Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me


A European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union (EU) for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong pan-European dimension. Being a European Capital of Culture can be an opportunity for a city to generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits and it can help foster urban regeneration, change the city's image and raise its visibility and profile on an international scale. Multiple cities can be a European Capital of Culture simultaneously.

In 1985, Melina Mercouri, Greece’s Minister of Culture, and her French counterpart Jack Lang came up with the idea of designating an annual City of Culture to bring Europeans closer together by highlighting the richness and diversity of European cultures and raising awareness of their common history and values. It is strongly believed that the ECoC significantly maximises social and economic benefits, especially when the events are embedded as a part of a long–term culture-based development strategy of the city and the surrounding region.

The Commission of the European Union manages the title and each year the Council of Ministers of the European Union formally designates European Capitals of Culture: more than 40 cities have been designated so far. The current European Capitals of Culture are Galway, Ireland and Rijeka, Croatia. Initially, Novi Sad, Serbia was selected to be the 2021 European Capital of Culture. However, on 23 December 2020, the European Parliament adopted a proposal by the European Commission to postpone its term until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Galway and Rijeka, the 2020 Capitals of Culture, were allowed to prolong their title until April 2021.
All information here.

There are so much national cities of the culture too, in the Europe and in the World. You can read here.


January 23, 2021

via San Francesco, 1
75100 Matera

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

Website by Vertigo soc. coop.
Giancarlo Riviezzi
, webmaster
Gaetano Caivano, web developer

Latest Tweets

RT @EU_Japan_Fest: [Column Update] The new essay is about the SABOTAGE Festival in #Timisoara! Prior to their title year of the #EuropeanCa…
France, «Valois» Thesis Prize to a research on Matera 2019 @MiC_Italia @AgCultNews @CapitaliCult @MinistereCC… https://t.co/7sZJjglUcm
RT @oeiras27: O Município de Oeiras entregou formalmente a candidatura a Capital Europeia da Cultura 2027 nos correios de Santo Amaro de Oe…