Ex-post evaluation of the 2019 European capitals of culture 

We are honoured to share the final report for the Ex-post Evaluation of the 2019 European Capitals of Culture executed by Ecorys. The report provides final findings for the two ECoC based on evidence gathered during the course of the study.

The cities of Matera and Plovdiv were the two ECoC cities for 2019. The evaluation has focused on how these cities developed their application and cultural programme, how they delivered their ECoC year, the benefits and impacts that were gained and any legacy issues they experienced. The evaluation also highlights what the cities actually delivered over 2019 and describe the themes, priorities and key projects that made up their ECoC cultural programme.

Finally, the evaluation also puts forward conclusions, recommendations and lessons for future ECoC titleholders and applicants as well as EU institutions to learn from. This report starts with an introduction giving a brief policy history and context of the ECoC and explaining the aims and methodology of the evaluation. It is then followed by a chapter each for Matera and Plovdiv which sets out the main findings and observations of the evaluation for each of the 2019 host cities. It concludes with overall findings and recommendations. 

Read online the Executive summary of the report in English HERE or you can download it HERE in PDF. The Executive summary is available also in German and French HERE.

Read online the full Final report HERE in English or you can download it in PDF HERE.

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