Matera officially proclaimed EU Capital of Culture 2019

May 28, 2015 461

The European Union and its culture ministers officially designated the UNESCO-listed Matera has EU Capital of Culture. Matera was formally named along with the Bulgarian city of Plodviv. So, the southern Italian city is already gearing up to show off its best as European culture capital in 2019.

Among the city's objectives is to involve 80% of the residents in the co-creation and co-production of cultural projects, starting from schools, and to attract as many as 600,000 visitors as of 2019, including 50% from abroad. In addition, an objective is to improve by 2016 railway connections between the southern city of Bari in Puglia and Matera with trains and shuttles every hour, connecting the two cities in 45 minutes.

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