Palermo has been named the “Italian Capital of Culture” for 2018 by the country’s Ministry of Culture, following its selection of host for “Manifesta 12”, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art.
The city will receive a million euro award for promotion and public investment, which will likely result in a surge of tourism in the next year.
Palermo was selected from a shortlist of eleven cities including: Alghero, Aquileia, Comacchio, Ercolano, Montebelluna, Recanati, Settimo Torinese, Trento, and a joint Elima-Erice bid.
“We saw that this virtuous competition creates a system of communal participation,” said Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, “Being on the shortlist is a bit like receiving an Oscar nomination: it allows them to do a lot of work, in terms of planning and promotions.”
Other initiatives for the city include promoting the newly-granted UNESCO Heritage Arab-Norman route connecting Palermo with Cefalù and Monreale, and world-class opera performances for the city’s Teatro Massimo.