Mons and Pilsen - European Capitals of Culture in 2015

Pilsen (Czech Republic) and Mons (Belgium) are the European Capitals of Culture for 2015. Having officially launched their year-long cultural programmes in January, activities are already underway.

Under the motto "Open up", Pilsen 2015 will stage over 600 events, including plays, concerts, exhibitions, public space happenings and artistic interventions.

With over 300 events and a thousand cultural and artistic activities, five new museums, two new concert halls, and new types of civil participation and innovative digital opportunities, Mons 2015 aims to connect art and technology.

The European Capitals of Culture initiative is supported by Creative Europe and 2015 also marks its 30th anniversary. European Capitals of Culture encourages cities to rethink their development and aims to stimulate significant cultural, social and economic benefits in terms of vibrancy, regeneration and increased tourism flows (estimated at a 12% increase in one night-visits during the year after the title).