Kaunas to be the European Capital of Culture 2022 in Lithuania
Kaunas has been recommended for European Capital of Culture 2022 in Lithuania by the selection panel of 10 independent experts, appointed by EU institutions and bodies.
There will be two European Capitals of Culture in 2022: one in Lithuania and one in Luxembourg.
The selection process has two rounds:
The selected cities are then officially designated by the country concerned.
The selection criteria state that cities should prepare a cultural programme with a strong European dimension. The programme should involve city's residents, stakeholders and neighbourhoods and attract visitors from the whole country and Europe. The programme should contribute to the long-term development of the city. The cities must demonstrate that they are supported by the public local authorities and have the capacity to deliver the project.
The Culture Ministry of the Republic of Lithuania invited applications from interested cities in July 2015. Six cities applied – Anykščiai, Jonava, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Plungė, Rokiškis.
The pre-selection meeting took place in June 2016 and Kaunas and Klaipėda were shortlisted. They were given until February 2017 to complete their applications and then invited to a final selection meeting in Vilnius on 29 March, with the preceding city visits to Klaipėda on 27 March and Kaunas on 28 March.
The selection meeting for the European Capital of Culture 2022 in Luxembourg will take place this autumn.
Bidbooks of final selection round:
Bidbooks of pre-selection round:
Bidbook of the European Capital of Culture 2022 candidate city Kaunas published
Following recommendation of the Expert Panel’s report, ECOC 2022 candidate city Kaunas published the pre-selection bidbook. The Expert Panel strongly believes that publication of the bidbooks online should endorse public‘s engagement and discussion on city‘s cultural development.
The bidbook can be downloaded from Kaunas 2022 website:
The Expert Panel’s report announced
The Expert Panel of the competition for the 2022 European Capital of Culture title in Lithuania produced the pre-selection stage report containing a general assessment of all the applications as well as recommendations to the short-listed cities of Kaunas and Klaipėda.
The Expert Panel evaluated applications from 6 Lithuanian cities – Anykščiai, Jonava, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Plungė and Rokiškis, following criteria in all six categories: contribution of the programme to the long-term strategy of the city development; European dimension; cultural and artistic content; capacity to deliver; outreach; management.
The deadline for submission of revised applications is 28 February 2017.
The final selection meeting will be held in Vilnius on 29 March 2017.
Kaunas and Klaipėda have been shortlisted for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2022 in Lithuania
The pre-selection meeting for the European Capitals of Culture 2022 Lithuania took place in the Ministry of Culture on 20-21 June 2016. The panel of independent experts evaluated applications from 6 competing Lithuanian cities – Anykščiai, Jonava, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Plungė and Rokiškis. The pre-selection resulted in the shortlisting of two candidate cities: Kaunas and Klaipėda.
The final decision to award the title of the European Capital of Culture shall be taken in spring 2017. The outcome of the selection process of the European Capital of Culture Union action is twofold:
On April 20, 2016, the Strategic Committee of the Lithuanian Government approved allocation of national budget funds for the implementation of the programme “European Capital of Culture – 2022”, provided that the governmental financial assistance would account up to 50 per cent of the approved operating budget (not including capital investment), and will not exceed 10 million euros.
Call for submission of applications for the Union action “European Capital of Culture” for the year 2022 in the Republic of Lithuania
The call for submission of applications for the Union action “European Capital of Culture” for the year 2022 in the Republic of Lithuania was announced by the Ministry of Culture on 20 July 2015.
The title of European Capital of Culture is awarded each year to a maximum of one city in each of the two Member States. For the year 2022, the two Members States entitled to host the European Capital of Culture action are Lithuania and Luxembourg.
The call is based on Decision No 445/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, establishing a Union action for the European Capital of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033. It specifies the criteria to be used for designating city for the title and procedure for designation.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania is the Managing Authority which is in charge of the selection procedure for the European Capital of Culture title for the year 2022 in Lithuania.
The cities of Lithuania wishing to apply for the European Capital of Culture title in 2022 shall reply to this call by filling in the application form in annex 1 as well as the "declaration of honour" form in annex 2.
Annex 1: Application form
Annex 2: “Declaration of honour“ form
European Commission on the European Capitals of Culture (overview of the past and future Capitals of Culture, expert reports, etc.)
ECoC Policy Group Report (good practices and recommendations for research and evaluation by cities hosting the title)
European Capitals of Culture: success strategies and long-time effects (.pdf, 2013, requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education
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