What lies ahead?
Currently, our application has been submitted to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for review by a panel of 12 experts (two from the Polish ministry and ten representing the European Commission).
At the end of October, we will meet with them during hearings in Warsaw, where we will show a presentation regarding our candidacy and answer any related questions.
The cities which make it to the second stage of the competition submit a document presenting a detailed idea for celebrating the title of European Capital of Culture, as well as showing the problems which the cities will try to solve in their bid.
Importantly, each application should present initiatives whose sense for the local community, its supra-regional and transnational dimensions will not depend on success in the competition.
The candidacy process is intended to trigger positive change in each of the potential European Capitals of Culture. An excellent example of such a change in Pszczyna is the consultation process that resulted in the city’s first ever strategic document outlining a cultural development programme for the next nine years.
Next spring, we will find out which Polish city will be awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2029.