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The budget proposal for 2023 of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government will continue to invest in education and culture. The budget proposal helps implement the key objectives in the Government Programme of raising the level of education and competence, bridging learning gaps and increasing educational equality. Arts and culture will be used to boost conditions and strengthen engagement in creative work.

Tourism is one of the fundamental themes of the competition for the European capital of culture because the title undoubtedly allows cities to be highly visible. And, in our opinion, it is no coincidence that 4 ecoc out of 7 cities have entered the short list to become the European capital of Smart tourism for 2023.

There are 15 Italian cities that have submitted candidacy dossiers to the Ministry of Culture for the award of the title of "Italian Capital of Culture" for the year 2025.

Queen Sonja of Norway will be Patron of Bodø 2024. "This is very inspiring" says Bodø2024's CEO, Andre Wallann Larsen. He is naturally very pleased with the news from the Royal Palace.

In some cities of the Czech Republic, the days are very hot and not only due to the high temperatures that are characterizing this summer. The deadline for submitting the dossier that will allow candidate cities to participate in the European Capital of Culture competition for 2028 expires on 1st September.

Bradford 2025 has announced that leading cultural figures Shanaz Gulzar and Dan Bates have been appointed to lead the development and implementation of UK City of Culture 2025 program.

Visual artist Eloise Gillow has been selected through a global application portfolio process from among 530 applicants as the artist to create the Oulu2026 mural. The mural will be unveiled in Rajakylä in September.

On 16-17 August, Liepāja will become the venue for the educational conference "ArtMatters!". The conference is organised by the National Centre forEducation as part of the project "Skola2030" together with partnersto inspire teachers and provide a space for sharing experiences.

The European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl - Salzkammergut 2024 is part of the Creative Europe Project Libertalia, which invites young people to expand their skills and experiences in the field of participatory performance in exchange with other Europeans.

In France, many cities have decided to participate in the competition to become the European Capital of Culture in 2028 together with a city in the Czech Republic. With EcocNews also for 2028 we discover which are some of the candidate cities and how they are moving to involve citizens and to change the destiny of their cities. Also in this circumstance we asked all the French candidate cities the same questions.

After Rouen, Montpellier and Clermont – Ferrand today we discover Reims.

In the finale of the ‘Fortress of Peace’ programme arch in Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture, they present the Culture Weekend, rich in cultural events, from 15 until 17 July. Here are their recommendations:

The multidisciplinary network "CECCUT" aims to analyse the European Capital of Culture initiative as a tool for urban cohesion in cross-border areas of the European Union. The focus will be on three main themes proposed by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union concerning the European Capitals of Culture for the period 2020-2033.

Eleusis 2023, European Capital of Culture, in collaboration with the Aeschylia Festival 2022, presents the in situ visual arts installation “Straw falling on concrete floors” by internationally renowned visual artist Kostas Velonis, at the courtyard behind the open theater of the Old Olive Mill.

The European Capital of Culture Salzkammergut 2024 starts with the pop-up film festival "Points of View“ a series of events about architecture and regional development as a prelude to the Capital of Culture year 2024. "Points of View" is part of the Salzkammergut 2024 program-line GLOBALOCAL - BUILDING THE NEW.

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