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European Capitals of Culture

This flagship cultural initiative of the European Union, possibly the best known and most appreciated by European citizens, was launched in 1985 and has been since then awarded to more than 60 cities across Europe.

The overall goal is to highlight the diversity European cultures as well as what they have in common and contribute to a better understanding of the citizens of Europe for one another.

Hosting the European Capital of Culture year offers the designated city an opportunity to showcase its cultural life and cultural development, generate considerable social and economic benefits, foster urban development, change the city's image and raise its visibility and profile on an international scale.

After Graz 2003 and Linz 2009 Austria will host the event with Bad Ischl - Salzkammergut in 2024 for the third time.

European Capitals of Culture

2020 - April 2021







Meena Lang
Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports
Departement IV/A/10: European and international cultural policy
Concordiaplatz 2
1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 71 606 851114