Çanakkale 2010

1.1.2010 - 31.12.2010
Çanakkale, İstanbul

Nurtured by its participatory tradition open to debate, and treating the year 2010 as a new beginning, Çanakkale proposed the idea of Çanakkale 2010 in order to place the cultural policy debate on the agenda of the city and to disseminate culture and art activities across the whole of the city. This idea, which was proposed during meetings organized within the scope of the Strategies for Local Cultural Policies project was transformed into a year-long project with the participation of civil initiatives, local administrations and the university. Throughout the year, a dynamic culture and arts scene was created for all citizens with events that were free of charge. The people of Çanakkale discussed and focused on the problems of the city with artists, writers and urban planners from out of town, and voiced and shared their proposals and complaints. Citizens came together not only to share but also to produce, creating an opportunity for urban actors to act together.

“Civilian projects implemented in Çanakkale in the last 15 years have adopted as a priority principle to create participatory, democratic processes and outcomes. Çanakkale 2010 was formed with the contribution of such work, and it succeeded in creating, especially in the local context, processes and products with particularly rich content and outcome. The city witnessed and hosted an unprecedented volume of “culture” themed debates and concepts. During these distinguished debates, actions, performances and events, “art”, in other words, “art as cultural context” created significant data, nurtured culture, and helped people feel good and express themselves. This project enabled the people of Çanakkale to produce work with much better content and quality on art and culture compared to the past.” İsmail Erten, Coordinator of Çanakkale 2010

Çanakkale 2010 was organized around two main areas of events. The first of these was the city debates, realized under the title 12 Months/12 Themes. A debate meeting was organized every month in order to form the city’s cultural policies in a participatory manner and to form a debate platform in the city, and a manifesto was prepared. The second area was to bring together the contiuing or planned events in the city around the 12 themes that were determined, in order to increase the debate and art activity in the city. From January to December 2010 citizens debated the themes Movement, Communication, Urban Identity and Awareness, Tourism, Ceramics and Art in the City, Rural City and Agricultural Economy, Water, Participation and Coexistence, Peace, Cultural Heritage, Public Spaces and Pluralism. The project that began in January 2010 came to a close on 31 December. In view of the participatory experience created by the Çanakkale 2010 project, in November 2010, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) network that has its center in Barcelona elected the project as an example of international good practice.

Çanakkale 2010 – What Now?
Following the completion on 31 December 2010 of the Çanakkale 2010 project, a workshop was organized in Çanakkale on 28-29 January 2011 to assess the work carried out in the city throughout 2010, and to support sustainable steps in terms of cultural policies Çanakkale might take from now on. At the workshop, the Çanakkale 2010 was accompanied by Jordi Pascual, the Director of Agenda 21 for Culture (Barcelona, Spain), Corina Recenau from the Intercultural Institute (Timisoara, Romania) and Marianna Kajantie, the City of Helsinki Cultural Policies Director (Helsinki, Finland) and also specialists from Anadolu Kültür, Istanbul Bilgi University and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). The workshop, attended by the Çanakkale 2010 team, the civil initiatives in the city, representatives of universities, and Çanakkale Mayor Ülgür Gökhan, aimed to create a platform of debate for work to be realized in Çanakkale in the future by enabling a discussion of international examples regarding local cultural policies.