If Nice becomes the European Capital of Culture in 2028, what will it change for the people of Nice?

On billboards, as the signature of Metropolis agents’ emails, the colors of the Nice 2028 European capital of culture candidacy are displayed everywhere for several weeks. The City filed it case at the Ministry of Culture on December 21.

He is not alone in the running: Nice is competing with Rouen (Seine-Maritime), Montpellier (Hérault) and Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme). But not only. Why? Because we already know that a French city will endorse this title in 2028 along with a Czech city and, probably, a city in Macedonia.

Nice, capital of culture: what does it mean for the people of Nice? We explain to you.

“Boost” and “spotlight”

The European label has a positive impact that goes beyond the cultural sphere. “It’s a massive booststudied the mayor Christian Estrosi, by phone, this Wednesday. We will change the image that Nice can present to move from the label of mass tourism to a more selective holiday destination, where a certain art of living reigns. Nice 2028 is an opportunity to show the strong identity of our city and its adaptability both to environmental requirements (with the development of green spaces) and to modernity, including the field of art. Eventually, we will go to Nice as we go to Florence (Italy) or Salzburg (Austria): to visit a city of art and culture.”

“Being the European Capital of Culture will draw attention to our actions, our heritage, but also of strengthening patronage, continues the first magistrate. It will promote the updating of several museums, especially the Julescheret. “ The winning cities benefit from European subsidies to carry out certain actions related to the label.

The consequence for the people of Nice: they will be able to take advantage of all this. “Students will also be able to relate and receive artistic lessons, the elected official added. We will train a generation of small cultural people.”

Does Nice have a chance?

In absolute terms, everyone has a chance. But Christian Estrosi is confident: “I can’t reveal everything but I guarantee you that our file is very interesting.”

In a half-word, the city councilor indicates that the transition to digital and modern artistic methods will be made. He remains evasive but talks about the organization of “enhanced event programs”.

It should be noted that of the four French cities that already hold this label – Paris in 1989, Avignon in 2000, Lille (Nord) in 2004 and Marseille in 2013 – two (Avignon and Marseille) are in the Paca region. In Nice, that would be three. Except its purpose is much broader.

“We want to link our neighbors to the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis: the Principality of Monaco, Menton but also the Italian cities of Cuneo, San Remo, Imperia and Ventimiglia, emphasizes the mayor. There is also We have the support of other cities such as Edinburgh (Scotland) and Madrid (Spain), who are ready to participate in supporting our candidacy.”

A label already obtained by more than 60 cities in Europe

In 1985, Melina Mercouri and Jack Lang, Greek and French Ministers of Culture, launched this idea with the aim of bringing Europeans together by giving them the opportunity to discover each other and, above all, honor the diversity and richness of the territory. The Council of the European Union awards the label each year, based on a group of experts. More than 60 cities have already earned the label.

The countries whose cities will become the next European Capitals of Culture have been determined in advance. By 2028, France will be able to align a city.

Since 2009, there are two municipalities: one from an old Member State and one from a new one. And, from 2021, a third, from a non-EU country that has started the accession process.

The deadlines

January 2: deadline for submitting the pre-selection file to the European Commission. Nice made the move on December 21.

Sunday February 27: start of the pre-selection phase, announcement of the four pre-selected cities.

4th quarter 2023: submission of selection file.

December 2023: announcement of the winning city by the European Commission.

Who will be the next known European Capitals of Culture?

In 2023: Eleusis (Greece), Timisoara (Romania) and Veszprém (Hungary).

In 2024: Salzkammergut (Austria), Tartu (Estonia) and Bodø (Norway).

In 2025: Chemnitz (Germany), Nova Gorica (Slovenia).

In 2026: Oulu (Finland), Trencin (Slovakia).

In 2027: Liepaja (Latvia).

Note that in 2022, these are Kaunas (Lithuania), Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) and Novi Sad (Serbia).

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