The candidate cities and elected European Capitals of Culture form a large family, a network of mutual aid and European exchanges. Bourges 2028 had the chance to welcome representatives of two great European Capitals of Culture that have gone down in history: Mons 2015, Belgium and Matera 2019, Italy.
Giovanni Padula, General Commissioner of Matera 2019, European Capital of Culture, shared his valuable advice in Bourges, a city of similar size to Matera. Thanks to the title of European Capital of Culture, the tourist flow has increased from a few thousand to 750,000 visitors in the years following the Capital year in 2019.
Yves Vasseur, General Commissioner of Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture gave his point of view on the city of Bourges and assured us that, regardless of its size, Bourges has every chance of winning this title. Becoming the European Capital of Culture has allowed Mons to be visible on the map of Europe, and since 2015 its attractiveness continues to prosper. What we want with this title is to promote the city of Bourges and place it at the heart of Europe.
Example of the impact in figures with Mons 2015: