Bidding for the European Capital of Culture title requires a high level of commitment, investment and cooperation among various local actors, making this process a rather unique development opportunity for participating cities.
90% of the bidding cities are not awarded the title. However, all these cities develop strong cultural strategies and establish mechanisms for cultural planning and citizen participation. Moreover, these cities manage to raise significant budgets for the implementation of their programme: a multiannual integrated plan contributing to local and European development. These efforts are usually lost after not gaining the title.

How can candidate cities – be them in the preparation phase, title holders or former candidates that did not make it through pre-selection or selection for the title – make the most of this exceptional mobilising of talents, ideas and resources? Culture Next members are cities committed to continuing the legacy of the ECoC bidding process in long-term strategies and programmes putting culture at the center of urban development.

Current network members: Aveiro, Braga, Faro, Funchal, Leiria, Oeiras (Portugal), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Chemnitz (Germany), Clermont – Ferrand (France), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Daugavpils (Latvia), Debrecen (Hungary), Dornbirn (Austria), Dublin (Ireland), Eleusis (Greece), Gdańsk (Poland), Leeds (UK), Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), Leuven (Belgium), Neringa, Plungė (Lithuania), Nitra, Trenčín, Žilina (Slovakia), Oulu, Savonlinna (Finland). 

 

CLUJ-NAPOCA

Romania

AVEIRO

Portugal

BASTIA

France

BELFAST

United Kingdom

Bielsko-Biała

Poland

BRAGA

Portugal

BROUMOV

Czech Republic 

BRNO

Czech Republic

BURGOS

Spain

ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE

Czech Republic

CHEMNITZ

Germany

DEBRECEN

Hungary

DUBLIN

Ireland

ELEFSINA

Greece

FARO

Portugal

GALWAY

Ireland

GENT

Belgium

GIJON

Spain

KATOWICE

Poland

Kortrijk

Belgium

LARNAKA

Cyprus

LEEDS

United Kingdom

LEEUWARDEN

Netherlands

LEUVEN

Belgium

LUBLIN

Poland

MATERA

Italy

Molenbeek-Saint-Jean

Belgium

NOVI SAD

Serbia

OEIRAS

Portugal

OULU

Finland

PLUNGE

Lithuania

ROUEN

France

TRENČÍN

Slovakia

UPPSALA

Sweden

VALMIERA

Latvia

VESZPRÉM

Hungary