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The guide for cities applying for the title of European Capital of Culture


This guide aims to explain and illustrate the criteria and objectives of the event. A large part of this information is based on previous experience selecting cities for the title of European Capital of Culture (ECOC).


The guide

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Proposed application

- - - Deutsch - - - - english (updated) - - français - italian - - - - - - polish - - - - -   Please see the english version above. (The other linguistic versions have not been updated yet)

In depth

Summary of the 25 year anniversary conference on the European Capitals of Culture


Essen, European Capital of Culture 2010

Pécs, European Capital of Culture 2010

Istanbul, European Capital of Culture 2010


The brochure: the road to success from 1985 to 2010

European Capitals of Culture: the road to success


Official documents

European Capital of Culture for the years 2007 to 2019


Study on the European Cities and Capitals of Culture and the European Cultural Months
(1995-2004)
Palmer report