Barcelona – Listen to the kids

The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, is inviting children to send in questions about their experiences during the confinement period. The mayor will reply to the messages in a weekly programme which will be broadcasted online first this Saturday, 11 April. The goal is to give children a louder voice, listen to their concerns and … Continue reading Barcelona – Listen to the kids

Madrid – Thousand books for corona patients

The municipal libraries of Madrid donate 1,000 copies of literary works, including novels, poetry and plays, to the IFEMA hospital for patients admitted for coronavirus. The books will be available in the library of the hospital, which will manage the distribution to reach all patients after the appropriate health security measures. These copies will not … Continue reading Madrid – Thousand books for corona patients

Zaragoza – Photo festival

Zaragoza is encouraging residents’ creativity during by inviting them to use their balconies and windows as artistic inspiration using photography as a tool to express what they are feeling.The selected photos will be part of a large collective exhibition that will take place during the summer hanging from different emblematic balconies in the participating cities.The … Continue reading Zaragoza – Photo festival

Nice – Dance and music

Nice is supporting its Conservatory in giving effective lessons. The dance department offers courses in fitness, ballet history and anatomy, the creation of a chamber ballet, and the exchange of videos of international ballets. The Music department has created a youtube channel for students on the alert. It also offers video exchanges, daily tutorials and … Continue reading Nice – Dance and music

Pau – Interactive tv show to keep a good mood

In times of social distancing, the city of Pau in the French Pyrenees has launched a tv programme to keep an interactive link so that the people of the area can stay in touch with each other. The show “Bonsoir le Béarn” runs from 5-7pm every day and can be followed on YouTube or the … Continue reading Pau – Interactive tv show to keep a good mood

Dusseldorf – Poems over the phone

The municipal Heinrich-Heine-Institute in Dusseldorf, a museum dedicated to the German poet Heinrich Heine, offers the reading of poems and other texts over the phone during the time it is closed due to the corona regulations. The museum also publishes educational videos, readings and quizzes on Instagram and Facebookto to keep eager Heine fans busy. … Continue reading Dusseldorf – Poems over the phone

Zaragoza – Photos from the balcony competition

The municipality has launched a photography competition for shots taken out of the balcony or window. The competition #DesdeMiVentana (or out of my window) is open to people aged between 12 and 30. Zaragoza is especially targeting young people who find it the hardest to stay indoors. All photos have to respect one condition: they … Continue reading Zaragoza – Photos from the balcony competition

Rome – Libraries against isolation

Rome’s libraries are making their catalogue available online for free with the #cultureathome campaign. People can subscribe for a free membership that will give them access to over 7100 periodicals from 90 countries in 40 different languages, the main national and international newspapers, and widely circulated magazines. Users will also be able to borrow from … Continue reading Rome – Libraries against isolation

Warsaw – Digital zoo and forest visits

Warsaw launched several virtual broadcasts showcasing the natural world, serving both educational and recreational purposes. The videos show how employees of the city zoo take care of animals, or teach interesting facts about the animal world. People can also take a digital stroll in Lasy Miejskie, the City Forest of Warsaw, and teach their kids how … Continue reading Warsaw – Digital zoo and forest visits

Madrid – City offers Youtube exercises

Madrid’s new online exercise channel includes games to play with children, aerobic training, challenges to exercise as a family, yoga and pilates, and more. The councilor delegate for Sport, Sofía Miranda, has stressed the importance of continuing to do sports at home to keep people’s immune systems strong. This is also being hosted on a … Continue reading Madrid – City offers Youtube exercises

Vienna – Overview of measures

Vienna has compiled a summary of measures the city has taken in the coronavirus crisis. They include the areas health and social care, public services, help for the economy, housing and homelessness, arts and culture, communication and citizen engagement as well as a part on ‘life after the crisis’. You can download the document here

Vienna – Overview of measures (updated)

Vienna has compiled a summary of measures the city has taken in the coronavirus crisis. They include the areas health and social care, public services, help for the economy, housing and homelessness, arts and culture, communication and citizen engagement as well as a part on ‘life after the crisis’. You can download the document here.

