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Issue 16
December 2003/January 2004
Monthly newsletter of the programme

Culture 2000 is aimed at culture professionals from the European Union and 15 associate countries. It was established to encourage cooperation between artists, promoters and other partners in the field of culture. Its objectives are to highlight cultural identity and diversity in Europe and to promote the dissemination of works.
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Genoa and Lille, European Capitals of Culture in 2004

After Graz (Austria) in 2003, it is the turn of Lille (France) and Genoa (Italy) to be European Capitals of Culture in 2004.

Two capitals give us twice as many reasons to celebrate and not to miss the hundreds of events planned... There will be no shortage of activities, with something to suit everyone's tastes!

Lille began its programme of festivities with all-night celebrations on 6 December which brought some 500 000 people to its streets. More than a thousand musicians and choristers were present to sing Berlioz's railway cantata, directed by the Lille National Orchestra's director, Jean-Claude Casadesus. The celebrations continued with a procession of brass bands and colourful floats, followed by dances in all parts of the city...

Genoa will launch its festivities on New Year's Eve with the world-exclusive ON NAUMON Il Viaggio, a show celebrating multiculturalism in the Mediterranean, created by the Genoan group Echo Art and the Barcelona theatre company La Fura dels Baus.

Culture 2000 will of course be supporting several of the events scheduled for this exceptional year.
Further information may be found in our newsletter. Don't miss it!

On this subject, the Commission has submitted a proposal for a decision to the European Parliament and the Council with a view to including the cities of the new Member States in the "European Capitals of Culture" programme in the very near future.

MUS-E... on stage

The Yehudi Menuhin Foundation celebrated the tenth anniversary of its MUS-E project by hosting an event in Brussels on 9 December, at which the master's violin, carefully conserved at the Cremona museum (Italy), was awarded to one of his best students, Volker Biesenbender, by Mrs Viviane Reding, Member of the Commission responsible for culture and education.

The evening highlighted the MUS-E programme, which is intended to give primary school children in Europe access to art and to help them discover their creative talents.

The Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is funded by the European Union.

Projets soutenus


danceWEB-Europe is a platform for cooperation in the field of contemporary dance involving dance institutions in Europe.
It guides and supports young dancers and choreographers in their artistic career. It also offers initiatives in training, with an annual scholarship programme in which 432 people have taken part since it was begun, in coproduction, by being involved in some 15 choreographic projects every year, and in distribution and documentation, by making documentaries on dance.

danceWEB-Europe is also keen to include artists from the countries of central and eastern Europe in its projects and to allow them to participate in its activities.

This three-year project (2002-2005) - which is co-organised by Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and Norway - is led by the danceWEB association, based in Vienna (Austria). It is supported by Action 2 of the Culture 2000 programme (multiannual cultural cooperation agreements).

Are you a participant in a project funded by Culture 2000? If so, we’d like to hear from you (feedback, dates, etc.)! Contact us...



Culture 2000

- Results of the general call for 2003
In 2003, the Culture 2000 programme is supporting 201 cultural cooperation projects, almost half of which involve the performing arts, this year's priority area. See our press release for further information...
We invite you to visit our site to see the projects selected in 2003 under Action 1 (annual projects) and Action 2 (multiannual projects).

- General call 2004 (Actions 1 and 2): number of applications received
The 2004 call for proposals was open until 30 October 2003 for annual projects (Action 1) and until 14 November 2003 for multiannual projects (Action 2). The Commission received 525 applications relating to the first action and 157 relating to the second. The selection procedure is now under way. This involves several stages in order to ensure that the selection is as objective as possible and in line with the rules of good financial management: verification that the projects comply fully with the criteria, qualitative evaluation by panels of independent experts, financial check, submission to the programme's management committee, consultation of the European Parliament followed by other relevant departments of the European Commission.

- Evaluation of the implementation of Culture 2000 in 2000 and 2001
An independent evaluation of the Culture 2000 programme was undertaken in the course of 2003 by the firm PLS Ramboll Management.

This evaluation concludes that the "Culture 2000" programme is necessary in order to implement Article 151 of the Treaty, that the approach is sound and that it creates cultural added value and European added value.
However, there are still some shortcomings in the programme; for example, it has too many different objectives, especially given the limited budget allocated to the programme.

The full text of this evaluation is available in English on our website, as is the relevant report adopted by the Commission on 24 November.

- News update: Extension of the Culture 2000 framework programme (continued)
At its plenary session on 16 December 2003, Parliament adopted a decision extending the Culture 2000 programme to include 2005 and 2006.
The Council will give its opinion on this text during the first quarter of 2004.

News related to Culture 2000

- Council resolutions in the field of culture
The Council adopted two resolutions at its meeting on 24/25 November : one on cooperation between cultural institutions in the field of museums and one on the deposit of cinematographic works in the European Union.

- Cultural organisations of European interest (continued)
Following implementation of the new Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities, it has become necessary to establish a basic instrument for awarding operating grants to European cultural bodies and for supporting specific activities in the field of culture.

Under the codecision procedure, the European Parliament issued its opinion at first reading on 6 November. The Ministers of Culture reached political agreement at the Council meeting held on 24 November. The European institutions undertook to ensure this text was adopted quickly.

For further information on this matter, please refer to the June and October/November editions.

- Feasibility study concerning the creation of a European observatory of cultural cooperation and Report on the state of cultural cooperation in Europe.
The text of both of these studies, carried out respectively by the firms Ecotec Research and Consulting and Fundació Interarts and EFAH, are available on our website.

Everyone in the Culture 2000 team wishes you all a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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