San Sebastian to be European culture capital in 2016

28th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Basque city of San Sebastian, known for its shell-shaped bay and annual film festival, has been selected as one of two European Culture Capitals in 2016, Spain's culture ministry said Tuesday.

The northeastern city was among six Spanish cities in the running for the prestigious tourist-friendly title and the chance to host a series of cultural events. It will share the 2016 title with the Polish city of Wroclaw.

Cities designated EU culture capitals traditionally organise exhibits, concerts and artistic performances throughout the calendar year to mark the occasion.

The title, which has been given out since 1985 on a rotating basis through European Union member states, is currently shared by Finland's Turku and Estonia's Tallin. Athens was the first city chosen to be a culture capital.

© 2011 AFP

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