Bologna – Your neighbourhood, a cultural centre

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Bologna will organise affordable initiatives throughout the summer investing every courtyard and every square. Citizens will be able to meet and stay together respecting security measures. ‘Bologna Estate’ will have a wide offer of screenings, performances and concerts in addition to traditional museums and tourist attractions, and to bring culture in every corner of the city, each neighbourhood will turn into a culture venue hosting small theatre performances, mobile storytellers, monologues and much more. Read more here and here (in Italian)

Contact: Micaela Merli

Cardiff – Celebrating the creativity of Wales

The annual Tafwyl festival celebrating Welsh language and culture will be live streamed this Saturday, 20 June, through AM, an online platform sharing creative work from Wales’ cultural scene. Along with live music, several of Tafwyl’s usual offerings will be provided, including Q&As, literature sessions and children’s workshops. Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, said: “Of course the pandemic means the festival can’t go ahead with the huge crowds that it has attracted over the past few years, but by opening up Cardiff Castle for this live broadcast, I hope it will remind everyone of the great times the’’ve had there in the past, will give them a real buzz on the day, and whet their appetite for its full return next year.” You can read more here and follow the festival here, where you also can download the app

Contact: Beverley Watson

Ghent – Keeping festivals alive

After announcing that the biggest summer festival in Ghent is cancelled this year, the city declared it will pay the organisers up to 80% of the planned subsidy. They will receive 50% of the funding if they commit to participate in an opening event for the 2021 edition, and will receive 30% on top of that if they develop a creative alternative for the 2020 edition that respects health and security measures. To support other artists and initiatives that usually take place around the festival, Ghent has set aside 200,000 euros. Read more here

Contact: Els Uytterhoeven

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 invitation is opened until May 17th using Instagram with the hashtags: #PHEdesdemibalcón y #PHE20
Read more (in Spanish) here.

Contact: Lorena Calvo

Dresden – Art and culture at home

The City of Dresden launched an Open Call #stayathomeandbecreative addressing professional freelance artists in Dresden to become creative from home. Artists are asked to send their recorded songs, readings, plays, DJ sessions or studio tours to the city, Whether GoPro, cell phone camera or Cinecamcorder – everything is allowed. Only the digital format is important. The selected clips will then be remunerated by the Office of Culture and Monument Preservation of the City of Dresden and will be presented online. The closing date for entries is 03 April 2020. See more here

Contact: Regine Kramer

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 which have recently announced cancellation, as well as offer support to the wider cultural community. Grant funding has been specifically allocated to support the Council’s work on Diversity and Inclusion, providing support to BAME artists and cultural organisations in Edinburgh during COVID-19. read more here

Contact: Karen Lloyd

Nice – Culture online

Nice is keeping culture open online. Through it’s platform, the city has launched twenty online programmes including films, concerts, ballets, visits to heritage places, exhibition, and conferences! There is even a free moment when artists and musicians have a carte blanch to perform as they want. Read more (in French) here.

Contact: Jérôme Sieurin