"I would like to be a spokesperson, the voice of my city and my region to show everyone that ideas spring up in the middle of volcanoes"

Objective 2028: European Capital of Culture

Large as Austria or Portugal, with an area of 85 sq km, the Massif Central is the largest French mountain range. it represents more than 15% of the metropolitan territory.

An inhabited and dynamic mountain, the Massif Central brings together four regions and twenty-two departments, 3 municipalities and 942 million inhabitants.

Forests, lakes, meadows, mountains… The Massif Central is made up of a mosaic of landscapes, which constitutes a formidable natural and cultural heritage. The territory has eleven regional natural parks, a national park including the chain of Puys and the fault of Limagne listed as World Heritage by Unesco.

On a European scale, the richness of this territory, its singular identity, which gives full force to the project Clermont-Ferrand Massif Central 2028.


Supporting the application means uniting all our forces around a collective project to make a difference and welcome the title of European Capital of Culture.

A territorial alternative between urban and rural

The concept that is emerging for the project Clermont-Ferrand Massif Central 2028 revolves around a territorial alternative, that of a development model based on human sizemetropolitan village au gentle and friendly way of life, where the urban centers are strongly intertwined with their natural environment.

Let's build the European capital together

Together, let's build the capital!  The European Capitals of Culture program is an initiative led by the European Union to celebrate the richness and diversity of its territories and its citizens

Support for the Clermont-Ferrand Massif Central 2028 bid

Cultural program

At the heart of the Massif Central the European cultural agenda

The candidacy of Clermont-Ferrand and the Massif Central to become European Capital of Culture in 2028, contributes to this desire to bring Europe to life as close as possible to its fellow citizens, to show through culture the links that unite us. .

Discover a selection of shows, exhibitions, meetings with artists from all walks of life