Frequently Asked Questions

What is a European Capital of Culture (ECoC)?

It is the largest cultural event in Europe. For a year, a city and the surrounding region are the stage of an intense cultural and artistic program that involves the local and regional community. 

What are the main goals of an ECoC?

Promote European values and face culture as a transforming element of a city and of the surrounding region, stimulating new social and economic dynamics based on arts, knowledge, innovation and creativity. 

How and when the ECoC program started?

This European Commission project, which was called “European City of Culture”, started in Athens in 1985 as an intergovernmental initiative, and was an idea of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Melina Mercouri. 

How does a city become an ECoC?

Every year, two cities from two European countries receive the title, awarded four years earlier, after a complex selection process conducted by an international jury, composed of specialists appointed by different European institutions.

Which countries will host the European Capitals of Culture in 2027?

Portugal and Latvia. Ponta Delgada is one of 11 Portuguese cities that are running for the title. The first step is the submission of an application dossier, until the 23th of November 2021, in which an artistic program for 2027 is presented. 

Why is Ponta Delgada applying for European Capital of Culture 2027?

Because it has a unique cultural identity, between tradition and experimentation, and it is an opportunity to rethink and revitalize the cultural places of the city and the region, and to strengthen the cultural and creative industries of its territory. 

Why is the project called Azores 2027?

Azores 2027 reflects the will of involving the entire region in the application project and to strengthen cultural cooperation between the nine islands, in a participatory process, involving the entire Azorean community.

What impact will Azores 2027 have in the long-term region's cultural sector?

During the candidacy for European Capital of Culture, is being developed a Strategic Plan for Culture, which will be in line with the Region's strategic guidelines for the sector, and will propose network dynamics with other municipalities in the Azores.

Who finances the ECoC program?

The European Union, the Government of the Portuguese Republic, the candidate municipality, and public and private entities. In the specific case of Ponta Delgada, and because one of the main purposes of this candidacy is to involve the entire archipelago, there will be financial support from the Regional Government of the Azores.

In which phase of the process are we?

We are in the pre-selection phase: A jury will evaluate the bid book’s first version of the each candidate cities, with 60 pages. And in early 2022 the jury will decide which cities go to second phase.  

When is the final result known?

For the second phase of the process, the jury will request more detailed information about the project for each city. Thus, the selected candidate cities prepare the final dossier, with about 100 pages, to be evaluated by the jury, which prepares a report and elects in each country one of the candidate cities to receive the title of European Capital of Culture. The final decision is expected to take place in early 2023.