“The idea is to know each other better, to talk about culture and exchange. We have a cultural past and a cultural future. The whole of Europe should be united. Culture is one of the strongest potencies for peace.”

Melina Mercouri

actor, politician, ECoC founder

What is the European Capital of Culture all about? The idea of this format is really simple. Each year, two
cities in two countries (one older member state and one new within the EU) get the chance to become the
European Capital of Culture. Culture, however, does not mean only the artistic program and events, but

also the overall quality of life, a view of the European values, ecology, culture, and active public life.


At the same time, a rich cultural program full of exhibitions, concerts, community events, multi-genre
festivals, and art from all disciplines is created for the whole year. The city comes alive with culture,
revitalizes, and gets its mark on the European cultural map. The program aims to stengthen the European
identity and values, to explore the rich cultural heritage of each member state, and to promote unity
among them.


Over the last 37 years and thanks to this program, dozens of cities were able to kick-start and strengthen
their cultural scene, communities, improve their infrastructure, increase their urban potential and in
particular, present their plans and visions to the general population beyond their state borders. Let us
become another city that will grow and prosper thanks to the ECOC.

 

More information can be found on the official ECOC website.

See cities that have already undergone a transformation thanks to this European program.

One of them is also Košice, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Questions and answers about the ECOC.

What should the ECOC project that Trenčín is preparing be about?


The output of the first round of the project, which is submitted to the European Capital of Culture Commission on 15 December 2020, is a 60-page Bid-Book. It presents the unified idea of ​​the project together with the overall concept of the program for 2026. In the case of a successfully written project, the city proceeds to the second round, in which the document is supplemented and then the winning city is selected from all candidates.
The project should help the winning city grow. And not only in the cultural area, but also for example thanks to the possibility of reconstruction of roads, sidewalks, new bike paths as well as in the area of improving the quality of life of every citizen. While creating the project, we are trying to think in a large scale, and you can trust us that the goal of the people who are preparing the project is to think about all groups of citizens (not just artists and people working in culture).
The project should help in the development of community life, for example to bring more
pleasant children’s playgrounds into your area, and new cultural spaces aimed both for
educational and recreational purposes. The project is indeed quite extensive, and it is our
goal to formulate and create it in such way that makes it possible to be implemented even in the case that Trenčín fails to win.




I would like to sign up my project for the ECOC Trenčín call for project proposal. Where can i find the details? How should I proceed?


Do you already have an idea for a project, or are you already in the middle of organizing one? Let us know about it in the call for project proposal. You can find the call in the „PARTICIPATE“ tab. Within the tab, you can also share with us your ideas of how projects
should look like.
You are welcome to let your imagination run loose and think of any crazy ideas, we will be happy to consult them with you.
The call for project proposal is open until 14. 08. 2020!
What kind of projects should you propose?
- Let us know about a project that you are already working on.
- Let us know about any ideas for projects that you would like to work on from 2021 and that will continue until 2026 and beyond.
- Come up with a project for the year 2026.
We would like to include the projects in the preparation of #trencin2026 and the years that will precede it. In the first round of the project we are currently in, they will be judged by the ECOC team. Subsequently, in case of a successful advance to the second round, the selected projects will be further developed and joined with the project line of #trencin2026.




How many projects can I submit?


There is no limit and you can submit as many projects as you want. All you have to do is
make sure they meet all the requirements set out in the call for project proposal.

I would like to share with you my opinion of Trenčín, good or bad! How should i do it?
In the „Participate“ tab we have also created for you a second questionnaire for the public in which you can share with us what bothers you in Trenčín, where in Trenčín do you like to spend your time or what you would like to change. What should you write us about? About anything at all! Let us know for example what are you missing in Trenčín or what you would like to see improved. And do not be afraid to daydream a bit while doing so. We will try to incorporate your suggestions into the project!
The goal of the questionnaire is to inform us about what you like about Trenčín, what you
would like to change, how often do you attend various cultural events and what you miss
culturally wise. You can submit your filled in questionnaires until 15. 09. 2020. As a way of thanking you for your time, on 16. 09. 2020, we will draw out five of you who will receive a package of products from our talented locals (so please make sure not to forget to fill in your contact information in the questionnaire).




I would like to share with you my opinion of Trenčín, good or bad! How should i do it?


In the „Participate“ tab we have also created for you a second questionnaire for the public in which you can share with us what bothers you in Trenčín, where in Trenčín do you like to spend your time or what you would like to change. What should you write us about? About anything at all! Let us know for example what are you missing in Trenčín or what you would like to see improved. And do not be afraid to daydream a bit while doing so. We will try to incorporate your suggestions into the project!
The goal of the questionnaire is to inform us about what you like about Trenčín, what you
would like to change, how often do you attend various cultural events and what you miss
culturally wise.
You can submit your filled in questionnaires until 15. 09. 2020. As a way of thanking you for your time, on 16. 09. 2020, we will draw out five of you who will receive a package of
products from our talented locals (so please make sure not to forget to fill in your contact
information in the questionnaire).




Who is working on the project?


The team of people involved in this project is gradually being formed. At the instigation of Mayor Rybníček, people from the creative and artistic community from Trenčín and the surrounding area began to meet from January 2020 to discuss whether involvement was a good idea. Even though at that time we were in the middle of a global COVID-19 pandemic, they decided that it was worth it and that they will work on preparing the project. The team consists of not only the people from the creative field but also community representatives, entrepreneurs, graphic designers, photographers, architects, urban planners and employees of the city of Trenčín. However, it’s not just them. The team is made up of everyone, that is responsible for making Trenčín a better and more pleasant place to live. Find out more about the community that’s alive and kicking in Trenčín. You can view our project team in the Team tab.




