The Czech cities of Broumov and České Budějovice have been chosen as finalists for European Capital of Culture 2028. Brno, Liberec, and Chomutov had also been in the running but were not chosen.
The final winner will be chosen next year.
The Czech Republic will again host the European Capital of Culture in 2028 together with France. Prague (2000) and Pilsen (2015) have received the ECoC title in the Czech Republic in past years.
What is the European Capital of Culture?
The European Capital of Culture (ECoC) is a European Union project that was established in 1985 and has since become one of the most important cultural initiatives in Europe.
The project celebrates Europe’s common cultural roots, as well as cultural diversity in individual EU member states. It aims to bring European citizens closer together, create a stronger sense of European belonging and promote cultural life in cities.
The award is given by the Council of Ministers of Culture for a period of one year, but the city can continue to use its title after its expiration.
The ECoC title is an opportunity for the awarded city to social and economic development, urban renewal, strengthening tourism and creating new jobs. The positive impact of the project is often transferred to the entire region.