European Capital of Culture 2016 Contest officially launched!
On Monday, 9 November 2009 in the Press Center of the Polish Press Agency in Warsaw, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski officially opened the contest for the title of “European Capital of Culture 2016”. Representatives of the cities, which are going to apply for this prestigious title, as well as Undersecretary of State in MKiDN Monika Smoleń who presented the idea of "European Capital of Culture” and the selection timetable, were also present at the press conference.
The aim of the contest is to select one Polish city to be nominated for “European Capital of Culture 2016” title. The nominated city will be formally nominated by the Council of the European Union.
Candidates for the “European Capital of Culture 2016 "should submit applications till 30 August 2010.
Applications are evaluated by a specially appointed selection panel in two stages: pre-selection and final selection. Taking into account the final recommendations issued by the selection panel, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage nominates one city to be “European Capital of Culture” and notifies the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission and the Committee of the Regions thereof, no later than four years before the event is due to begin. The Council, acting on a recommendation from the Commission and on the basis of the opinion by the European Parliament and the justifications based on the reports of the selection panels, shall officially designate the cities as “European Capitals of Culture” for the year 2016.
In order to participate in the “European Capital of Culture 2016” contest cities shall prepare cultural programme. The program should meet the following objectives and criteria:
Duration of the program is one year. In justified cases the designated city may opt for a shorter period. Cities may choose to involve in its program their surrounding regions.
Due to Decision number 1622/2006/WE issued on October 2006 by the European Parliament and The Council of Europe, the cultural programme shall fulfill the following criteria, subdivided into two categories, ‘the European Dimension’ and ‘City and Citizens’:
Regarding ‘the European Dimension’ category, the programme shall:
Regarding the ‘City and Citizens’ category, the programme shall:
Annexes (only in Polish):
Information on the contest
In October 2006, the European Parliament and the EU Council issued a decision, based on which in 2016 one of Polish cities together with the selected Spanish city will bear the honourable title of European Capital of Culture. It will be decided by way of a multi-level contest which Polish city will receive the title of ECC.
Candidate cities will be assessed by a body of 13 experts selected by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Committee of the Regions and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is responsible for organisation of the contest in Poland.
The contest will be announced in the autumn 2009 and will consist of 3 stages:
For more information see rules of the contest.