The city of Guimarães’ candidature for European Capital of Culture in 2012 began in October 2006, and was formally completed in May 2009.
Nomination by the Portuguese government, under a transitional scheme, of the city of Guimarães for European Capital of Culture in 2012;
Submission of Guimarães’ application to the European Capital of Culture Selection Panel;
23rd of April, 2008
First meeting of the Selection Panel in Brussels, who accepted Guimarães’ application, recommending additional information in terms of medium and long-term impacts;
5th of November, 2008
Submission of amended initial application to the Selection Panel;
The Selection Board acknowledges the quality of Guimarães’ project, and recommends its designation as European Capital of Culture 2012 to the European Commission;
12th of May, 2009
The European Council of Ministers of Culture designates Guimarães as European Capital of Culture 2012, together with Maribor (Slovenia);
14th of July, 2009
Public unveiling of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture.