European Capital of Culture

European Capital of Culture is a city selected by the European Comission which becomes the cultural center of Europe for one year. For 12 months chosen city has an opportunity to present cultural potential of the region and the country.

The main role of applicant for European Capital of Culture is to show its European character, multi-cultural environment and European awareness of its inhabitants.

The one of the most known ideas of European Comission has been developed since 1985 when Athens became the first title-holder. In 2012 title of European Capital of Culture went to Maribor (Slovenia) and Guimarães (Portugal).

Over the years initiative had an positive impact on local societies, tourism development in specific cities and increase a self-confidence of people who live in the candidate cities.

Timisoara applies for the title of European Capital of Culture 2021.

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