Indeed, there’s positive news regarding Skopje, North Macedonia being recommended as the European Capital of Culture for 2028. This recommendation came after Skopje competed with Budva, Montenegro, for the title. The process involved two rounds: a pre-selection round and a final selection round. The title aims to highlight cities that prepare a cultural program with a strong European dimension, fostering participation and attracting visitors from all over Europe. It’s expected to have a lasting impact and contribute to the city’s long-term development.
The Government of North Macedonia has expressed great pride in this achievement, viewing it as a significant recognition of their efforts in fostering cultural heritage and European values. The preparations for the year 2028, which will celebrate both Macedonian and European culture, are underway. The Government is prepared to meet this challenge and raise the creative energy of its citizens under the European and Macedonian flag.
Mayor Danela Arsovska has highlighted that Skopje’s status as European Capital of Culture in 2028 promises benefits for all residents by fostering collaboration and communication between regions and European nations. The city plans to partner with previous European Capital of Culture cities to enhance cultural exchange. The initiative is expected to provide a platform for marginalized groups and aims to showcase talents and capabilities to a wider audience, ensuring inclusive participation.
This recognition is a major step for Skopje and North Macedonia in terms of cultural and social development, and it’s an excellent opportunity to showcase the richness and diversity of the region’s culture on a European stage.
Note: We shall work with our Chapter in Skopje so that PTPI is engaged during this period.