Matera will be the European Capital of Culture in 2019, together with Plovdiv, in Bulgaria. After Genoa, the European Capital of Culture in 2004, Matera is the next Italian city to host the event, under the motto Open Future.
Candidate in 2008, Matera was designated on October 17, 2014, the European Capital of Culture for 2019. It is the first city in the southern Italy to receive this recognition, obtained after entering a shortlist that included five other Italian cities: Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia, Ravenna and Siena.
The opening ceremony of the event will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019. On this occasion, more than two-thousand musicians will meet in Matera, to walk through the districts of the city. At sunset, the musicians will converge on the Sassi, each band playing its own repertoire, so that every alley will eventually be filled up with music.
If you will visit Matera in 2019, don’t forget to buy the Matera Passport, which entitles you to participate in all the events of the Matera 2019 official programme. A single €19 passport will give you a complete 365-day experience including: 48 weeks of events, 800 artists and cultural operators from all over the world, more than 50 original cultural productions, 5 can’t-miss exhibitions and much more!