Citizen consultation - September 25th 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018

In the 90s, throughout Europe, civil society mobilized to recover brownfield sites to turn them into places of cultural buzz. Today, these new territories of art tend to become institutionalized and to move away from their original identity. It is therefore important to question whether brownfield sites are the future of creativity in Europe and what are their current links to citizenship.

This citizen consultation retains the spirit of cultural wasteland, namely the dialogue with the citizens. The inhabitants of Lille and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais mining area will be invited to share their experience of these new art and culture fields that have changed  their territory. They will meet specialists from various former European industrial cities (Leewarden, Liège, Lille and Esch), who have worked on brownfield sites transformation. Together they will discuss the future of cultural wastelands in Europe, what needs to be improved, how Europe can get involved in this process and good practices at European level.

This citizen consultation will be held on September 25, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We will organize several committees mixing citizens and specialists. Each committee will work on a key issue to take into account for a good renovation of these territories: governance, co-creation, tourism development, cultural appropriation, well-being / living together ... by sharing the specificities of each country. In a second step, one of the participants of each committee will present to the other participants the conclusions of the debates of his group. A publication on the theme of citizen participation will be published in March 2019 by LIKE (96 pages) and will resume the discussions and conclusions of each group in a thematic file (12 pages). Bilingual, it will be broadcast throughout Europe.