Marseille and Košice have their opening events – marking the beginning of what will be a tremendous year of cultural activities – respectively on 12 and 19 January.
The launch of Marseille-Provence 2013 took place with four festive highlights: a public opening ceremony in Marseille attended by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and French President François Hollande, the opening of a contemporary art exhibition in Aix-en-Provence, a treasure hunt in Marseille-Provence and a fireworks display in Arles to close the opening week-end.
The programme for the year offers many occasions for people from Europe and beyond to discover the city and surrounding region's resources and creativity as part of the Euro-Mediterranean area.
Košice opens its festivities, in the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at various locations of the city, including the State Theatre, the Steel Arena, the Podium as well various clubs, restaurants and cultural venues.
Košice 2013 profiles the city as the crossing of old routes between East and West.