European Cultural Month – 20 years after

2012-06-15 - 2012-07-05
June 15 – July 5, 2012
European Cultural Month – Krakow, June 1992
Krakow Opera, ul. Lubicz 48, foyer, 1st floor

Only a year after the collapse of the iron curtain, Krakow found itself among the cities awarded with a privilege to host the European Cities/Capitals of Culture and Cultural Months ¬as the first east of the Elbe River. The nomination by the European Council to organise the first European Cultural Month was an unparalleled success of Krakow’s only one-year-old local government. A decision to apply for such a prestigious title stemmed from a deep conviction that intellectual and artistic potential of the city as well as the power of its heritage constituted Krakow’s strategic developmental resources. The European Cultural Month – a condensed version of the European Cities/Capitals of Culture – was an initiative originated by the European Communities after 1989 in order to initiate re-integration of Europe, welcome new democracies into the common cultural life, present cultural diversity of the continent, as well as stimulate intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.

Professor Jacek Purchla, the chief coordinator of the European Cultural Month, in the interview for HERITO quarterly:
Though it might sound rather exotic today, the objectives of the Krakow European Cultural Month were to break out of our isolation and respond to the need to open up, to market a place that back then was insufficiently recognisable and lacked positive connotations, to build our brand, but also to discover our neighbours, forge a European-wide system of networking, and satisfy the “hunger” for artistic creativity on a large scale. It was also our intention to prove what was then no more than a hypothesis but is today an obvious truth: that Krakow is a natural setting for a festival industry. We wanted to prove that building leisure, culture and festival industries was the future for a city that in the early 1990s was only just embarking on the transformation process, a city in which 50% of the GDP was generated by the Lenin Steelworks.
HERITO No. 5 (4/2011)

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