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European Regions of Gastronomy chosen for 2016

An international jury comprising representatives of the founding members of the European Region of Gastronomy platform met in Ponte de Lima, Portugal to consider the applications of the following regions for the European Region of Gastronomy title for the year 2016: Catalonia and Minho.

The Jury reviewed the written applications of the two candidate regions, which had been submitted on January 19th 2015. Jury members also visited the two regions in June 2014 and February 2015. The candidate regions were invited to make a presentation of their proposals in Ponte de Lima on February 6th, 2015. On the basis of the presentations the teams from the two regions were then questioned about their plans by the jury.

General comments
The jury was impressed with the work undertaken by both candidate regions in preparing their bids in the short time available. Both bids managed to integrate the different focus areas of the European Region of Gastronomy very well into their programme. Both bids also presented a long term view of the event and its legacy. Both regions have obvious gastronomic strengths on which to implement their programmes. There is also strong commitment from the regional partners to the programme.

Suggestions for improvement for the final version of the programme

Catalonia

More specification of the relationship between the programme and the focus areas.

Ensuring visibility of European Region of Gastronomy in the different elements of the programme.

Minho

Indicate how they will deal with the tensions between promoting local gastronomy and the strong trend towards globalisation.

Both regions –

Think about more activities to promote collaboration between SMEs at European level.

Consider how will they ensure that pride is taken in the event by local people.

Develop the evaluation actions, particularly in terms of the wider, European effects, because this will be a particularly important part of these first programmes. We will expect these two pioneer regions to share their experiences with the rest of the platform, and to ensure some form of independent evaluation.

Both regions should consider in a more structured way how they will work with the other regions on collaborative marketing.

Recommendation
On the basis of the written applications, the presentations and the discussion, the jury has decided that both Minho and Catalunya should be recommended as the first European Regions of Gastronomy for 2016.

The official award of the title will take place at a ceremony to be held in Brussels on 3 June 2015.

 

The International Jury

The jury is drawn from experts from the founding members of the European Region of Gastronomy platform. For the 2016 selection, the jury members are:

Prof. Dr Greg Richards (NL) President of IGCAT

Prof. Dr Ilie Rotariu (RO) Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

Prof. Dr Roberta Garibaldi (IT) Universita degli studi Bergamo

Anna Blaua (LT) Riga Tourism Development Bureau

Claire Robert (FR)  Conservatoire International des Cuisines Méditerranéennes

Anja van Hout (NL) Agrifood Capital

Carmel Cassar (MT) University of Malta

Jesper H. B. Christensen (DK) City of Aarhus.

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Pilsen and Mons: European Capitals of Culture 2015

Pilsen (Czech Republic) and Mons (Belgium) are the European Capitals of Culture for 2015. Pilsen will officially launch its cultural programme on 17 January and Mons on 24 January, starting a year-long programme of cultural activities which will boost local community involvement and attract participants from near and far …READ MORE

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Catalonia and Minho present candidate proposals to be European Region of Gastronomy 2016

The first annual European Region of Gastronomy award candidates have been shortlisted. The regions of Catalonia (Spain) and Minho (Portugal) presented successful written proposals to IGCAT on Monday 19 January 2015. The shortlisted regions will have the opportunity to present their bid to a selected jury panel and public audience on Friday 6 February 2015 at 11:00am, at the Palacete Villa Moraes in Ponte de Lima, in the Portuguese region of Minho.

Following the presentation, the shortlisted regions will receive recommendations from an international jury panel headed by deputy-chairman, Prof. Greg Richards. The list of international jury members include Ilie Rotariu from the University ‘Lucian Blaga’ of Sibiu (Romania), Roberta Garibaldi from the University of Bergamo (Italy), Anna Blaua from the Riga Tourism Development Bureau (Latvia), Claire Robert from the Conservatoire International des Cuisines Méditerranéennes (France), Anja van Hout from Agrifood Capital (the Netherlands), Carmel Cassar from the University of Malta (Malta) and Jesper H. B. Christensen from City of Aarhus (Denmark).

The regulations for the award have been developed as bottom-up initiative with nine European regions working together with the operative body for the award – the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT), over the past year and a half to design the concept. Members from the founding regions will also meet in Minho on 4-5 February 2015 to further discussion on the development of the platform.

The European Region of Gastronomy award will be officially launched in May 2015, with the selection and announcement of the final winning regions by the Chairman of the Jury, Mr. Anton Rambouts.

‘We are hugely excited by the interest in the European Region of Gastronomy award and by the quality of the candidacies’, said Prof. Greg Richards, ‘this confirms the demand for such an initiative within Europe’, he added.

