Portugal:Stamps on Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture

\"\"The project of the European Capitals of Culture was launched at the beginning of the 1980s by the Greek and French ministers of culture, Melina Mercouri and Jack Lang, respectively, and was welcomed by the European Union. It is a festival designed to celebrate the cultural diversity and richness of Europe and to strengthen the ties that bind the Europeans. Held for the first time in \"\"1985 (Athens) it now involves two cities from different countries each year. The choice of Guimarães as a European Capital of Culture in 2012 (the other is Maribor, a city in Slovenia) took into account the symbolic facets of the city, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001 and the occurrence of favourable conditions for cultural creation: a significant young population, a strong network of local associations, the rooting of higher education and a high quality artistic programme. Technical Details Issue Date: 10.04.2012 Designer: Atelier Acácio Santos / Elizabete Fonseca Printer: Cartor Process: Offset Size: 40 x 30,6 mm Values: €0,32, €0,47, €0,68, €0,80

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