Hello 2027!
Two thousand years of History do not deter us from imagining the future. And what we want in the future is to be the European Capital of Culture. Braga is officially a candidate city.

We bring everything we are, as well as everything we want to be, into this candidacy. And there are plenty of reasons for us to become the European Capital of Culture in 2027.

Signed, sealed, delivered! Braga has already sent its ECoC bid book
Braga's bid book for the European Capital of Culture 2027 was delivered last Friday, November 19th. The application deadline ends today, November 23rd.
The show With[position] of the Air is coming!
The community show Com[position] of the Air, part of Braga's Candidacy for the European Capital of Culture, will take place on November 20, at 7 pm, at Theatro Circo.
Could your life be a film? The eighth issue of our newspaper is out now
“The cinema has no boundaries, it's a ribbon of dreams.” It was Orson Welles who said it and at Braga‘27, Braga's candidacy for European Capital of Culture, we also believe in this capacity that cinema has to transform and unite us.
Where do you see art? The seventh issue of our newspaper is out now
Art is constantly changing and does not allow itself to be limited or defined. And, in its fluidity, it plays an essential role in our individual and collective lives, with great transformative potential.
What is the common good? The fifth issue of the Let’s talk newspaper has arrived
What a difficult question we saved for the fifth issue of our newspaper. What is the common good? At Braga’27, Braga's candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2027, we want to know how you would answer this and other questions. That's why we write you this newspaper every month, an object full of questions and challenges.
Paisagem da cidade de Riga com o rio e duas pontes
Four Latvian cities on ECOC 2027 shortlist
Meanwhile, in Latvia, there is already news about the cities that have passed the pre-selection of the candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2027.
Come with us to the Braga Book Fair
Braga Book Fair opens tomorrow and Braga’27 will be there with our latest edition of the Let's Talk newspaper.
pessoas sentadas à volta de uma mesa. Mapa de grandes dimensões na parede.
We are part of the “Culture for all” initiative
As part of Braga's candidacy for the European Capital of Culture, we are developing the program Let's talk, a set of actions to listen to the population of Braga.
mulher sentada em marquesa a ser tatuada na perna por uma tatuadora
What about your body? The fourth issue of our newspaper is out now
Our newspaper is still out there with more questions that come from the application process for the European Capital of Culture. This time we ask about your body, about that sophisticated machine that makes you move, dance, walk, and run.
Braga’27 will be at Descentrar. Come talk to us!
Find our colorful umbrella and come talk to us. We would love to hear from you and the future of Braga's culture.

What are we doing?

2018 In the beginning we were all eyes and ears. Mapping, identifying and tapping into the cultural tissue of the territory. Signage of spaces, events and cultural agents. Presentation of Braga Cultura 2030 brand and preparation of the city's cultural strategy for the decade 2020-2030.
2020 Time to put pen to paper. Preparation of the provisional document for Braga 2020-2030 Cultural Strategy, based on the citizens' contributions. Making the document available for public consultation and contributions. Review and dissemination of the final version of the document. Official presentation of Braga's candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2027.
2019 Conversation mode on. Listening to what the population of Braga has to say about the present and the future of the city's culture. Community activities program aimed at different audiences.
2021 We are officially a candidate! Submission of Braga’s Bid Book to the European Capital of Culture 2027.
2022 Pre-selection of the international jury. The pre-selection takes place in the first quarter of 2022. Cities that are still in the race have the opportunity to improve the Bid Book, based on the jury report, until the final selection phase.
2022/2023 Final decision. The jury recomends a Portuguese city to be the European Capital of Culture 2027.
2023-2027 Preparing the big year. After the final decision of the international jury, come years of intense preparation in order to gradually transform the city into what was designed for 2027. During these years of hard work, the international jury regularly monitors the process to verify that everything is done in accordance with the Bid Book.
2028 And what’s left after the celebration is over? Report and evaluation of the effects and legacy of the European Capital of Culture in the city and the region.
2027 European Capital of Culture in Portugal and Latvia.
One of the Portuguese candidate cities, together with a Latvian city, will be the European Capital of Culture 2027.

What are we doing?

In the beginning we were all eyes and ears. Mapping, identifying and tapping into the cultural tissue of the territory. Signage of spaces, events and cultural agents. Presentation of Braga Cultura 2030 brand and preparation of the city's cultural strategy for the decade 2020-2030.
Conversation mode on. Listening to what the population of Braga has to say about the present and the future of the city's culture. Community activities program aimed at different audiences.
Time to put pen to paper. Preparation of the provisional document for Braga 2020-2030 Cultural Strategy, based on the citizens' contributions. Making the document available for public consultation and contributions. Review and dissemination of the final version of the document. Official presentation of Braga's candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2027.
We are officially a candidate! Submission of Braga’s Bid Book to the European Capital of Culture 2027.
Pre-selection of the international jury. The pre-selection takes place in the first quarter of 2022. Cities that are still in the race have the opportunity to improve the Bid Book, based on the jury report, until the final selection phase.
Final decision. The jury recomends a Portuguese city to be the European Capital of Culture 2027.
Preparing the big year. After the final decision of the international jury, come years of intense preparation in order to gradually transform the city into what was designed for 2027. During these years of hard work, the international jury regularly monitors the process to verify that everything is done in accordance with the Bid Book.
European Capital of Culture in Portugal and Latvia.
One of the Portuguese candidate cities, together with a Latvian city, will be the European Capital of Culture 2027.
And what’s left after the celebration is over? Report and evaluation of the effects and legacy of the European Capital of Culture in the city and the region.