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Ecoc 2027, focus online in Portugal

Matera2019, Inhabiting the Opera Matera2019, Inhabiting the Opera Photo by Matera 2019

The successful path of Matera 2019 and in particular its ability to involve the living strenght of the territory, stimulating the active participation of the public, were the focus of an online meeting dedicated to the teams of the Portuguese cities competing for the title of European capital of culture 2027.

In Portugal, applications are open from November 23, 2020 to November 23, 2021, and the winning city will be announced in 2023.

With this information session, the Portuguese Ministry of Culture wanted to give all the cities that have already shown their interest in applying for the Ecoc title, the best possible information to prepare high-quality dossiers, through the meeting and discussion with ECoC experts, representatives of the European Commission, former and future European Capitals of Culture who have experienced this process that is both challenging and rewarding.

Presenting the Matera 2019 experience was the director of the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation, Rossella Tarantino, in a debate which was attended by the Portuguese Minister of Culture Graça Fonseca, Fernanda Heitor General Director of the Strategy, Planning and Evaluation Office - Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Sylvain Pasqua person in charge for the European Capital of Culture at the European Commission, Cristina Farinha former member of the Ecoc monitoring panel, Virginija Vitkiené for Kaunas 2022, Carlos Martins and João Serra for Guimarães 2012.

In the past, Portugal has received the title of European Capital of Culture three times: in 1994 for Lisbon, in 2001 for Porto, and in 2012 for Guimarães.

Serafino Paternoster

Ecocnews Founder, Journalist, repentant jazz guitarist, music critic and film lover.