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An international Village of Culture in 2023 ?

The International Village of Culture was a project by the English National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF). It was a legacy of an unsuccessful bid by the city of Newcastle for the European City of Culture 2008 (it went to Liverpool). Instead, Newcastle created a festival called Culture10. The NRTF proposed several projects to Culture10  to challenge the idea that only cities are places for culture, investment, tourism and ideas.  

The International Village of Culture programme included  a conference in the city of Durham (NE England) in April 2009  where delegates from the UK, Europe, South Africa and Canada met to celebrate and discuss art in rural areas. Two international touring commissions were also produced,and 5 bands from Poland, Norway, Denmark,Finland and Estonia also showcased at the conference then toured rural England the following year.

A few AREA members were there! The idea began with an English rural network, but it belongs to everyone who turned up. 

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