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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 70 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 in 2024 for the third time, together with Estonia and an EU candidate country. The following 3 biding cities are short listed:

The expert panel and the Federal Chancellery (managing authority) will anounce the final decision on 12 November 2019.

European Capitals of Culture









Meena Lang
Federal Chancellery
Departement II/10: European and international cultural policy
Concordiaplatz 2
1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 531 15-203653