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In 2015, the European Capitals of Culture
celebrated their 30th anniversary!


What is this initiative?

The European Capitals of Culture initiative is designed to:

  • Highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe;
  • Celebrate the cultural features Europeans share;
  • Increase European citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area;
  • Foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities.

In addition to this, experience has shown that the event is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Regenerating cities;
  • Raising the international profile of cities;
  • Enhancing the image of cities in the eyes of their own inhabitants;
  • Breathing new life into a city’s culture;
  • Boosting tourism.

IPS PLOVDIV is a part of initiative
PLOVDIV 2019 – European Capitals of Culture!

A map and complete list of capitals from 1985 to 2020, you can be found HERE