EU funding gives Matera a boost

Matera, Italy
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Matera, the European Capital of Culture for 2019, has derived big benefits from EU funding. Its cathedral – which had been closed for 10 years – was restored, returning a valued religious monument to the local community and leading to a boom in tourism. A total of €3 million was provided for the restoration, while a further €6 million has gone on infrastructure projects in the area, such as railway upgrades.

Support for cultural heritage throughout Italy

EU funds are indispensable for enhancing cultural heritage and making it more accessible, enabling people to enjoy it now and safeguarding it for the future. The EU provides these funds in various ways.

Matera: European Capital of Culture 2019

Chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture, Matera’s motto for the activities taking place throughout the year is ‘Open Future’. The goal is to use culture to build a future that binds people together, and to increase the number and diversity of people who actively participate in culture.