Brno – Support for businesses

Brno is supporting the areas of business that have been most affected, such as gastronomy and tourism & culture, and has also approved complex measures for businesspeople. It provides easier administration of permits for the outdoor areas of restaurants, and it also suggests that the establishment of these areas should be done at no extra … Continue reading Brno – Support for businesses

Bilbao – 50 ways to fight the crisis

The city council of Bilbao has approved an action plan worth €15 million, to address the urgent needs resulting from the corona pandemic. More than 50 measures, agreed upon by all political parties, deal with economy and employment, social cohesion and culture. The focus is on people and companies, especially small local businesses, hotels and … Continue reading Bilbao – 50 ways to fight the crisis

Cardiff – ‘Out of Doors’ online digital arts festival

Cardiff is looking for creative ways to entertain people in lockdown, and Cardiff-based Arts Active have come up with a digital arts festival that people can enjoy whilst staying safe and socially distanced at home. ‘Out of Doors’ will provide free access to online activities and will include artist-led activities and mini projects to encourage … Continue reading Cardiff – ‘Out of Doors’ online digital arts festival

Vilnius – Empty restaurant seats for fashion mannequins

Restaurants of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, are using social distancing rules to become fashion displays for local designers. As of this week, the country has eased the restrictions on bars, cafes and restaurants to allow them to operate indoors, yet strict social distancing remains in place. The indoor restaurant tables that otherwise must be kept … Continue reading Vilnius – Empty restaurant seats for fashion mannequins

Vienna – Guidelines for safe reopening of the cultural sector

Vienna has drawn up a “Guide for the Cultural Industries” in cooperation with medical experts and cultural practitioners. The rules foreseen in the guidelines could already apply in June. However, in order for them to be implemented and for theatres or concert halls to be able to restart, a federal ordinance or amendment to the … Continue reading Vienna – Guidelines for safe reopening of the cultural sector

Milan – A new start

To support the gradual reopening of the city after the coronavirus lockdown, the city of Milan has launched the campaign ‘A new start. One step at a time’, inviting citizens to respect the rules in this phase. A video, narrated by the Italian singer Ghali, shows the city of these weeks of isolation and five … Continue reading Milan – A new start

Kartal/Istanbul – Children’s Day

Kartal made sure its children could still celebrate this year’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day and the 100th anniversary of the opening of Grand National Assembly of Turkey. The Kartal Children’s Council Special Session was moved online and Mayor Gökhan Yüksel met and listened to 20 children, representing their neighbourhoods. In addition, open deck busses … Continue reading Kartal/Istanbul – Children’s Day

Vilnius – Books delivered to your home

Vilnius has been delivering library books directly to homes during quarantine. Residents of Vilnius ordered more than 300 books to be sent to their homes in the first five hours of the opening of the service. Librarians have to move quickly and to deliver orders to readers along the specifically created routes. Orders can be … Continue reading Vilnius – Books delivered to your home

Karlsruhe – Local support

Karlsruhe has set up the platform #supportyourlocals enabling people to shop locally. Deliveries are done by bike or, for longer distances, by post. While keeping business alive, the UNESCO City of Media Arts offers a digital cultural programme to keep people engaged, as well as the ZKM Center of Media Arts, and numerous museums and … Continue reading Karlsruhe – Local support

Bologna – Social tv promotes ‘The Flying Hummingbird’

Bologna has launched a social tv programme with stories of citizens in Bologna who are reacting to the COVID-19 emergency with resilience and courage. The aim of the project is to promote solidarity fundraising in favour of the most fragile people in Bologna and of three city public hospitals. You can read more here and … Continue reading Bologna – Social tv promotes ‘The Flying Hummingbird’

Madrid – Sports for the elderly

The City Council launches #SiempreContigo, a service that provides recommendations to the older population to carry out controlled physical activity and check their condition during home confinement. The service is carried out by coaches who call the person to track their emotional and physical condition. Read more (in Spanish) here

Stuttgart – Art for hope

Stuttgart is helping to keep its youth entertained and hopeful through art. An Easter painting competition for three age brackets below 14, and one over, is being held by the city. Read more (in German) here. The city is also collecting rainbow pictures drawn by children, following the trend of children drawing rainbows and putting … Continue reading Stuttgart – Art for hope

Budapest – A message 4U

Lights from empty hotel rooms which form the message “4U!” – with this, the city of Budapest every night sends a sign of solidarity to other cities that are similarly affected by the corona crisis. The campaign from the Municipality of Budapest and the Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association aims to draw attention to the … Continue reading Budapest – A message 4U

Edinburgh – Funding for the arts

The City of Edinburgh Council has approved the immediate release of £4.69m (€5.32m) of cultural grant funding to support the cultural and creative sector in the city. The Cultural Grant Funding the Council provides annually is to be repurposed to support cultural organisations during Covid-19. Among others, this will support the Edinburgh Festivals, five of … Continue reading Edinburgh – Funding for the arts

