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Always Further - Maastricht, city of culture

After San Sebastian in 2016, Maastricht will be European Capital of Culture in 2018. If Maastricht is known throughout Europe for its treaty, it is also an important cultural city. The specification will be published in 2012, but four guidelines have already be chosen: 

- Development of links: physical links in the Meuse Rhinpar region through projects on transports, borders, or mental connections with a "narrative line between cities and cultures," and above all, between the region and people. 
- Development of new forms of urban life: innovation centre, Maastricht and its region should be able to provide a strong cohesion between "cities and landscapes, cohesion between science, art, culture and innovation, creative industries and tourism development" 
- Strategy of representation : the project hopes to call on everyone ; every European are to be concerned about the project 
- Destination Europe: Netherlands have always shown a great cultural diversity, and are in many ways the cradle of new trends. 

It is possible to discover some of the projects already designed following these four orientations. The cultural wealth of Maastricht will be honour in 2018 with an experience already asserted: many schools of art (Conservatoire, the Toneelacademie the Kunstacademie and Jan van Eyckacademie), numerous festivals (Musica Sacra, Nederlandse Dansdagen, Jazz Maastricht Festival Jong, During and TEFAF Toneelstad Festival, intercultural Manus Alles van-festival, festival Cement for young directors and Made in Europe for cinema), and a strong popular culture.


Always Further

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Credits: Maastricht 2018