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After having interviewed Steve Green and Bob Scott, today we ask the same questions to another ECOCs expert, Franco Bianchini. He is one of the leading experts on European Capitals of Culture. Franco Bianchini was part of the jury of two competitions, the European one that in 2001 selected Cork as ECOC for 2005, and the one, chosen by the Slovenian government, which in 2007 led to the choice of Maribor as one of the two ECOCs for 2012.

Strange numerical coincidences.  On July 24, the ministry of cultural heritage in Italy issued a press release announcing that there are 24 candidate cities for the Italian capital of culture in 2024. In short, everything depends on the number 24.

The European Commission invites interested experts to apply for this open call for expressions of interest for the establishment of a pool of experts for potential members of the panel of experts for the European Union action European Capital of Culture.

In 2026 the title of European Capital of Culture will be assigned to Oulu, in Finland, and to a Slovak city. Nitra, Trenčín and Žilina- Beskids are the three cities shortlisted in the competition in Slovakia. The winning city is expected to be announced in December 2021. In meantime, let’s discover the projects concepts the three cities are working on.

The Asd Cultura e Sport Matera is an association from Matera, European Capital of culture 2019. They are submitting an application for the next call of the ERASMUS + SPORT program with the aim of promoting physical activity through European Traditional Sports and Games (ETSG).

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