|European Commission: Press Release Database
Leeuwarden (the Netherlands) and Valetta (Malta) were the European Capitals of Culture throughout 2018, starting on 1 January.
The opening celebrations for Valletta took place from 14 to 20 January across the city, inspired by the traditional Maltese festa (village feast). In Leeuwarden, celebrations kicked off on 26 and 27 January, with artistic installations and performances by professional and amateur artists across the city, and museums opening their doors to visitors throughout the Friesland region.
The European Capital of Culture was initiated in 1985 and became one of the most high-profile cultural initiatives in Europe. The cities are selected on the basis of a cultural programme that must include a strong European dimension, promote the participation and involvement of the city's inhabitants and contribute to the long-term development of the city and its surrounding region.
It is also an opportunity for the cities to shape their image, put themselves on the world map, attract more tourists and think about their own development through culture.
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