American channel CNN’s website has identified Mons as one of THE tourist destination to explore in 2015, along with Milan (site of Expo 2015), Abu Dhabi and also Singapore. “This former mining and industrial centre has completely reinvented itself”, explains CNN. The home of the Doudou festival will be European capital of culture next year and is expecting around 2 million visitors. Indeed, the city will host over 1,000 cultural and artistic events over the course of 2015.
“Highlights of this year-long celebration include a Van Gogh exhibition, 3 multidisciplinary art festivals, several public art installations, and events bridging art and festivities”, lists CNN. Mons will also open 5 new museums in April.
The opening ceremony on Saturday, January 24th, will see the launch of Mons as European capital of culture.