• Trenčín 2026

Trenčín made it, thank you!

The chairwoman of the international jury, Paulina Florjanowicz, announced the jury's decision on Friday, December 10, shortly after 4 p.m. They agreed that the title of European Capital of Culture 2026 was awarded to our city - Trenčín - with the slogan Cultivation Curiosity. This happened after almost two years of intensive preparation and two selection rounds. In the final, our rivals were Nitra and Žilina.


With all our heart and most of all, we want to say: "THANK YOU!"


When speaking about broad support it often sounds cliché, something that has to be said to make it look good. Our Curiosity Growing project would not be successful or feasible if we created it ourselves. Let's take a look at what actually happened in the Trenčín region.


The whole region has come together


Trenčín ran for the European Capital of Culture 2026 not only as a city, but as the entire Trenčín region with a connection to the Zlín region. In order for this vision of a cultural region to have a solid foundation, all key actors had to be involved.


In 2020, the deputies of the Trenčín City Council supported the candidacy by approving the budget for the preparation of the application, co-financing and project support. In 2021, they approved the establishment of the Creative Institute Trenčín (CIT) and an increase in the city's financial participation to EUR 5.4 million. In our daily work, we have been patiently supported by employees of the City Hall and other external partners of the city.