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European Capitals of Culture 2016

San Sebastian and Wroclaw take the places of Mons and Pilsen as the two European Capitals of Culture for 2015. They will have a year of music, theatre, dance, film and literature events showing their culture to the world.

The main event of the Spanish capital, San Sebastian, has been a huge success, with more than 50,000 spectators who have taken part in the symbolic construction of the "bridge of coexistence". The spectacle gathered 1000 participants, 50 collectives and 400 volunteers.

 

The polish city of Wroclaw as a capital of culture 2016 means around 400 projects, amounting to almost 1,000 cultural events, as well as social, cultural and educational programmes. One of the most important ventures is Chris Baldwin’s “Flow” Quartet, which engages hundreds of spaces, thousands of artists and tens of thousands of people living in Wrocław and surrounding towns.

 

The European Capitals of Culture are designated by the Council of the European Union for a period of one year during which they organise a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. Started in 1985, the initiative has become one of the most prestigious and high-profile cultural events in Europe. A city is not chosen as a European Capital of Culture solely for what it is, but mainly for what it plans to do for a year that has to be exceptional.