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Having regard to the need to obtain information on the initiative of „European Capital of Culture” by cities and information institutions, the European Commission organized the first information day on the European Capitals of Culture addressed to all cities interested in applying for this title. The meeting, which was held on 5 May 2009 at the Commission’s seat in Brussels, was accompanied by a session on the exchange of good practices between the past, current and candidate Capitals.
The idea lying behind the meeting was to obtain wide representation of cultural circles and think how to facilitate cooperation between all the parties interested.
Programme of the meeting can be found at the Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/culture/news/pdf/ecoc_infoday2009.pdf
The year 2016 will be very special for Poland because one of the Polish cities will bear the title of European Capital of Culture. The selected city will have an opportunity to present its qualities and to promote its cultural potential on an international scale thanks to, inter alia, the financial support of the European Commission in the form of the prize in honour of Melina Mercouri. The title of European Capital of Culture is also an excellent opportunity to formulate a long-term development strategy based on culture.
As a result, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage together with the International Cultural Centre in Cracow organized an Information Day and workshops on the European Capitals of Culture and the 2016 contest in Poland, in particular.
The meeting started with the speech of Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, who also took part in the press conference on the European Capital of Culture 2016.
The meeting, which was held on the first day, consisted of an official part open to the public that focused on the general idea of the contest and was attended by, inter alia, representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the European Commission.
Fot. Paweł Mazur
The second, workshop day was a closed meeting. The programme of the workshop, which was attended, inter alia, by Monika Smoleń, Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, included a lecture on the application procedure and calendar as well as budgetary issues and promotion of the ECC. Another important item of the programme included discussion panels attended by representatives of cities that have been, are being or will be European Capitals of Culture as well as experts that are members of the jury assessing applications.
The EU website on European Capitals of Culture (http://ec.europa.eu/culture/our-programmes-and-actions/doc413_en.htm)