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After twelve years of anticipation, the official title of European Capital of Culture is back in Lithuania. The country’s second-largest city Kaunas and the surrounding Kaunas district are ready to become one big European stage next year – the grand opening is scheduled for January 22, 2022.  

The week of visual arts of the Kaleidoscope of Culture will be opened in Novi Sad’s Gallery Square, a place that traditionally belongs to visual arts and which in the future will be turned into a space for nurturing existing and creating new lasting values.

LEEDS 2023 and Leeds Dance Partnership announce support for dance and movement based artists and organisations in Leeds. Leeds has selected 5 independent dance and movement artists and organizations. As part of their planning for their Year of Culture, they will work closely with these artists and organizations to develop exciting new projects that complement the world-class dance offering in their city.

From 16 september until 16 October 2021, an art competition will invite schoolchildren to participate in discovering or exploring Space. This special programme for children and young persons will play a key role in the activities that form part of the European Capital of Culture festivities.

 

After having interviewed Steve Green, Bob Scott, Franco Bianchini, and Chris Torch today we ask the same questions to another ECOCs expert, Beatriz Garcia, Associate Director – Centre for Cultural Value, University of Liverpool.

Macnas, master storytellers in spectacle, present Gilgamesh, a film which will premiere on Sunday 12 September at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway. A 22-minute film shot on location in the west of Ireland, Gilgamesh will be screened in front of a live, socially distanced, in-person audience, followed by a live ‘In Conversation’ with director Noeline Kavanagh and playwright Marina Carr. There will be three screenings throughout the day, with a limited in-person audience per government guidelines. 

Distinguished sculptor Andreas Lolis presents, for the first time ever in Elefsina, the visual arts installation “Behind the theater,” highlighting the theatrical side of everyday life.

Continuing the remarkable tradition of Elefsina in Installation Art, as it was developed through the Aeschylia Festival, the courtyard of the Old Olive Mill opens up once again, to welcome internationally renowned sculptor, Andreas Lolis, for a site-specific installation, titled “Behind the theater,” produced by Eleusis 2023 European Capital of Culture and co-organized with Aeschylia Festival. The official opening will take place on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 20.30, behind the open theater of the Old Olive Mill.

The entire region of Esch2022, including Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg's second biggest town, the 10 Pro-Sud towns in Luxembourg and the 8 towns in France that make up the Communauté de Communes Pays Haut Val d'Alzette (CCPHVA) will be put on the radar of tourists thanks to the project Esch2022, European Capital of Culture. At the breakfast meeting on 26 August, the Esch2022 team and its partners presented their strategy supported by a wide range of projects and initiatives that will highlight the region and enhance its long term development.

In 2022, the Kaunas 2022 program “Memory Office” will invite the audience to a year-long cultural research of Kaunas DNA. An extremely rich and multi-layered artistic program will lead to a brave confrontation with the city’s complex past like a mirror that helps you get to know yourself and your humanity better.

The performing arts are an essential part of the Esch 2022 programme, which will be implemented in partnership with institutions and companies from Luxembourg (Escher Theater, TROIS CL, Théâtre National du Luxembourg, Kulturfabrik, to name but a few) and the CCPHVA (L’Arche de Micheville, a.o.) as well as institutions from the Grand Est such as the Théâtre National de Strasbourg (shows for young audiences) and NEST – Centre Dramatique National transfrontalier de Thionville (through a new production around cross-border commuting).

In accordance with the calendar set out in the Annex to the Decision, in 2027 the European Capital of Culture will be given the name of one Latvian and one Portuguese city. For Latvia, this is the second opportunity to give the name of the European Capital of Culture to one of the cities. In short list there are four cities: Valmiera, Liepāja, Daugavpils, Jūrmala. Portugal had 3 European Capitals of Culture: Lisbon, in 1994, Porto, in 2001, and Guimarães, in 2012.

Strange numerical coincidences.  On July 24, the ministry of cultural heritage in Italy issued a press release announcing that there are 24 candidate cities for the Italian capital of culture in 2024. In short, everything depends on the number 24.

We asked managers of the European capitals of culture from 2022 to 2025, five same questions to understand their expectations in a clear and concise way. Each interview is preceded by a fact sheet on that European capital of culture. The format is the same for all. At the end of the series of interviews we will try to make a synthesis of objectives, trends, expectations by the Ecocs. After NoviSad2022, Esch2022, Kaunas2022 , Veszprem2023, Eleusis2023, Timisoara2023, Tartu2024, Bodø2024, Bad Ischl – Salzkammergut 2024 and Nova Gorica - Gorizia 2025, today we talk about Chemnitz, European Capital of culture 2025.

“The panel recommends that the city of Oulu is selected to become a European Capital of Culture in 2026".

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