experience, success stories, mistakes and learned lessons on their path of becoming a European Capital of Culture.

The forum’s speakers will talk and examine the effect culture has on a city's social and economic prosperity. Major attention will be given to projects involving local communities. Representatives of Liverpool, Stavanger, Wroclaw, Essen, Valetta, Plovdiv and other former European Capitals of Culture will attend the forum.

This is the first international forum to present in detail the program of the cultural capitals by the European Commission, also to strengthen the collaborations between the cultural sectors of Europe, the organizers say.

Kaunas will be the European Capital of Culture in 2022. Vilnius was awarded the title in 2009.