Riga and Umeå, Europe’s Cultural Capitals for 2014

January 9, 2014

Funding Scheme: 2014-01-09

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


Europe’s Cultural Capitals for 2014 are Umeå in Sweden and Riga in Latvia. The capital of Latvia and the Swedish city join more than 40 cities already chosen as Cultural Capitals since opening in 1985 in Athens.


Increase cultural exchanges

Umeå is the first Swedish city to be awarded European Cultural Capital since Stockholm in 1998. Located more than 600 kilometres north of Stockholm, Umeå with its university and 34,000 students is at the forefront of Swedish research. The city’s aim for the year is to show Europeans northern Sweden and to increase cultural exchanges between Umeå and the rest of Europe. 

Where modern and historical mix

Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city of the Baltic States. Its history goes back more than 800 years and each century has left its mark in the architecture of the city. Its central position in the Baltic Sea region makes the city an important cultural, industrial, commercial and financial centre.

In 2014, Riga will also become the centre of world’s choral music, as it will host the world’s largest choir competition – the World Choir games. Festivals like Museum night and White nights are very appreciated by the public. Riga also offers a multitude of cultural events for young people, a lot of them taking place in the creative districts around Kalnciema and Miera streets.

The two selected cities as Europe’s Cultural Capitals in 2014 can count on the financial support of actions implemented under the new framework programme Creative Europe, dedicated to culture in Europe, Creative Europe. They will highlight the diversity and richness of their culture while also fostering a their European identity.

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