Aarhus to be European Capital of Culture in Denmark in 2017
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, stated: “I congratulate Aarhus on its successful bid. I am sure the city and its citizens will participate with enthusiasm in the preparations for the year. The European Capital of Culture has an important role to play in promoting the diversity of Europe’s cultures. The initiative is also a catalyst for the transformation of cities, bringing substantial economic and social benefits to its citizens.”
In Cyprus, Nicosia and Paphos are still in competition. The selection panel is expected to make its recommendation in mid-September.
Following Guimarães (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia) this year, Marseille (France) and Košice (Slovakia) will be European Capitals of Culture in 2013; Umeå (Sweden) and Riga (Latvia) in 2014, Mons (Belgium) and Plzen (Czech Republic) in 2015 and Wroclaw (Poland) and Donastia-San Sebastián (Spain) in 2016.