By Professor Franco Bianchini
With the start of a new chapter in Hull’s cultural development just beginning, heritage narratives and assets have been important dimensions of the European City of Culture programme (renamed European Capital of Culture in 2001) since its foundation in 1985. This talk presented by Prof, Franco Bianchini of the Institute for Culture, Place and Policy, will explore several aspects of the role of heritage in European Cities and Capitals of Culture.
These include: the question of whose heritage is being represented in the programme (a controversial issue for Glasgow in 1990 and for Istanbul twenty years later); the uses of language, popular traditions and other aspects of the intangible heritage; creative responses to contested histories and painful memories (examples include Linz in 2009 and Donostia/San Sebastián in 2016); the landscape as heritage (with reference to Matera, one of the two European Capitals of Culture for 2019), and challenges for the future. The talk will make reference also to some of the heritage themes in Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Free admission - there is no need to book in advance.