Nice2028, Candidate for the European Capital of Culture

6 October 2022

New 2028 objective for the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolitan area!

European Capital of Culture

This reputation emerges in 1985 from the Minister of Culture of Greece Melina Mercouri and Jack Lang, French Minister of Culture. It highlights the richness and diversity of cultures emanating from the European Union.

Indeed, it is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which a program of cultural events is organized.

‘The artistic and cultural programming of NICE2028 will reflect the identity and ambition to make this territory a cultural society that, based on its heritage and values, bets on youth, innovation, digital and the future, on a European scale, to take up the great challenges of the contemporary world and particularly that of adaptation to climate change.’

Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Metropolitan Area, Delegate President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region

Steps of the application

  • December 1, 2022: Submission of the pre-selection file to the European Commission;
  • 1st semester 2023: Pre-selection phase, the announcement of the 4 pre-selected cities;
  • 2nd semester 2023: Selection phase;
  • December 2023: Announcement of the winning city by the European Commission.

Connecting the unexpected

“Le fil rouge de la candidature NICE2028 répond à la promesse de connecter l’inattendu.

“The red thread of the NICE2028 bid responds to the promise of connecting the unexpected.

By building a bid around a contrasting DNA, between sea and mountains, the Mediterranean and the Alps, coastal cities and inland villages, by linking French and Italian cultural entities, NICE2028 invites its inhabitants and Europeans to embody a promise – that of connecting the unexpected.

Connecting the unexpected means abolishing the borders of the real and the imaginary, the physical and the digital, the geographical borders, and the artistic disciplines. It means shaking up codes and freeing oneself from prejudices while awakening one’s curiosity. It is to bring together opposing cultural practices to be surprised by the magic of this unlikely connection. It is to propose to the sea to return to the sources of the mountains, to cross the impossible of the topographic limits thanks to reasoned mobility. It is to preserve rare species in the heart of cities, heritage works in the heart of valleys. It is to practice letting go to welcome the unknown. It is, quite simply, to make culture the cement of a more enlightened and fulfilled society, more frugal and responsible, which federates this “community of the living”.”



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