Culture for Cities and Regions’ last coaching visit paved the way for Creative Belfast

The last coaching visit of the Culture for Cities and Regions programme took place in June in Belfast. The team of coaches visited Belfast to help the city strengthen its cultural sector and infrastructure. The visit respected Northern Ireland’s regional cultural strategies, bearing in mind the uncertainty of public funding and shrinking resources.


Northern creative highlights: Culture for Cities and Regions went to Oulu

Between 7- 9 June, as part of the Culture for Cities and Regions initiative, a team of coaches visited Oulu, to help the city develop its new cultural strategy. Changes in funding and organisation structures at national level and municipal level, and Oulu’s enlarged neighbourhood (having absorbed some surrounding municipalities into the city) were key points to consider.


Coaching visit in Kalamata, a leading ‘peripherical creative city’ in South-West of Greece

On 18-20 May, a Culture for Cities and Regions coaching team travelled to Kalamata, Greece. The visit mainly focused on the sustainability of the city’s cultural sector and the future of its local creative industries. The coaching visit was not only about reflecting on local actions but also provided new ideas for inspiration.