Special mentions

Special Mentions

2020

Chiang Mai (Thailand)

For the programme “Chiang Mai Centre Museums Network”, established in 2002. This initiative fosters local culture and citizen participation with a collaborative approach, using its organizational capacity and central location as “working tools” that promote access to municipal resources and thus mobilize the city’s cultural capital, including indigenous heritage, as a movement for change to build a better sustainable future.

Concepción (Chile)

For the project “Concepción Creation Centre (C3): a space for creative collaboration”, based on sustainable development”. This collaborative workspace is a boost to local creative sectors such as design, architecture, technology, music and performing arts, and an illustrative example of infrastructure conceived as a priority for the city to promote culture as a pillar of sustainable development.

Manchester (England, United Kingdom)

For the programme “Cultural Collaboration on Climate”. This initiative, which brings together 35 cultural organisations and festivals and is completely aligned with the ambitions of the city’s first climate change strategy, is helping to build strong leadership on environmental awareness, and has made Manchester a powerful example and benchmark for cultural collaboration and engagement on climate action.

Ramallah (Palestine), for the programme “City of Music”, an initiative that has contributed to the city’s natural turn to music as a factor of social transformation and development. “City of Music” shows how systematic work can create good conditions for the implementation of sustainable creative projects for the local communities, despite difficult and unstable political situations.

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), for the project “Ulaanbaatar Public Art Week”, an initiative devoted to art and its relationship with the major themes of contemporary life, such as migration, the rural world and nomadism, ethnic minorities, democracy and climate change. The project is organised by Land Art Mongolia, an organisation which brings the specific context of the city and the region of Mongolia to the international debate on sustainable development.

Yopougon (Ivory Coast), for the project “Yopougon: Becoming an educational and creative city through social cohesion”. This is a sound and complete initiative that demonstrates the willingness of the local government to place culture as a pillar of local sustainability policies. The initiative has a clear inclusive and participatory component, with specific lines on the integration of youth into the cultural and creative sector, which has resulted in the improvement of the well-being of citizens.

“Leona Vicario of Mexico” Special Mention:

San José (Costa Rica), for the project “Computer Clubhouse, San José South: Girls Only: Comprehensive Development for Girls and Prevention Against Teen Pregnancy”. The Computer Clubhouse is a safe learning space focused on digital technologies that fosters cultural rights for adolescents in a context of inequality and exclusion. With the creation of the “Girls Only” programme in 2010, this small yet powerful initiative has proved that culture is key in developing the potential of youth to build democratic and peaceful societies.

2018

Dublin (Ireland)

For the programme “Culture Connects”, established in 2015. This initiative is based on people’s stories, wishes and experiences. This is a very solid, innovative programme that contributes to cultural empowerment and which has shown the importance of listening, learning and sharing with local inhabitants. It also proves that, where willingness exists, cultural policies can be useful to those who most need them.

Hamilton (Ontario, Canada)

For the programme “’Love Your City’: Transforming Hamilton through Culture’, based on the consideration of culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development. The programme has taken the form of a Cultural Plan, with a holistic and integrative approach to planning, which involves the community using a variety of engagement techniques, resulting in a ‘shared responsibility for culture’.

Montevideo (Uruguay)

For the programme “Cultural Policies with a Perspective on Gender Equality”, which has been shaped after in-depth discussions with the cultural actors in receipt of public funding and has led to very specific programmes and projects in the field. Its impact proves that, where political will and operational rigour exist, mainstreaming a gender perspective in cultural policy contributes to broadening freedoms for everyone.

Nablus (Palestine)

For the programme “Saving Cultural Identity under Occupation – Regeneration of Nablus Historic Centre”, due to the commitment of local educational, civil and municipal institutions towards the regeneration of the historic centre, in order to enable local inhabitants to remain in their homes and ensure the rebuilding of hundreds of heritage buildings and houses.

Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

For the project “Novosibirsk: Turning the City into a Museum”, which promotes cultural and artistic activities in the city’s public spaces, the uses of information technologies and citizen involvement in specific activities.

Saha-gu (Busan, Republic of Korea)

For the project “Gamcheon Culture Village Project”, a multiannual urban regeneration initiative through the arts and culture, which has contributed to revitalising the Gamcheon village. The project has involved close cooperation among residents, artists and the local government, in an innovative system of democratic governance.

2016

Busan (Republic of Korea) for the programme "Historic Downtown Culture Cluster TOTATOGA".

Dakar (Senegal) for the programme "School of Commons".

Kaunas (Lithuania), for the project "The Šančiai Cabbage Field Project – small scale seeks big transformation"

Lake Mégantic (Quebec, Canada) for the programme "Rebuilding Lake Mégantic"

Montevideo (Uruguay) for the programme "Cultural Co-Management Civic Centre: SACUDE"

2014

“Twinning for a Culture of Sustainability” presented by the city of Hannover (Lower Saxony, Germany), focuses on international cooperation in the area of culture with twinned towns, through three successive projects
(called aware&fair, fairCulture and KlimaKunstStädte), actively involving the cultural actors of the city and permitting citizen appropriation of cooperation projects.

“The Reemdoogo, Music Garden”, presented by Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), a project focused on the artistic and professional education of the city youth.The project links culture, from its intrinsic values, to processes of employment creation, to social cohesion and urban construction of the city, with user-friendly urban planning, perfectly symbolized by the garden.