Image and theme music

On May 9, 2017, the image and the theme music of Eger’s tender application were revealed. Both have a history tied to Eger…

Eger runs for the title of European Capital of Culture 2023

According to an official announcement made today, Eger is running for the title of European Capital of Culture 2023. The aim is to showcase the assets of Eger highlighted at the press conference to the whole of Europe. Eszterházy Károly University is a strategic partner to the tender effort; its artistic director is Lajos Koltai, cinematographer and leading light of Hungarian cultural life.

Eger’s application born under a starry sky, in the shadow of legends

Eger is running for the title of “European Capital of Culture” again; the official documentation was dispatched on May 9th to the State Secretariat for Culture at the Ministry of Human Resources. In Eger, we kicked off the ECoC2023 programme simultaneously with celebrating Europe Day, a stimulating range of entertainment options kept all in a sunny mood despite the gloomy weather: local children gave a wonderful rendition of Somewhere in Europe, as well as performing well-known melodies by Zoltán Kodály. Pillars of the community and artists contributing to the ECoC2023 tender held forth at a press conference highlighting the twin concepts underpinning Eger’s approach to the tender: light and film.



Eger is a bewitching city in the heart of Europe, where traditional European values, intermingling with a multitude of different cultural influences, have been palpably present for centuries. The heroic message of the castle and 1552, immortalised in Gárdonyi’s splendid novel – the Big Read of Hungary – puts Eger into the heart of every Hungarian. Eger’s historical, cultural and architectural treasures place it on a par with any European city. The regional centre ran for the ECoC 2010 title in 2004, but was inched out at the last minute by Pécs; even so, Eger was widely hailed as a worthy candidate. Now we are poised to acquire this prestigious title and take the bull by the horns, as it were – exclaimed Mayor László Habis.


Europe day dedicated to the tender of capital of culture

The city is about to celebrate Europe Day with a large-scale event. May 9th will be distinguished by the fact that Eger is running for the title of European Capital of Culture 2023. As mentioned at the press conference, this event is yet another opportunity to spread the word about Eger’s assets in Europe.