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European Capital of Culture 2014

Swedish city of winter, Umea, expects visitors from all over Europe at the inauguration event in the context of the promotion of European Capital of Culture 2014. Swedish town will hold festivities day and night. The highlight of the opening week will be the “burning snow” ceremony, a transformation of the snowy city wit art from snow, ice, fire and video. More about the cultural program of Umea can be found HERE
In addition to Umea the title of European Capital of Culture 2014, is held also by the Latvian capital of Riga, which started its cultural program started already on 17. January. A full program of events in Riga can be found HERE.

The European Capital of Culture is one of the most successful and high-profile cultural initiatives of the European Union. The cities are selected by an independent panel on the basis of a cultural programme that must have a strong European dimension, engage local people of all ages, and contribute to the long-term development of the city.

Following Umeå and Rīga in 2014, the future European Capitals of Culture will be Plzeň (Czech Republic) and Mons (Belgium) in 2015, Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) in 2016, Páfos (Cyprus) and Århus (Denmark) in 2017, and Valletta (Malta) and Leeuwarden (Netherlands) in 2018.


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