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All Eyes on Basilicata in 2019
Matera's prehistoric Sassi (photo: R. Lamacchia)
Jubilation and joy broke out in Matera when the city was selected to be one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2019, beating out fellow Italians on the short list: Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia-Assisi, Siena and Ravenna. Making the announcement in Brussels on October 17th, the European Commissioner responsible for culture congratulated Matera on its successful bid, saying that "the competition for the title in Italy was one of the strongest ever, with 21 initial contenders narrowed down to six finalists." The rigorous selection process meant that Matera had to submit a rich program of specific cultural events that would have a lasting impact and contribute to the long-term cultural and social development of the city. Sustainability, a strong European dimension, and the involvement of the local population are other requirements of a successful bid that must promote European cultural diversity while conveying an attractive image of the city at the international level. Matera hopes that there will be significant long-term cultural, economic and social benefits, as has happened with previous European Capitals of Culture since the program began in 1985. This is only the fourth time that Italy has been the chosen country, and the very first time that ...

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