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Ecoc of the year

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. 

As is now known, in 2022 there will be three European capitals of culture, Novi Sad, kaunas and Esch. The first city to inaugurate the program will be Novi Sad, on January 13 at 20.22. Kaunas will follow on January 22 and then Esch on February 22 with a ceremony that will culminate on February 26. After Novi Sad today focus on the Opening Ceremony of Kaunas. On 22 January 2022, Kaunas will officially become the European Capital of Culture. The year’s programme, rich in events, happenings and experiences, will kick off with “Confusion”, a unique show of music, light, video and dance.

Blue Teapot Theatre Company and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture are pleased to present a digital mini-series ‘The Festival that never was, the celebration that is’, as part of the programme for Galway’s European Capital of Culture 2020. 

The Mighty Ocean commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture , produced by Galway Music Residency for TG4 as part of Galway 2020’s Capital of Culture Programme will have its World Premiere on Sunday 25 April at 9:30pm.

The Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme continues through April 30th with over 50 events planned throughout the month. Highlights include Baboró The Veiled Ones, The Mighty Ocean, TULCA will present a series of events including A visit A Ceremony, A Gift. The Weather Gods and XVIII.

Cultural and art events under the auspices of the European Capital of Culture, which are scheduled to take place in April, a month in which the ECoC programme reaches its finale, were announced some days ago in Rijeka. 

What is Kanat? What is Bugarenje? What are the sounds of Istria and the Kvarner Bay? How can this be remixed in modern music? A new interactive sound art installation "RI-mix of identity - Furious intervals of Istria and Kvarner Bay" has been set up on the external steps of the Export building in the River Delta.

Manchán Magan has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes regularly for The Irish Times, presents The Almanac of Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 and reports on travel for various radio programmes. He has presented dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ and The Travel Channel.

The film ‘Portráidí Criathraigh’ (Bog Portraits), directed by Ríonach Ní Néill and Joe Lee will premiere online on Monday March 1st as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

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