Three new European Capitals of Culture in 2022

Three new European Capitals of Culture in 2022
Опубликовано: Wednesday, 05 January 2022 04:30

Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said: “The European Capital of Culture initiative illustrates the importance of culture in promoting the values on which our European Union is built: diversity, solidarity, respect, tolerance and openness. A successful Capital of Culture is a capital that is open to the world, illustrating our Union’s willingness to promote culture as a driver for peace and mutual understanding worldwide. It is also inclusive and a tool to reach out, in particular the younger generation with the view to empowering it to become an actor of positive changes in the further development of our cities. This is also the ambition of the Union’s European Year of Youth 2022. I wish Novi Sad, Kaunas and Esch every success all along the year and beyond.”

After Luxembourg city in 1995 and 2007, this is now the turn of Esch-sur-Alzette, the second largest city in the country, to be crowned European Capital of Culture. Kaunas is the second city in Lithuania to hold the European Capital of Culture title after Vilnius in 2009. Kaunas’ modernist architecture, which received the European Heritage Label, will get renewed attention and host many cultural events. Novi Sad is the first European Capital of Culture in Serbia. The yearlong cultural programme of Novi Sad aims to further connect the city’s and region’s cultural community and inhabitants with the EU and reinforce their links with the rest of the Western Balkans area. More information is available online.

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