To become Capital of Culture 2028, Nice joins forces with Monaco, Liguria and Piedmont

But we don’t yet know if the western Maritime Alps will be part of the picture.

Christian Estrosi announced in our columns last April: to become the European capital of culture in 2028, Nice has “connect the unexpected”. Based on new technologies, the idea is “transcend, explore new artistic forms, the borders between the real and the digital. »

Clearly, the MAMAC, our contemporary art museum, will be renovated to especially welcome new talent. Investments have been made in Victorine studios to encourage innovative audiovisual practices. Among other projects, a plan “100% culture at school” it is currently being developed in classrooms to provide all children with an introduction to artistic disciplines.

The application timeline is accelerating. The files must be sent before December 1 to the ministry. A lengthy selection process will follow – we have developed the themes for you here, having been able to discuss our strengths, weaknesses and the other cities in the running.

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New stage this Monday, June 27, during the Metropolitan Council. The mayor-president Christian Estrosi thus put to the vote the principle of an affiliation charter, which allows joining forces with various varied territories.

In the first place, of course, the other 50 municipalities of the Metropolis of Nice Côte d’Azur. would also be part of “the Principality of Monaco, the neighboring and bordering Italian provinces, Liguria and Piedmont. »

“A winning bid must adopt a European reading of its territory and its challenges” promotes community, but also “promote the crossing of projects. » Christian Estrosi later explained that he had discussions on this subject with Yves Juhelthe mayor of Menton.

Within Nice-Press in April, he had also cited “Sophia Antipolis technology park. »

“Why exclude our neighbors? »

“Surprisingly, the Nice bid turns its back on the west of our department” Estimate Juliette Chesnel-Le Roux (EELV) in response. “Why exclude our neighbors? Antibes and its theatre, Juan-les-Pins and its jazz festival, Cannes and its cinema, Mouans-Sartoux and its Book Festival tradition, Grasse and its perfume culture? Why not include them in the project? »

Questioned this Tuesday morning, June 28, the Métropole NCA has not yet told us whether these municipalities have been contacted or not.

In times of former mayor jacques peyratein 2007, Grasse, Antibes-Juan Les Pins, Menton, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the Principality of Monaco and the General Council had been invited to participate in the file Nice2013. Which had been rejected.

European Capital of Culture 2028: key dates

  • December 2021: publication of the decree and the call for competition, opening of the call for applications
  • First half of 2022: information campaign on the process of pre-selection and selection of candidate cities
  • December 1, 2022: expiration of the deadline for submitting applications.
  • 1st half of 2023: preselection. The shortlist of candidate cities retained to participate in the final selection is drawn up by the Minister responsible for culture according to the report of the independent European jury.
  • December 2023: selection of the city, future European Capital of Culture


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