Thank you for your interest and participation in the diagnosis and consultation phase of Faro’s Strategic Plan for Culture.
Faro’s Strategic Plan for Culture is promoted by the Faro Municipal Council and aims to structure local public policies regarding development and investment in the cultural and creative sector of the municipality of Faro in the short, medium and long term.
Having started this process in October 2019, we recently concluded the diagnosis and reflection phase on the positioning of the cultural and creative sector within the municipality. This included several instances in which we listened to key figures, entities and cultural agents operating within the municipality of Faro, as well as other citizens interested in the sector. Having concluded this initial diagnosis phase, the project is now focussed on analysing and putting together a strategy. A first proposal for the strategic plan will be presented in a later phase, which will, once again, be open for public consultation.
Faro’s Strategic Cultural Plan, a step towards an Application for European Capital of Culture...
Developing a Strategic Plan for Culture is a vital, essential part of any application for the title of European Capital of Culture (ECOC), and should be the starting point of the entire project. As signalled by the European Commission, the best way for a city to ensure its cultural and creative legacy lives on is by incorporating ECOC proposals and programming into its global cultural strategy, therefore developing lasting, transformative links between culture, education, tourism, territorial planning and social services, among others.
An application for European Capital of Culture must therefore be aligned with (but not limited to) Faro’s Strategic Plan for Culture, which is one of the main criteria against which it is evaluated. The European Commission’s guidelines include:
When applying, proof must be provided of a cultural strategy being in place for the city, which extends beyond the title-year itself;
An application for European Capital of Culture must provide proof of the city’s capacity to strengthen cultural and creative heritage, as well as to develop long-term links between the cultural sector and the economic and social sectors;
An ECOC should not be seen as a one-year event. An application must start before the delivery period and must not have been exhausted by the title-year, therefore ensuring it is a transformative project for cities.
To work towards an Application for European Capital of Culture is, therefore, to embark on a transformative process for a city, of which the catalysts are culture and creativity. Keep up to date with Faro’s Strategic Plan for Culture HERE