The countdown to 2025 is on as Nova Gorica, Slovenia's youngest city, and its neighbouring counterpart Gorizia, a unique fusion of two interconnected cities, prepare to light up the European and global cultural stage as the cross-border European Capital of Culture. At the same time, Slovenia will step into the spotlight, showcasing its rich culture, world-class art, vibrant creativity and unique heritage to a global audience.
Join us as we explore the bonds that unite these picturesque towns and the myriad of stories that weave them into the fabric of the wider region.
NOVA GORICA AND GORZIA = INTERTWINED CITIES, A BORDERLESS NEIGHBOURHOOD OF CREATIVITY
The uniqueness of a European Capital of Culture being made up of two cities is illustrated by the history of the two Goricas. Nova Gorica, the youngest city in Slovenia, has deep historical and everyday links with Gorizia on the Italian side of the border. Nestled in a landscape of fertile hills, orchards and vineyards of the Brda and Vipava valleys, where the emerald green Soča River meanders from the heart of the Alps and where the mysterious Karst and the sea are just a glance away, a town with a vibrant identity has flourished since the end of World War II.
This year, and especially next year, the history, stories, personalities, past, present and future achievements of creativity, integration and art of the two Goricas will be presented to Slovenia, Italy, Europe and the world this year through the vision and programme GO!2025 = BORDERLESS.
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