In 2016, Wroclaw, together with San Sebastian - Donostia, a Spanish city, will carry the title of European Capital of Culture.

ECC 2004

Lille - European Capital of Culture 2004

Lille - European Capital of Culture 2004

In 2004, the role of European Capital of Culture was assumed by two cities: the French city of Lille and the Italian city of Genoa.

A number of cultural events such as: metamorphosis, parallel worlds, artists in residence and events prepared specifically for the European Capital of Culture event as well as the fervid enthusiasm shared by participants have permanently changed the image of the city of Lille and its region. The initiative of ECC in 2004 enabled to discover unprecedented creative energy, thanks to which the city of Lille became a cultural platform, which is a source of strength and provides a driving force for development.

The cultural programme of Lille was focused on a wide thematic spectrum, i.e. economy and new technologies; urban art – live and build the city of the future; spirituality and general social and civilisation problems.

Lille - European Capital of Culture 2004

Genoa – European Capital of Culture 2004

In 2004 Genoa together with Lille, was European Capital of Culture. Within the programme prepared by this historic Italian city a number of artistic events and social initiatives were proposed. They focused on such issues as immigration, solidarity, childhood, education and work.

The Voyage was the overriding theme of the Genoa cultural programme when it held the title of European Capital of Culture. The voyage is understood as richness and diversity of cultural expression present in the entire city. The idea reflects the spirit of Genoa and combines tradition and modernity of European Capitals of Culture.

Worth reading:

Genua ECC 2004 Report





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