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Linz is European Capital of Culture 2009

Logo © Linz 2009 - Kulturhauptstadt Europas OrganisationsGmbH

© Linz 2009 - Kulturhauptstadt Europas OrganisationsGmbH

1. January 2009

Following Graz in 2003, this year Linz (along with Vilnius/Lithuania) becomes Europe’s Capital of Culture. With this once-in-a-century opportunity to spend a year as Europe’s cultural capital, Linz will present and position itself as the host of Europe.

In recent years no other Austrian city has changed as much as Linz. Once an unremarkable trade point on the Danube, then an industrial location along with all encumbrances and risks, today Linz is an economically successful, modern place to live with many advantages. A city on the move, looking for new challenges – a city of change.

Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture is part of this process, both as a project for sustainable urban development and as a growth driver. The programme for “Linz 2009, European Capital of Culture” is made up of 220 projects, including countless festivals and special events. The multifaceted exhibition “Best of Austria” begins on New Year’s Day – a collection of the best artworks from 30 Austrian collections and museums held in Lentos Art Museum Linz.

The title “European Capital of Culture” has been held annually by at least one European city since 1985. The idea of the cultural capital came from the former Greek Minister for Culture and singer Melina Mercouri, with the aim of furthering European integration. Linz’s year as Capital of Culture will run from 31st December 2008 to 24th December 2009.