Filmed in Barcelona, Lille, Timisoara and Zagreb, "Culture Rocks the City" shows how culture can radically change the image of European cities. Comparing experiences of cultural activism between Eastern and Western Europe, SEETV explores how culture can become a powerful tool of both economic development and citizenship.
Twenty years ago, Barcelona was nowhere to be seen on the cultural map of Europe. Now, it's a haven of cultural tourism. What's the recipe? Lille used to be perceived as a boring industrial city in the North of France. It has now become a synonym for dynamism and originality - draining hundreds of thousands of visitors since the famous 'Lille 2004' Festival. Timisoara is rediscovering its cultural treasures after more than 30 years of communism, and hopes to become a cultural destination on the South Eastern European map. In Zagreb, alternative culture is trying to work its way through, besides the more "official" cultural line.
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A full transcript is available in English and French.