Croatia to designate European Capital of Culture 2020

place: Brussels, Belgium
European Union culture ministers on Friday agreed on the order in which the member states were to designate Capitals of Culture in the 2020-2033 period, and Croatia's turn comes in 2020.

The meeting was attended by Croatian Culture Minister Andrea Zlatar Violic as an observer. She said that this autumn a national competition would be launched for the selection of European Capital of Culture in Croatia.

The European Capital of Culture project was launched in 1985, and since 2011 two cities from two different member states are awarded this title every year. The order of countries designating Capitals of Culture is determined for a 13-year period.

"We will launch a competition this autumn and it will be organised in two rounds. The commission that decides on this is composed of European and independent experts, so that a possibility of lobbying at home is ruled out in advance," Zlatar Violic told Croatian reporters in Brussels.

So far over 40 cities have carried the title of European Capital of Culture, which made it possible for them to present their cultural life and historical heritage.

The Croatian cities of Split and Rijeka have announced that they will compete for the title of European Capital of Culture 2020. (Hina)


(D.H., 17.04.2014)