Leeuwarden to be the European Capital of Culture in the Netherlands in 2018
The independent selection panel recommended the Dutch city of Leeuwarden for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Leeuwarden defeated the competition of Eindhoven and Maastricht. The winning city will be formally designated by the EU’s Council of Ministers, normally in May 2014.
The other European Capital of Culture for 2018 is the city of Valletta, which was officially designated last May.
The designated cities will propose a cultural programme with a strong European dimension including the participation of citizens living in the city, its neighbourhood and the whole country.
The European dimension will be reflected in the chosen themes and the way in which the events in the programme will be organised.
The the future European Capitals of Culture will be Riga (Latvia) and Umeå (Sweden) in 2014, Mons (Belgium) and Plzeň (Czech Republic) in 2015, Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain) and Wroclaw (Poland) in 2016, Paphos (Cyprus) and Aarhus (Denmark) in 2017, and Valetta (Malta) and Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) in 2018.
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