Ten Italian cities have made it to the short list for the title of Italian Capital of Culture in 2016 and 2017. They were selected from 24 candidates by an independent jury. The short list is:
Aquileia, Como, Ercolano, Mantova, Parma, Pisa, Pistoia, Spoleto, Taranto and Terni.
The programme “Italian Capital of Culture” is a spin-off from the competition to select the European Capital of Culture.
Italy co-hosts, with Bulgaria, the European Capital of Culture title in 2019. The competition in 2013/14 was intense with 21 candidates; six cities made the short-list. Eventually the international panel of experts selected Matera who were formally designated by the European Union in May. Plovdiv is the co-title holder.
The Italian Ministry of Culture recognised the efforts of the other five shortlisted candidates by appointing them “Italian Capitals of Culture” in 2015. Ravenna, Lecce, Cagliari, Siena and Perugia are all running programmes this year.
Italy is following the precedent set by the UK, after Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The UK now runs a four-yearly competition for the UK” City of Culture” title. Derry/Londonderry was the first holder in 2013 and Hull will hold the title in 2017.
The final selection of the Italian Capitals of Culture 2016 and 2017 will be made later in the year.