What can the ECOC title bring us?


For us, Trenčín is the most beautiful city to live in. And we are definitely not the only ones
who believe it :). That is why many people come back here after college. Thanks to the
possibility of the ECOC, we will be able to transform the city for the better. To create more
job opportunities, invent new cultural and community events, work with various groups of
people, organize excellent events, educate people, and open up a conversation about
society. To grow together towards a better European city. We are already moving in the
right direction, however this project can help us to get to the finish line a little faster and
make the whole journey easier.





Frequently asked questions

What should the ECOC project that Trenčín is preparing be about?


The output of the first round of the project, which is submitted to the European Capital of Culture Commission on 15 December 2020, is a 60-page Bid-Book. It presents the unified idea of ​​the project together with the overall concept of the program for 2026. In the case of a successfully written project, the city proceeds to the second round, in which the document is supplemented and then the winning city is selected from all candidates.
The project should help the winning city grow. And not only in the cultural area, but also for example thanks to the possibility of reconstruction of roads, sidewalks, new bike paths as well as in the area of improving the quality of life of every citizen. While creating the project, we are trying to think in a large scale, and you can trust us that the goal of the people who are preparing the project is to think about all groups of citizens (not just artists and people working in culture).
The project should help in the development of community life, for example to bring more
pleasant children’s playgrounds into your area, and new cultural spaces aimed both for
educational and recreational purposes. The project is indeed quite extensive, and it is our
goal to formulate and create it in such way that makes it possible to be implemented even in the case that Trenčín fails to win.




I would like to sign up my project for the ECOC Trenčín call for project proposal. Where can i find the details? How should I proceed?


Do you already have an idea for a project, or are you already in the middle of organizing one? Let us know about it in the call for project proposal. You can find the call in the „PARTICIPATE“ tab. Within the tab, you can also share with us your ideas of how projects
should look like.
You are welcome to let your imagination run loose and think of any crazy ideas, we will be happy to consult them with you.
The call for project proposal is open until 14. 08. 2020!
What kind of projects should you propose?
- Let us know about a project that you are already working on.
- Let us know about any ideas for projects that you would like to work on from 2021 and that will continue until 2026 and beyond.
- Come up with a project for the year 2026.
We would like to include the projects in the preparation of #trencin2026 and the years that will precede it. In the first round of the project we are currently in, they will be judged by the ECOC team. Subsequently, in case of a successful advance to the second round, the selected projects will be further developed and joined with the project line of #trencin2026.




How many projects can I submit?


There is no limit and you can submit as many projects as you want. All you have to do is
make sure they meet all the requirements set out in the call for project proposal.

I would like to share with you my opinion of Trenčín, good or bad! How should i do it?
In the „Participate“ tab we have also created for you a second questionnaire for the public in which you can share with us what bothers you in Trenčín, where in Trenčín do you like to spend your time or what you would like to change. What should you write us about? About anything at all! Let us know for example what are you missing in Trenčín or what you would like to see improved. And do not be afraid to daydream a bit while doing so. We will try to incorporate your suggestions into the project!
The goal of the questionnaire is to inform us about what you like about Trenčín, what you
would like to change, how often do you attend various cultural events and what you miss
culturally wise. You can submit your filled in questionnaires until 15. 09. 2020. As a way of thanking you for your time, on 16. 09. 2020, we will draw out five of you who will receive a package of products from our talented locals (so please make sure not to forget to fill in your contact information in the questionnaire).




I would like to share with you my opinion of Trenčín, good or bad! How should i do it?


In the „Participate“ tab we have also created for you a second questionnaire for the public in which you can share with us what bothers you in Trenčín, where in Trenčín do you like to spend your time or what you would like to change. What should you write us about? About anything at all! Let us know for example what are you missing in Trenčín or what you would like to see improved. And do not be afraid to daydream a bit while doing so. We will try to incorporate your suggestions into the project!
The goal of the questionnaire is to inform us about what you like about Trenčín, what you
would like to change, how often do you attend various cultural events and what you miss
culturally wise.
You can submit your filled in questionnaires until 15. 09. 2020. As a way of thanking you for your time, on 16. 09. 2020, we will draw out five of you who will receive a package of
products from our talented locals (so please make sure not to forget to fill in your contact
information in the questionnaire).




Who is working on the project?


The team of people involved in this project is gradually being formed. At the instigation of Mayor Rybníček, people from the creative and artistic community from Trenčín and the surrounding area began to meet from January 2020 to discuss whether involvement was a good idea. Even though at that time we were in the middle of a global COVID-19 pandemic, they decided that it was worth it and that they will work on preparing the project. The team consists of not only the people from the creative field but also community representatives, entrepreneurs, graphic designers, photographers, architects, urban planners and employees of the city of Trenčín. However, it’s not just them. The team is made up of everyone, that is responsible for making Trenčín a better and more pleasant place to live. Find out more about the community that’s alive and kicking in Trenčín. You can view our project team in the Team tab.




What can the ECOC title bring us?


For us, Trenčín is the most beautiful city to live in. And we are definitely not the only ones
who believe it :). That is why many people come back here after college. Thanks to the
possibility of the ECOC, we will be able to transform the city for the better. To create more
job opportunities, invent new cultural and community events, work with various groups of
people, organize excellent events, educate people, and open up a conversation about
society. To grow together towards a better European city. We are already moving in the
right direction, however this project can help us to get to the finish line a little faster and
make the whole journey easier.