Parma 2020 is a cultural-based territorial development programme, born from the city’s appointment as Italian Capital of Culture for the year 2020, title that was extended to 2021 by the “Relaunch Decree”, made by the italian govenrment to support the country’s recovery following the global health emergency caused by COVID-19.  

Ever since the nomination day, on 16th February 2018, Parma 2020+21 has become a metaphor for what the territory intends to achieve in terms of social regeneration from today to 2030. 

During the months marked by the emergency, Parma 2020+21 has continued working, reconsidering and integrating its broad and multifaceted programme, which has confirmed to be a great project constantly in progress and open to discussing current issues, with a solid structure that makes it able to adapt and respond to the social emergency to which culture is today called to give an answer.  

Strongly aware of representing an opportunity not only for the city, but for the whole Country, Parma 2020+21 confirms the principles expressed in its Manifesto and once again strongly affirms its role of socio-cultural protection, working to think about his message under a new light, adapting it to the “self-isolation” practices that from now on will mark not only our actions, but also our thinking, trying to make its message no less inclusive, but more caring, no less participatory, but more personal and intimate.  

Strategic direction 

The Municipality of Parma holds the strategic direction of the programme. 

Its implementation is entrusted to the Department of Culture, which collaborates and interacts with the Parma 2020 Committee and all the other departments – from tourism to environment, from mobility to social policies - with local institutions and the private system, beyond the borders of the city, up to promoting and gathering the energy of the entire Region. 

Parma 2020 Committee

In October 2018 the Municipality of Parma, the Association of Entrepreneurs of Parma and “Parma, io ci sto!” Association founded the Parma 2020 Committee, aiming at mobilizing all the local resources, particularly the productive forces and the economic system, supporting and enriching the Parma 2020+21 Programme and developing a working method that lasts well beyond the year as Capital.  

The goal of the Committee is to support the achievement of the objectives and the implementation of the activities contained in the city’s Application Package by strengthening the public-private partnership and developing a working method that will last well beyond 2021. 

The Committee was created to enhance the local cultural heritage, turning the appointment as Italian Capital of Culture into an opportunity for the development of creative industries and for the fine-tuning of Parma’s image at national and international level. 

This Committee is non-profit and aims at mobilizing all the local resources, particularly the productive forces and the economic system, to support and enrich the Parma 2020 Programme, by strengthening cultural fruition as a tool for community growth and social inclusion. 

Since its foundation, many local players have joined the promoting founders in supporting the ongoing process of enhancing the time dimension, places, aspirations and ambitions of this land.  

Why joining and how

Being part of the Committee means supporting the implementation of the Programme developed by Parma and its area, by bolstering the development of the cultural system as a tool for community growth and social inclusion.

Any public or private entity, natural person, company or other body can join the Committee in one of the following ways:

Founding member (annual membership fee € 10,000.00)

Supporting member (annual membership fee € 5,000.00)

Ordinary member (annual membership fee € 1,000.00)

By joining the Committee, the entity or private person acquires rights and duties as indicated in the articles of association.

For any further information, and information on how to join the Committee, please send an email to: