Ravenna and Romagna stand apart from the other Italian cities bidding for European Capital of Culture thanks to a series of factors:

a)A far-sighted participatory and sustainable roadmap for the bid: Ravenna was the first Italian city to start working toward the 2019 bid, activating and mobilising the energies of the city and its region since 2007. It is adopting innovative participatory, consultative and governance tools for this purpose.

b)Home-made approach: The bid proposal relies upon the intellectual resources available locally, whose primacy led us to immediately rule out assigning the design and planning of the bid to outside consultants.

c)Emerging local talent: The core of the candidacy proposal is built upon the participation and activation of local energies, through the promotion of emerging talents, to bring in new competencies and fresh ideas, with the ambitious goal of nurturing a new managerial class for the city and region.

d)“Doing together”: The social cohesion and aptitude for cooperation, which are the hallmarks of Ravenna and Romagna, characterise the spirit of our bid. They are at  the ground of the collaborative networks in the project.

e)Dialogue with contemporary arts and culture: for a city that has, until now, primarily lived off the legacy of its past, the bid offers an opportunity to foster artistic-cultural productions that are better tuned with the present and oriented into the future.


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f)Relation with Europe’s identity: The highly diversified spirit of Ravenna’s local identity, so free from entrenched ethnic-cultural biases, almost automatically brings it in tune with a European sense of identity. If the distinctive trait of this continent is its unique ability to think of itself in terms of universal human rights, the societal sphere, and the vital role of cultural relations, then Ravenna can legitimately put itself forward as a standard bearer of the European spirit also in Italy.

g)Broad-based regional support: Ravenna’s bid, in addition to being backed by Emilia-Romagna Region, also enjoys support and contributions from all the other cities of Romagna – a regional network that has always been renowned for its ability to “do together”, and which in this capacity aims to offer a practical model for creating new visions and cultural plans at a European level.