Cities Ahead

The Cities Ahead programme supports ambitious European cultural and creative cities in attaining more international visibility and cultural appeal. At a two-day academy, renowned experts impart practical knowledge on international cultural urban development. Through a worldwide open call, cities receive further stimuli from the cultural and creative industries.
Cities Ahead is a good opportunity for cities to reflect on what resources they have.
Charles Landry

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The programme consists of two phases:
  • The Cities Ahead Academy consists of expert input and workshops to train local administrations and cultural actors in (international) cultural urban development
  • The Academy programme is designed for 2 days and consists of 3 freely selectable modules
  • The Academy is open to employees from cultural administration, economic development, urban planning, offices for international relations, and tourism offices as well as employees of local cultural institutions
  • The global Cities Ahead Open Call promotes innovative and participatory creative projects in the participating cities


Building Creative City Ecosystems
Development of cities as cultural locations and the importance of creative districts
  Leveraging Culture for Sustainability
Potentials of art and culture for sustainability-oriented urban development
Crafting Cultural Strategies
Potentials and application of cultural development plans
  Joining International City Networks
Insight into city networks, their modes of operation, goals, and benefits
Working with Cultural Data
Collecting and applying cultural data for the best possible impact for cities
  Becoming European Capital of Culture
Procedure and insights into successful application processes

Participating cities in 2024

Participating cities in 2023



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