Wrocław (Poland) and Donostia/San Sebastián (Spain) are the European Capitals of Culture in 2016. The opening of Wrocław 2016 (website in English, German, Polish), whose motto is Spaces of Beauty, will take place over the weekend of 15–17 January with almost 100 cultural events such as concerts, exhibitions and shows. The main event on Sunday 17 January will see parades setting out from four corners of the city and converging on the central Rynek marketplace for the grand finale. More than 2,000 artists, singers and musicians are expected to take part.
Donostia/San Sebastián (website in Basque, English, French and Spanish) will launch its year with a series of events over five days starting on 20 January when the city’s grand fiesta, the Tamborrada, will take on a European flavour. The official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday 23 January, in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, followed by a concert.
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the European Capital of Culture programme, one of the most popular EU projects, which was launched in 1985 on the initiative of the then Greek Minister for Culture , Melina Mercouri, as this factsheet (in English) explains.
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