Cultural Planning in Future Capitals of Culture?

A comparison of approaches in the city of Turku, 2011
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Jukka Vahlo

Abstract
For a period of more than two decades, the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) programme has provided a platform for culture-led regeneration in dozens of cities. There have been repeated calls to integrate better the process into regional development. The myriad different strategies being developed have used increasingly broad definitions of culture that go beyond combinations of art forms in order to think of it as an instrument for social inclusion and economic regeneration. By scrutinizing the evaluations made of Turku 2011 ECoC, this paper explores tensions in the different cultural approaches to strategic decision-making in public administration, and discusses whether future ECoCs could make better use of cultural planning to produce long-term impacts and develop policy.
Keywords: European Capitals of Culture; cultural planning; culture; urban regeneration, urban policy

Jukka Vahlo

FM, Projektipäällikkö, Turun kauppakorkeakoulu, CRR tutkimuspalvelut