Évora to receive €29 million in funding to live up to Capital of Culture title
Évora has been named the European Capital of Culture for 2027, along with Liepaja in Latvia.
The announcement came this Wednesday at a news conference at the Belém Cultural Centre (Centro Cultural de Belém) in Lisbon.
The Alentejo town was chosen from one of four Portuguese finalists, the other cities being Aveiro in central-northern Portugal, Braga in northern Portugal, and Ponta Delgada in the Azores.
The announcement in Lisbon was made by the president of the international jury, Beatriz Garcia.
The winning city is to receive a financial allocation of €29 million in national and European funds, according to an announcement revealed in October by the minister of culture, Pedro Adão e Silva.
The European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) initiative is designed to “highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe, celebrate the cultural features Europeans share, increase European citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area and foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities”.
The initiative was developed in 1985 and has, to date, been awarded to more than 60 cities across the European Union (EU) and beyond.