ADVERTISEMENT

Veszprém formally named 2023 European Capital of Culture

Parliament

The ancient Hungarian city of Veszprém, in the west of the country north of Lake Balaton, has been formally accepted as European Capital of Culture in 2023, Minister of Human Capacities Miklós Kásler announced Wednesday.

The other two shortlisted cities were Debrecen (in eastern Hungary) and Győr (in the northwest). The winner was selected by a panel of independent experts of the European Commission last December

Each year, the European Union designates two European Capitals of Culture for a period of one calendar year to highlight the diversity of cultures in Europe and celebrate the cultural features Europeans share. Becoming a European Capital of Culture can raise a cityʼs international profile and boost tourism, as well as generate big local investments, noted state news agency MTI.

In addition to Hungary, the U.K. was selected as the other European Capital of Culture host member state for 2023, well before the country started the process of exiting the EU. However, the five bids from the U.K. for European Capital of Culture were disqualified in November 2017, leaving Hungary as the only host state in 2023.

The city of Pécs, in southwest Hungary, was the first Hungarian European Capital of Culture in 2010. Winning the title produced a cultural quarter, as well as a big concert hall and convention center in the city, MTI recalled.

ADVERTISEMENT

Digitization, sustainability among characteristics of future... Analysis

Digitization, sustainability among characteristics of future...

Fidesz re-elects Orbán head of party Elections

Fidesz re-elects Orbán head of party

Transformation Delineation - Microsoft country general manag... Podcasts

Transformation Delineation - Microsoft country general manag...

ITM, capital gov't agree on support for public transport City

ITM, capital gov't agree on support for public transport

SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL

Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.