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News, Stories | 25 November 2020

Bringing change to cultural policy making with URBACT ACCESS

Bringing change to cultural policy making with URBACT ACCESS
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Dublin City Council Culture Company is delighted to represent Dublin as part of the ACCESS Network, a partnership of eight European capital cities which supports integrated sustainable urban development.

The Eight European capital cities - Amsterdam, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Sofia, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius -are working together to create new policies for cultural inclusion.

What is ACCESS?

The cities are collaborating in a newly established network named ACCESS, funded by URBACT, an EU programme to develop sustainable solutions to urban challenges. The aim is to bring about a real shift in cultural policymaking in Europe and as a result ensure access to culture for all citizens.

During the initial phase of the project, which took place from September 2019 to March 2020, the ACCESS Network cities identified the important role of culture in the solutions to the complex issues facing their cities.

In January 2020, Dublin welcomed representatives from the other eight European capital cities to Richmond Barracks as part of the URBACT ACCESS Action Planning Network.

The ACCESS cities believe that culture plays an important role in finding solutions to the complex issues of today's cities, and learned more about the public consultation process and citizen-led approach to developing cultural programmes here in Dublin, through the work and establishment of Dublin City Council Culture Company.

What’s next?

Over the next two years, the cities will meet together to share ideas, discuss challenges and learn together whilst each works with groups of local stakeholders to create action plans for their own cities. As part of the network Dublin City Council Culture Company will be sharing its citizen-led approach to developing cultural programmes here in Dublin.

The URBACT programme enables cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, to improve policy and develop solutions.

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland, URBACT is an instruction of the Commission's Cohesion Policy and contributes to its Europe 2020 strategy.