Every year, the European Capital of Culture program is a new possibility to focus on this common, admirable, multi-coloured, however vulnerable cultural fabric, surrounded by the attention of the continent. Through understanding this fabric, we can draw valuable conclusions for its preservation. It is the responsibility of European artists and culture professionals to maintain this dialogue with absolute faith in making the world a better place through their works and programs.

The European Capital of Culture initiative


The European Capital of Culture is often regarded as a decisive cultural initiative of the European Union.

The European Capital of Culture initiative has undergone a significant development since its first years. At the beginning, it was rather aimed at celebrating a city’s art life. Since the 1980s, a considerable progress has been made in the field of recognizing the role of culture in a city’s life in relation to its contribution to public welfare and the city’s enrichment. It can be said about many of the cities entitled as ’European Capital of Culture’   that they have not only achieved a successful year but they could also obtain a lasting legacy. Every cities wishing to apply or submitting an application participates in the tender with local objectives regarding its own circumstances and priorities. However, this is a European prize whose general criteria and aims are set by the European Union. Successful cities combine local aims with this European (and often international) aspect.

The previous European Capitals of Culture reported about the following heritage:

  • ECC fosters large growth of the city and the area around the city.
  • Measurable increase can be experienced regarding the citizens’ self-esteem and their pride for the city.
  • Increased participation at cultural events, especially among those, who are less inclined to participate.
  • New cultural offer, new abilities and possibilities for artists and for cultural organisations.
  • Greater international reputation and coverage that often results in increased tourism and better assessment.


The objectives of the European Capital of Culture initiative are set in a decision.


Further information regarding the European Capital of Culture program can be found on the webpage of the Ministry of Human Resources: http://kulturalisfovaros.kormany.hu/