Cork – European Capital of Culture 2005
On 8 January 2005, Cork celebrated the beginning of Cork's tenure as European Capital of Culture. Over one million people attended numerous cultural events prepared especially for the European Capital of Culture programme.
The Cork cultural programme consisted of hundreds artistic undertakings related to different fields, starting from literature, theatre and film, through music and performance, and including exhibitions and presentations. Organisers share the view that contribution of the private sector as regards funding of artistic undertakings was unexpectedly high with as many as 230 companies directly supporting Cork 2005.
However, as the ECC organisers underline, Cork 2005 was not only a culmination of multi-European artistic events, but a unique and exceptional opportunity to establish close cooperation with almost all cultural institutions operating in the country and foreign representatives of the world of art, which constitute a high added value of the initiative. Thanks to investments that started to be implemented in 2005, the city may develop more rapidly through cultural activity.