Lithuania's second-largest city of Kaunas has received 1.2 million visitors this year as one of this year's European Capitals of Culture, the organizers said on Monday.
Vilnius-Europos kultūros sostinė, Kaunas-Europos kultūros sostinė
Vilnius-Europos kultūros sostinė, Kaunas-Europos kultūros sostinė
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And a total of 2 million people have visited Kaunas over the past five years since the Lithuanian city got the ECC title.

Some 26 million euros have been spent on the ECC program over five years.

In 2022, 11,800 professional artists performed at events, and 1,370 public events, exhibitions and performing arts performances took place.

Since 2017, the events have attracted almost 145,900 participants, with almost 18,000 of them being professional artists from Europe, America, South Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Lithuanians accounted for 70 percent of the participants.

Nearly 3,000 publicly-accessible events, exhibitions and performing arts performances have taken place over the past five years, and 1,500 volunteers have helped with these events.

The Kaunas ECC program has attracted over 50 sponsors who have contributed 2.8 million euros in services and funds.

The number of overnight tourists is estimated to have reached the 2019 level in the first ten months of this year, standing at 258,000, and the the number of Lithuanian tourists increased by a third.

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