In 2012, the second largest city of Slovenia, Maribor, proudly bears the title of European Capital of Culture. Together with its partner towns – Ptuj, Slovenj Gradec, Murska Sobota, Velenje and Novo mesto – Maribor hosts a unique cultural programme that covers a great variety of art forms. Throughout the year, over 1000 events and projects will take place. The partner towns are showcasing the rich cultural and historical heritage of the region, while numerous internationally acclaimed artists are providing unforgettable cultural experiences. If you are looking to spice up your holiday with culture, then the ECOC partner towns are the ideal destination for you. (Official website) (Tourist information)