Madrid – Fun from home

Madrid has launched an online platform ‘Conecta Juventud 2.0’ which now has almost 80,000 participants. The project has more than 40 activities available for young people to carry out from their homes under themes such as art, health, sports, personal care, solidarity, legal advice, science and new technologies. Read more (in Spanish) here. Madrid has … Continue reading Madrid – Fun from home

Ljubljana – Volunteering for the elderly

Ljubljana has connected with a network of local volunteers who want to make everyday life easier for the elderly. The people involved are workers and volunteers from the Home Care Institute (Zavod za oskrbo na domu) and Ljubljana’s cultural public institutes (e.g. theatres, galleries). From Monday to Friday, the volunteer project manager is using the … Continue reading Ljubljana – Volunteering for the elderly

Leipzig – Museum makes videos for kids

Leipzig’s natural history museum is creating videos for children to replace its exhibition on the deep sea, which was supposed to open at the end of March. A carpet of rubbish swirling above a shipwreck, the installation, and subsequently the videos that the museum is creation, will explore areas such as evolutionary history, biodiversity and … Continue reading Leipzig – Museum makes videos for kids

Bratislava – Cartoon communication on corona

The city of Bratislava has created a set of simple drawings that highlight key measures to fight the corona outbreak for citizens. The mayor commissioned a famous local cartoonist to draw a poster to inform citizens that has been distributed online and through posters across the city. Bratislava offers to share the material with any … Continue reading Bratislava – Cartoon communication on corona

Madrid – Lower taxes for local businesses

The city council of Madrid lowers taxes to promote the recovery of commerce, leisure, hospitality and culture. The reduction will lead to a drop of more than €66 million in business taxes. The aim is to mitigate the negative economic effects in sectors especially affected by the pandemic. You can read more here (in Spanish)

Vilnius – Holiday!

Residents of Lithuania can travel around the world by visiting their capital, Vilnius, this summer. While travelling abroad will be limited in this holiday season, communities of the city, tour and event organisers, restaurants, hotels and artists have teamed up to create an exotic experience at home. The project is expected to help businesses that … Continue reading Vilnius – Holiday!

Nice – Mapping positive impacts

The Côte d’Azur University, together with the city, launched the “Open Map of the Global Pause”, a project collecting positive phenomena that have occurred throughout the world, since the beginning of the crisis. Open Map has already collected more than 355 contributions from all over the world. These include natural phenomena, innovations, art and culture, … Continue reading Nice – Mapping positive impacts

Vilnius – Mask Fashion Week

The streets of Vilnius are currently dotted with giant photos of people wearing protective masks made in creative way. The images are part of a new project called Mask Fashion Week, which drew its inspiration from members of a Facebook group known as Mask Your Fashion. Unlike a traditional fashion week, the project is open … Continue reading Vilnius – Mask Fashion Week

Paris – Free bike trips

Since the beginning of the lockdown the city bike sharing system, is now free of charge or reimbursed when used for under an hour trip. On other matters, Parisians are offered tailored services to maintain their access to culture, such as online museum visits and access to municipal libraries. These are just a few measures … Continue reading Paris – Free bike trips

Reims – Imagining the future

Reims has launched a digital platform to invite people to come up with ideas and solutions to pave the way to the ‘day after’. The city engages itself to implement projects collected on the platform that have been approved by popular vote. Projects can fall under areas such as: economic recovery, health and well-being, living … Continue reading Reims – Imagining the future

Florence – Civic crowdfunding

Florence has joined forces with local stakeholders and active citizenship to launch a crowdfunding initiative. Collected funds will help finance projects in areas such as welfare, education and culture. Four projects have already been selected through the platform. These have financed the purchase of medical equipment for a retirement home, a dedicated food delivery system … Continue reading Florence – Civic crowdfunding

Dusseldorf – Business portal

Düsseldorf has launched an online portal with collected information on local support services and businesses. One can find information on which shops and restaurants offer delivery service, as well as information on culture, sports, e-learning, tips for families etc. Citizens may find it easier to support local businesses and to gather information on the different … Continue reading Dusseldorf – Business portal

