Pistoia is Capital of Culture 2017
Pistoia has been chosen as Italian culture capital in 2017, the culture ministry’s jury announced Monday January 25, 2016. After Matera’s success in the selection for the 2019 European Capital of Culture, last year the government decided to hold an annual competition for the Italian Capital of Culture, to “support, encourage and promote Italian towns’ independent ability to plan and implement initiatives in the field of culture, in order to promote the value of culture as a force for social cohesion and integration without conflict”.
“I believe we were selected for (our) idea that culture is the first right of citizens,” said Mayor Samuele Bertinelli. “Pistoia invests in culture more than double the national average”.
The city plans to invest over 15 million euros – plus six million euros in operating expenses – to revamp urban areas and cultural infrastructure.