In its report following the third monitoring meeting with representatives of the European Capital of Culture Esch2022, the panel of independent experts congratulates the Esch2022 organisational team for its excellent work and recommends that the Melina Mercouri prize be awarded to the project.
A few months before the launch of Esch2022, the panel particularly praises the richness and quality of the cultural programme, which achieves a good balance between national and international programming, while at the same time emphasising the participatory dimension that underpins all projects. Esch2022 also fulfils the criterion of sustainability through the infrastructure investments made in view of 2022, and through a cultural programme in which many elements have been designed to have a second life, beyond 2022. Finally, the panel acclaims the strong political support for the project at local, regional and national levels, and endorses its stable and solid financial situation.
February 26th, 2022 will be the kick-off date for Esch2022: 10 PRO-SUD municipalities and 8 French partner municipalities of the Esch2022 project will host some 160 cultural projects under the theme REMIX.
The Ministry of Culture is contributing €40 million to the financing of the European Capital of Culture Esch2022.
Together with the city of Esch-sur-Alzette, the ten other Luxembourg municipalities of the PRO-SUD association and the eight French municipalities of the CCPHVA, Esch2022 is the European Capital of Culture for the year 2022. The motto of Esch2022 is "Remix Culture". All themes are developed and implemented in close cooperation with municipalities, ministries and other partners. Esch2022 is managed by the association "European Capital of Culture 2022 asbl". In 2022, two other cities in Europe will hold the title of 'European Capital of Culture': Kaunas in Lithuania and Novi Sad in Serbia.