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Plzen - the European Capital of Culture

The Czech city of Plzen will become the European Capital of Culture for the year 2015.

A city holding the title of the European Cultural Capital will for that year attract the attention of tourists, artists and the media of the whole of Europe and beyond. This prestigious status helps create new contacts not only in cultural sphere, but also in education, science and, of course, business. Plzen was selected, together with the Belgian city of Mons, for the title in September 2010.

Plzen is the capital of the west-Bohemian region bearing the same name (Plzensky kraj). It is the fourth biggest city of the Czech Republic and a regional industrial hub. Its international fame is largely connected to beer brewing as it is precisely here that the modern type of clear, golden-like lager was born in the 19th century. Many breweries around the world use the now generic designation of Pilsener on their products – including Golden Pilsener made in Zimbabwe. Another brand closely connected to Plzen is Skoda – one of Europe’s biggest producers of locomotives, tramways, metro trains and trolleybuses. The University of West Bohemia located in Plzen offers high-quality education to Czech as well as foreign students including Zimbabweans, Zambians and Batswana citizens.

Expectations connected to the status of the European Capital of Culture are high not only in Plzen. The program of events covers the entire region and even neighboring Bavaria.

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