European Cultural Days of the ECB

Coming next: Germany 2016

Our next EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS will focus on Germany.

Mark your diaries for the Opening Concert: 17 October 2016 – at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.

More details to follow.

Culture is at the heart of Europe’s identity. The ECB’s EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS bear witness to this. Each year they are dedicated to a different country of the European Union (EU). In 2015 the focus was on Malta.

The smallest country of the Union is not only able to look back on a rich cultural heritage, but also has an extremely vibrant cultural life to offer in the present. The EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS provided a lasting impression of this.

Making Europe’s common cultural bond visible – from the beginning that has been the aim of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS, which take place once a year in Frankfurt am Main, the seat of the European Central Bank. Europe’s self-image has a lot to do with individuality and self-determination, which is why in 2015 regional peculiarities, country-specific developments and special cultural characteristics played just as big a role as internationally successful stars and aesthetic innovations of a globally connected art scene.

About the Cultural Days

The European Union (EU) has its foundations in shared ideas and values, while also being home to a rich and varied array of cultures, made up of the traditions of the individual countries and regions. The EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS of the ECB provide an opportunity to celebrate this “unity in diversity”.


Mario Draghi, President of the ECB

“Working together to enhance awareness of a country’s cultural heritage that is part of our roots and our identity offers a good opportunity to educate and prepare future generations, who will have a key role in strengthening cohesiveness and community spirit and in deciding the way in which the European institutions will develop. The mission of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS fully meets this aim.”

Each year, the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS of the ECB focus on a different Member State of the European Union. Towards the end of the year Frankfurt am Main becomes the setting for many high-quality artistic performances, ranging from music, dance and theatre to art lectures and exhibitions, literary events and films, as well as events for children. The ECB organises the CULTURAL DAYS together with the national central bank of the featured country and with the support of its many partners, who are committed to promoting European arts and culture.

Past events since 2003

Bulgaria 2014
Thank you, Bulgaria!

France 2012
Thank you, France!

Netherlands 2010
Thank you, Netherlands!

European Union 2008
Thank you, Europe!

Austria 2006
Thank you, Austria!

Poland 2004
Thank you, Poland!

Latvia 2013
Thank you, Latvia!

Italy 2011
Thank you, Italy!

Romania 2009
Thank you, Romania!

Greece 2007
Thank you, Greece!

Hungary 2005
Thank you, Hungary!

Portugal 2003
Thank you, Portugal!