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Leeds 2023 will be a landmark year of culture for the city and region. Their ambitious and ground-breaking programme will transform people’s perceptions of Leeds, confirming it as an international centre of cultural activity and cementing its reputation as a cultural giant in the world.

Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 (Lithuania) in cooperation with Liebling Haus – The White City Center (Tel Aviv) announce an open call for artistic residencies in modernist cities.

The "French Capital of Culture" label will distinguish, every two years, a commune or group of communes from 20,000 to 200,000 inhabitants distinguishing themselves by the support to creation, the valorization of heritage, the artistic and cultural transmission, the mobilization of residents, as well as the involvement of artists and cultural actors established in the territory.

On the island of Malta, after Valletta in 2018, they are already thinking about the next European capital of culture. In fact, in 2031, exactly 10 years from now, Malta will again have this title together with Spain.

Professor Balthazar, an animated genius who has touched the hearts of millions of children, has a special connection with Rijeka.

The selection panel recommended Nova Gorica as the Slovenian city that will be named the European Capital of Culture 2025 (ECoC), together with the German city of Chemnitz.

EcocNews is online

January 29, 2021

we are a group of journalists who have decided to make their experience and skills available to the European Capitals of Culture through EcocNews.com, the web newspaper online from 1st February  2021.


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About us

January 23, 2021


we are a group of journalists who have decided to make their experience and skills available to the European Capitals of Culture through EcocNews.com, the web newspaper online from 1st February  2021.
It is a space for information on the activities of all National capitals of culture, all European Capitals of Culture, the candidate cities and those that have earned the title, and on everything related to this extraordinary program,  even from a regulatory point of view.
We believe that after 35 years from the beginning of this adventure about Ecoc, it has become necessary to build a virtual home of the European Capitals of Culture where to exchange news, where to discuss cultural programs also to define the aspects that can be improved. We believe that this space is even more important in a complex time like the one we are all going through and where digital strategy can really help us to build relationships, define new ideas in the exclusive general interest of European culture and European citizens.
But the activities of EcocNews.com do not stop there. The goal is also to save, in a special section of the site, all the documents, bid books, and reports of the jury of the different cities participating in this challenge. In this way, their extraordinary work does not go to waste when the competition or the Ecoc year has ended.

The editorial team is made up of journalists who have already had experience with the national and international communication of various cultural programs. Experiences that have allowed us to fully understand the secrets of this job.
At this moment, we only ask you to insert us in your mailing list and to send us your press releases or in the original language or, when possible, in English, attaching authorized photos with credits, and we will publish them on the site and on our social channels.
We believe it is an opportunity for everyone, for all cities, for culture, for creative industries, for citizens, and above all for our whole dear Europe.
But the result also depends on you. Trusting in your precious collaboration, we invite you to follow us also on our social channels Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. And, if you want, you can write for us about your city or your capital.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon, we send you best wishes.
EcocNews Team

Serafino Paternoster, founder of the project
Serafino PaternosterA repentant Jazz guitarist, a musical reviewer and keen on cinema, his main activity is communication. His first experience in a press office was for Ray Charles’s concert held in Matera in 1992. However, at that time he did not yet know that it would be his job.
Graduated in Communication Sciences, he started to work as a journalist in 1991 and he enrolled in the National Register of Journalists in 2001.
He has been working for the Region of Basilicata press office since 1996 where he works now. From 2010 to 2015 he was in charge of the institutional communication of the Municipality of Matera and at the same time he was in charge of the press office of the Matera 2019 Committee for the candidacy of Matera as the European Capital of Culture. Thanks to this experience he wrote the book “Le città invincibili – L’esempio di Matera 2019” (Editrice Universosud – 2017).
In 2018 he was appointed as the coordinator of the press office of Matera – Basilicata Foundation 2019by the Director of the Press Office of the Council of the Region of Basilicata. From february 2020 he has returned to work in the Basilicata Region.

Mariateresa Cascino, editor in chief
Mariateresa CascinoMariateresa Cascino is from Matera and is 46 years old. She holds a degree with honours in Communication Sciences, with a specialization in marketing. She is a journalist, publicist and consultant in marketing and communication for private and public organizations. She gained professional experience in Italy and in the USA (Boston and New York) working in institutional and corporate communications and on expansion and internationalization projects in the American market. She has created marketing plans, carried out feasibility studies and managed public relations for investors interested in both Northern America and Italy. She is a Europhile, and has worked for the Department for Public Administration, dealing with information about the structural funds of Objective 1 Regions. She has also developed integrated communication and advertising campaigns to support institutional communications about the ERDF structural funds of the Basilicata Region.
Mariateresa is co-founder and president of the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, the only literary festival in Europe focused on the Writer’s Conference aims of discovering new talent and promoting women’s fiction.


Alberto Giordano, International relations manager
Alberto GiordanoAlberto Giordano, 75, journalist since 1968, lived different lives crossing fields and places. He first practiced this profession in Rome’s newsroom of the Mattino
 di Napoli, then at RAI’s Radio News 1, where in 1975 he became head of the economic and union editorial unit and specialist reporter. In 1979
moved to Turin to work in Fiat’s Press Office. In 1983 changed suit being appointed Director 
of Institutional Relations 
of the Fiat Group. In this capacity he dealt with the transformation 
of several Fiat brownfields (in Turin, Milan, Florence, Pisa, etc.). In 1989,
as President and CEO of the Lingotto company (a subsidiary company controlled by Fiat), he oversaw the renovation
of Fiat’s historical plant and its transformation into a multifunctional complex with Trade Fair and Congress center, hotel, offices and a shopping center. This job put him in close contact with the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, in charge of the project. After years of collaboration as client, in 1993 he left Fiat and Turin moving to Genoa, becoming Chairman of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop,
as part of which he took part, among others, in projects involving the museum of the Beyeler Foundation 
in Basel, the church dedicated to Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, the Banca Popolare di Lodi, the renovation of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the Auditorium of Rome, the Kansai airport in Japan. Councilor for culture and tourism for the City of Matera in the years of candidacy as European capital of culture and then Goodwill Ambassador of Matera 2019, after the nomination.

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