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European Capital of Culture

Recent Title Holders

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1985 - Athens

2006 - Patras

2007 - Sibiu, Luxembourg

2008 - Liverpool, Stavanger

2009 - Vilnius, Linz

2010 - Essen, Istanbul, Pécs

2011 - Turku, Tallinn

The term of "Capital of Culture"

The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it is given a chance to showcase its cultural life and cultural development. (Taken from

Origins of this event

The European Capital of Culture programme was conceived in 1983 by Melina Mercouri.

Mercouri believed that at the time, culture must be given the same attention as politics and economics

The European City of Culture programme was launched in the summer of 1985 and Athens became the first title-holder.