Santiago de Compostela’s programme goes under the general theme, “Europe and the World”. This project tries to connect the reality of European cultures with the rest of the world through reflection, exhibitions, publications, and also through a large variety of cultural activities. This theme has inspired programmes with universal or international content such as The Faces of Earth, the Faces of God, Self -portrait of Compostela , etc. The cultural year officially started in Santiago on January the 20, 2000 and ran until December 2000.
The main objective of this well-known pilgrim city was to take the opportunity of the cultural year 2000 for presenting its own image as a historical city and as a modern city. Under the general motto, “Europe and the World”, Santiago has elaborated a rich programme of activities marked in a great part by its interest in themes of universal projection and international co-operation. From the Programme 2000 that counts a great number of events we can point out the following projects: Europa Mundi, Faces of the Earth, Nine self portraits, Compostela virtual city, the European City as a model.
Source: European Cities of Culture for the Year 2000 - A wealth of urban cultures for celebrating the turn of the century - Final Report - GiannaLia Cogliandro