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Žilina is one of three city candidate in Slovakia, together Nitra and Trencin, for European Capital of culture 2026 title. The winner will be chosen on December 9, 2021. Žilina Beskydy 2026 team is going to present at Culture Forum within the competition for a title the European Capital of Culture a 100-page bidbook – strategy and plan of cultural activities.

Žilina is a natural centre of north-western Slovakia and with a population of 84 604 inhabitants (as per December 31, 2010) it ranks among the largest cities in Slovakia. Žilina is situated around 200 km from Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

The city of Žilina is advancing to the 2nd round in the European Capital of Culture 2026 competition. Along with Žilina, the cities of Nitra and Trenčín were also shortlisted.

The city of Žilina is running for the title of European Capital of Culture 2026 together with its partner cities Bielsko-Biała in Poland and Frýdek-Místek in the Czech Republic under the name ŽILINA BESKIDS 2026.

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