31.10.2019

ACCESS: Culture For All

The second phase of Urbact's project ACCESS: Culture For All has been initiated

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 Cities participating in the project ACCESS: Culture For All held three virtual meetings at the end of June and beginning of July. The project is aimed at creating an action plan that will guarantee accessibility to culture for all citizens. The city representatives discussed the next necessary steps in the project, deadlines, outcomes and how to reach them.

A work group will be created in order to produce an action plan valuable for the city. The participants discussed the biggest challenges in the different European cities and districts and how to approach them.

During the three-day virtual meeting, the work groups experimented with different methods and digital platforms to find the best method for creating an action plan in partner cities and activating local work groups.

The lead partner for the ACCESS project is the city of Amsterdam. In addition to Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Sofia, Dublin, London and Lisbon will also take part of the project.

The next meetings are planned for the end of summer. Lennart Sundja, head of the culture division and deputy manager of the Tallinn Culture Department was selected by the City of Tallinn to lead the work group. The project coordinator is the city's international projects competence centre that will help organise and lead cooperation between the city's executive agencies.

The action plan and other outcomes of the project (data mapping, expanding participation of cultural events, improving the accessibility of cultural events) are an important part of compiling the city's cultural development plan.

Project ACCESS: Culture For All will reach a successful conclusion by autumn 2022.

Additional information on the ACCESS project can be found here - > urbact.eu/access

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Tallinn City Council approved participation in the project ACCESS: Culture For All

31 October 2019 – Tallinn City Council approved participation in ERDF Urbact programme's III project ACCESS: Culture For All (hereinafter project) as a basic partner, the first phase of which will take place from 1 September 2019 until 1 March 2020

Tallinn is a participant in ERDF Urbact international project ACCESS: Culture For All, the aim of which is to create a plan of action that will formulate the future of urban cultural spheres with the goal of providing easier access to culture to all citizens. This action plan will be input for the city's new development plan and the development documents based on it.

The lead partner of the project is Amsterdam City, with other participants being Dublin, Lisbon, London, Riga, Sofia and Vilnius.

All the cities participating in the project are connected by the challenge of making culture accessible to all citizens. In order to improve accessibility to culture, the following areas will be rethought:

1)     A better selection of culture: better diversity, accessibility, a larger participation in creating culture;

2)     New methods of offering cultural services: how to improve services in a way that meets citizen expectation (e.g. making cultural services more flexible and adaptable, better feedback, developing a method for gathering pertinent data, more efficient use of data, rethinking indicators, greater transparency in decision-making);

3)     Shaping the future of local libraries and culture centers: e.g. their new roles, modernising their funding models, principles of lending rooms for use and cooperation with the third sector, including citizens, cooperative creativity, development of culture centers, multipurpose cultural establishments;

4)     Participation between locals (and communities) and the city: e.g. analysing successful ways of involving citizens with the goal of creating a local identity and sense of ownership;

5)     New financial models for culture creation: e.g. general funding, social entrepreneurship, increasing competencies (for example, helping festivals that are heavily dependent on the financial assistance of the public sector, becoming more independent, focused and involving of target groups, more transparent methods of funding);

Fostering culture and social cohesion: for example, creating better accessibility, involving citizens, creating a community.