The Mirror Europe project takes shape
The idea of this project is to create a platform for cultural and knowledge exchange in real time between citizens and cultural actors from different cities in Europe. By creating a digital and public meeting place, the aim is to shrink the distance between the cities, says Marcus Weinehall, project manager of Mirror Europe.
Swedish Institute has granted the project 440 000 SEK for a preliminary study. A first meeting with discussions about opportunities and visions for the project took place in Umeå, 23-24 July 2012. The meeting was attended by representatives from several of the cities that have shown interest to participate in the collaboration – Umeå (Sweden), Riga (Latvia), Harstad (Norway), Wroclaw and Gdansk (Poland) and Petrozavodsk (Russia). Umeå and Riga are the European Capitals of Culture 2014 and Wroclaw is one of the ECoC:s 2016.
The next step is to concretize the content and activities in a project plan and an application to the EU Culture Programme. If funding can be secured, the project will run from 2013 to 2015.