European Capital of Culture 2028

Presentation of the device

The “European Capital of Culture” system, born in 1985, aims to make Europe’s cultural wealth known throughout the continent. This mechanism makes it possible to designate, for a period of one year, a host city responsible for organizing a program of cultural events.

Decision no. 445/2014/EU of the Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 establishes the Union action in favor of the European Capitals of Culture for the period 2020-2033.


The expected benefits are:

  • strengthen the international influence of the selected cities
  • enhancement of the image of the city among the citizens
  • strengthen the capacities and visibility of their cultural sector
  • promote awareness of and access to culture,
  • stimulus of cultural tourism

Am I affected by this process?


On 31 December 2021, the decree and the competition announcement were published in the Official Gazette of the French Republic (JORF), specifying the organizational methods and the procedure for designating the future French city European Capital of Culture in 2028.

A question ?

If you have any questions about the system, interested cities are invited to contact:

Information on the European Capital of Culture initiative is available on the official website of the European Union.

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