Dundee has been recognised by the prestigious EUROCITIES network as a European leader in the field of cultural investment, and will be featured in the Europe-wide ‘Culture for Cities and Regions’ information pack.
The Culture for Cities and Regions project highlights the 20 years that the creative industries have played in Dundee’s economic development. Last November, Dundee hosted a study visit for the project, with with representatives from Bologna to Lidingö exploring the city for inspiration and taking this valuable insight back to their own cities.
Alyn Smith MEP welcomed the decision, and said:
“This is great news for Scotland, and shows that Europe is interested in what we’re doing!
"Cultural heritage is a vital part of a city’s soul, and acts as a huge boost for tourism, creative industries, and intercultural dialogue. It makes sense to invest – but how to invest can be a complicated issue, and this is where the catalogue comes in.
"It's great to see Dundee showing the rest of the world how to make the right choices for cultural investment."
Chris Law MP added:
"Dundee is playing to its strengths - the convergence of technology, science and culture, and I'm absolutely delighted to see our city included as an example of best practice for how cities should invest in their cultural sector.
"This will help to support Dundee's bid for European Capital of Culture 2021."