2022 European Capitals of Culture: Esch-sur-Alzette, Kaunas and Novi Sad

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Information Guide concerning the European Capitals of Culture for 2022 - Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Novi Sad (Serbia).

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The initiative setting up a European Capital of Culture emerged in 1985. The cities are selected on the basis of a cultural programme that must have a strong European dimension, promote the participation and active involvement of the city's inhabitants and contribute to the long-term development of the city and its surrounding region.

Novi Sad is Serbia's first European Capital of Culture. The yearlong cultural programme of Novi Sad - under the For New Bridges motto – aims to further connect the city’s and region’s cultural community and inhabitants with the European Union (EU) and reinforce their links with the rest of the Western Balkans area. Its tenure officially began on 13 January 2022, coinciding with New Year’s Eve under the Julian calendar. Kaunas is the second city in Lithuania to hold the European Capital of Culture title. Its slogan – From temporary to Contemporary Capital – illustrates the city’s ambition. Its tenure officially began on 22 January 2022. It is the third time that Luxembourg hosts a European Capital of Culture, and the first time for Esch-sur-Alzette. The slogan is REMIX Culture and the city's tenure was scheduled to be launched in February 2022.

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Wikipedia: European Capital of Culture https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Capital_of_Culture
Europeana: Blog, 20/01/2022: European Capital of Culture 2022. Esch-sur-Alzette, Kaunas and Novi Sad in the spotlight https://www.europeana.eu/en/blog/european-capital-of-culture-2022

Euronews, 06/01/2022: Transforming Novi Sad: Serbia's first European Capital of Culture https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/01/06/transforming-novi-sad-serbia-s-first-european-capital-of-culture
Deutsche Welle, 13/01/2022: European Capitals of Culture 2022 take off https://p.dw.com/p/3mjVZ
RFE/RL, 13/01/2022: Novi Sad Becomes European Capital Of Culture For One Year https://www.rferl.org/a/serbia-novi-sad-european-capital-culture/31652056.html
LRT News, 22/01/2022: Kaunas kicks off European Capital of Culture programme https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1595398/kaunas-kicks-off-european-capital-of-culture-programme

EUR-Lex: OJ L 132: Decision No 445/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 establishing a Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033 and repealing Decision No 1622/2006/EC https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2014:132:TOC
Official Website of Esch-sur-Alzette - European Capital of Culture 2022 https://esch2022.lu/en/
Official Website of Kaunas - European Capital of Culture 2022 https://kaunas2022.eu/en/
Official Website of Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture 2022 https://novisad2022.rs/en/home-3/
European Commission: Culture and Creativity: News, 03/01/2022: Three new European Capitals of Culture for 2022 https://ec.europa.eu/culture/news/2022-european-capitals-culture
European Commission: Ms Mariya Gabriel delivered a keynote speech, via pre-recorded Video message at the Novi Sad European Capital of Culture 2022 event (13 January 2022) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/SPEECH_22_349
European Council: Message from President Charles Michel for the opening ceremony of "Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022" (22 January 2022) https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/01/22/message-from-president-charles-michel-for-the-opening-ceremony-of-kaunas-european-capital-of-culture-2022/
European Commission: Speech by President von der Leyen on the occasion of the opening of Kaunas 2022: European Capital of Culture (22 January 2022) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_22_489

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