THE CITY OF MATERA
WILL BE THE
EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE IN 2019

The citizens of Matera and Basilicata, men and women, elderly and children, wanted the city and the region to take part in the competition because they wish to open up to Europe, link up with other cultural inhabitants and, with them, look forward to a better future for our communities.

The government’s commitment

“@Matera2019 is a challenge for Italy, not just Basilicata. It contributes to the country’s economic growth”. @dariofrance Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism

“@Matera2019 is not just an event. The challenge is to turn the project into a permanent journey” @dariofrance Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism

 

The region’s commitment

@Matera2019 is the captain of the #Basilicata team. And as such holds great responsibility. @marcepittella President of the Basilicata Region

The city’s commitment

“Matera, a cultural model for Italy and Europe” @comunedimatera

Why we won*

*The Selection Panel’s – Final report

Matera’s aim of being at the forefront of
a movement stripping away the barriers to culture, especially through new technologies and learning, is visionary

The panel was impressed with the vibrancy and innovation of the artistic approach. There are several projects which have the potential to attract a wider and varied Euro- pean audience, including the major Southern Renaissance exhibition

The panel appreciated the engagement with the existing mainstream cultural institutions and organisations especially how they had already started to change their practices. This approach may have wider application for European cultural institutions.

The policy towards inclusion is progressive with an emphasis on bringing those frequently excluded from culture into projects rather than creating parallel project lines. The panel appreciated the strong intention of foregrounding participation and co-design

The Values of Matera 2019

FRUGALITY

COLLABORATION

ACCESSIBILITY

COURAGE

GENEROSITY

PASSION

LIMINALITY

MAGIC

The Objectives of Matera 2019

To strengthen cultural citizenship; to increase international relationships, to enhance an emergent movement of creative bureaucracy, in particular let Matera be the most important open platform in southern Europe.