IGCAT experts, Ilie Rotario and Diane Dodd visited Arad, Romania on 20-21 July 2015 as part of an introductory training package designed by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism. This visit was the second by IGCAT and concentrated on structuring the vision, goals, objectives, actions, European dimension and evaluation requirements to be delivered by Arad in order for a successful outcome to their candidature to be European Capital of Culture 2021.
The first block of the bid preparation workshop for Arad was delivered by Diane Dodd and Mary Miller, 21-22 May 2015. The block concentrated on the foundations for the first bid book – the needs and aims of the city, the vision, the priorities for the programme, and how Arad could articulate this with the European Agenda in mind. This report provides recommendations for priority areas to concentrate on in order to be selected to go through to the second round of the competition and also highlights area of attention in general so the framework set up will capture the hearts and minds of not only the jury but more importantly the people of Arad.
Through these visits and workshops, IGCAT aims to support the city of Arad in its bid to European Capital of Culture in 2021.