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EcocNews begins a journey among the 12 Portuguese cities competing to become the European Capital of Culture in 2027. We asked all the application teams three same questions. Let's start with Ponta Delgada, Azores.

The last phase for the selection of the city that in 2026 will be the European capital of culture for the Slovak Republic has begun today. The result will be known in the next few days. Meanwhile, Good luck to all three competing cities: Nitra, Trencin and Zilina.

“Elefsina is the city of contradictions. It’s one of the five most important sacred cities of antiquity, the city of the Elefsinian Mysteries, with a vast archaeological site in the center of it” said Chryssa Martini, Director of Premises & Infrastructure, Location Planning & Development – Eleusis 2023.

“Today the aim is to introduce you to 3 exciting projects from the European Capital of Culture Esch2022, where the theme of the New European Bauhaus can be found. Starting with the Belval area, proceeding with a specific Esch2022 project and finally a future-oriented showcase project in the Esch2022 region”, said Thierry Kruchten, Head of Tourism, Mobility and Sustainable Development - Esch 2022.

“It is my distinct pleasure to address you all today on this unique and innovative European Capitals of Culture Day at the Universal Exposition in Dubai”. This is the message proclaimed by Barbara Gessler, Head of the "Creative Europe and ECoC programme" Unit - European Commission. The occasion was the International Forum, the opening event of the European Capitals of Culture Day, organized by the Foundation in partnership with the Commissioner General of Italy and under the patronage of the European Commission. 

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"The European Capitals of Culture network can be the experimentation laboratory for projects inspired by the New European Bauhaus, and the platform for exchanging and sharing knowledge." This is the message proclaimed by Rossella Tarantino, Development and International Relations Manager of the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation, at the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

There is no recovery or future for Europe without culture. The European cultural ecosystem is convinced that Europe needs a new Cultural Deal, a transversal, overarching framework that should demonstrate the EU’s political commitment to place culture at the heart of the European project.

Elsinore is now aiming to win the title when the European Capital of Culture returns to Denmark in 2032. A strong movement in the city wants to use culture to create stronger ties to the surrounding areas and to build bridges between the wealthy and the less fortunate in the local community.

Nitra is one of the three candidate cities for European Capital of Culture 2026 for Slovakia. In this interview Slávka Civáňová, the dramaturge of Andrej Bagar Theatre, presented a new educational play Until Silence Comes and talks about Nitra and what this city wants to offer to Europe.

A record 20 places from across the UK have submitted an expression of interest to become the UK City of Culture 2025 - an all time high of entries for this prestigious competition.

After having interviewed Steve Green, Bob Scott and Franco Bianchini, today we ask the same questions to another ECOCs expert, Chris Torch.

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.

Among the nine cities that had applied to become the European capital of culture 2027 for Latvia, the jury chose four: Valmiera, Liepāja, Daugavpils, Jūrmala. 


Bodø and Nordland were designated in September 2019 to hold the title of European Capital of Culture in 2024. This followed a three-year bidding process, which culminated in the EU application ARCTICulation.