Turku’s Capital of Culture year 2011 was an excellent example for future capitals of culture, with its emphasis on well-being and programme that encouraged the active participation of people. A significant new initiative was also the introduction of scientific research into the year’s programme.
Sylvain Pasqua, who works at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture, attending the publication of the evaluation report and compilation of articles, thanked Turku for evaluating what the Capital of Culture year had to offer and for looking far into the future. On behalf of the Commission, Pasqua participates in the selection of capitals of culture and in the preparation of new legislation concerning them.
– The European Capitals of Culture can produce huge cultural, economic and social benefits for cities holding the title. For that to happen, they must be embedded in the long term development strategy of the cities, and cities must have evaluation tools at their disposal to better steer the whole process. That is why the on-going evaluation being carried out in Turku is so important and exemplar. It provides the city of Turku with the opportunity to better understand the many changes which have been – and are still being – induced through hosting the title, and better accompany future developments, said Pasqua.
– I can only invite your city to continue making the most of its year as European Capital of Culture, said Pasqua.