European Capital of Culture Quick Guide

We list some common questions about European Capitals of Culture (ECoCs) in general and about Valletta 2018 in particular.  If you’ve other queries not answered here, do feel free to contact us and ask.


An ECoC has to show a strong European dimension in its vision. Give a couple of past ECoC examples of this in action.
Is an ECoC about physical infrastructure projects (ie. developing disused spaces for new, cultural activities) or about setting up...
What does an ECoC gain from the title, for instance, in terms of economic, social, cultural benefits? Give some examples.
What obligations does a European Capital of Culture have?
Why would a city wish to become a European Capital of Culture?
What is a European Capital of Culture and who confers the title?

Valletta 2018 FAQs

How can we keep the momentum going in the years leading to 2018?
Can you share any of the vision for Valletta 2018 articulated so far?
How is the public involved in developing Valletta 2018?
The spirit of Valletta 2018 is to capture the whole country. How will this be achieved?
Explain the Valletta 2018 ECoC process: the stages in from bid to ECoC year, our obligations and what we can expect to see...
Developing and running and ECoC is costly. Who pays for Valletta 2018? And what figures are we talking about?
Who is the driving force behind Valletta 2018?
What will Valletta as an ECoC give us a chance to do that we may not do otherwise?
The European Commission has designated Malta and The Netherlands to host ECoCs in 2018. Several cities are competing for the...