Varaždin will submit its candidacy next month to the European Union, and yesterday presented its ideas and concepts should it be awarded the title in 2020. Zlatar Violić thinks that the city has a good chance, with its large number of cultural institutions and projects.
“Varaždin has a high number of cultural institutions, which is positive in its chances, and through European Capital of Culture projects, there is a possibility of economic development for the city. Along with Varaždin, Rijeka, Osijek, Split, and to a lesser extent Pula, are also candidates,” said Violić.
Varaždin’s Mayor Goran Habuš will also visit cities around Europe who have previously held the title of European Capital of Culture to find out their experiences and take away some new ideas. The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. More than 40 cities have been designated so far.