After being European Youth Capital 2019, Novi Sad in Serbia has been chosen to be the European Capital of Culture 2021.
Located along the Danube River, Novi Sad is an attractive town with its old town blending Hungarian and Serbian cultures in its classical buildings. Serbia’s second largest city is likely to gain more exposure as it has been named European Capital of Culture 2021. It will be a historical event as it will be the first time that a city outside the European Union will hold the title. The decision to give the title to Novi Sad is a way for the EU to bring closer the cultural ties with countries seeking full membership into the European Union.
The programme concept of “Novi Sad 2021” comprises four areas under the slogan “4 new bridges”. Among 200 cultural events already take place in Novi Sad every year, including EXIT Festival, which is the laureate of the Best European Festival Award in 2018. This music festival attracted in 2017 over 200,000 visitors from 60 countries – mostly young people – looking at attending about 35 concerts. Fresh content during the European City of Culture 2021 will be added to the long list of existing festivals and events.
Marija Labović, CEO, National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, says: “The title ‘European Cultural Capital 2021’ proclaims the high cultural value of Novi Sad. Visitors can feel and see the unique multicultural character in the cityscape. The nomination will act as an important tourism magnet for the region and support the further development of the city’s creative potential”.
The most recognised structure in Novi Sad is the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the skyline and also offers scenic views of the city. The nearby historic Stari Grad has many monuments, museums, cafes, restaurants and shops. The Fruška Gora National Park is another popular destination to visit at only 20 km from the city centre.
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Photo: The church of the Name of Mary