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2018Brabant Cultural Capital of Europe | Candidate

In 2018, the Netherlands will provide the Cultural Capital of Europe. That means that the city chosen will, throughout the year, offer a cultural programme that will attract visitors from all over Europe. Breda, Eindhoven, Helmond, 's-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg and the Surroundings (the province) are 'together' a candidate as 2018Brabant. Gaining the title will prove an enormous stimulus for the region.

Ton Rombouts, Mayor of 's-Hertogenbosch, is responsible for driving the candidacy and he is supported in this by the Commissioner of the Queen, Wim van de Donk. Both administrators will be visiting the new councils of the Brabant cities in the coming period to cement the collaboration between the five cities and their suburbs.

During these meetings, discussions will be held about the development of the programme in which the five cities and their suburbs will, in the coming ten years, show to what extent culture is linked to economy and society. We live in a time of a changing world economy and government finances are under pressure. That is why Rombouts and Van de Donk are convinced collaboration is essential. Culture plays an important role in this, because Brabant's dynamic economy requires a vigorous cultural infrastructure.