
and range of events labelled as ‘festival’ is growing (Frost 2016 : 569), requiring
a broader perspective on performances of heritage and identity.

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Heritages --- identities --- Europe

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