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EUROCITIES culture forum in Lisbon

Collective projects on culture and heritage in fast changing city centres

From 18th October 2018 to 19th October 2018

This autumn in Lisbon, the EUROCITIES culture forum will gather again to discuss collective projects on culture and heritage in fast changing city centres, a theme clearly linked to the ROCK vision and objectives in Lisbon.

Whether in city centres or in other urban areas, and regardless of the city’s size, collective projects on culture are increasingly recognized as catalysts to increase social cohesion and to foster citizen’s attachment to their city or neighbourhood.

We understand ‘collective projects’ as grassroots projects starting from collective citizens actions or organisations and through bottom-up decision-making. The objectives of such projects are diverse and include: increasing social inclusion, strengthening ties between participants, improving the quality of life in specific areas and developing cultural activities.

Supporting such projects is a priority in Lisbon. In recent years the city has become a bustling, upmarket hub and attracted increasing numbers of investors that transformed old buildings into expensive residential programmes, cafés and boutiques. In a context of the post-economic crisis and shrinking public budgets, these changes have inspired new bottom-up perspectives and projects aiming to maintain cultural activities and memories in all areas of the city. We invite you to share knowledge

The Lisbon forum is an opportunity to learn from local good practices and to focus on their impacts and transferability. The forum will take you from the booming historic city centre to diverse and changing neighbourhoods such as Marvila, where the ROCK project is implemented.

ROCK cities are welcome to register online before 28 September 2018.

Author: Houpert Cecile - EUROCITIES