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.
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
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).
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.
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.