The Regional Council secures better opportunities for projects in European Region of Culture.

Even though the year as European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 has ended, Central Denmark Region and the 19 municipalities of the region will continue to work closely together in the new collaboration, European Region of Culture. Now, the Regional Council contributes further to the collaboration by targeting most of the 5.8 million DKK from the region’s cultural budgets for projects that supports European Region of Culture.
The region already finances European Region of Culture with 1.3 million DKK as well as the 19 municipalities together contribute with the same amount. Furthermore, 2 million DKK from the region’s cultural budget are targeted giving the cultural actors an international perspective through the project Pathway to Europe.

“European Region of Culture maintains the great value that the European Capital of Culture created for both cultural actors and citizens. That is why, I am very happy that we can now create even better opportunities for the new collaboration to bloom across municipality borders” says chairman of the Regional Council, Anders Kühnau.

Cultural access for everyone
The new guidelines for the cultural funds apply until 2019 where a new Growth and Development Strategy for Central Denmark Region is adopted. This means that cultural actors and projects applying for grants in 2018 will be measured on their contribution to European Region of Culture.

At the same time, the politicians maintain the possibility of supporting projects that secure development across the region, create new knowledge and or contain collaboration and international outsight. This could for example be in the intersection between culture and health where cultural experiences have shown to benefit vulnerable citizens and citizens with mental illnesses.

- The cultural policy of the region should contribute to giving citizens access to experiences within arts and culture and opportunities to engage in the cultural life no matter where in the region they live. This is also the core of European Region of Culture where we and all 19 municipalities collaborate in developing a region that it is to both attractive to work and live in” says Anders Kühnau.