Fantastic news for our County as Galway is named the European Capital of Cuture for 2020. To have a look at just what swung it for the judges, download the Bid Book here - Making Waves.
More about European Capitals of Culture
Discover the brochure illustrating successful projects in recent European Capitals of Culture and the factsheet on the history and highlights of the initiative over the years.
WHAT IS IT?
The European Capitals of Culture initiative is designed to:
The submitted applications are reviewed against a set of established criteria during a pre-selection phase by a panel of independent experts in the field of culture. The panel agrees on a short-list of cities, which are then asked to submit more detailed applications.
The panel then reconvenes to assess the final applications and recommends one city per host country for the title. The recommended city will then be formally designated as European Capital of Culture.
The role of the European Commission is to ensure that the rules established at EU level are respected all along the way.
At the end of this monitoring period, the panel will consider whether to recommend or not that the European Commission pays the Melina Mercouri Prize (currently €1.5m funded from the EU Creative Europe programme).
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR?
The initiative was developed in 1985 and has, to date, been awarded to more than 50 cities across the European Union. The 2016 European Capitals of Culture are:
European Capitals of Culture have already been designated until 2020:
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