Riga Shares its Experience
On May 9, Europe Day, a conference devoted to European Capitals of Culture was held in Perugia, during which the city’s inhabitants and cultural experts met representatives from a number of current and future Capitals of Culture, in order to better prepare their own candidacy.
“The process application and programme development for a European Capital of Culture requires a high level of organization and artistic quality. In preparation for the honour of European Capital of Culture, Riga has accumulated experience of great interest to countries and cities currently on track to that status,” explained Rīga|2014 Programme Director Aiva Rozenberga. “This is our chance to raise awareness of Riga and Latvia – to present ourselves as a significant venue for cultural events.”
Representatives of Guimarães `2012 (Portugal), Košice ‘2013 (Slovakia), Riga `2014 and Umeå `2014 (Sweden) told of their intentions regarding urban development plans, cultural infrastructure and improving people’s quality of life, as well as work programme preparation and the promotion of international networking.
In 2019, one Italian and Bulgarian city will be the official European Capitals of Culture, and 18 cities in Italy are already fighting for the title. One of the candidates in this fierce competition is the city of Perugia, standing together with Assisi.