Development and Finance from issue 2010/2

Annamária Kurilla - Éva Orosz - Klára Stefán

European Capitals of Culture. The Dynamism of Linz

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JEL R-11

The European Capital of Culture programme (ECC) is a major undertaking. Originally it put the spotlight on one European city each year, but since the year 2000 two or three cities have been chosen each time. Since the event was launched in 1985, a whole range of cities have held this highly prestigious title. In 2009 alongside the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, the Austrian industrial city of Linz won the honour of showcasing its cultural diversity as the city and the region were placed in the European spotlight to represent Austria. Given that Essen has been chosen as one of the 2010 European Capitals of Culture, this means almost the whole area of Germanic culture is covered. The European dimension also has to be kept in mind when developing the programme, in other words Linz has to become open to the international artists and European visitors who are expected to return to the city even after 2009. With economic restructuring well behind it, Linz these days is a city of industry and culture, a provincial capital which thanks to its high tax revenue and a long-term development plan covering several decades, has become a city of the media and information technology.

Annamária Kurilla, PhD student (University of Pécs, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences)
Éva Orosz, PhD student (University of Pécs, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences)
Klára Stefán, PhD student (University of Pécs, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences)

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