Great success for Mons (Belgium) as European Capital of Culture 2015

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The one-year programme in Mons has been a tremendous success so far and there are still several unique events in store before the end of the year.

Photo: Anibal Trejo 

The cultural programme of Mons has attracted a large number of visitors since its launch in January. From January to end August, Mons welcomed 1,690,000 visitors!

100,000 people were present at the opening ceremony and more than 415,000 – coming from all over the world – visited the many exhibitions offered by Mons 2015.

More particularly, the “Van Gogh in the Borinage” exhibition, which highlighted the crucial period when the artist decided to become a painter, attracted 185,000 visitors (with an average of 1,700 visitors per day). 

The 5 new Museums which have opened their doors in 2015 attracted a total of 40,000 visits from April to May, with a special mention for the Doudou Museum (dedicated to a local tradition and inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage) with 18,000 visits in just 2 months.

The open air attraction "Labyrinth of sunflowers" – a contemporary invitation to celebrate the flower so closely associated with Van Gogh – attracted 3,500 people in 10 days, who had the pleasure of walking among thousands of flowers on the city's main square.

The local economy is feeling the benefits of Mons’ cultural blossoming. Hotels' bookings have increased by 30% and the tourist information centre saw the number of its visitors multiple 7 times from January to April 2015, compared to the same period in the previous year.  

Still want to experience Mons this year?

You still have three months to discover the 2015 Capitals:

In October, the Verlaine – cellule 252 exhibition will open in Mons. On Mons’ website , you can discover many more events and activities yet to unfold.

Cannot visit Mons? You can join the community and be part of their 24,000 Facebook supporters and follow them on Twitter as one of their 7,500 followers.

Plzeñ, Czech Republic, the other European Capital of Culture for 2015 also has a packed cultural agenda for the rest of the year and may be easier for you to visit.