Main motivation behind the city bidding to become Capital of Culture: The Capital of Culture was part of a national and local political project to revitalise the Danish capital and the surrounding region. The Capital of Culture was to help lead this process by putting culture at the top of the agenda.
Official mission or broad aim:
A three-hundred page White Paper, published after extensive consultation in 1992-3, contained a list of ten official aims:
Wide participation in art and culture in the region
Create lasting improvements in art and culture in the region
Emphasise the variety and quality of art and culture in the region
Place Danish art and culture on the international map
Focus on international trends in contemporary art
Bring forward unique nature of the city’s physical and historical situation
Strengthen Copenhagen as a unified geographical area and as a capital city
Enhance Copenhagen’s role as a European centre
Strengthen creativity and quality of life in the region Involve particular groups of the community
Objectives rated as having a high importance:
Long-term cultural development
Enhancing pride and self-confidence Raising the international profile Followed by:
Cultural infrastructure improvements
Growing and expanding the local audience for culture
Running a programme of cultural activities
Attracting visitors from own country
Attracting visitors from abroad
Developing the talent/career of local artists
Social cohesion/community development
Encouraging artistic and philosophic debate
Creating a festive atmosphere
Promoting innovation and creativity
Developing relationships with other European cities
Consultation to define aims and objectives:
Yes, this was a particular feature of Copenhagen 96.
Consultation took place with:
Politicians - cultural organisations, artists - business community - tourism sector - community organisations, social services - local residents.
How was consultation undertaken:
30 one-day seminars between September 92 and February 93 leading to the White Paper, followed by outreach to many local associations, schools etc.
There was also an advisory board of about 100 people, starting in 1994.