Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt studied law and music and has more than 25 years of management experience in culture, local affairs and large-scale projects. From 1986 until 1993 he worked at the German Association of Municipal Authorities and from 1993 until 2009 he was Deputy Mayor, responsible for the Culture Department of the City of Essen. Under his guidance Essen and the Ruhr became European Capital of Culture in 2010. From 2006 to 2012, he was General Manager of RUHR.2010. Many leading organisations in arts and culture rely on his expertise such as the Enquête-Commission “Culture in Germany” of the German Bundestag (2003-2007).

Since 1997 he has been President of the Association of Cultural Policy, since 2002 a member of the advisory board of the Federal Culture Foundation and from 2004 to 2013 was a member of the German UNESCO-Committee. Since 2009 he has been in the general assembly of the Goethe Institute. Oliver Scheytt is Professor for Cultural Policy and Cultural Infrastructure at the University for Music and Theatre Hamburg. Since 2011 Oliver Scheytt works as a freelance consultant for cultural businesses and European Capitals of Culture under the brand Kulturexperten Dr. Scheytt GmbH and Acultos. He is author of more than 150 publications on cultural politics, cultural management, personal and organisational management, editor of the „Kulturpolitischen Mitteilungen“ and of the continuously updated “Handbuch für Kulturmanagement und Kulturpolitik”.

Austrian Candidacy for the Title European Capital of Culture 2024 - Workshop in Vienna

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Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt participated with a presentation at the workshop “Kultur bringt's! Die Europäische Kulturhauptstadt als Chance für nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung” ("Culture brings! The European Capital of Culture as an opportunity for sustainable urban development"), which took place at the House of the European Union in Vienna on 29th September 2016. The event was organized by the Federal Chancellery, together with the Municipal Association. Oliver Scheytt gave a lecture on the opportunities and challenges facing the candidacy for the title European Capital of Culture. In the discussion with the top-class podium, many important aspects concerning the management and the organization of the ECoC were deepened. 

Plovdiv to be European Capital of Culture 2019

ACULTOS is very happy to announce that its customer Plovdiv has convinced the European Jury and is selected to be European Capital of Culture in 2019. It successfully competed against the three short-listed cities Sofia, Varna and Veliko Turnovo. The formal nomination of Plovdiv is expected to take place in May 2015.

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, stated: "I congratulate Plovdiv both on its successful bid and also on being the first ever European Capital of Culture in Bulgaria. The competition was tough, with eight initial contenders narrowed down to four finalists.

on being the first ever European Capital of Culture in Bulgaria. The competition was tough, with eight initial contenders narrowed down to four finalists.

I am confident that Plovdiv will enable visitors from Europe and all over the world to discover not only the city itself but also to appreciate the cultural diversity, history and values of our continent. I am convinced that the title will bring Plovdiv and its surrounding area significant long-term cultural, economic and social benefits, as we have seen with previous European Capitals of Culture."

Oliver Scheytt will join the team of lecturers for the 5th Kufstein Summer School for Arts Managent in Epidavros. This year’s theme is “Returning from Centers to Periphery. The Power of Emerging Cultural Communities in Europe”. The lectures will focus on how smaller cities like Portland (USA), Linz (Austria) or Pafos (Cyprus) create innovative cultural climates and by doing so attract young people to these underestimated peripheries. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and Allianz Stiftung, the 5th Kufstein Summer School will invite important protagonists (artists, arts manager,

curators, committed citizens and others involved in local community cultural development) to share their knowledge, their innovative concepts and their passion for a local culture which is no longer just a regional phenomenon but has global impact.


Dates and venue: 01.06.2014 - 07.06.2014 at Palea Epidavros/Greece For further information: Ms. Angela Scalet,

Programme and Project Development in Arts Management

On 11th April 2006, the city of Essen and the Ruhr were awarded the title “European Capital of Culture 2010“ by an EU panel of experts. On this day, concrete thinking regarding the future of the organisation RUHR.2010 GmbH commenced.

In their new publication, Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt and Eckart Achauer describe the process of planning and realising this complex project in six chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Development of the organisation
  • Tasks and fiels of work
  • Processes
  • Personnel, consultants, agents
  • Co-operations, partnerships, networks
  • Programme and impact of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010

This publication about the RUHR.2010 concept is the first comprehensive, practically oriented guide to planning and realising large-scale projects – A “must have” for those involved in the project management of European Capitals of Culture.