Trenčín to be the European Capital of Culture 2026
Slovak city Trenčín was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2026 with the slogan Cultivating Curiosity. This happened after almost two years of intensive preparation and two selection rounds. In the finals, Trenčín opponents were Slovak cities Nitra and Žilina. Trenčín’s ECoC twin is the Finnish city Oulu.
"Trenčín to be the European Capital of Culture 2026 is another piece in the mosaic of our city's transformation that we began eleven years ago. The title gives us the opportunity to accelerate the planned change and prove that our city and region have a huge potential to become modern, open, European,"said the mayor of Trenčín Richard Rybníček.
With the support of partners in the region, in Slovakia and in Europe
He emphasized that the Trenčín 2026 bid was successful thanks to the support of partners: the Trenčín Self-governing Region, all cities in the region, the Zlín Region, ministries of culture, defense, foreign affairs, A. Dubček University of Trenčín and individuals from volunteers and the corporate sector.