Impacts 08, the research team evaluating the effects of Liverpool hosting the 2008 European Capital of Culture (ECoC) title, has published its final major report, Creating an Impact: Liverpool's Experience as European Capital of Culture. The team, headed by Beatriz Garcia, has also published three new reports to add to their substantial collection of thematic research:
The Economic Impact of Visits Influenced by the Liverpool European Capital of Culture in 2008 sets out to understand the visitor economy in 2008, and to estimate the impact of the Liverpool ECoC on that economy.
Volunteering for Culture explores the ways in which volunteering for the Liverpool ECoC affected volunteers' cultural interests and their levels of participation in cultural activity.
Liverpool on the Map Again: Liverpool stakeholders' Reflections on Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 investigates the views of key stakeholders in Liverpool’s civic life at the end of 2008 and early 2009, examining their involvement, their perceptions of the European Capital of Culture influence and impact on the city, and their thoughts for the city's future.
To download these, or any other Impacts 08 publications, please visit www.liv.ac.uk/impacts08/Publications/publications.htm.
Meanwhile, the legacy of the research programme continues to be developed through the European Capital of Culture Policy Group, funded by the European Commission. The project aims to adapt the Impacts 08 research framework into an international model that can be replicated by future European Capitals of Culture, as well as other cities assessing the impact of major cultural initiatives. To find out more about the group, please visit www.liv.ac.uk/impacts08/complementary-programmes/EC_cultural_policy_group.htm.