Rijeka and Galway: European Capitals of Culture

Croatia's Rijeka will be one of the two cities that will hold the title of European Capital of Culture this year.

This year the Croatian city of Rijeka and the Irish city of Galway will be the European Capital of Culture. This label gives cities the chance to boost their image, promote sustainable tourism and rethink their development through culture. 

“Thanks to their title of European Capital of Culture, Rijeka and Galway will be harnessing the full potential of culture to enrich our life experience and to bring our communities closer together,” stated EC Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas.

Promoting culture as a core element of our way of life has many positive impacts on society, in terms of social inclusion, integration and economic growth, he pointed out.

On the occasion, Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, commented that the European Capital of Culture initiative brings people together and “highlights the role of culture in promoting the values on which our European Union is built: diversity, respect, tolerance and openness.”

A successful Capital of Culture is inclusive and meaningful to its citizens, she noted adding that it is also open to the world, illustrating the Union's willingness to promote culture as a driver for peace and mutual understanding worldwide whilst bringing long-lasting socio-economic benefits to its region.

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