Cultural Cooperation Between the European Capitals of Culture and Cultural Cities of East Asia: Opportunities and Challenges

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In the framework of the Forum on Cooperation between European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) and Cultural Cities of East Asia (CCEA) in Shanghai in November 2017, co-organised by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform, a study has been completed by expert Else Christensen-Redzepovic.

This study was commissioned by the European Commission and the EU Delegation to China with the objectives of assessing the potentials and challenges for developing a strategic partnership between the EU cultural flagship initiative “European Capitals of Culture” and the trilateral Japan, China, South Korea cultural cooperation initiative “Cultural City of East Asia”. The ECoC and CCEA cooperation could bring added value in achieving mutual understanding in values, cultures and lifestyle within a city perspective between Europe and East Asia. Strategic ECoC cooperation with third countries would strengthen the already established cultural cooperation between European cultural professionals, institutions and authorities and stakeholders in third countries which in turn would pool resources by acting jointly as Europeans in the world.