The three European Capitals of Culture 2023

 This image combines photographs of three cities next to each other. On the left is Veszprém, Hungary. In the middle is Elefsina, Greece and on the right a photograph of Timisoara, Romania.

Since 1 January 2023, Elefsina (Greece), Timisoara (Romania) and Veszprém (Hungary) all hold the title European Capital of Culture 2023.

The three cities have curated special programmes for the occasion:

  • Elefsina 2023 programme: “Mysteries of Transition” - Opening: 4 – 5 February
    The programme has three main elements: people/society, environment and labour. Environment will have a special focus as a subject inextricably linked with the challenges Elefsina as a (post)industrial city – as well as the wider world – is facing.
  • Timisoara 2023 programme “Shine your light – Light up your city!” - Opening: 17 – 19 February
    The programme is structured around people, places and connections.
  • Veszprém 2023 programme “Come shine with us!” - Opening: 21 – 22 January
    The year-long programme for events includes music and dance festivals, art exhibitions, performance art and the gastro and wine scene, and much more.

The initiative was started in 1985 and has since become one of the most high-profile cultural initiatives in Europe. Cities are selected based on a cultural programme that must have a strong European dimension, including:

  • Promoting participation and involvement by city inhabitants, communities and stakeholders.
  • Contributing to the long-term development of the city and its surrounding region.