The award seeks to link food, tourism, culture, identity, health and sustainability to support regional development, whether at an economic, social, environmental or cultural level. It will be bestowed each year to a European region which combines innovation and sustainability to local culinary and cultural identity. For more information and to find out how to bid for the 2017 award, please visit: europeanregionofgastronomy.org

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Bidding for the 2016 European Region of Gastronomy Award Closes

The deadline for bidding for the first annual European Region of Gastronomy award closed on Monday 19 January 2015. The shortlisted regions will be announced on Friday 6 February 2015 at 11:00am, during a public presentation of their candidate proposals at the Palacete Villa Moraes in Ponte de Lima, in the Portuguese region of Minho.

The shortlisted regions will then be selected by a jury chaired by Professor Greg Richards, who has championed the award since its conception with fellow European experts Diane Dodd and Robert Palmer. The regulations for the award have been developed as bottom-up initiative with nine European regions working together over the past year and a half to design the concept. Representatives from the nine founding member regions – Minho (Portugal); North East Brabant (Netherlands); Aarhus/Central Region Denmark; Marseille Provence (France); Riga/Gauja Region (Latvia); Malta; Sibiu/Transylvania (Romania); Catalonia (Spain) and Lombardy (Italy), along with the operative body for the award – the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT), will also meet in Minho and be present for the press conference.

The European Region of Gastronomy award will be officially launched in May 2015, with the selection and announcement of the final winning regions. ‘We are hugely excited by the interest in the European Region of Gastronomy award and by the quality of the candidacies’, said Prof. Richards, ‘this confirms the demand for such an initiative within Europe’, he added.

The award seeks to link food, tourism, culture, identity, health and sustainability to support regional development, whether at an economic, social, environmental or cultural level. It will be bestowed each year to a European region which combines innovation and sustainability to local culinary and cultural identity. For more information and to find out how to bid for the 2017 award, please visit: europeanregionofgastronomy.org

 

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Plzeň to launch year as European Capital of Culture next week

Plzen is preparing the biggest cultural event in the country for five years to celebrate Plzen as a European Capital of Culture 2015. The three-day ceremony, which will start on Friday, January 16, has been supervised by project artistic director Petr Forman, son of the Oscar-winning film director Milos Forman. The city will welcome the biggest number of significant guests since the fall of communism in end-1989…. READ MORE

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Romania launches competition for the European Capital of Culture 2021 title

Romania recently launched the competition that will design the Romanian city that will receive the title of European Capital of Culture in 2021, according to Minister of Culture Hegedüs Csilla. The deadline for submitting applications is October 10, 2015. ‘The European Parliament and the European Commission decided in April that Romania and Greece can nominate a city that will become the European Capital of Culture. We were told we have six years to prepare that city, to launch the competition, which is why we launch this competition now’, Csilla said. All cities will have 10 months to prepare the application form. The final selection will be organized around August 2016 by an international jury…READ MORE.

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European Capitals of Culture Seminar for candidate cities

Candidate cities in various stages of bidding for the coveted European Capital of Culture title, took part in a meeting with the authors of the European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) reports in Barcelona on Friday 12 December 2014. The meeting featured the participation of several bidding ECOC cities in order to explore challenges as well as collaboration possibilities, facilitated by leading experts on the European Capitals of Culture Programme: Robert Palmer, Greg Richards and Diane Dodd.

At the December seminar (which is becoming a yearly event) IGCAT offers the bidding ECOC cities the opportunity to meet with other bidding cities to forge important links. The sessions are organized both as formal and informal sessions so that the cities have the opportunity to share expertise and experience with one another, and tease out areas of concern and difficulty.

Areas discussed included important elements in the bidding process; changes in the guidelines; devolving the effects of the ECOC across the region; involving regional partners; ensuring political support for the bid; managing political stakeholders; opportunities available through EU programmes; glavanising private support; crowdfunding methods; involving local citizens in the bidding process; reaching new audience segments; developing the European Dimension; using the ECOC to develop tourism; effective evaluation strategies; using evaluation in the bidding process; developing creative  sector growth; using the ECOC as a platform for innovation; social media in the bidding process; creating legacies; branding impacts; putting the city on the  map; critical success factors and ensuring a successful ECOC.

All the cities participating agreed that the meeting was incredibly useful and Brendan McGrath from Galway Ireland admitted following the morning session that the seminar was the most useful meeting he had attended in years!

IGCAT also offers tailored training courses for political representatives, programme coordinators and wider stakeholders, on future European Capitals of Culture both in Barcelona and/or as a structured visit to the bidding the city -see more information on IGCAT’s website

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