Paphos is a good example of a European Capital of culture, European Union Culture Commissioner Tibor Navracsics said on Tuesday morning at the official opening ceremony of the Cultural Capital of Europe and East Asia Forum in Shanghai.
Mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos also addressed the forum on behalf of all the mayors of the European Capitals of Culture.
A spokesman for Paphos municipality said the town was complimented on its approach and implementation of the Cultural Capital title and is being hailed as a good example for future capitals of culture.
The European Capital of Culture programme was initially called the European City of Culture and was conceived by Melina Mecouri, in 1983. The programme was launched in 1985 and Athens was the first title-holder. In 1999, it was renamed the European Capital of Culture.
The initiative is designed to highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe, celebrate shared cultural features, increase European citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area and foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities.
Experience has shown that the event is also an excellent opportunity for regenerating cities, raising their international profile, enhancing their local image, breathing new life into a city’s culture and boosting tourism.