After Rotterdam and Porto in 2001, Bruges and Salamanca shared the title in 2002, a double event intended to highlight the cultural heritage of these two cities, which did not fail to incorporate in their programmes the European dimension that the title requires.
Bruges, European Capital of the Culture in 2002
The aim of the festivities is to thrust the Venice of the North into the heart of today's European culture. Of the 160 events selected for the occasion, three major exhibitions - "Jan van Eyck", "HANSE@M_DICI.COM" and "Besloten Wereld, Open Boeken" (Closed World, Open Books) - benefited from the support of the Culture 2000 Programme.
Salamanca, European Capital of the Culture in 2002
Renowned for its university, this Spanish city has styled itself "a city of thought, meetings and knowledge". Two of its main projects, "Travesía escénica por la literatura dramática del siglo XX" and "Los Nuevos Caminos de la dramaturgia europea contemporánea", are receiving support from the European Commission's Culture 2000 programme.
Summary of the 25 year anniversary conference [2 MB] on the European Capitals of Culture
The brochure: the road to success from 1985 to 2010 [8 MB]
European Capital of Culture for the years 2007 to 2019