We have organised our first Research Meeting in August 2015 in Budapest. We had two agendas for the meeting: on the one hand we have discussed the various studies and the methodologies of the ECOC policy evaluations and feedbacks that were employed, on the other hand we asked participants to present and discuss examples of good practice as well as studies on policy analysis and programme implementation.

Our project, the Local Operators’ Platform (LOCOP), focuses on the evaluation of the European Capitals of Culture programmes in Central and Eastern Europe. It approaches the ECOC programmes from the perspective of local cultural operators and aims to highlight the importance of local community involvement as a bridge between the ECOC’s top-down management strategy and the local organisations’ bottom-up approach.

In the framework of LOCOP, we place ECOC cultural policy guidelines for good practice side by side with case studies from the cities – based on issue-mapping and interviews – to outline the consequences and controversies of the ECOC programme. With a special focus on the interests and needs of local operators we aim to foster the continuity and sustainability of follow-up processes of European Capitals of Culture programmes.

As the intended format of the meeting was a think-tank, our aim was to invite scholars and researchers from the wider field of cultural policy research and implementation.


Saturday, August 29 2015

The first day was devoted to the so-called issue mapping: to get familiar with the problems related to local operators' involvement based on case studies from previous and upcoming ECOCs and some research summary.

 Sunday, August 30 2015

On the second day we aimed to establish a research framework to address the main questions in relation of local operators’ involvement in the ECOC programme. By the end of the day were able to outline research aims, research levels and formats, to unveil the correlations and difficulties in relation to the local operators’ involvement intervened with the issue of participatory governance and sustainability.

For this we asked the participants to think of one or more examples/study from the field of policy analysis/advocacy/evaluation to pool possible pathways for the research and applicable methodologies and methods.

The aim was to discuss during the two days what has been done in this field, what method was used for it and what was the outcome in order to build up our own research agenda according to what should be done and how.


Jonas Büchel /  Urban Institute, Riga

Bob Catterall /  Editor-in-Chief, CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action

Péter Inkei /  The Budapest Observatory

Sebastian Olma /  Professor of Autonomy in Art & Design, St. Joost Art Academy/Avans University of Applied Science

Jakob Racek /  Goethe-Institut, Prague

Graziella Vella/  Research Coordinator, Valletta 2018 Foundation

Stefan Voicu /  Central European University, Budapest

Victor Yankov /  NIGHT of Museums and Galleries and OPEN ARTS Foundation, Plovdiv

Roland Zarzycki /  2B Fair Foundation, Wrocł aw and Institute of Global Responsibility, Warsaw

Lubos Bisto /  LOCOP

Szilvia Nagy /  LOCOP


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