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European Capitals of Culture | A talk by Anne-Marie Autissier

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Date(s) - 26/07/2018
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Alliance française du Bengale


Date: Thursday 26th July 2018
Time : 6:30 PM
Venue : Alliance française du Bengale
57A Park Mansion, Park Street

Free and open to all 


In 2018, we mark the 33rd anniversary of the European Capitals of Culture , one the best known EU cultural programs. Since 1985, many European cities undertook this initiative, while offering a 6 month to 1 year artistic and cultural activities in various domains – music, theater, dance, heritage promotion, museums, street arts, visual arts. The program experienced various developments since its creation.

From prestigious and high culture presentations, it has progressively moved on to more extended forms of activities, including sports, ecology, participative arts, urbanism, social cohesion and welfare. Today, each year, 2 European cities are nominated  – one in Western Europe, one in Central and Oriental Europe or newly EU state members. In 2018 Leeuwarden-Friesland (The Netherlands) and La Valette (capital city of Malta) are both European Capitals of Culture.

Such an initiative inspired other continents : Latin American European Capitals of Culture, Arabic ones, some Asiatic ones. In a cultural city as Kolkata, this talk by Anne-Marie Autissier aims to present these various proposals.

On Anne-Marie Autissier

Anne-Marie Autissier is a sociologist of Culture and Media. She is a specialist of cultural policies in the European Union and beyond. From February 2012 up to March 2018, she was the Director of Paris 8 Institute of European Studies. From February 2017 up to March 2018, she also was the Vice-President of Paris 8 International Relations.

Recent published books and articles:

2013: 50  ans de France Culture, Paris: Flammarion

2013 : « Politiques culturelles en Inde : complexité nationale et résonances mondiales », in Transculturalité(s), Arts du spectacle vivant et littératures de l’Inde contemporaine, 30 may 2013 Study Day, Paris 8 University (Laboratory 1573, Scènes et savoirs), LABEX H2H project, in Poétique de l’étranger, 2014

2016: Europe et culture, un couple à réinventer ?, Toulouse: Les Éditions de l’Attribut