Győr is a perpetual-motion, dynamic city that is always on the way. It is looking for new spiritual, historic adventures, it takes and catches the fresh wind in its sails, it is open to the new and original thoughts. It can do it without self-surrender, as it is standing on massive legs: its traditions, its history, its thought-out, accepted values and its beliefs are indissolubly with it even during the roam. Győr is not building enclosed lakes and islands, but it is vitalized by rivers.
The river is always looking for a bed, it is deepening its existing one, it is flowing. It starts from somewhere, it touches us, it offers us its services and we take from it all those advantages that do not endanger its existence, but that make us better. We clean it from its burdens and let it go on its way.
Not only our rivers, but the city itself is also flowing: it is introducing the thoughts passing through it, and sends them further enriched and coloured. Europe has always passed through this city – in a real sense and allegorically, too.
As we submitted our bid for the title European Capital of Culture 2023 – according to the wide-range survey of the municipality – mainly from the idea of Kata Borsa and Kálmán Pál – the flow became its guiding principle.
This idea did not have to be conceived, it only had to be observed, as it is living with us and in us. The flow is our essence.
Who joined the summer swirl of the events in Győr, was enchanted by this flow. On the Night of Museums people could stamp the logo of EEC Győr on their hands, and at the Hungarian Dance Festival that attracted this year more spectators than ever, there was a special Europe-evening to serve the idea of the flow. The Hungarian and foreign dance performances were not made for this special occasion, but still all of them introduced the adventure of the flow. It is interesting that we had a dance company here from St. Pölten, and Győr would like to be the European Capital of Culture in 2023, while St. Pölten is applying for the same title in 2024. How good and natural it would be if these 2 cities could give each other the title European Capital of Culture.
The small boat – the inventive figure of the bid of Győr – road into our field of view even on the international day of Danube. The sailing boat also appeared on the Saint László Days and was chosen to the symbol of the Győrkids Festival, as well. Hundreds of children folded paper boats from recycled paper, and the installation of the boat set up at the Bécsi kapu square was used by the children as a background for photos.
Last year Győr hosted the European Youth Olympic Festival. According to the official feedback this was the best ever EYOF in the history of the event. This year culture cuts across the life of the city. The programs of the summer and the common pulsation of the city also indicate that Győr has every capability and ability to become the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2023.
Because its culture is profoundly European.