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Novi Sad European Capital of Culture in 2022


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At the end of last year, on 23 December to be exact, a formal decision was made by the European Parliament and Council, on postponing the title-year to 2022 due to the corona virus pandemic. This decision came into force on January 1st 2021, meaning Novi Sad will now be the European Capital of Culture in 2022, together with Kaunas (Lithuania) and Esch (Luxembourg). The official opening ceremony will take place on January 13th 2022.

“For New Bridges” is a slogan under which Novi Sad won the most prestigious title of the European Union in field of culture 2016, the title of the European Capital of Culture. The programme concept is based on four bridges – Love Bridge, Freedom Bridge, Hope Bridge and Rainbow Bridge, which simbolise and establish the balance between available resources and temptations of the city.

Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city, is colorful, loud and diverse. It is home to Serbs, Hungarians, Slovaks, Croatians, Rumanians, Montenegrins and Roma, among others. For decades, Novi Sad has built its uniqueness on foundations of its multicultural character and numerous cultural and educational institutions.  In the 19th century, Novi Sad was an important center of trade and production, leading to its nickname, “Serbian Athens”.  Novi Sad is famous for its Petrovaradin fortress, known as “Gibraltar of the Danube”, and is one of Serbia’s most important historic and cultural monuments. It is also one of Europe’s largest and best preserved fortresses.