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Cities that want to apply to become European Capital of Culture, usually, but not always,  decide this ten years earlier. For example, Matera decided to apply in 2010 to be European Capital of Culture in 2019. Six years before the title-year the selected host Member States publish a call for applications, usually through their Ministry for Culture. Cities interested in participating in the competition must submit a proposal for consideration.

Eliza Mamardashvili and Dybach Iryna are Ukrainian artists who will stay in Novi Sad for two months thanks to the call launched by the ‘Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture’ Foundation within the programme for artistic residencies ‘Artist in Residence’. 

Europe Day in Trenčín was held in the spirit of concerts, discussions, literature and experiential formats. With the Europe in Trenčín mini-festival, the city joined the European celebration of Europe Day - a celebration of peace and unity in Europe.

For the past few months, Rouen Seine Normande 2028 has been working with certain European cities. These friend-towns make the candidature for the label European Capital of Culture 2028 a truly European project. Europe Day, on 9 May, was the occasion to highlight this aspect.

Elefsina celebrates Europe Day with events for young people and a plethora of parallel activities for all ages. Co-organized by 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture, the European Parliament and the European Commission in Greece.

EcocNews continues the journey among the cities that are candidates for European capital of culture for 2028. After Broumov and Brno, today we discover the city of Liberec, in the Czech Republic. In 2028 it will be the third time that the Czech Republic will have a European Capital of Culture after Prague in 2000 and Plsen in 2015.

Tartu with Southern Estonia is the European Capital of Culture in 2024. Tartu 2024 is guided by the artistic concept Arts of Survival. These are the knowledge, skills, and values that will help everyone lead a good life in the future. Tartu and Southern Estonia’s goal is to share these values with and to learn more from Europe.

EcocNews continues the journey among the cities that are candidates for European capital of culture for 2028. After Broumov, today we discover the city of Brno, in the Czech Republic. In 2028 it will be the third time that the Czech Republic will have a European Capital of Culture after Prague in 2000 and Plsen in 2015.

Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough are unveiled as the four areas shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2025. The four locations were approved by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries based on independent advice made to the government by a panel of experts led by Sir Phil Redmond.

Before the indication, by the panel of the pre-selection for the European Capital of Culture 2027 of Portugal, we had interviewed the teams of some of the competing cities. One of these is Coimbra which failed to enter the short list. However, EcocNews wants to make known the precious work also of the excluded cities with the hope that they can continue to realize their projects and their dreams.

The president of european panel for the pre-selection of ECoC applicants in Portugal, Beatriz Garcia, announced the names of the cities that will continue the race to become the European capital of culture in 2027 for Portugal in a press conference this afternoon. Four cities have entered the short list: Aveiro, Braga, Évora, Ponta Delgada

Liepāja is one of the four latvians cities in short list for European Capital of culture 2027. This year, Liepāja Culture Department evaluated 63 project applications that were submitted to the Culture Projects Competition and 14 of them received the municipality's support. These projects will be allocated the competition funding of EUR 50 000.

Ecocnews continues its journey among the 12 Portuguese cities that are candidates for European capital of culture for 2027. We asked all the application teams three same questions. After Leiria, Ponta Delgada, Evora, and Braga today EcocNews makes a stop in Aveiro.

We continue the interviews with the leading experts of European Capitals of culture, asking his opinion to the only person we know who was in relationship and visited all the European capitals of culture since 1993, Kogi Shuji, the Secretary General of Eu Japan Fest. This organization support programs of collaboration with all the Ecoc encouraging artists exchanges. Members of the EU Japan Fest Japan Committee are the main economic, financial and industrial realities of Japan.

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