Rethinking Participation in the Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017-project

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This paper examines the relationship between cultural participation and regional development with reference to the European Capital of Culture in 2017. From the bidding stage Aarhus 2017 claimed it put “participation” at the heart of its strategic plans, through consultation at roadshows and exhibitions. In
addition it aspired to use culture as a catalyst for development not only in the city of Aarhus but across the region of Central Denmark. This paper therefore examines how participation is defined and implemented to address regional development in the Aarhus 2017 process through textual analysis of documentation from Aarhus 2017 and delivery partners as well as over 20 interviews with managers and participants involved in a range of 2017 projects. The paper argues against the common prioritisation of urban and professional cultural institutions and makes the case for decentralised cultural provision, that
supports both amateurs and professionals through a regional networked structure.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventCultures of Participation: Arts, Digital Media and Politics - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 18 Apr 201820 Apr 2018


ConferenceCultures of Participation
LocationAarhus University
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  • participation, Aarhus 2017

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