This study investigates Participatory Cultural Initiatives (i.e., cultural and creative projects, events, and experiences that involve civic engagement), shedding light on how participation unfolds and what elements best explain its dynamics. Based on a sound literature review in the field, the paper focuses on four European case studies: the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Matera as a European Capital of Culture, Big City Life in Tor Marancia and Rome City of Film as part of the UNESCO network of creative cities. The findings highlight the dynamics of the governance and the significant role of the orchestrator(s) in shaping the vision and enabling participation of all relevant stakeholders. From a theoretical perspective, this study contributes to the literature and debate on culture as a driver for local regeneration and development. Furthermore, cultural professionals, urban and regional planners, policy makers, institutions and citizens get new insights for designing and managing cultural projects.
Biondi, L., Demartini, P., Marchegiani, L., Marchiori, M., Piber, M. (2020). Understanding orchestrated participatory cultural initiatives: Mapping the dynamics of governance and participation. CITIES, 96, 102459 [10.1016/j.cities.2019.102459].