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20 Jul 2010

Universal Forum of Cultures: Québec City woos jury

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Québec City had three days to win over the jury assigned to choosing the host city for the summer 2016 edition of the Universal Forum of Cultures. Québec is in the running against Amman, Jordan, and Cape Town, South Africa. The name of the host city will be announced this coming December during the closing ceremony at the Valparaiso Forum.

The Universal Forum of Cultures is a social and cultural event created in Spain in 2004. Every three years it brings together thousands of participants from around the world, who discuss issues such as peace and sustainable development and take part in cultural dialogue and festive activities.

Three of the 24 members of the Universal Forum of Cultures Foundation jury were in Québec from July 7 to 11 to appraise the city’s application to host the 2016 event. They were accompanied by Mireia Belil, Director General of the Foundation, and Cristina Gaborro, Project Director.

The Québec City application is built around the theme of water. H2O was hence a prominent part of the Barcelona delegation’s visit. The program also included:

    • the Québec City summer festival sites;
    • three "eco-neighbourhoods" (Cité Verte, Estimauville and Pointe-aux-Lièvres);
    • Espace 400e (400th anniversary celebration site);
    • the Plains of Abraham;
    • Université Laval.

The City of Québec estimates that the event, which will be spread over several months, will require a budget of $100 million.

Forum at a glance

Two editions of the Universal Forum of Cultures have been held so far, in Barcelona in 2004 and in Monterrey in 2007. The next two Forums are slated to be held in the following places:

    • Valparaiso, Chile, from October 22 to December 4, 2010;
    • Naples, Italy, in 2013.

The host city has to focus on the following three aspects:

1. First, the city has to organize a cultural event of a predetermined length, highlighting the Forum’s three key themes, namely cultural diversity, sustainability and conditions for peace.

2. The Forum is also an opportunity for the host city to carry out a sustainable urban reform that improves the lives of all of its citizens.

3. The host city is responsible for furthering the Forum’s tangible and intangible legacies (see previous point).

Québec City’s bid to host the 2016 Universal Forum of Cultures (in French)
Universal Forum of Cultures Foundation
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