What is an
European Capital of Culture?

An European Capital of Culture is a city appointed by the European Union to spend one year organizing a series of cultural events with a strong European dimmension. As of 1985, when Athens was the first European Capital of Culture, over 40 cities have been nominated, underlining the richness and diversity of the European culture, but also entailing common values and history. The title of European Capital of Culture works as a catalyst of cultural development and urban transformation.

Also considered in the nomination process are the positive effects of social and economic growth that are brought about by these projects. In 2021 there will be two designated European Capitals of Culture – one in Greece and another one in Romania. Both will be nominated following a process supervised by European experts.

What are the benefits?

The European Capital of Culture title is a chance for Iași to present itself to the world through its uniqueness, cultural abundance and its creative resources. It is an opportunity for our city to use its cultural dimmension to develop social, economic, educational and touristic aspects.

Iaşi 2021 is the opportunity to amplify the city’s cultural life, opening it to major cultural events with the perspective of obtaining the ECoC title in 2021.


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