The southern Italian city of Matera is the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Matera is a Unesco World Heritage site because of its Sassi (‘rocks’), cave dwellings inhabited since the Neolithic period (which makes it one of the longest inhabited cities in the world).
The opening ceremony took place on January 19, with marching bands from the region reviving the old musical traditions of southern Italy. The events planned for the year are divided in six main themes –“Remote future”, “Continuity and Divergences”, “Reflexions and Connections”, “Utopias and dystopias”, “Roots and paths”. Visitors can buy the ‘Matera Passport’ for €19, for access to all events held throughout the year. Here’s the official website of the event.