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Ecoc of the year

Giant puppets, plays, operas for children, concerts and exhibitions, troupes that are among the best in Europe, literary and other magical journeys – Novi Sad is becoming the capital of fairy tales and stories, a unique theatrical experience for all.

On 12-13 May, Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 will open a new Summer Stage, the essential cultural gift of the warm season for the city. Every Thursday to Sunday until mid-September, Kaunas Town Hall Square will host concerts, performances and other creative activities by Lithuanian artists and international guests.

Kaunas and Berlin are joining forces to give Kaunas residents and guests a special experience. International artists from B_Tour (Berlin) and local tour guides from Ekskursas (Kaunas) have united their expertise and created a programme of three guided tours titled Grande Saison SanuaK.

"Red Luxembourg", composed of an exhibition and a book, addresses two themes, Proximity to Nature and Affordable Housing; themes that have been at the center of the history of urban planning and architecture and have evolved into commonplaces of political and promotional discourse.

The European Capital of Culture Esch2022 and Mudam Luxembourg have commissioned artist and choreographer Cecilia Bengolea to create a new body of work bringing together dance, performance, sculpture and video installation. 

Six thousand people, holding each other’s shoulders and sending the energy of love to Ukraine, currently fighting for its freedom. It was not a protest or a rally in the central city square. It was six thousand people gathered in Kaunas on the evening of 31 March to hear Marina Abramović talk about performance art and life in art. The most recognisable art world figure to visit Kaunas started the evening with the following words: “I have an additional part of the lecture because of the current war situation.”

Breathe… Cultivate a garden… Discover amazing urban gardens along the trails of the Terres Rouges. Taste historic recipes from your region and local products! A string of Esch2022 projects focused on sustainable development encourage you to look after yourself and the planet.

With the launch of a virtual space rocket entirely drawn by children in order to promote a peaceful future, the European Capital of Culture was officially kicked off / Around 18,000 people on site and 14,000 people from 50 countries followed the livestream of the event

This year Kaunas, Lithuania has become the European Capital of Culture, and to mark the  occasion, the Lizdas nightclub has prepared a huge urban festival called AUDRA (eng. the  Storm). Contemporary art installations, exhibitions, events and live performances scattered  throughout the city’s spaces will rock the streets of the European Capital of Culture for five  days – 29 June – 3 July. 

For the first time, the works by leading names in national art such as Uroš Predić and Paja Jovanović, the greats of European art El Greco, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and Marc Chagall, as well as contemporary artists Mladen Miljanović, Vladan Jeremić, Rene Redle, Safet Zec and Taus Makhacheva will be presented in this year’s European Capital of Culture.

Migrations and the positive consequences of people moving, the richness of diversity and its impact on art, are the themes of the new programme arch ‘Migrations’, which started on 1st february and with which Novi Sad, as the European Capital of Culture, continues with the cultural events in 2022. In the next 45 days, Serbian Athens will present the migrational identity of Novi Sad, Serbia, and Europe through more than 300 events. Around 130 artists will present themselves through various art genres, 90 of which are from different European countries.

Kaunas officially started its year as European Capital of Culture 2022 with a 5-day celebration. The slogan “From temporary to contemporary” is an invitation to join Kaunas in creating change and the Contemporary myth of Kaunas Trilogy compares the city with a body and is based on the Beast metaphor, which connects all of the city’s different stories. As we can read in the first pages of the official programme guide “That Beast is a bit noble, a bit of a ruler of the underworld, part child, part jester, part warrior, part guardian, part airplane, ship, even automobile. It, like the city, is created from living and inanimate parts. It moves, changes, breathes, and never stops, because it is eternal!”.

One month before the official launch of Esch2022, in the former Ariston cinema in Esch-Alzette, the Esch2022 team presented the REMIX Opening project, the official opening event of the European Capital of Culture. Residents and visitors will be invited to the centre of Esch and Esch-Belval to be part of an extraordinary participatory event which will inspire visitors with its immersive multimedia elements. The participants’ creative energy will be at the heart of this first chapter of a region in transition.

By celebrating the great names of Serbian science, through art and culture, Novi Sad became the European Capital of Culture. More than 400 artists from Serbia and Europe, through Doček – a singular artistic celebration in Europe, reached zenith together with the audience, showing just how the heritage of those that influenced not just Europe but the whole world – Mileva Marić Einstein, Milutin Milanković, Dragiša Brašovan and Ljubomir Micić, should be kept and promoted. 

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