European capital of culture after 2019


Why not change more?

  •  After decades, attractions of this scale require basic changes: Olympics, Formula One, Oscar, Eurovision, leading festivals etc. The EU froze the basic pattern till 2033.  
  • ECOC shows certain signs of fatigue. Attraction fades. Competitions inside countries usually attract little attention abroad.
  • Few cities are able to maintain full momentum all year long, lacking the punch of shorter events. Twelve months exert extreme strain, offer too large a temptation for infrastructure investments with sustainability risks.
  • Opportunity missed: shift to Spring Capital of Culture, Summer Capital of Culture etc. Two cities chosen after competition in the pre-selected countries, and two selected through regulated competition of all European cities.
  • Opening up 28 titles for competition of cities across all Europe would create new excitement and challenge. (Regulation would prevent cities to win from the same country within a set period.)
  • One capital of culture at any one time would offer more focused attention.
  • The actual selection of cities reflects the composition of Member States, to disproportional disadvantage to cities in large countries.
  •  56 cities could get the distinction along the 14 years instead of 28.
  • For cities in the candidate countries a separate variant could be devised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A playful alternative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In blue: pre-selected country by the EU

 

 

 

 

In green: regulated open competition across Europe

 

 

 

 

In orange: city from a candidate country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter

 

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter

2020

Croatia + Ireland

 

Croatia

?

Ireland

?

 

candidate country

 

 

candidate

 

 

2021

Romania + Greece

 

Romania

?

Greece

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022

Lithuania + Luxembourg

 

Lithuania

?

Luxemb.

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2023

Hungary + United Kingdom

 

Hungary

?

UK

?

 

candidate country

 

 

candidate

 

 

2024

Estonia + Austria

 

Estonia

?

Austria

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2025

Slovenia + Germany

 

Slovenia

?

Germany

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2026

Slovakia + Finland

 

Slovakia

?

Finland

?

 

candidate country

 

 

candidate

 

 

2027

Latvia + Portugal

 

Latvia

?

Portugal

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2028

Czech Republic + France

 

Czech R.

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France

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2029

Poland + Sweden

 

Poland

?

Sweden

?

 

candidate country

 

 

candidate

 

 

2030

Cyprus + Belgium

 

Cyprus

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Belgium

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2031

Malta + Spain

 

Malta

?

Spain

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2032

Bulgaria + Denmark

 

Bulgaria

?

Denmark

?

 

candidate country

 

 

candidate

 

 

2033

Netherlands + Italy

 

Netherl.

?

Italy

?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Budapest Observatory, September 2012.