Seventeen polish cities is procuring European Capital of Culture in 2016. Yesterday, Katowice joined this group. Preliminary heats will take place at autumn by Polish Ministry of Culture decision. The Mayor of Katowice, Piotr Uszok wants to engage other cities of the Silesian Agglomeration in participation in applying for the seat of European Capital of Culture. The mayors of Bytom, Chorzów, Mysłowice, Piekary Śląskie, Ruda Śląska, Sosnowiec, Tychy, Zabrze have already acceded. There is a list of culture personalities under preparation which the mayor Piotr Uszok would like to ask for Katowice’s candidature support.
* The first European capital of culture was Athens, in 1985. Since then, the event has been such a success each year that the title is now highly prized. From 2011, two cities – from two different EU countries – will be European capitals of culture. Polish cities are pretending with Spanish cities.
Cities wishing to become European capital of culture must prepare a cultural programme that meets rather specific criteria: it must reflect the European character of the event and involve the participation of the people who live there.
For a number of years, the EU’s Culture programme has helped finance the event, and will continue to do so in future. From 2012, there will be a new procedure for selecting future European capitals of culture.
* based on ec.europa.eu