Preparations advance for European Cultural Capital Award

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Preparations are well underway at putting Utrecht in the spotlight in 2018 as the most cultural city of the Netherlands and Europe thanks to the initiatives of the Vrede van Utrecht, the foundation appointed by the Utrecht town hall.

The so-called ‘bidbook’, created by the foundation, holds most of the foundations intentions to promote the city’s cultural diversity, to be presented in Amsterdam towards am international jury panel for review on the 30th of November.

The bidbook contains a number of interesting proposals that would come into actual effect between 2014 and 2018 should Utrecht be selected to advance after the second round to take place in September 2013.

As laid within the bidbook, I present a couple of the best proposals I’ve seen so far:

  • Renovations to Utrecht’s Central railway station forms one of the more major proposals which is to be transformed into a major transport hub with a more modern and futuristic feel.
  • A major festival to be held at a former airbase in the district a Soesterberg and promoted among the younger generations of Europeans.
  • The Utrecht Science park transforms into a picturesque art-park with a focus on the theme ‘energy’.
  • The city of Amersfoort puts on a street theater festival with the theme, ‘New EU member states’.
  • Abandoned forts and castles around the entire province are to be renovated and reopened for guided tours and other activities

It will be interesting to see how well the bidbook will be received by the jury end of the month and how it will be improved should they get shortlisted to carry on with their plans.

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Michael Darmanin

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