Towards 2020 European Regional development


What are the ongoing transformations within the European territories? What reorganizations are to be imagined, on a local, European or global scale, to contribute to the development of resilient, sustainable territories, in interaction with today’s challenges and world? What are the roles of cultural operators and stakeholders in these challenges? The conference, organised in partnership by ENCC, Wroclaw 2016 European Capital of Culture and Community Culture Center of Oleśnica will be structured on working groups that will explore the diverse dimensions of the proposed topics:

  • Urban and rural territories; the role of cultural practices to imagine new forms of complementarity;
  • Territories as ‘commons’: new strategies for citizens empowerment and the role of cultural stakeholders ;
  • Creative territories: the role of cultural practices to sustain imagination, initiative, capacities and leadership.
  • New economic models for smart territories: how to imagine monetary and non-monetary forms of exchange in order to sustain territorial development, entrepreunership and new business models.

Each working group will be organised using an Open Space methodology meant to sustain debate and exchange of good practices between diverse local and European stakeholders from various points of view. The outcome of this process will be the production of a shared Manifesto / declaration on the link between culture and territorial development, to be used as an advocacy support. ECoC Wrocław 2016 will organize a summary conference in November 2016, where the outcomes of the conference will be disseminated.

The meeting will also aim at fostering cooperation and networking between local actors  from Lower Silesia and moreover Poland and European stakeholders;


Community Culture Center of Oleśnica
European Network of Cultural Centres
European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016
Wandering Forum of Culture Lower Silesia