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Preparing a city to be Capital of Culture

The European Capital of Culture is one of the most prestigious and high-profile European cultural events, with demanding requirements to match. These requirements include:

If managed well, being Capital of Culture can bring long-term cultural, social and economic benefits for your city, region and even country:

The Guide for candidate cities explains in detail how to apply and offers examples of good practice.


More about Capitals of Culture

In depth

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



Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011

Tallinn, Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011


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