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Languages & Culture 03-02-2020

Croatia’s Rijeka celebrates capital of culture kickoff

A day after the European Union waved goodbye to Britain, Croatia's port city of Rijeka on Saturday (1 February) held festivities to celebrate its inauguration as a European capital of culture for 2020.
Languages & Culture 08-01-2019

Plovidiv and Matera: 2019 European Capitals of Culture

European Capitals of Culture have been chosen for the past 33 years. Typically, two cities share this title for the period of a year and in 2019 they will be in Bulgaria and Italy. EURACTIV Germany reports
Languages & Culture 02-01-2014

Riga and Umeå become this year’s capitals of culture

Latvia's capital Riga and Umeå in Northern Sweden have been chosen as European Capitals of Culture for 2014.
Languages & Culture 20-08-2013

Slovakia told to tear down Roma segregation wall

European Commissioner for Education and Culture Androulla Vassiliou has sharply criticised the authorities in the Slovak city of Košice for constructing a wall to segregate the city's Roma community.
Languages & Culture 22-01-2013

Vassiliou: ‘Don’t you dare’ cut EU budget for culture

Androulla Vassiliou, the European commissioner responsible for education and culture, has urged EU leaders not to cut the budget for culture. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Languages & Culture 16-02-2012

The urgent need for dialogue between culture and European politics

As the crisis bites on cultural budgets, artists and political leaders must work towards greater integration of culture in future EU policies and budgetary orientations, argues a high-level group of European artists launched at the request of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
Languages & Culture 06-01-2011

2011 European Capitals of Culture join forces to save Baltic Sea

The Finnish city of Turku and Tallinn in Estonia - European Capitals of Culture for 2011 – have decided to cooperate to draw wider attention to the poor state of the Baltic Sea.
Languages & Culture 24-03-2010

Creative cities at centre of EU 2020 goals, says Barroso

Cities with thriving cultural and creative arts sectors are key to achieving the "smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" called for by the 'Europe 2020' strategy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said yesterday (23 March). 
Languages & Culture 08-02-2010

Communications expert: Passion for Istanbul is a driving force

The citizens of Istanbul are proud of their city and hope that its role as European Capital of Culture would help them to share their passion with more foreign guests, Zeynep Gö?ü?, chief editor of EURACTIV Turkey and Ambassador of Istanbul - European Capital of Culture 2010, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Languages & Culture 03-02-2010

Istanbul 2010 ‘great opportunity’ for EU to understand Turkey

Awarding Istanbul the title of 'European Capital of Culture' is a great opportunity for Europe to understand Turkey and for Turkey to better understand the EU, Egemen Ba???, Turkey's EU chief negotiator, told the European Parliament on 2 February.
Languages & Culture 08-01-2010

Cities kick off 2010 Capital of Culture celebrations

The German city of Essen and Hungarian counterpart Pécs will this weekend (9-10 January) host opening ceremonies for their year as European Capitals of Culture for 2010, with Istanbul to follow suit the following Saturday.
Languages & Culture 10-12-2009

Czech city to join Mons as 2015 culture capital

Plze? and Ostrava were yesterday (9 December) selected as the Czech Republic's nominations for European Capital of Culture in 2015, with the final decision set to be taken next year.