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Supporting Japan-related programs in European Capitals of Culture

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Conditions of Program Support


  • The official European Capital of Culture program of the said year: The program activity must meet the criteria laid down in the decision on the European Capital of Culture Committee.
  • The program activity have been either continued, developed or derived from a previous European Capital of Culture program.
  • The program activity are to participate in the preparation phase of a future European Capital of Culture.

Criteria for selection

  • The program activity must meet the criteria of our committee’s Basic Policy.
  • Organizers and participating artists (or groups) must exercise thorough research, preparation and publicity regarding the program activity.
  • Organizers and participating artists should be independent in every aspect and have a reliable budget


*Note: Our Committee is not able to support enterprises when the following factors should apply. This will include program activities under the auspices of a European Capital of Culture or a governmental organization.

  • Program activity without scope for further development beyond the said year or without lasting effects.
  • Program activity without a cooperation system between the host city and the participating artists (or groups).
  • Program activity without contribution to the long-term cultural and social development of the host city.

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