Productivity of Culture

Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga

Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga is working for the International Cultural Centre of Krakow


presentation: Culture and Economy - a possible dialogue about new policy measures
category: Culture and Economy

In the past years many cities have chosen cultural and art projects as ways of stimulating development and urban regeneration. One of the most known examples is the regeneration of Bilbao, including such flagship projects like the Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Congress and Music Hall, which turned a crumbling industrial centre into a flourishing city ready for the new millennium challenge. Another great example here would be Glasgow, which is one of the few European Capitals of Culture associated with broad transformation and successful culture-led regeneration programme – to some extend a benchmark for all the other cities. The presentation will try to answer the following questions in this context. What makes some cities more successful than the other in implementing culture-led development plans? Why in some cities cultural events have a great impact on the development? In the case of Kraków, unlike Glasgow, the title of European Capital of Culture had little influence on the city’s condition. What went wrong? In the first years of Polish membership in the EU there were 217 culture-related projected financed within the European structural funds. What could contribute to their success? One of the answers would be municipalities having a coherent plan for a city’s development including all sectors and their awareness of the delicate culture and heritage problems.


Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga, graduate of the Cracow University Economics, major in European Studies. In 2002-2005 member of the Culture Contact Point in Poland staff (Ministry of Culture). Since 2003 coordinator of the Culture 2000 programme in Poland, since 2005 unit coordinator in the European Affairs Unit in the Department of Culture Strategy and European Affairs in the Ministry of Culture. Currently: European funds specialist in the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, CCP trainer, University lecturer.

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