For over 20 years, Europe has recognised Capitals of Culture, where a city is chosen by the European Union and given a chance to showcase its cultural life on a local, national and international stage. But why is it only cities? Cornwall has just as much culture as a city. We're going to propose Cornwall as Europe's first ever Region of Culture. It's a bold step but we think it's worth it because, if successful, there will be a year-long celebration of Cornish culture in 2010 where Cornwall could get the cultural fame it deserves both at home and abroad.
Are you thinking what everyone else is thinking?
Following the launch of the campaign in May, we have been trying to establish more specific descriptions of what Cornwall means to people who contributed to the project. We interviewed a selection of people and from the discussions a series of statements about what Cornwall have emerged. These statements have been posted on to a WIKI to allow anybody to alter or add to them. Click here if you would like to see the WIKI and consider adding to it.
We need you to make it happen
We're asking as many people as possible to get involved and tell us their own ideas of culture in Cornwall. This is a chance for all of us to put Cornwall in the spotlight. From Obby Oss Day in Padstow, cow jams on the roads, watching a play from the cliffs at the Minack Theatre to Looe's Water Carnival to grabbing a dawn surf before work, we'd like to know about it! It's not just about art galleries and the theatre - we want to know what Cornwall means to you. Culture is about people after all.