The study visit is the most common method for peer-to-peer learning. It offers groups of experts, decision makers and/or other stakeholders from one or more cities / regions (the visitors) the opportunity to visit another city / region (the host) and see first-hand how it has successfully implemented its policies, projects and/or initiatives.

The study visit is a dynamic and interactive process that facilitates the exchange of experience and knowledge between cities. It provides the participants with a better understanding of local projects and initiatives and allows interaction with key local stakeholders and decision makers. During the study visit, the visitors are able to see how projects are implemented in reality and learn from the host city / region through short presentations, site visits and peer-to-peer discussions.

One of the main advantages of a study visit is the opportunity for the visitors and the host to engage in an interactive and direct exchange of experiences. This method allows visitors to view successfully implemented projects/initiatives, learn about the history of any given project from planning to implementation and discuss challenges and barriers encountered along the way and how they were overcome. Thus they can get useful information and ideas for improving their existing projects or initiating new ones. They can also start assessing the transferability of some of the practices presented.

Although the visitors are the main beneficiaries of a study visit, it can benefit the host city/region as well. The host city / region has the opportunity to showcase itself and demonstrate its successful projects and initiatives to visitors. Discussing its projects with their counterparts from visiting cities can also be beneficial as this way the host city /region can see its projects from a different perspective and reflect on its own way of doing things. The visitors’ experiences and new ideas can help the host city /region to improve its project(s)/initiative(s) further, as has been demonstrated repeatedly in EUROCITIES peer-learning projects.


The Culture for cities and regions study visits will take place between September 2015 and June 2016 in: Aarhus, Antwerp, Barcelona, Birmingham, Bologna, Dundee, Helsinki-Espoo, Lodzkie region, Nantes, North Portugal region, Nord-Pas de Calais region, Regensburg, Sofia, Vilnius and Wallonia region.

On this page you can find all documents and information related to the visits, as well as final reports to download.

201509 Nantes - From a wasteland to a triple-helix creative cluster at the heart of the city  Download
201510 Bologna - How to boost your local CCIs? Advice, training and facilities/networks matter  Download
201510 Nord-Pas de Calais - Driving territorial change through large-scale cultural investment  Download
201510 Wallonia - Creativity as an engine of economic and societal transformation across a whole region  Download
201511 Dundee - Pushing for growth through creative industries  Download
201602 Birmingham- Bringing culture to your neighbourhood  Download
201602 North Portugal - Brokering cooperation and partnerships across regional hot spots of creative industries  Download
201603 Helsinki & Espoo - Culture for children & youth  Download
201604 Antwerp - Valorising migration stories to foster intercultural dialogue  Download
201604 Lodzkie - A rooted regional strategy to build on local heritage for social inclusion and revitalisation  Download
201604 Sofia - Coupling private and public investment for cultural projects  Download
201605 Aarhus - Investing in new generation museums to boost local attractiveness  Download
201605 Barcelona - Old industrial spaces, new cultural uses  Download
201606 Regensburg - Making the most of a unique heritage site through smart management and planning  Download
201606 Vilnius- Culture in “sleeping districts”: social cohesion, social innovation, social inclusion  Download
All study visits reports to download!  Download
Call for participation in study visit - word version  Download
Guidelines for cities and regions hosting a study visit  Download
Guidelines for participants in study visit  Download
Study visits - dates and themes  Download