Culture Next

Culture Next is a network supporting cities to implement culture-led city development programmes and policies.

The network was founded in 2017 by current and former candidates for the European Capital of Culture title, and builds on the experiences, participatory processes and collaborations established during the candidacies.

The programme focuses on capacity building for members, organises conferences and annual meetings, and develops a platform for promoting member cities, as well as for facilitating collaborations amongst them. The network aims to become a voice in shaping European cultural policies.

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May 2015 Six European cities meet in Cluj-Napoca to draft the concept of the future network, at the time named the Candidate Cities Network.
September 2017 The first conference of the network takes place in Cluj-Napoca, where eight co-founding cities are present.
October 2018 Aveiro hosts the third meeting of the network, now called Culture Next.
May 2019 The fourth network meeting is hosted by Debrecen, Hungary, and focuses on the relation between culture and tourism.
September 2019 Three cities in Lithuania: Klaipeda, Plunge and Neringa, host the fifth meeting of the network.

Next in 2020

March 12 - 14

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, our first meeting of the year scheduled to be hosted by Oulu, Finland is moved online.

September 15

The ECoC library, a comprehensive archive of documents and reports throughout the history of the ECoC, is developed and published online.

October 1

The network reaches 25 members, cities from various countries in Europe.

October 1-2

Second annual meeting is to be hosted by Leeds, UK.

October 2

The Cities Fund for Culture, a cooperation between cities in the network aimed to support international cultural collaboration in Europe, is launched.

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