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.
Preparing a European Capital of Culture can be an opportunity for the city to generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits and it can help foster urban regeneration, change the city's image and raise its visibility and profile on an international scale.
The Commission of the European Union manages the title and each year the Council of Ministers of the European Union formally designates European Capitals of Culture: more than 40 cities have been designated so far.
The two member-states entitled to host the event in 2019 are Bulgaria and Italy. A competition will be organised in the coming years within these countries to designate the cities to the title. The cities runnning to represent Bulgaria are Burgas (the region of Burgas), Plovdiv, Ruse, Shumen, Sofia, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo. The winner of the national competition in Bulgaria will be announced in 2015.
Ruse - logo yet to be chosen
Sofia - http://www.sofia2019.bg/en
Varna - http://www.varna2019.bg/
Official bid page
To be updated.