Aarhus has been appointed European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in 2017. Each year, two countries are appointed by the EU. Pafos in Cyprus is the other ECoC in 2017. It is not a short term project, but a project that has a far-reaching vision and mission for Aarhus as a city involving the entire region as well. The year 2017 will serve as a beacon regarding the development of Aarhus as a city and not only on the cultural areas - because Aarhus 2017 encompasses culture not just in terms of music, performances and museums. The concept of culture also embrace the notions of where we live, which education we choose, how we travel in the city and how we use the nature around us - just to name a few.