2017 brings a fresh array of cultural capitals across Asia and Europe. The new European Capitals of Culture are Aarhus (Denmark) and Pafos (Cyprus). Bogra (Bangladesh) becomes the SAARC Cultural Capital in South Asia. Turkestan (Kazakhstan) is the Culture and Arts Capital of the Turkic Region. In East Asia, three cities – Kyoto (Japan), Changsha City (China) and Daegu (Korea) – are designated Culture City of East Asia 2017.
There are national capitals of culture in several European countries. And a village in the Russian Republic of Karelia is the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture for 2017.
The official openings of the European Capitals of Culture take place later in January:
In Aarhus, The night of the 21st January 2017 will be filled with magical moments, with angelic sounds and songs lifted by the wind to soar above the crowds as we welcome 2017. With one of the largest community participation events ever held in Denmark, Aarhus 2017 invites the world to join us in a year full of spectacular cultural events. The Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 is also launched with a celebration of one of Denmark’s important cultural assets. With Dawn Ride, everyone throughout the Central Denmark Region is invited to help create a mass biking extravaganza to bring bikes and lights together to glow in the misty, winter dawn of the special opening Saturday.
In Pafos, on 28 January, the opening of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 is inspired by the myths and showcases the history, the cultural heritage, the diversity and the multiculturalism over time, all the way to the modern culture of Pafos, Cyprus and Europe. At the heart of these events, lies the myth of the birth of Pafos through the union of Pygmalion and Galatea, a creator and his creation, highlighting the fact that Pafos is a piece of art in itself.
And let’s not forget the programme of National Capitals of Culture which in 2017 can be found in the UK (Hull), Italy (Pistoia) and Lithuania (Klaipeda). Looking to its own cultural connections, Lisbon is the nominated Ibero-American Capital of Culture for 2017.
Here’s the list of capitals of culture in the ASEM countries for 2017.
With thanks to Steve Green – Prasino