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Topic L. Urban Culture

"The people, not the houses, make the city." From England

Every year, the European city ranking lists the most livable cities in Europe. But which criteria play a role in the selection? What makes a city so attractive and unique? And what can the ideal cultural and creative city look like? In the 21st century, more than half of Europe’s population lives in cities. They represent innovative economic centres and offer citizens and their guests a home through the direct experience of art and culture. Cities in Europe are networking to learn and jointly shape the debate on the future of a Europe open to the world. The lectures and digcussions in this track document how urban culture can improve the quality of life, how a culture of exchange and participation can emerge in the cities, and how these processes can be strengthened by the use of modules from the digital toolbox.

November 8, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:15 pm, hall 2 Umformerhalle

10:00 - 10:45 Uhr


The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor - 2019 edition (engl.)

Valentina Montalto & Francesco Panella, 
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is a novel benchmarking tool covering 190 cities in 30 European countries. We will give an overview of the policy rationale, methodology and key findings resulting from the second edition of this work, and touch upon the accompanying Cultural gems app. 


10:45 - 11:00 Uhr



Coffee break & networking

11:00 - 11:30 Uhr


Stadt.Heimaten. Über Zugehörigkeit in urbanen Räumen
City.Homelanding. On affiliation in urban spaces

Dr. Simone Caroline Egger, 
Institute for cultural analyses, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt

11:30 - 11:45 Uhr


SonoNet - Die smarte Vernetzung von Städten via Ultraschall
SonoNet - The smart interconnectedness of cities via ultrasound

Michael Gundacker, 
SonoBeacon GmbH, Director SonoNet

11:45 - 12:00 Uhr


Das HWWI/Berenberg Kulturstädte-Ranking 2018
The HWWI/Berenberg Cultural Cities Ranking 2018

Dörte Nitt-Drießelmann, 
Hamburg Institute of International Economics, Senior Researcher


12:00 - 13:00 Uhr



Lunch break

13:00 - 13:30 Uhr


REJA – The CLOUD of TIRANA (engl.)

Edit Pula, 
Municipality of Tirana, Cultural Adviser of the Mayor

I will present Reja-The CLOUD as example for turning an art installation into a cultural alternative venue in the heart of the city and its the impact on the urban life.

13:30 - 14:00 Uhr

© Ricardo Wiesinger


Monheim – Wo? Wie eine kleine Mittelstadt mit Kultur, Bildung und Digitalisierung von sich Reden macht
Monheim – Where? How a small city proves to be a talking point through culture, education and digitalisation

Martin Witkowski, 
Managing Director Monheimer Kulturwerke GmbH

14:00 - 14:15 Uhr



Coffee break & networking

14:15 - 15:15 Uhr



Diskussion zu den Herausforderungen und Chancen der partizipativen städtischen Kulturarbeit
Discussion: Culture – Just a soft location factor?

Martin Witkowski, Monheimer Kulturwerke; Edit Pula, Stadt Tirana; Guido Redlich, Kunstareal München


15:15 - 15:30 Uhr



Coffee break & networking

15:30 - 17:00 Uhr



FINAL DEBATE in hall 12
"Transform the European Cultural Market"

Subject to change without notice.

The discussion will be translated simultaneously. A change in tracks is possible during the breaks. 
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