Every year, since 1985, the European Union has designated 2 cities for special events to showcase local culture and attractions. Along with Marseille Provence in France that I discussed yesterday, the 2013 European Capital of Culture is Kosice, the second-largest city in Slovakia. The theme for the year is "Interface" with a focus on cultural programs, infrastructure improvement.
In addition to the annual White Night/Nuit Blanche festival will take place on October 5, 2013, 23 flagship events and 40 major events focusing on literature, film, photography, fashion, music, theater and dance are taking place throughout the year.
With respect to infrastructure improvement, the renovation of Kasarne/Kulturpark has been one of the major projects in preparation for the year. The venue is a platform for showcasing local cultural and artistic works.
The Summer in the Park Festival and Street Art Communication Festival are currently in progress. Events scheduled for later in the year include the Festival of Central European Theaters, the weekly BazzART festival showcasing contemporary design and the Kosice Wine Festival.
Major attractions include Slovak Paradise National Park, the Singing Fountain, Eastern Slovak museum and Betliar Castle. With 13th - 19th century architecture, Spissky hrad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Central Europe's largest fortified castles.
Kosice is an emerging destination for corporate incentives. Places to stay include the Hotel Doubletree by Hilton, the Hotel Bristol Kosice and Hotel Yasmin. There are also a number of boutique hotels.
Photo Credit: Jiri Brozovsky