Lille Metropole – Health charter to reassure tourists

Lille Metropole attractiveness agency, ‘Hello Lille’ and the Lille Pasteur Institute have developed a health charter to insure the safety of Lille as a tourist destination. The charter has already been signed by 200 major players of the culture and tourism industry. The signatories will display their commitment to the charter through a specific logo … Continue reading Lille Metropole – Health charter to reassure tourists

Stuttgart – Financial support

Stuttgart has published a summary of measures that it has taken to ensure those who are not able to work or who have childcare complications can be reimbursed. Other measures include the deferral of several municipal taxes, such as trade tax and rents, and grants are made available for culture and sports venues. For those … Continue reading Stuttgart – Financial support

Pesaro – Overview of measures

The City of Pesaro has create 2 facebook groups, among other initatives, that provide activities for people to do while quarantined at home. The original content includes activities concerning sports, cuisine, educational activities, music and culture. The services also include a telephone support service to request information on health issues, and sharing a list of … Continue reading Pesaro – Overview of measures

Lublin – Measures for foreign residents

Lublin is supporting foreign residents by making practical information available, looking out for underage non-national students, and centralising services. Measures include: A website in English https://lublin.eu/en/and Ukrainian (largest migrant community) https://lublin.eu/ua/ with the latest updates on the situation in Poland and Lubelskie, as well as current regulations or restrictions in force and links to social … Continue reading Lublin – Measures for foreign residents

Kadikoy – Healthy meals from famous chefs

In the Turkish city of Kadikoy, people in need get morale support and healthy food during the corona crisis through the initiative ‘You stay safe’. Meals are prepared by the popular nutrition expert Dilara Koçak and cooked by famous chefs, with ingredients sponsored by restaurants and companies. The municipality delivers the meals. “Balanced nutrition, drinking … Continue reading Kadikoy – Healthy meals from famous chefs

Bordeaux – Citizen dialogues

Bordeaux is launching two participatory schemes this week: A consultation, which invites residents to put forward ideas for coming out of the crisis and for improvements to local life, and the creation of a Citizens’ Committee, which met for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, 5 May, by video conference with the Mayor of Bordeaux, … Continue reading Bordeaux – Citizen dialogues

Izmir – Pay your neighbour’s water bill

People in Izmir who cannot pay their water bills due to economic problems resulting from the corona crisis can get help by others who anonymously pay for them. Following the example of Istanbul and Ankara, the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has implemented the system of ‘askida fatura’, ‘suspended bill’. That is the name of a Turkish … Continue reading Izmir – Pay your neighbour’s water bill

Vienna – Overview of measures for safe and inclusive recovery

Vienna has taken an approach of cautious exit and inclusive recovery as the country is slowly going back to ‘normal’. The updated overview highlights measures with regard to a smooth and safe running of city services, from childcare and schools to health and social services, support for the local economy and unemployed citizens and much … Continue reading Vienna – Overview of measures for safe and inclusive recovery

Budapest – Waiting for you

“Budapest awaits!” is the message of a music and dance video, aimed at city residents and tourists. The film, created by the Budapest Festival and Tourism Center, shows the formerly cheerful and lively, but now empty city, waiting to see life returning to the streets and public spaces. Budapest has also compiled a summary of … Continue reading Budapest – Waiting for you

Nicosia – Overview of measures

The city of Nicosia, Cyprus, has compiled a summary of the municipality’s measures in the corona crisis, from confinement regulations over ‘solidarity baskets’ for the elderly to creative activities for kids, painting their vision of ‘Nicosia 2030’ while at home. The document also provides contact names for further information. You can download it here

Genova – Overview of measures

The Italian city of Genova has compiled a summary of the city’s measures in response to the corona pandemic. The presentation describes a stepwise approach to care for people, jobs and services first, while preparing for reboot and resilient and sustainable growth after the crisis. You can download the document here

Kartal / Istanbul – Marching band for the morale

With music in the streets, the municipality of Kartal, a district of Istanbul, entertains and supports people at home during the corona crisis. A marching band played a series of concerts in ten neighbourhoods and was greeted with flags and applause. The municipality also developed a video programme for kindergarten kids. You can read more … Continue reading Kartal / Istanbul – Marching band for the morale

Izmir – Volunteer harvest workers

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has launched a volunteer programme for the fruit harvest during the corona pandemic. Due to the curfew it is expected that many seasonal workers will be unable to attend the harvest. Young volunteers can register online and receive a video training. The municipality provides hygiene sets, including masks, gloves and disinfectants, transportation … Continue reading Izmir – Volunteer harvest workers