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European Cultural Capitals


TRAM has been engaged in a wide range of research and advice work related to the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) event.

Greg Richards has been engaged in researching and analysing the ECOC event since 1999, producing reports on the ECOCs in Rotterdam and Porto (2001) and Salamanca (2002) as well as contributing to the 2004 Palmer Report to the European Commission. In 2007 he completed the evaluations for both of the ECOCs in that year - Luxemburg and Sibiu (Romania). You can download a copy of the Luxemburg European Capital of Culture 2007 report here. The long-term monitoring study for Sibiu over the period 2001-2014 you can  download here. He also gave advice on the production of the Final Report for Stavanger in 2008 - the text of which you can download here. Greg was one of the advisors on the successful ECOC bid of Plovdiv in Bulgaria (2019) and advised Valletta, Malta on their research and evaluation programme for 2018. He also produced reports on the ECOCs in Guimaraes, Portugal (2012) and Maribor (2012).

You can read a recent think-piece on Faro's bid for the 2027 ECOC title in Portugal here.

We are always happy to talk to cities and regions about their plans for the ECOC or other major cultural events. Please contact Greg Richards for more information.

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