BRUSSELS – BRUSSELS – Novi Sad has been named one of the three European Capitals of Culture for 2021.

Novi Sad and Timisoara, Romania, will in November be joined by a city in Greece – Eleusis, Kalamata or Rhodes.

Novi Sad beat Montenegro’s Herceg Novi in the final selection round, becoming the first city from a non-EU country to take the prestigious title.

The decision to name Novi Sad a European Capital of Culture for 2021 was made by an independent panel of expert judges and announced Thursday night at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

After the final presentation of the project “Novi Sad 2021”, which on Thursday held in Brussels delegation from Novi Sad, a panel of independent experts made a historic decision that the first city outside the EU to take the prestigious title is Novi Sad.

“I believe that at this moment heart of every resident of Novi Sad is filled with joy, because all of us together make Novi Sad what it is, and now the whole Europe confirms that we are a center of culture,” said mayor Vucevic.

“A lot of effort, ideas, creations, personal impressions tailored into works of art, woven into the spirit of our beautiful Novi Sad, and finally came the confirmation of our excellence from the highest level in Europe. Receiving the title of the European Capital of Culture opens a new, big door, for further development of Novi Sad but also the whole of our country, and not only in the field of culture. This title confirms that culture is a true driver of positive changes in the society which in addition to the creation of intangible values has repercussions on the economy. I congratulate the great team that has worked hard and was committed to the application Novi Sad 2021, all citizens of Novi Sad who were indirectly involved in that work. This is the reward for synergy, united and concerted action,” said Vucevic.

In the final competition for ECC 2021 from candidate countries for EU membership, Novi Sad competed with Herceg Novi (Montenegro).

By winning this prestigious title, Novi Sad will have better access to European funding aimed at enriching the cultural content.