IGCAT aims to identify, analyse and disseminate best practices in the development and convergence of gastronomy, arts, culture and creative tourism.  In 2015 IGCAT will publish the first of two new trends series, a report from its expert meeting Art of Food: Creativity, Diversity, Sustainability as well as its 6th trends report on European Capitals of Culture:

The Social Tourism Trends Reports will be annual briefings written for policy-makers, cultural operators, academics and researchers interested in identifying current social tourism trends and issues. The series will highlight current challenges in the cultural and tourism policy field and delve into their importance (impact) for tourism policy. The publication will also offer valuable quick facts and statistics from reliable sources, gather news evidence and highlight further reading. The series will be issued/published in the form of a short digest focusing on specific areas to enable readers to respond quickly to new challenges. Report 1 is due to be published in Spring 2015.

The Art of Food Reports are intended to share and disseminate findings from the annual Art of food expert meetings. They are written for policy-makers, cultural operators, academics and researchers interested in identifying current trends in the convergence of gastronomy, arts and culture and tourism. The publication will also offer valuable quick facts, case studies and statistics from reliable sources, gather news evidence and highlight further reading. The series will be issued/published in the form of a short digest focussing on specific areas to enable readers to respond quickly to new challenges. Report 1 on Creativity, Diversity and Sustainability is due to be published in Spring 2015 and Report 2 on Gastrodiplomacy is due to be published in Summer 2015.

The Creative Cities  and Citizen Participation Trends Reports are annual briefings written for policy-makers, cultural operators, academics and researchers interested in identifying city trends and issues that relate to the arts and culture. Cities are viewed as the key places, where the benefits and the challenges of the nowadays globalized world are the most visible. According to the urban studies literature, it is in cities that the large range of goods, services, people, ideas and skills are accumulated; it is also in cities that all these ‘components’ of globalization are combined, multiplied, scaled, perceived, lived, manifested or appreciated from a variety of perspectives of city inhabitants. Cities are, thus, constantly evolving in the face of different societal dynamics and challenges. This is particularly visible within the framework of the current economic crisis and major shifts in the social fabric of communities. The series will highlight current challenges in arts and cultural policy and delve into their importance (impact) for city policy. The publication will also offer valuable quick facts and statistics from reliable sources, gather news evidence and highlight further reading. The series will be issued/published in the form of a short digest focusing on specific areas to enable readers to respond quickly to new challenges. Report 1 focusing on Citizen Participation is due to be published in May 2015.

The European Capital of Culture Reports are regular briefings on trends and challenges for European Capitals of Culture. These reports, now in its 5th edition are published by ATLAS. Report 6 is due to be published in Autumn 2015.

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IGCAT contributed to the Study on European Cultural Routes impact on SMEs innovation, competitiveness, and clustering. This report was commissioned by the European Institute of Cultural Routes on behalf of the Council of Europe.

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