As we all know, every year one or more cities in Europe are commissioned as the European Capital of Culture. The European Union makes a decision on the selected cities based on cultural history, scheduled events, the ability to provide infrastructural and financial support, as well as their potential for socio-economic development once chosen as the host city for Capital of Culture.
For the coming year of 2010 three new cities will be given this title – Istanbul in Turkey, Essen in Germany and Pécs in Hungary. In this post we will introduce you to Istanbul’s overall plans as the Capital of Culture and in the following posts I will let you know more about the plans for the other two cities.