The Polish city of Wroclaw has been chosen as one of two European Culture Capitals in 2016.
The south-western city was among five in the running for the prestigious tourist-friendly title and the chance to host a series of cultural events.
A Spanish city is expected to be named the other culture capital by June 30.
It marks the first time since the formerly communist country joined the European Union in 2004 that a Polish city will be designated a culture capital.
Cities designated EU culture capitals traditionally organise exhibits, concerts and artistic performances throughout the calendar year to mark the occasion.
Athens was the first city chosen to be a culture capital in 1985.