Seven Hungarian cities have put themselves in the running for the European Capital of Culture title in 2023.
According to MTI, Debrecen, Eger, Gödöllő, Győr, Székesfehérvár, Szombathely and Veszprém have all submitted applications for the coveted award. The winners will be announced in late 2018.
The title will go to a city in Hungary and a city in the UK in 2023. A twelve-member international jury will assess the applications submitted to the human resources ministry and a shortlist will be announced early next year.
It's not the first time Hungary has received the award, the Hungarian city of Pécs was awarded European Capital of Culture in 2010.
The European Capitals of Culture initiative highlights "the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe, celebrates the cultural features Europeans share, and fosters the contribution of culture to the development of cities".