European Capital Of Culture 2030 Belgium

After Mons (2015), Bruges (2002), Brussels (2000) and Antwerp (1993), it is Belgium's turn again in 2030 to nominate a European Capital of Culture. Belgium will do this together with Cyprus and an EFTA/EEA country, candidate country or potential candidate country of the European Union. In 2030, three cities will hold the title European Capital of Culture. 

On this website, you will find all the information about the competition organized to select the next Belgian title holder.   

The Flemish, French and German-speaking Communities organize the competition in collaboration with the European Commission. 

The European Capital of Culture (ECOC) is an initiative of the European Union and is organised according to the rules promulgated by the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Call for participation

Thursday, October 26th 2023

Launch of the website & the Call

With the launch of the website and the publication of the Call for candidate cities in the Belgian Official Gazette, the competition for the next European Capital of Culture has officially begun.

In the Call for submission you will find the common application form and more information on the objectives and criteria of ECOC 2030 Belgium. The rules and procedure of the competition are explained in the Rules of procedure. 

Is your city a candidate? Find more information on the Candidacy page.


Information session

Friday, December 1st 2023

The competition has begun

On December 1, 2023, the first Information Meeting took place at the Royal Library in Brussels.

In the morning, the European Commission gave a presentation on ECOC's objectives, criteria and procedures. In the afternoon, cities had the opportunity to meet two previous European Capitals of Culture and learn more about European funding with VLEVA.

Intent to candidacy

Thursday, August 1st 2024

Express your intention to candidacy

Do you wish to submit as a candidate city? 

Let us know by 17:00 on 2 August 2024 at the latest.

  • There is no specific format (letter or email) for communicating the intention to apply, but it should come from someone representing the candidate city. 

    The aim of this obligation is just to know in advance the number of candidates so that the Ministry can arrange the agenda of the preselection meeting well in advance and inform panel Members. 

Pre-selection deadline

Sunday, September 1st 2024

Submit your application for pre-selection

Submit your application by email and hard copy before 17:00 on 2 September 2024. 

Send 20 English hard copies to:  
Secretariat of the ECOC2030BE Committee 
Department of Culture, Youth and Media 
Marie-Elisabeth Belpaire building
Simon Bolivarlaan 17
1000 Brussels

It is possible to deliver the hard copies directly to the reception of the Marie-Elisabeth Belpaire building. Please inform us by e-mail in advance so we can notify the reception.

Pre-selection meeting

Sunday, October 20th 2024

Pre-selection meeting

On October 21st, 22nd and 23rd the cities will be invited to present their candidacies to a panel of international experts at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels. 

The shortlisted cities will be announced by the chairperson of the panel during a press conference in the auditorium of the Royal Library of Belgium on October 24th, followed by a reception.

An initiative putting culture at the heart of European cities for a yearlong celebration of art and culture. 

European Commission